ILR School


ILR School
Arbitrator and Mediator

Present Occupation: Full-time Arbitrator, Mediator and Fact Finder focusing on resolution of workplace disputes in the private and public sectors. Areas of Expertise: Discipline and discharge, including performance, competency and attendance/absenteeism; discrimination claims based upon gender, sexual harassment, age, race, national origin and religion; student disciplinary hearings; contract interpretation disputes. Previous Work Experience: Over 20 years legal experience in traditional labor and employment law; served as Counsel at Ingerman Smith, LLP; from 2002 through 2015 represented school district clients in federal and state court litigation, arbitration, Civil Service Law Section 75 proceedings, Education Law Section 3020-a proceedings, Article 78 challenges, administrative proceedings, including PERB and the Commissioner of Education; conducted workplace investigations including misconduct and harassment, represented county ethics board and conducted county-wide ethics training; conducted collective bargaining negotiations and provided day to day general counsel; practicing attorney at Rains & Pogrebin P.C. (1995-1999) and Sidley & Austin (1995-1999)

Dispute Resolution Experience

Cornel ILR National Roster of Neutrals, New York City Department of Education/United Federal of Teachers, Local 2, AFT, AFL-CIO Section 3020-a Arbitrator Panel; Mediator, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts; Mediator, private clients

Cornell University Dispute Resolution Training (Course titles and dates taken)

Labor Arbitrator Development Program, Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution (Certificate, May 2015); Essentials of Labor Arbitration and Conflict Resolution; Arbitration Award Writing; Employment Law Arbitration Training; Employment Law Mediator Training; Ethics in Alternative Dispute Resolution; Special Topics in Arbitral Evidence; Advanced Issues in Arbitration; What Labor Arbitrators Need to Know About Unions (2011-2015)

Professional Associations

New York State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Committee, Dispute Resolution Committee; Suffolk County Bar Association; Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA), LI Chapter


GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY LAW CENTER, Washington D.C., J.D., May 1995, Cum Laude, Dean's List; GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, B.A., May 1992, Cum Laude, Dean's List

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