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Description of Practice
Deborah serves as a mediator and arbitrator in a variety of cases that include disputes involving: insurance, reinsurance, insurance coverage, and property and casualty as well as business interruption; employment including executive compensation, wage and hour, discrimination, and harassment ; securities; workers compensation; lawyer/client fees; and contract. She also serves as a special master.
Deborah was head of American International Group Inc.’s (AIG) Employment Dispute Resolution Program. She was recruited to AIG in 2003 to establish its Office of Dispute Resolution in the Litigation Management Division where she was responsible for the strategic use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and increasing the effective methods of appropriate dispute resolution used within the Claims Organization. In 2013 she led the rollout of the Company’s employee dispute resolution program. Prior to joining AIG, Deborah was Vice President of the East Central Region and head of Professional Development for JAMS The Resolution Experts. She made her mark in ADR at FINRA, (previously NASD) where she led the dispute resolution program for 15 years. She also is an adjunct professor of law at several law schools notably Director of the Securities Arbitration Clinic at Brooklyn Law School (2003-4), Co Teacher for Comparative International Mediation at Fordham Law School (Spring 2015), lecturer on International Dispute Resolution at Cardozo Law School (Fall 2015), and instructor in the Pace Law School on Line Program teaching Mediation Advocacy: Domestic and International Commercial Disputes (Spring 2016). She is Co Dean of the School of Claims Mediation for the Claims Litigation Management Alliance (2015/2016).
Storm Sandy cases that involved insurance coverage of property and business interruption Breach of partnership agreement involving senior executive Lawyer/client fee disputes
AAA 30 hour Mediator Training
NYCBA 40 hour Mediator Training
Mediation Approach & Philosophy
Deborah works with the parties before the mediation session to design a process that meets the parties' needs and will most effectively help them reach resolution. When first meeting face to face, she helps the parties explore the controversy face to face before breaking into private caucus. She works with the parties to explore interests and break impasse.
$550 per hour for preparation, study, and hearing time. Reasonable travel and lodging expenses for cases outside of New York City
Will be provided upon request
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