Practice Areas

Biography

Education:

City College of New York (B.B.A.; M.B.A.); Columbia University, M.S.;
New York Law School, J.D.

Admitted to Practice Law:

New York; U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; U.S. Supreme Court

Membership in Professional Organizations:

Member, New York State Bar Association, Sections on Trusts and Estates; Elder Law; Dispute Resolution Section (Executive Committee 8 years since section was formed, was previously Vice Chair; am Chair of Sub-Committee on Mediation of Trusts, Estates, Guardianship and the Elderly Disputes); Member, American Bar Association (Dispute Resolution Section; Real Property, Trusts & Estate Law); American Judges Association; New York County Lawyers Association (was Chair ADR Committee 4 years, Member of several committees including Supreme Court, Elder Law, Judiciary, and Surrogate’s Court Practice Section); New York Women’s Bar Association (Member Board of Directors; Co-Chair, Trusts and Estates Committee, Co-Chair ADR Committee, was Co-Chair of Elder/Trusts and Estates Committee of Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY); Member, Association for Conflict Resolution, ACRNY. New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators (NJAPM). Member, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.

Background:

Tenured Full Professor of Law, Baruch College, (CUNY) 1978-1999. Currently Professor Emeritus, Lawyer, Mediator and Arbitrator.

Author: “Guardians and Guardians Ad Litem – What are the Differences?” NYL J. P.1, September 4, 1997; “Should Mediation Be Available as an Option to Reduce Litigation in Contested Guardianship Cases?” NYS Bar, P.27, June 2002; “Beware the Misuse of Powers of Attorney,” NYL J. P.4, August 23, 2002; “What is Mediation and How Does It Work?” NYLJ, P.4, October 29, 2007; Utilizing Mediation to Resolve Estate Litigation,” Trusts & Estates, NYSBA, P.7, fall 2008; “Incorporating Mediation Within the Guardians’ Powers,” Elder Law Attorney NYSBA, P.10, fall 2008; “Mediation and Estate Litigation,” DR Lawyer NYSBA, P.62, spring 2009

Author, Chapter 26, “MEDIATION,” New York Lawyer’s Deskbook, NYSBA 2008; Author of several additional writings on guardianship and other legal topics, including “Corporate and Partnership Law” Ch.1, NY Lawyers Deskbook; author of several chapters, “Guardianship Practice in NYS” plus several additional writings.

Mediator for the following panels: Commercial Division, Supreme Court; Federal District Courts, So & East. Districts; Bankruptcy Court , So & East. Districts; New Jersey Superior Court; Attorney Fee Disputes, First Department; E.E.O.C.; Safe Horizon (certified, N.Y.S.); New York City Bar Co-Ops and Condos Mediation Program.

Certified Mediator, North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission, NC Superior Court.

Arbitrator: Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA); National Futures Association. Has served as a Special Master, Supreme Court, NY for over 20 years; serves as Special Master – Mediator, Appellate Division – 1st Department.

Has lectured at several Bar Association Programs over the years on topics relating to Guardians, Estates, Mediation; and other areas. Was Co-Chair and Organizer of programs on ‘The Benefits of Mediating Trusts and Estates and Guardianship Disputes’.