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Formal Advisors

Robert J. Kheel
Partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Robert J. Kheel is a Partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and specializes in complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on labor and sports law. He represents clients on matters including employment discrimination and raiding cases, NLRB proceedings, arbitration and accountant’s liability litigation, and Major League Baseball related transactions and issues.  Mr. Kheel has been a Lecturer at Law at Columbia Law School on the Law of Sports since 1991.  He has authored New York Amended Attachment Statute “A Prejudgment Remedy in Need of Further Revision,” Brooklyn Law Review, Winter 1978, and has co-authored “The Port Authority 1962 Covenants A Bar to Mass Transportation,” Rutgers Law Review, Fall 1973.  Mr. Kheel is a member of the New York State, District of Columbia, and American Bar Associations and the Association of the City of New York.  He is a Trustee of Howard and Georgeanna Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.


Academic Advisors

Richard L. Ottinger
Dean Emeritus, Pace University School of Law

Richard Ottinger is Dean Emeritus at Pace Law School, Co-director for Pace’s  Center for Environmental Legal Studies, and Founder and Faculty Supervisor of the  Energy and Climate Center. Dean Ottinger came to Pace Law School when he retired from Congress in 1984. As a professor he taught in the environmental law program. As co-director of the Center for Environmental Legal Studies, he started an Energy Project, which raises $900,000 per year, advocating utility investment in conservation and renewable energy resources.  In his 16 years as a member of the United States House of Representatives, he authored a substantial body of energy and environmental laws. He was one of the earliest environmentalists in Congress in 1965. As chairman of the Energy Conservation and Power Subcommittee, Energy & Commerce Committee, he was instrumental in adopting key energy and environmental legislation. Dean Ottinger was a founding staff member of the Peace Corps, serving it during 1961-1964. He was appointed Dean of Pace Law School in December 1994. He retired as Dean in July 1999.

Eric Schmertz
Of Counsel, Dweck Law Firm, LLP

Eric J. Schmertz is of counsel to the Dweck Law Firm LLP in New York City and a Practitioner-in-Residence at Pace Law School.  Schmertz is former dean of Hofstra University School of Law (1982-1998, retired), where he was named to that school’s first endowed professorship, the Edward F. Carlough Distinguished Professorship of Labor Law. He has also had a long and distinguished career in public service, serving such notables as President George H.W. Bush, New York Governor Mario Cuomo, and New York City Mayor David Dinkins in a variety of high-level positions related to labor relations. As of 2007, New York Governor Eliot Spitzer has named Schmertz as one of the three members of the New York State Public Employment Relations Board, subject to confirmation by the New York State Senate, (a per diem appointment).  Schmertz holds memberships in the Panel of Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association, and the New York State and American Bar associations. He has been a recipient of the American Arbitration Association’s J. Noble Braden Award, the Whitney North Seymour Sr. Arbitration Medal, and the Alexander Hamilton Law Citation.

Jill I. Gross
Professor of Law, Pace University School of Law

Jill Gross is Professor of Law at Pace University School of Law and has been a Director of its Investor Rights Clinic since 1999.  Professor Gross teaches the Investor Rights Clinic Seminar, Mediation and Arbitration, and Securities Litigation and Enforcement.  Professor Gross has been an adjunct professor at Cornell Law School (Arbitration Law) and at Cardozo Law School (Legal Writing). She is an arbitrator for FINRA Dispute Resolution and the National Futures Association. She has published numerous law review articles in the area of dispute resolution and investor justice, has presented at seminars and conferences all over the country on issues related to securities arbitration, and has been quoted in the national media on issues relating to investor rights.  Professor Gross now serves as a public member of the FINRA National Arbitration and Mediation Committee.  Professor Gross previously was an attorney in the New York City firms of Kaye Scholer LLP, Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason & Silberberg, and Parcher, Hayes & Snyder, representing clients in white collar criminal and securities enforcement proceedings, securities arbitrations, and other commercial litigation.  She graduated from Cornell University (A.B. magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa) and received her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School.


Co-chairs of Substantive Advisory Group

Rachel E. Deming
Partner and Environmental Mediator, Scarola Ellis LLP

Rachel Deming is a graduate of the University of Michigan (A.B. with honors, 1977) and the University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1982). Ms. Deming also studied law at Moscow State University with a fellowship from the International Research and Exchanges Board. In 2005, Ms. Deming was appointed to the Environmental Financial Advisory Board of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.  She currently serves as a member of the Financial Assurance and CO2 Workgroups of the Board. She also teaches a course at Pace on environmental dispute resolution. Ms. Deming is the liaison to the New York State Bar Dispute Resolution Section for the State Bar’s Environmental Section and vice-chair of the Dispute Resolution Committee of ABA’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, as well a serving on the Environmental Law Committee of the New York City Bar, the Environmental Disclosure Committee of the Section of Environment, Energy and Resources and the Environmental Law Committee of ABA’s Litigation Section. Ms. Deming has participated in many alternative dispute resolution proceedings, both as an advisor to clients and a third-party neutral.  She is on the roster of mediators for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the bankruptcy courts of both the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County, and the Civil Mediation Program for the state courts of New Jersey. She is a frequent speaker on a wide range of environmental issues, including dispute resolution and financial disclosure. Before joining Scarola Ellis, Ms. Deming was Associate General Counsel at Ciba Specialty Chemicals Corporation. Ms. Deming’s practice includes general commercial counseling and litigation, with a specialization in environmental and toxic tort legal matters, as well as related insurance, banking, real estate, and construction issues.

Pamela R. Esterman
Partner, Sive, Paget & Riesel, P.C.

Pamela Esterman is a partner with Sive, Paget & Riesel, P.C.  She has over 25 years of experience solving a wide range of environmental and land use problems, using a broad array of tools from litigation to alternative dispute resolution.  Ms. Esterman is an experienced mediator, having mediated numerous cases in federal and state court.  She serves as a court-appointed mediator for the United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts and the Supreme Court of New York, Commercial Division.  Since 1997, Ms. Esterman has served as co-planning chair for the annual ALI-ABA Environmental Law Course in Washington, D.C.  She is an Adjunct Professor at Pace Law School where she teaches Environmental Dispute Resolution.  She lectures extensively and has written numerous articles and book chapters on topics including environmental law, ethics, and alternative dispute resolution.  Ms. Esterman earned a B.S. degree in Environmental Science from the University of New Hampshire, an M.S. degree from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and a J.D. degree from Syracuse University College of Law.


Substantive Advisory Group

David Batson*
EPA Dispute Resolution Specialist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

David C. Batson, Esq., Senior Collaboration & ADR Specialist for U.S. EPA, provides support to parties involved in environmental, public policy and workplace disputes, including service as an ADR neutral, consultation on the use of ADR and employing ADR professionals, training, and design of effective dispute systems.  David has over 30 years of conflict resolution experience spanning all major environmental programs, including 21 years as an ADR professional specializing in public policy, hazardous waste and site/facility related disputes, and service as Senior Counsel for the Office of Enforcement.  An experienced mediator and facilitator, he has served clients in over 250 disputes, some involving up to 1200 parties.  In addition, he is the author of guidance for federal agencies on mediation practice and ADR confidentiality.  David is a former adjunct professor at Vermont Law School and Georgetown Law School and a frequent speaker on the effective use of negotiation and ADR in environmental disputes.


Gail Bingham
President Emeritus, RESOLVE

Gail Bingham is President Emeritus of RESOLVE and has been a practicing mediator for 30 years, specializing in environment, natural resources, health and other public policy issues. A nationally recognized pioneer in promoting consensus building tools in public decision making, she has mediated breakthroughs on such challenging public issues as national wetlands policy and drinking water protection, written extensively about environmental dispute resolution, and provided intellectual leadership in the field. She also conducts negotiation skills training programs.  The 2006 recipient of the Association for Conflict Resolution’s Mary Parker Follett Award, Ms. Bingham has served as a mediator for a variety of state and federal agencies and private parties on such diverse subjects as: funding infrastructure costs for water and wastewater utilities, watershed management and Total Maximum Daily Load policy, allocation of water rights, endangered species, drinking water regulations, groundwater protection, wetlands, hydro-electric relicensing, chemicals policy, solid waste source reduction, hazardous waste management, oil spill contingency plans, pesticides policy, children’s health protection, and local community land use and infrastructure issues. She also is the author of several publications, including: Resolving Environmental Disputes: A Decade of Experience; Seeking Solutions: Alternative Dispute Resolution and Western Water Issues; Alternative Dispute Resolution and the NEPA Process; and When the Sparks Fly: Building Consensus When the Science is Contested.  Ms. Bingham recently served on a National Academy of Sciences Panel on Public Participation in Environmental Assessment and Decision Making, and has served two three-year terms on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution. She attended Stanford University, received a B.S. from Huxley College of Environmental Studies in Washington State and did her graduate work in environmental planning at the University of California, Berkeley. Ms. Bingham also has worked as a local government planner in the State of Washington and in India. 

Christine Fazio
Counsel, Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP

Christine A. Fazio is Counsel at Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP.  Ms. Fazio practices in the area of environmental law, including environmental impact analyses, project permitting, compliance audits, and litigation.  She does considerable work in the energy sector, including the siting of new power plants, alternative energy projects, and transmission lines.  She also works with several shipping companies in understanding existing and pending environmental obligations related to air pollution, water discharges, and oil spills.  For the past three years, Ms. Fazio chaired the New York City Bar Association’s Environmental Law Committee.  Ms. Fazio is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law and also has a Masters in Public Administration from New York University.  Prior to her legal career, Ms. Fazio worked over nine years at the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2 Office, in the Air Programs Branch. She is currently an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School teaching a course on Land Use Law.

Ridgway M. Hall, Jr.
Senior Counsel, Crowell Moring

Ridge Hall was a founding partner of Crowell & Moring and practices with the firm’s Environment and Natural Resources Group.  His practice includes all areas of environmental law and litigation, including alternative dispute resolution.  He represents clients in administrative and judicial proceedings, enforcement and appellate litigation, and toxic tort litigation.  He has served as an arbitrator and mediator and represented clients in a variety of ADR proceedings.  For over 25 years he has assisted companies in the design and implementation of corporate environmental, health and safety auditing and compliance programs and handled the environmental aspects of acquisitions and other business transactions.  He has been named one of the top lawyers in the environmental field by Best Lawyers In America, Chambers USA, Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Environmental Lawyers and The International Who’s Who Legal for environmental law, and is a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers.  He is a frequent speaker on environmental law and dispute resolution. 

William H. Hyatt, Jr.
Partner, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP

Areas of Practice: Mr. Hyatt is a partner in the Newark, New Jersey office of K&L Gates, concentrating in environmental law and related litigation.  He has extensive experience in Superfund and has frequently acted as common or shared counsel representing groups of parties before the Environmental Protection Agency and counterpart state regulatory agencies, and in cost recovery and contribution litigation. He has taken leadership roles on behalf of private parties at many of the most significant Superfund sites, including four of the top six sites listed on the NPL.  He has negotiated landmark settlements with EPA and the Department of Justice and has mediated complex allocation disputes both as a special master and as a mediator.  He practices in all the environmental media and has also specialized in products liability, building construction, environmental insurance coverage and toxic tort litigation.  Mr. Hyatt is included in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers to Business and Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Environmental Lawyers.  Professional Background: Mr. Hyatt has served as the leader of groups of companies at some of the most important Superfund sites in the country.  He has been instrumental in developing innovative case management techniques for multi-party cases and has successfully negotiated consent decrees and other settlements with the federal and state governments containing precedent setting provisions.  He has served as common, shared and individual counsel at more than 25 Superfund sites in New Jersey and at Superfund sites in 10 other states.  He was also selected as a pilot allocator in EPA's Superfund administrative reforms and has acted as a special master and mediator.  He has also served as national coordinating counsel in the defense of product liability claims and has prosecuted and defended complex building construction, chemical plant design and machinery and equipment failure claims.

Michael K. Lewis
Mediator, Arbitrator, Special Master, JAMS

Michael Lewis is Mediator, Arbitrator, and Special Master for JAMS.  For more than 30 years, Mr. Lewis has mediated, facilitated, and served as special master and discovery referee in a significant number of government-related cases involving contract, energy, environmental, land, natural resources, transportation, class actions, civil rights, and public policy issues.  A nationally recognized neutral, Mr. Lewis trains and lectures on the use of dispute resolution before Fortune 500 companies, leading law firms, private organizations, bar associations, and government agencies. Among the federal agencies and groups he has worked with are: U.S. Department of Justice, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, General Accounting Office, Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Marshals Service, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Federal Communications Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Reserve Board, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army and the Interagency ADR Working Group.  From his decades of experience, Mr. Lewis is familiar and knowledgeable about the issues private and governmental parties face in disputes involving local, state, or federal governments. He served on a panel that resolves complaints against Members of Congress and others under the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995; is on the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution Roster and on a roster maintained to provide neutrals for environmental and public policy disputes primarily involving the U.S. EPA; and spent 3 years overseas as a Foreign Service Officer in Thailand.

Steven M. Morgan
Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, Regulatory/Health, Environmental and Safety, Waste Management

Steven M. Morgan is Vice President and Assistant General Counsel – Regulatory/HSE with Waste Management, Inc.  Mr. Morgan joined Waste Management in 2000 and has overall responsibility for managing the legal affairs of the Company in all matters involving environmental, health, and safety law, including toxic tort litigation, Superfund and regulatory compliance.  He was formerly a Partner at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P. where he represented clients in all areas of environmental law, including issues arising under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (“Superfund”), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act and other state and federal environmental statutes.  Environmental litigation, toxic tort litigation, administrative enforcement actions, and environmental investigations, including due diligence, have comprised a majority of Mr. Morgan’s practice.  Mr. Morgan began his legal career at Aluminum Company of America. Thereafter, he joined Texas Instruments Incorporated in Dallas, Texas where he worked as Environmental and Safety Counsel until 1987.  After working as an attorney at the Dallas law firm of Arter, Hadden & Witts from 1987-1989, Mr. Morgan joined Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P. and became a partner in 1991.  Mr. Morgan was born in Cleveland, Ohio.  He is admitted to the State Bars of Pennsylvania and Texas.  He received his B.A. cum laude in economics and political science from Northwestern University, and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he was Associate Editor of The Journal of Transnational Law Mr. Morgan’s professional activities include memberships in the State Bar of Texas and the American Bar Association.  He is a member of ABA’s Section of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law where he is on the Special Committee on Environmental Litigation and the Energy and Natural Resources Litigation Committee.  Mr. Morgan served as Chairman of the Dallas Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section in 1993.  Mr. Morgan is also a member of the Houston Bar Association and serves on the Board of the Houston Chapter of the American Corporate Counsel Association.  He has been active in a number of community activities throughout his career.  Mr. Morgan published “Achieving Finality in Environmental Litigation” in the November, 1999, issue of Environmental Liability, Enforcement & Penalties Reporter.  Mr. Morgan is the co-author of “Perils of the Profession: Responsible Corporate Officer Doctrine May Facilitate a Dramatic Increase in Criminal Prosecutions of Environmental Offenders,” Southwestern Law Journal, Vol. 45, No. 3, 1991.

Director of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Associate Professor of Law, Vermont Law School

Sean Nolon is an Associate Professor of Law at Vermont Law School and the Director of the Dispute Resolution Program. He teaches Environmental Dispute Resolution, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Negotiation, as well as a Dispute Resolution component to first year law students.  He is also on the faculty at Pepperdine Law School's Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution, an Academic Consultant with the Consensus Building Institute, and Chair of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee of the ABA's ADR Section.  Professor Nolon has designed and implemented a wide range of training programs for institutions and agencies seeking to improve their dispute management abilities.  He has extensive experience in all areas of dispute resolution having served as a trial attorney, arbitrator, mediator and facilitator in a wide range of cases.  Professor Nolon has taught at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and at Pace University School of Law.  In 2007, he was recipient of the New York State Bar Association Environmental Law Section Honors Award and, in 2009, the Ground Breakers Award from Pace's Land Use Law Center.

Michael L. Rodburg
Member of the Firm, Lowenstein Sandler PC

Michael L. Rodburg is the Chairman of Lowenstein Sandler. He has more than 30 years of experience in complex litigation and has practiced exclusively in environmental law for more than 35 years. Mr. Rodburg is listed among The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the environmental law sections of the publications. In addition, he was featured in the 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 issues of New Jersey Super Lawyers in the Environmental section of the publication.  Mr. Rodburg represents business and industry in connection with significant business transactions, civil litigation and administrative agency proceedings arising out of a wide variety of environmental problems. He concentrates in hazardous waste and substances litigation, mass tort defense, and acquisition counseling. Mr. Rodburg is a frequent author and lecturer. He has written hundreds of articles and has been published in the Harvard Law Review and the Rutgers Law Journal. He also has several books to his credit, including the seminal New Jersey Environmental Law Handbook.  Mr. Rodburg received his undergraduate degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was Editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Joseph Siegel*
Senior Attorney and ADR Specialist, Office of Regional Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Region 2

Joe Siegel is a Senior Attorney and Alternative Dispute Resolution Specialist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2, Office of Regional Counsel in New York, where he has worked for 22 years.   Joe has extensive experience in environmental conflict resolution. He serves as a facilitator, convenes cases for mediation, assists with collaboration, and is a trainer on alternative dispute resolution.  He has many years of experience representing EPA in administrative cases, federal litigation, permitting, and policy development.   He specializes in climate change and air pollution and is the lead attorney on the EPA Region 2 Climate and Energy Workgroup.  He has combined his expertise in climate change and conflict resolution into a particular area of focus on climate change and collaborative governance.  Joe also served on an international advisory group in The Hague on environmental dispute avoidance and settlement convened by the United Nations Environment Programme in cooperation with the Permanent Court of Arbitration.  In addition, he is a certified community mediator in Westchester County, New York.  Since 2000, Joe has been an adjunct professor at the Pace University School of Law, Center for Environmental Legal Studies, where he has taught courses on climate change and air pollution.   He was also an adjunct professor of environmental law for 11 years at CUNY Law School at Queens College.   Joe is Co-Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Committee on Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Ecosystems, in the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources and a Vice-Chair of the ABA SEER Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.   He also served as Vice-Chair of the ABA SEER Renewable Energy Resources Committee.   Joe is a frequent lecturer and writer on the subjects of climate change and alternative dispute resolution. 

Linda R. Singer
Mediator and Arbitrator, JAMS

Linda Singer is a mediator, arbitrator, lawyer, teacher, and author and has been president of the Center for Dispute Settlement since 1971. She also is a principal in JAMS, the Resolution Experts. Through the years, she has maintained an active mediation practice, while training thousands of professionals, students, and volunteers worldwide in mediation and negotiation skills. Ms. Singer co-teaches the Mediation Workshop at Harvard Law School's Program of Instruction for Lawyers and trains mediators for the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution.

Eleanor Stein**
Administrative Law Judge, New York State Public Service Commission

Eleanor Stein is an Administrative Law Judge at the New York State Public Service Commission, where she co-presides over New York’s Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard proceeding, a collaboration and litigation of over 150 parties. Judge Stein has mediated and arbitrated numerous energy, environmental, and telecommunications disputes, and co-designs alternative dispute resolution and mediation training at the PSC. She has taught mediation and ADR, as well as The Law of Climate Change: Domestic & Transnational, for the last five years at Albany Law School and the State University of New York at Albany. Judge Stein is a member of the Advisory Board of the Kheel Center on the Resolution of Environmental Disputes, and was selected as a member of the Distinguished Panel of Neutrals on Energy, Oil & Gas of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, holds a Harvard Law School Advanced Mediation Certificate (2001), and has been trained at both the Cornell University Elements of Mediation (1994) and the Center for Dispute Resolution Training for Mediators (1995).

John J. Suloway***
Vice President, Project Development, Licensing & Compliance, New York Power Authority

John Suloway is the Vice President for the Project Development, Licensing and Compliance Department which is responsible for project development and licensing of NYPA’s facilities as well as for license compliance and implementation.  In the past 27 years, he has managed the licensing of 4 small hydro plants, a major 345 kV transmission line in southeastern New York, a 150 MW combined cycle plant on Long Island, a 500 MW combined cycle plant in Queens, 450 MW of combustion turbines in New York City, the Tri-Lakes Reliability Project in the Adirondack Park and the relicensing of the St. Lawrence-FDR Project in upstate New York.  He is currently overseeing the implementation of NYPA's new 50-year licenses for the St. Lawrence and Niagara Projects, the licensing and implementation of the Tri-Lakes Reliability Project, NYPA’s environmental compliance audit program and the development and licensing of new transmission and generation projects for NYPA. 

Edna Sussman, Esq.
Arbitrator & Mediator, SussmanADR, LLC

Edna Sussman is a full time arbitrator and mediator, the principal of SussmanADR LLC and the Distinguished ADR Practitioner in Residence at Fordham University School of Law. She was formerly of counsel at Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP and a partner at the law firm of White & Case LLP. Ms. Sussman serves frequently as an arbitrator and mediator on commercial, energy, and environmental matters, both domestic and international, for several of the leading dispute resolution institutions including the AAA, ICDR, CPR, CEAC, WIPO and FINRA and was recently added to the roster of the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution. As a court-certified mediator, Ms. Sussman serves on the mediation panels of the federal, state, and bankruptcy courts in New York.  Ms. Sussman is the chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and formerly chair of the Renewable Energy Resources Committee of the Section of Environment Energy and Resources of the American Bar Association and chair-elect of the Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association. A graduate of Barnard College and Columbia Law School, Ms. Sussman was selected as a Best Lawyer for Alternative Dispute Resolution for 2009 and 2010 and named as an Outstanding Woman in Energy Law by Energy Law 360. Ms. Sussman has lectured and published widely on mediation, arbitration, energy, and environmental issues.


Hon. Curtis E. von Kann
Arbitrator and Mediator, JAMS and CPR Institute

Hon. Curtis E. von Kann is Arbitrator and Mediator for Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. and the CPR Institute.  In nearly 40 years as a trial lawyer, trial judge, and ADR neutral, has had hands-on experience with matters involving virtually every field of civil law, including accounting, acquisitions, anti-trust, aviation, bankruptcy, civil rights, class actions, computers, condominiums, construction, consumer protection statutes, contracts, copyright, corporations, defamation, domestic relations, employment, engineering, entertainment, environmental, ERISA, executive compensation, False Claims Act, franchising, government contracts, healthcare, high tech, hospitals, insurance, intellectual property, investments, labor laws, partnerships, patents, personal injury, product liability, professional liability, Qui Tam, real estate, securities, telecommunications, trademarks, trade secrets, and unfair competition.  Judge von Kann has mediated a broad array of disputes in locations throughout the United States and abroad.

Daniel Weitz, Esq.
State ADR Coordinator, New York State Unified Court System

Dan Weitz is the Deputy Director of the Division of Court Operations and Statewide Coordinator of the Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Court Improvement Programs for the New York State Unified Court System.  Dan assists the Director of Court Operations in overseeing the statewide responsibilities of trial court operations, court interpreting services, legal information, records management, alternative dispute resolution, parent education and awareness, attorney for the child contracts and operational issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act.  As Coordinator of ADR/CIP, Dan oversees a statewide program of court-annexed ADR initiatives involving mediation, arbitration, neutral evaluation, parenting coordination and collaborative law. He also oversees the Community Dispute Resolution Centers Program (CDRCP), the federally funded Court Improvement Project (CIP), the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Assistance Program, and the Children’s Centers Program.  Dan serves as Co-Counsel to the Board of Governors of the New York State Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program, Chair of the NYC Family Court Advisory Council, ADR Subcommittee and immediate past Chair of the New York City Bar Association ADR Committee. He also served as a member of the Unified Court System’s Matrimonial Commission and currently serves on the New York County Lawyers Association Family Law Task Force.  Dan has over ten years of experience as a court administrator and over eighteen years of experience in the field of ADR, serving as an administrator, professor, trainer, and practitioner.  He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor at Cardozo School of Law, and has taught ADR and conflict resolution at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Long Island University.  He has served as mediator in a wide range of matters including general civil, family, employment, human rights, community, and police-conduct cases.  Dan received his law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he participated in the Mediation Clinic and was a Teaching Assistant in Legal Negotiation.  He has worked at JAMS, Clerked for the Mediation Program of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (The Civil Appeals Management Plan), and served as an original member of FutureLinks Inc., working in South Africa with youth leaders from all backgrounds to conduct workshops in non-violent social change, conflict resolution, and community development. 

Peter H. Woodin
Arbitrator and Mediator, JAMS

Peter Woodin is a mediator and arbitrator with JAMS. He specializes in the negotiation, mediation and arbitration of complex, multi-party litigation.  Mr. Woodin has successfully mediated settlements in a wide range of disputes, in such areas as insurance coverage, products liability and personal injury, employment discrimination, consumer class actions, trusts and estates, intellectual property, and numerous other business and commercial matters.  In addition to practice as a privately retained mediator and arbitrator, he has served as settlement administrator, court-appointed mediator and special master in numerous multi-district and other complex litigations, including Agent Orange, the DES (diethylstilbestrol) product liability litigation, and Latino Officers Association v. City of New York, and he was Deputy Special Master for the federal September 11 Victims Compensation Fund. Presently he is serving as a court-appointed mediator and special master in In re Baycol Products Liability Litigation (D. Minn.), and court-appointed special master for discovery in In re Zyprexa Products Liability Litigation (E.D.N.Y).   From 1989 to 1993 Mr. Woodin was a litigation attorney with Morrison & Foerster LLP, and from 1993 to 2004 he was a partner and mediator with The Feinberg Group LLP.  He earned his B.A. in 1971 from Wesleyan University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1988, where he was an editor of the Columbia Law Review. Woodin was law clerk to Judge Jack B. Weinstein, in United States District Court, Eastern District, in 1988-89.

Usha Wright Esq.
Executive Vice President and Co General Counsel, O'Brien & Gere

Usha Wright, Esq. serves as Executive Vice President and Co-General Counsel for Workforce Development for O’Brien & Gere, an engineering and project delivery company with 850 scientists, engineers, construction, and operation personnel located in 30 offices across the U.S.  Prior to working at O’Brien & Gere, Ms. Wright served as a senior officer for nearly 20 years at Ciba Geigy and later as Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Environmental Health & Safety at ITT.  As Executive Vice President and Co-General Counsel, Ms. Wright is the executive officer responsible for Human Resources and Human Resource legal matters, corporate programs, training, and communications.  Through her work with Ciba Geigy and ITT, and as a current Director of the Environmental Law Institute, SHARE Africa, Asian American Federation of New York, and former Director of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, Board of Certified Professionals, and National Environmental Managers Association, Ms. Wright is widely recognized as a high-profile environmental professional.  Additionally, she has directed workforce development efforts for a major global company, maximizing diversity and innovation through integrated diversity and work/life strategy programs.  Ms. Wright holds a BS in Chemistry from Rutgers University, an MS in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from the University of North Carolina, and a JD from Rutgers University School of Law.


*Disclaimer: Advisory services do not constitute or imply endorsement
of the programs or services of the Kheel Center by the USEPA.

** Disclaimer: Advisory services do not constitute or imply endorsement
of the programs or services of the Kheel Center by the
 New York State Public Service Commission.

*** Disclaimer: Advisory role and opinions do not represent those of NYPA
nor are they an endorsement of the Kheel Center's programs by NYPA.