Jill Gross

  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Professor of Law
Assistant: Judith Jaeger
Preston 312
(914) 422-4292

Education

AB, Cornell University
JD, Harvard University School of Law

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Elizabeth Rapuano
Assistant Dean for External Affairs
914-422-4354

Professor Jill I. Gross is a nationally known expert in the field of securities dispute resolution, and teaches courses in the areas of dispute resolution, ethics, securities law and lawyering skills. She was the James D. Hopkins Professor of Law, a two-year rotating endowed Chair, from 2013-2015, Director of the Investor Rights Clinic from 1999-2015, and Director of Legal Skills Programs from 2010-2015. She also has taught at Cornell Law School, UNLV’s Boyd School of Law and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

She is an author of the preeminent hornbook, Broker-Dealer Law and Regulation (Wolters Kluwer 4th ed. annually updated) (with J. Fanto and N. Poser), has published dozens of book chapters and articles on the negotiation, mediation and arbitration of securities and other commercial disputes, and is a Senior Contributing Editor to the Securities Online Litigation Alert. She has chaired the AALS Section of Dispute Resolution, the Securities ADR Committee of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution and the Practising Law Institute’s annual Securities Arbitration program. She is an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, FINRA’s Office of Dispute Resolution, and the National Futures Association, and a member of the Securities Experts Roundtable. She is a former public member of the FINRA National Arbitration and Mediation Committee, and a current member of the President’s Council of Cornell Women. She has been quoted dozens of times in the national media, and retained as an expert in securities arbitrations, litigations and enforcement proceedings. 

Before entering legal education, Professor Gross 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 received an A.B. magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Cornell University and a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School.

Publications

Books and Book Chapters

ARBITRATION: LAW, POLICY AND PRACTICE: (Carolina Academic Press 2018) (with M. Weston, K. Blankley & S. Huber)

BROKER-DEALER LAW AND REGULATION (Wolters Kluwer supp. to 4th ed. 2018; 5th ed. forthcoming 2019) (with N. Poser & J. Fanto)

Negotiating in the Shadow of Forced Arbitration, in THE NEGOTIATOR'S DESK REFERENCE, Chris Honeyman & Andrea Kupfer Schneider, eds. (DRI Press 2017)

Teaching Students to be Problem-Solvers and Dispute Resolvers, in BUILDING ON BEST PRACTICES: TRANSFORMING LEGAL EDUCATION IN A CHANGING WORLD (D. Maranville, L. Bliss, C. Kaas & A. Sedillo Lopez eds.) (LexisNexis Law School Publishing 2015) (with Andrea Schneider and John Lande)

Law Review Articles

The Uberization of Arbitration Clauses, 9 Penn State Y.B. on Arb. & Med. 43 (2017) (symposium volume)

The Customer’s Non-Waivable Right to Choose Arbitration in the Securities Industry, 10 Brook. J. Corp. Fin. & Com. L. 383 (2016)

The Historical Basis of Securities Arbitration as an Investor Protection Mechanism, 2016 J. Disp. Resol. 171 (2016) (symposium volume)

Justice Scalia's Hat Trick and the Supreme Court's Flawed Understanding of Twenty-First Century Arbitration, 81 Brooklyn L. Rev. 111 (2015)

The Improbable Birth and Conceivable Death of the Securities Arbitration Clinic, 15 Cardozo J. Conflict Resol. 597 (2014)

Investor Protection Meets the Federal Arbitration Act, 1 Stan. J. Complex Litig. 1 ­­(2012) (with Barbara Black)

AT&T Mobility and the Future of Small Claims Arbitration,­ 42 SW. U. L. Rev. 47 (2012)

AT&T Mobility and FAA Over-Preemption, 4 Y.B. on Arb. & Med. 25 (2012)

An End to Mandatory Securities Arbitration?, 30 Pace L. Rev. 1174 (2010)

Banks and Brokers and Bricks and Clicks: An Evaluation of FINRA’s Proposal to Modify the Bank Broker-Dealer Rule, 73 Alb. L. Rev. 465 (2010) (symposium volume) (with Edward Pekarek)

Environmental Dispute Resolution in the Law School Curriculum, 27 Pace Envtl l. Rev. 41 (2009) (with Alexandra Dapolito Dunn)

Hall Street Blues: The Uncertain Future of Manifest Disregard, 37 Sec. Reg. L. J. 232 (2009) (peer-reviewed)

When Perception Changes Reality: An Empirical Study of Investors’ Views of the Fairness of Securities Arbitration, 2008 J. Disp. Resol. 349 (2008) (with Barbara Black)

McMahon Turns Twenty: The Regulation of Fairness in Securities Arbitration, 76 U. Cin. L. Rev. 493 (2008) (reprinted in 2009 Sec. L. Rev.)

Securities Mediation: Dispute Resolution for the Individual Investor, 21 Ohio St. J. On Dispute Resol. 329 (2006)

The Explained Award of Damocles: Protection or Peril in Securities Arbitration, 34 Sec. Reg. L. J. 17 (2006) (with Barbara Black) (peer-reviewed)

Introduction, Investor Rights Symposium, The Elusive Balance Between Investor Protection and Wealth Creation, 26 Pace L. Rev. 27 (Fall 2005) (with Barbara Black)

Developing A Law/Business Collaboration through Pace's Securities Arbitration Clinic, 11 Fordham J. Corp. & Fin. L. 57 (2005) (with Ronald Filante, Ph.D)

Over-Preemption of State Vacatur Law: State Courts and the FAA, 3 J. of Am. Arb. 1 (2004)

Economic Suicide: The Collision of Ethics and Risk in Securities Law, 64 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 483 (2003) (with Barbara Black) (re-printed in 2004 Sec. L. Rev.)

Securities Analysts’ Undisclosed Conflicts of Interest: Unfair Dealing or Securities Fraud?, 2002 Colum. Bus. L. Rev. 631 (2002)

Making It Up As They Go Along: The Role of Law in Securities Arbitration, 23 Cardozo L. Rev. 991 (2002) (with Barbara Black)

Selected Other Writings

Senior Contributing Editor, Securities Online Litigation Alert, Securities Arbitration Commentator, http://saclitigation.com/slc/home (2017-present)

Contributing Editor, Indisputably (ADR Prof Blog), http://www.indisputably.org/ (2009 to present)

INVESTOR'S GUIDE TO SECURITIES INDUSTRY DISPUTES: HOW TO PREVENT AND RESOLVE DISPUTES WITH YOUR BROKER (2009, rev. 2013; rev. 2017) (with Elissa Germaine)

Commercial Arbitration: Germany and the United States, DISP. RESOL. MAG. 15 (Fall 2017) (with C. Duve) 

Arbitration Case Law Update 2016, in SECURITIES ARBITRATION COURESEBOOK (Practising Law Institute 2016) (annually 2010-2016)

FINRA Issues Regulatory Notice on Customers’ and Employees’ Right To Choose Securities Arbitration, 34-8 ALTERNATIVES 1 (Sept. 2016)

FINRA Dispute Resolution Task Force Releases Its Final Report, 34-2 ALTERNATIVES 19 (Feb. 2016)

Do Broker-Dealers Have A Green Light to Force Investors to Waive Class Actions in Court?, The CLS Blue Sky Blog, http://clsbluesky.law.columbia.edu/2013/03/19/do-broker-dealers-have-a-green-light-to-force-investors-to-waive-class-actions-in-court/ (Mar. 19, 2013)

Wall Street Reform: What Does it Mean for ADR?, Just Resolutions eNews (ABA Section of Dispute Resolution June 2010)

Annual Arbitration Law Update, and Grounds to Challenge FINRA Arbitrators, in Securities Law Seminar Coursebook, PIABA 11th Annual Meeting (Oct. 2009)

A Primer on Simplified Arbitration, in SECURITIES ARBITRATION 2009 (Practising Law Institute)

Annual Arbitration Law Update, and Vacating Arbitration Awards After Hall Street, in Securities Law Seminar Coursebook, PIABA 10th Annual Meeting (Oct. 2008)

Securities Arbitration Ethics 2008 – The Dos and Don’ts of Retainer Agreements, PIABA 10th Annual Meeting Coursebook (Oct. 2008) (with William A. Jacobson)

Procedural Mechanics of Motions to Vacate Arbitration Awards, in Securities Arbitration 2008 (Practising Law Institute)

“Rodriguez de Quijas v. Shearson/American Express,” in ENCYLOPEDIA OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES (2008)

Arbitration Under the New NASD Arbitration Code and Motions to Vacate Arbitration Awards: Frequently Asked Procedural Questions, Securities Law Seminar Coursebook, PIABA 9th Annual Meeting (Oct. 2007)

A Tribute to Barbara Black: From Pace to Cincinnati, PACE LAW SCHOOL ALUMNI MAGAZINE, at 13 (Winter 2007)

The Fairness of Securities Mediation, in SECURITIES ARBITRATION 2006, at 341 (Practising Law Institute) (reprinted as a feature in PLI’s “All-Star Briefing” e-Newsletter, November 2, 2006)

New York’s Over-Preemption of State Vacatur Law, NEW YORK LAW JOURNAL, May 11, 2006, p. 4

How the Global Research Analysts Case Settlement Affects Securities Arbitration, ALTERNATIVES (Nov./Dec. 2003)

Economic Suicide: A Primer for Securities Lawyers, in SECURITIES ARBITRATION 2003, at 387 (Practising Law Institute) (with Barbara Black)

Pre-Appointment Discovery: A Phase of Anarchy in NASD-DR Arbitrations, 2003/3 SECURITIES ARBITRATION COMMENTATOR 1 (June 2003)

A Roadmap to Mediation Practice, Book Review of BECOMING A MEDIATOR: AN INSIDER'S GUIDE TO EXPLORING CAREERS IN MEDIATION, by Peter Lovenheim, Jossey-Bass 2002, NALP Bulletin, Jan. 2003