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Robin Gise

Robin H. Gise, Esq.

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Veronica Guevara
T: 212-607-2761
F: 212-751-4099
620 Eighth Avenue, 34th Floor, New York, NY 10018

Robin H. Gise, Esq. is an experienced mediator and arbitrator specializing in business/commercial, employment, insurance, and construction/real estate disputes. Known for her ability to quickly grasp complex business and legal issues, Ms. Gise works closely with the parties to identify and develop solutions in highly charged claims.  Ms. Gise works skillfully with parties, insurers, and other stakeholders to find workable solutions.

Ms. Gise is known for her extensive experience with employment disputes including discrimination claims, executive compensation and FLSA/wage and hour claims. Her cases have involved highly compensated executives, salaried workers, hourly paid workers, and public employees.  Ms. Gise is a member of the Eastern District of New York Mediation Panel, the New York Supreme Court Commercial Division ADR Roster, and the FINRA Dispute Resolution Panel.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Business/Commercial: Breach of contract, fee disputes, partnership disputes and dissolutions in a variety of industries including financial services, energy, manufacturing, technology, and entertainment
  • Construction: Claims involving allegations of work defects, design defects, architectural and engineering malpractice, unauthorized change orders, delays, and breach of contract
  • Employment: Individual and multi-party claims of discrimination (race, gender, age, disability, national origin, and sexual orientation), ADA access and failure to accommodate, retaliation and harassment, executive compensation (bonuses, commissions, severance, equity valuation), wage and hour and FLSA individual, class and collective actions (overtime, unlawful deductions, exemptions, off the clock, tip misappropriation, fluctuating work week) and non-compete and non-solicitation agreements
  • Insurance: Complex coverage claims, claims under Directors & Officers (D&O) and other types of policies including Errors & Omissions (E&O), Commercial General Liability, excess coverage, and matters involving multiple insurance towers; claims by home and business owners for damage resulting from Storm Sandy
  • Personal Injury: Asbestos claims pursuant to bankruptcy-court approved settlement trust procedures; wrongful death claims
  • Real estate: Commercial leases, purchase and sale agreements, and claims for breach of fiduciary duty

Representative Matters

  • Business/Commercial
    • Mediated dispute over transfer tax calculations in major commercial property transaction
    • Mediated highly contentious dissolution of a family-held real estate business
    • Arbitrated fee dispute between public relations firm and a client involving issues of contract formation
    • Arbitrated dispute involving commercial solar panel installation
    • Arbitrated dispute involving purchase and sale of interests in development of housing project
    • Mediated and/or co-mediated with distinguished JAMS neutrals numerous consolidated Directors & Officers (D&O) and securities class actions involving related domestic and international bankruptcy proceedings
  • Construction
    • Mediated and/or co-mediated multiple construction defect & delay disputes, some with architectural and engineering malpractice claims, including one matter stemming from the collapse of a townhouse
    • Arbitrated complex construction defect claims involving numerous residential apartment complexes
    • Arbitrated breach of contract claim involving construction consulting services related to exterior wall, roofing, and waterproofing in connection with a significant real estate development project
  • Employment
    • Mediated breach of employment contract claim brought by former CEO of a fashion company alleging misrepresentation and seeking to pierce the corporate veil
    • Mediated gender discrimination claim brought by executive at a natural products company
    • Mediated race discrimination claim brought by manager at an electronics retailer
    • Mediated pregnancy discrimination claims involving employees of a high end fashion accessories company
    • Mediated sexual harassment claim brought by employee of a well-known spa
    • Arbitrated breach of employment contract claim brought by executive of a major hotel chain challenging a termination for cause
    • Mediated gender discrimination claims brought by numerous employees of a regional bank after a reduction in force
    • Mediated FMLA and disability claims brought by pharmacy chain manager
    • Mediated disability discrimination claim brought by employee of a real estate management company alleging failure to accommodate
    • Mediated hostile work environment claim brought by Muslim employee accused of terrorist associations
    • Mediated numerous overtime and misclassification claims brought by insurance claims managers, shipping company service managers, financial portfolio managers, field technicians, and tennis professionals 
    • Mediated numerous overtime claim brought by car dispatchers, building workers, and restaurant employees
    • Arbitrated numerous labor-management disputes, including contract interpretation questions and grievances in the education, healthcare and transportation industries
  • Insurance
    • Mediated numerous insurance coverage disputes involving claims for property damage and business interruption brought by home and business owners affected by Storm Sandy. Many of these disputes involved claims for damage caused by flood, wind, water, and mold
    • Mediated and/or co-mediated other types of property insurance coverage disputes including construction defects, architectural and engineering malpractice, and defect and delay claims, including one matter stemming from the collapse of a townhouse and damage to the adjacent property
  • Professional Liability
    • Co-mediated multiple matters involving malpractice claims against architects, engineers, as well as claims for legal and accounting malpractice
  • Real Estate
    • Mediated dispute involving purchase of shares in a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) and resulting transfer tax calculations
    • Co-mediated complex partnership dispute in a real estate context with multiple owners and properties at stake
  • Secretary, ADR Committee, New York City Bar Association, 2015-present
  • Member, FINRA Dispute Resolution Panel
  • Member, New York County Supreme Court Commercial Division ADR Roster
  • Member, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York Storm Sandy Mediation Panel
  • Speaker on a variety of ADR topics at professional organizations including:
    • Panelist, FLSA Update: Cheeks 2.0, Federal Bar Association/EDNY (June 2017)
    • Panelist, Best Practices in Employment Mediations, Employment Law Institute, New York City Bar Association (March 2017)
    • Panelist, FLSA Training for EDNY Mediators (September 2016)
    • Panelist, Roundtable Breakfast - Disaster Mediation: Storm Sandy Insurance Claim Dispute Resolution Mediation, Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York and the CUNY Dispute Resolution Center at John Jay College (April 2014)
    • Panelist, New Labor Arbitrator Panel, New York City Bar Association/American Arbitration Association, moderated by Richard Adelman (June 2013)
    • Moderator, Recent Arbitration Case Law panel with Hon. Kathleen A. Roberts (Ret.), Hon. Anthony J. Carpinello (Ret.), and Hon. George Bundy Smith (Ret.), JAMS Arbitration Week (June 2011); and Presentation of same before Chartis/AIG (September 2011)


  • Litigation Attorney, Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP, 2002-2009; Kaiser, Saurborn & Mair, P.C., 2000-2002
  • J.D., Dean’s List, Fordham University School of Law, 2000 (Writing and Research Editor, Fordham International Law Journal)
  • B.A., Oberlin College, 1994

Counsel Comments

    • “I have found Robin to be an extremely skilled mediator, helpful in finding ways to settle cases that I thought could not be settled.  She is knowledgeable about the law and has a demeanor that lends itself well to resolution of complex matters.”
    • “Robin showed persistence, patience, sensitivity, fairness, and creative problem-solving skills throughout the course of a long and difficult mediation of a family business divorce – all the qualities one desires in a mediator.”
    • "Robin is an exceptional mediator. She works tirelessly to make the clients feel like they’ve been heard, and is not afraid to point out the strengths and weaknesses of their respective positions. Robin is willing to be creative in approaching solutions to break impasse. I have enjoyed working with her, and always recommend her to my colleagues."
    • "I highly recommend Robin Gise as a mediator. She is a fantastic communicator who relates well to all parties. Among her strengths, Robin works diligently to identify creative solutions which result in successful outcomes for even the most difficult of cases."
    • "I have mediated many employment cases over the last 18 years, and I find Robin to be one of the more dedicated and knowledgeable employment law mediators. Not only did Robin spend considerable time with both sides during the mediation session, she also continued her efforts in the days that followed.  Her relentless efforts to find common ground proved successful, resulting in a settlement of our case. I highly recommend Robin to mediate any employment litigation."
    • "Robin successfully mediated an unusual employment dispute that was both high stakes and highly emotional on both sides of the table. Robin’s work was critical to reaching a settlement that did not appear likely to happen when the session began."



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