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Marc Isserles

Marc E. Isserles, Esq.

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Annie Goodwin
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620 Eighth Avenue , 34th Floor , New York , NY 10018

Marc E. Isserles, Esq. is a skilled commercial mediator with more than 15 years of litigation experience handling complex business disputes.

Mr. Isserles regularly mediates employment law cases, including cases involving claims of sex, race, age, religion, national origin, and disability discrimination (under federal, state, and city discrimination laws), retaliation claims, Equal Pay Act violations, and claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

A former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, and a founding partner of a top New York City litigation boutique, Mr. Isserles brings to his mediation practice the skills of both a nuanced legal thinker and seasoned litigator. Mr. Isserles is known for his judicious temperament, thorough preparation, and ability to quickly grasp both sides of a complicated issue while keeping an open mind.

Read counsel comments about Mr. Isserles's skills and style as a neutral.

Representative Employment Law Mediations and Arbitrations

  • Mediated wrongful termination claim by former head coach of division one sports team against former university
  • Mediated 8-figure claim by technology executive against managing members of LLC-employer for wrongful dissolution of entity 
  • Mediated disability discrimination claim by security guard against government contractor
  • Mediated sexual harassment and retaliation claim against major retailer
  • Mediated FMLA interference and retaliation claim against non-profit health services organization
  • Arbitrated retaliation claim by restaurant manager against restaurant chain following incident of alleged sexual harassment
  • Arbitrated age discrimination claim by telecommunication company sales executive who was terminated as part of a purported reduction in force
  • Mediated FLSA dispute over unpaid overtime between former employee and major retaileMediated FLSA collective action for overtime wages against restauranMediated FLSA overtime and retaliation claim against major retailer
  • Mediated sexual assault and sexual harassment claim against major retailer
  • Mediated claims by major financial services firm to enforce promissory notes given to former employees
  • Mediated seven-figure whistleblower and discrimination claim against major health care provider
  • Mediated ADA accessibility case brought against major retailer and landlord
  • Mediated FLSA claims brought against provider of technology services for misclassifying certain workers as exempt
  • Mediated numerous claims by employees challenging employer’s failure to pay bonus and/or deferred compensation
  • Mediated sexual harassment and assault claim brought by employee against small business owner
  • Mediated national origin and disability discrimination claim against DOE and school principal
  • Mediated gender discrimination claim brought by high-level executive against major insurance company
  • Mediated sexual harassment and hostile work environment claim brought against construction company
  • Mediated sexual harassment and hostile work environment claim brought by contract attorney against law firm and temporary placement agency
  • Mediated seven-figure age discrimination and retaliation lawsuit brought by physician specialist against hospital
  • Conducted binding mediation/baseball arbitration of seven-figure hostile work environment and retaliation claim brought against major retailer
  • Mediated dispute between hedge fund and former analyst over fund’s alleged failure to pay a guaranteed annual bonus
  • Mediated disability discrimination claim brought by special agent against federal agency
  • Mediated hostile work environment, sex, and race discrimination claim brought by public school teacher harassed by students
  • Mediated sex discrimination claim brought by high-level executive against fashion design company
  • Mediated religious discrimination claim brought by teacher against secular school district located within religious enclave
  • Mediated national origin discrimination claim brought against parking company
  • Mediated sex discrimination claim brought against restaurant chain
  • Neutral on various court panels, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; and the Supreme Court, Commercial Division for New York County
  • Member, Federal Bar Council
  • Founding Partner, Shapiro, Arato & Isserles LLP, 2009-2014
  • Partner and Associate, Cohen & Gresser LLP, 2005-2008
  • Associate at Parcher, Hayes & Snyder, O’Melveny & Myers, and Jenner & Block, 2000-2005
  • Law Clerk to Hon. Stephen G. Breyer, U.S. Supreme Court, 1999-2000
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Laurence H. Silberman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, 1998-1999
  • J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1998; Joshua Montgomery Sears Prize (for highest grade point average during second year), 1996-1997; Notes Editor, Harvard Law Review, 1996-1998
  • B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, 1993

Counsel Comments

    "Mr. Isserles is an intelligent, persuasive, thoughtful, empathic and patient mediator. He is a pleasant person to spend the day with and is careful to always keep the focus on the clients. These qualities enable the parties to reach a handshake without even realizing their arms had been twisted."

    “Marc has that rare and perfect combination of mediator skills - patience, persistence, personable, and razor-sharp smarts. He quickly masters legal issues and gets to the heart of a dispute and what drives each side. He masterfully helped resolve my multi-party action involving a number of strong personalities.”

    “Mr. Isserles was an impressively prepared, skilled, and patient neutral who worked tirelessly to get the parties together in a hotly contested federal case. I would recommend him without hesitation.”

    “After the parties experienced an unsuccessful and very contentious mediation with another mediator, Mr. Isserles stepped in and managed to professionally and expeditiously resolve the parties' complex partnership dispute in less than a day.”





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