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Dina Jansenson

Dina R. Jansenson, Esq.

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Melanie O'Harra
T: 212-607-2707
F: 212-751-4099
620 Eighth Avenue , 34th Floor , New York , NY 10018
Dina R. Jansenson, Esq. has twenty-five years of experience mediating and arbitrating a wide variety of employment-related matters. Ms. Jansenson brings a broad base of substantive knowledge, as well as a deep understanding of the litigation challenges facing parties in the event of impasse, to help parties to best analyze their complex legal, factual and business issues, engage in risk assessment, and develop creative business solutions. She is extremely adept at helping parties to deal with sensitive and emotional issues, managing emotional dynamics, and bringing parties together to arrive at meaningful resolutions. Ms. Jansenson is a recognized expert in the field: she is a frequent lecturer about mediation, negotiation and alternative dispute resolution for corporations, universities, and organizations in the United States and abroad. Ms. Jansenson speaks fluent Spanish and Hebrew and has conducted mediations in these languages on request.

Representative Matters

  • Class actions, including misclassification claims by drivers alleging that the company improperly classified them as independent contractors; and tip pooling claims brought by restaurant workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Hundreds of claims of discrimination on the basis of race, age, gender, disability, national origin, and sexual orientation, as well as hostile work environment, retaliation and sexual harassment claims, relating to terminations, promotions, and compensation in a variety of industries including financial services, aerospace, airlines, healthcare providers, law firms, news organizations, public utility companies, governmental entities, and academic institutions, brought under Title VII, the ADEA, the ADA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, NY State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL), the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL), and the New York City Administrative Code (NYCHRL)
  • Executive compensation and bonus claims involving law firms, brokerage houses and investment banking firms
  • Breach of employment agreements involving law partnerships, accounting firms, healthcare organizations, investment banking firms and financial services companies
  • Disputes involving allegations of breach of non-compete and non-solicitation contract provisions
  • Numerous FMLA claims brought against financial institutions
  • Various allegations of wrongful termination by employees in a wide variety of industries
  • External, third party, ombudsperson for Bertelsmann and its subsidiaries and affiliates in North and South America
  • Former Co-Chair, Committee on International Arbitration and ADR, NYSBA International Section
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Fellow (past), College of Commercial Arbitrators
  • New York “Super Lawyer” 
  • Lecturer about mediation, negotiation and dispute resolution for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York; United Nations, the United States Department of Justice and numerous corporation in the United States, and in Spain, Italy, Mexico, Argentina, Costa Rica, and Chile
  • Member: Panel of Mediators for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York; Panel of Mediators for the United States District Court for the Southern District
  • Arbitration Appointments: International Chamber of Commerce (ICC); American Arbitration Association (AAA); NYC Contract Dispute Resolution Board; The Private Adjudication Center, Inc. (affiliated with Duke University School of Law)
  • Teaching Appointments: Lecturer-in-Law, Columbia University Law School (Negotiation); Adjunct Professor of Law, New York University School of Law (Negotiation); Former Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School (Alternative Dispute Resolution); Former Visiting Instructor, University of Barcelona, Spain (Commercial Mediation); Former Visiting Instructor, Los Andes University, Bogota, Colombia (Negotiation and Mediation)
  • Publications: “The Art of Negotiation,” Bridge-the-Gap Handbook, New York Practicing Law Institute, 2009; "How To Represent Your Clients Successfully in Mediation," 1 New York Litigator, Issue No. 2, November 1995; "Alternative Dispute Resolution: An Overview," Law Department Management Advisor, Business Laws, Inc., Issue No. 129, December 1, 1994; "Alternative Dispute Resolution in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York”
  • Formerly Of Counsel, Flemming Zulack Williamson Zauderer LLP, a New York law firm
  • Boston University School of Law, 1984, G. Joseph Tauro Scholar & Howard Hennessy Scholar
  • Nationality: Argentina and Israel
  • Fluent in Spanish and Hebrew

Counsel Comments

    • “Dina: Any time you'd care to use me as a reference, please do so. I never thought this case had more than a 10-20% chance of resolving, let alone at the first attempt. What did it was your rare ability to instill in the participants (certainly my side, and I cannot even fathom that the same would not apply to the other side) a total atmosphere of trust. Your intelligence and your uncanny ability to keep the level of discussion at the proper level led to the parties agreeing. It was that simple. I really hope I have the chance to call upon you again. And I certainly will contact you if we (or I) need help with the settlement agreement.”
    • “I was impressed with your mediation skills, which are a rare mix of intelligence, forceful advocacy, sensitivity and patience.”
    • “You are a quick learner for difficult subject matter and terminology, and you are one of the brightest and best folks that JAMS has.”
    • “You did an outstanding job of dealing with [ ] the company's CFO to whom you spoke on the telephone, who was particularly impressed by your analysis of the case. . . . Thanks again for your outstanding work in the face of having to deal with so many difficult issues.”
    • “Both sides feel [ ], as does [client] profess ....that you were an excellent choice as mediator and you helped us settle a very difficult emotional issue. I thought your analysis of ‘who had the better case [ ]’ compared with ‘who had the most to lose’ [ ] was a brilliant imprimatur in the morning session, that really got [ ] off the dime, and into a settlement mode. Bravo! You were also very kind in communicating [ ] ‘respect’ for my presentation, in which I tried to be conciliatory and gentle, yet at the same time firm and resolute. Again, resulting from my reading of your paper on Negotiation - a brilliant must read piece.”
    • “For me it was a great experience in many ways, especially to be there and to understand the dynamics of mediation. Theory is certainly different than practice. Thanks for all your help, now I really believe in the power of mediation.”
    • “You were terrific and accomplished what I thought for sure could not be done! I too hope we get to work together again. Thanks again for all our hard work and not giving up!”
    • “Your ability to work with both parties, but especially [name] at a legal, but more importantly an emotional level, was in my view the key to our collective success."
    • “I wanted to say very sincerely how pleased I was with the way you handled the mediation yesterday. Very skillfully done, I thought. I know from speaking with them that the others on my side agreed. So, you made me look smart for picking such an able mediator.”
    • “I want to reiterate again that we recognize how much of an accomplishment that it was for you to achieve this settlement. We were very lucky to have you as our mediator.”
    • “It was an absolute pleasure working with you and we both feel you did a fantastic job. Our client is very pleased, as are we.”
    • “Thanks again for your special touch which was most instrumental in getting us to ‘yes.’”
    • “All the great things I heard about you are true!”
    • “In speaking with [ ], in house counsel for [ ] in this matter, he thought Dina was ‘head and shoulders’ above other mediators and arbitrators that he has used over the years and considers Dina in the top 10% of mediators to which he has been exposed. He felt that Dina was fair and even though he didn’t get exactly the result he wanted, he thought Dina was professional, dogged regarding getting parties past impasse and knowledgeable about both the mediation process and the litigation nuances of this case. Furthermore, he thought Dina was honest and did not ‘blow smoke’ as other mediators do.”
    • “Dina did a phenomenal job. She was very empathic and patient and warm and sympathetic. She was helpful and creative and she did a great job.”



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