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Natasha Lisman

Natasha C. Lisman, Esq.

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Roxanne Zinkowitz
T: 617-228-9124
F: 617-228-0222
One Beacon Street , Suite 2210 , Boston , MA 02108-3106
Natasha C. Lisman, Esq. is a highly respected arbitrator and mediator, with significant experience in resolving domestic and international business/commercial, insurance, reinsurance, and intellectual property disputes. Prior to establishing her full-time career in ADR, Ms. Lisman was a partner in the Boston law firm of Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C., representing parties in complex commercial litigation in court and ADR proceedings, as well as human rights cases before the  European Court of Human Rights. Ms. Lisman’s expertise in international dispute resolution is bolstered by her experience of having lived and worked in multiple countries and acquiring knowledge of several languages and diverse cultural customs. 

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Multiple years of experience as an arbitrator and mediator for complex, cross border disputes
  • Recognized for effective use of creative ADR techniques to  facilitate ing fair, speedy, and cost-effective settlements or arbitral decisions  by tailoring the process for each unique dispute
  • Neutral roster for the World Intellectual Property Organization
  • Neutral roster for the Russian Arbitration Association (RAA)
  • Fluent in Russian, with working knowledge of French and Polish

Representative Matters

  • Sole arbitrator in a trademark dispute between a US manufacturer and a Chinese distributor
  • Sole arbitrator in a dispute among US, Israeli, and Russian parties to a high-tech joint venture
  • Chair of a three-person arbitration panel in a corporate executive compensation dispute
  • Chair of a three-person arbitration panel in a business insurance coverage dispute
  • Sole arbitrator in a number of business insurance coverage disputes
  • Party-appointed arbitrator in a reinsurance dispute
  • Successfully mediated a dispute between a US manufacturer and a German distributor
  • Successfully mediated an advertising liability insurance coverage dispute
  • Sole neutral and panel member in more than two dozen WIPO online UDRP proceedings
  • Senior Counsel to Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Accounts in Switzerland, working with to work as Senior Counsel to a panel of prominent international arbitrators resolving disputed claims to Holocaust-era bank accounts
  • Recognized each year since 2007 in Best Lawyers in America as a Best Lawyer in the categories of Arbitration, International Arbitration, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, and Intellectual Property
  • Recognized in Boston Magazine as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer in Business Litigation, 2005-2012; Top 50 Female Lawyers in Massachusetts, 2005, 2008-2012; Top 50 Female Lawyers in New England, 2010-2012
  • Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Boston Bar Association (BBA), former member, BBA governing board and Executive Committee; former co-Chair, BBA International Law Section, Litigation Section, and International Dispute Resolution Committee
  • International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP), member of the Board of Directors since 2001; member of the Executive Committee since 2010-2015); Program Committee (2016-)
  • Publications
    • Why companies should consider cyber risk coverage, InsideCounsel, Feb. 3, 2016
    • Arbitration Wars in Insurance Insolvency, ARIAS U.S. Quarterly, Vol. 18, No. 4 (2011)
    • Honoring the Honorable Engagement Clause in Judicial Review of Arbitral Awards: Should the Honorable Engagement Clause Preclude Any Scrutiny for Manifest Disregard of the Law, ARIAS U.S. Quarterly, Vol. 14, No. 3 (2007)
    • The Importance of Keeping Mediators’ Statements Confidential, co-authored by Eric D. Green, Natasha C. Lisman and Jeffrey C. Stern, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, February 14, 2005 
    • Restitution of Holocaust Era Swiss Bank Accounts, JUSTICE, autumn 200
  • Presentations
    • Co-Presenter, Advanced Mediation Advocacy, CLE seminar, January 2016
    • Sole Presenter,  Advanced Mediation Advocacy, CLE seminar, March, 2016
    • Panelist, Mock Arbitration Panel Deliberations and Decision, Massachusetts Reinsurance Bar Association Annual Symposium, October 1, 2009
    • Panelist, Arbitration Practice and Update 2007, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education seminar, October 9, 2007
    • Co-chair, Commercial Arbitration: Why and How, Boston Bar Association seminar, October 6, 2005
    • Chair, Reinsurance Arbitration Soup to Nuts, a Boston Bar Association seminar, May 25, 2005
  • Arbitrator and Mediator, JAMS, since 2015
  • Litigation Partner, Arbitrator,  and Arbitrator at Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C., Boston, 1982-2013 (Associate, 1978-1982)
  • J.D., cum laude, Boston University School of Law, 1978
  • B.A., cum laude, Brandeis University, 1968

Counsel Comments

    • "Ms. Lisman was a thoughtful, well prepared mediator, who managed effectively the emotions of the parties, absorbed the facts critical to each side and listened attentively. Her steady management of the process, patience, wisdom and attention to detail broke through previous deadlock and made resolution possible.” 
      - Partner in a global law firm and one of the top business litigators in Boston
    • “I have served on an arbitration panel chaired by Natasha Lisman. Natasha led the panel through a careful consideration of the legal principles as they applied to the facts. She was at all times impartial and extremely considerate of the parties and counsel while still at the same time keeping the hearings moving forward and focused on the critical issues.” 
      - Leading Trial Lawyer, Business Adviser, and Arbitrator with a major national law firm


Practice Areas

  • Business/Commercial
  • Civil Rights
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
Available nationwide


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