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Lisa D. Love, Esq., FCIArb

Lisa D. Love, Esq., FCIArb

JAMS Arbitrator, Mediator, Special Master/Referee, Neutral Evaluator

General Biography
Practice Areas
Business & Commercial
Energy & Utilities
Entertainment & Sports
Financial Markets
Franchise & Distribution Law
International Trade Law
International & Cross-Border
Maritime & Admiralty Law
Real Estate & Real Property
Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities
Background and Education

Lisa D. Love, Esq., is an accomplished arbitrator and mediator with over 35 years of experience as a transactional attorney focused on commercial transactions, corporate finance, construction, real estate, government and public agency, licensing and contract matters.

Ms. Love is trained in collaborative dispute resolution, mediation, arbitration and negotiation. She has experience in complex commercial, public and corporate finance, construction, infrastructure, project finance and development, public-private partnership, real estate development, securities, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, licensing, technology transfer, antitrust and contract matters. She has served as chief legal counsel to several public entities and has extensive experience managing both in-house and outside counsel.

Under her direction as a co-managing partner, Ms. Love’s law firm has represented federal and state public agencies, Fortune 100 companies, middle-market businesses and nonprofit corporations, including the U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration, Overseas Private Investment Corporation and Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Ms. Love is also a highly sought-after trainer, speaker, author and educator on topics relating to diversity in the legal and ADR fields.

Ms. Love has served as arbitrator in numerous administered and non-administered arbitration proceedings involving the New York Convention, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Arbitration Rules, the Federal Arbitration Act and various other institutional rules. Utilizing her deep commercial transactions experience, Ms. Love has served as sole arbitrator or panel member in over 60 commercial arbitrations involving corporate and commercial finance, banking, international franchising, international investments, mergers and acquisitions, breach of contract, securities and equity investments matters.

Representative Matters

  • Business & Commercial
    • Ms. Love has represented commercial clients in a variety of matters relating to their businesses and has served as counsel to Fortune 500 companies, other large corporations, public agencies, middle-market companies, small and emerging companies, nonprofit organizations and individual entrepreneurs.

      Mergers and Acquisitions

      • Represented parties in mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and privatization transactions
      • Prepared SEC filings required by the Exchange Act of 1934 and the Securities Act of 1933, including Forms 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K and T-1
      • Represented the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Insurance in the antitrust analysis of the merger between a large pharmacy chain and a health insurance provider

      Corporate Contracts and Governance

      • Provided corporate governance advice and drafted and negotiated service agreements, media contracts, exhibition construction agreements, loan and financing documents, syndicated credit agreements, subscription finance agreements, grant agreements, put and option agreements, stock purchase agreements, asset acquisition agreements, management agreements, equity funding agreements, bond purchase agreements, trust indentures, private-public partnership agreements, terminal and track agreements, storage agreements, right of entry agreements, technology development agreements, licensing and music publishing agreements, PILOT and tax abatement agreements, nondisclosure agreements, consulting contracts and employment agreements
  • Construction
      • Represented public agency and financier in real estate syndication transactions
      • Represented parties in office leases; station leases; convention center leases; subleases; ground leases; concession and use agreements; reciprocal, permanent, construction and conservation easements; right of way agreements; air rights transfer agreements; redevelopment agreements; land acquisition agreements; development agreements; construction agreements; property management agreements; and right of entry agreements

      Development and Land Use

      • Represented municipality as redeveloper of school of performing and fine arts
      • Represented developer of over 700 residential units under various governmental housing programs
  • Financial Markets
    • Served as senior associate in corporate finance group of major New York law firm, gaining experience in project development, corporate finance, syndicated loan facilities, equity financing, bond finance, DIP financing, mergers and acquisitions, and acquisition financing

      Mergers and Acquisitions

      • Represented major insurance company in subscription credit facilities to affiliates to provide acquisition financing to various borrowers organized under the laws of the United States, United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Germany and Mexico

      Corporate Finance

      • Served as co-bond counsel to financial arm of a major automobile manufacturer in its largest ever corporate diversity and inclusion (D&I) bond offering, setting a record for the largest corporate bond offering in which D&I firms play a lead role; enabling diversity firms to strengthen their experience working on high-profile deals, this D&I bond not only serves as an integral component of the manufacturer’s comprehensive funding program, but also enhances the manufacturer’s platform for diversity by placing a spotlight on high-quality minority and women business enterprises
        • Represented the same manufacturer in several public offerings, including one valued at $350 million in aggregate principal of D&I medium-term notes, a key component of the company’s comprehensive funding program; Love and Long LLP acted as co-issuer’s counsel

      Public Finance

      • Represented state agency of numerous bond financings
      • Provided services to the U.S. Treasury under its Small Business Lending Fund, pursuant to which the firm negotiated and closed over 170 preferred stock, subordinated debt and equity-equivalent securities transactions totaling over $2.2 billion during a four-month period
      • Acted as co-disclosure counsel to the public offering of revenue bonds

      Institutional Finance

      • Represented municipal economic development agency providing tax credit financing to assist in the redevelopment and expansion of various government-supported projects
      • Represented financial institution, as administrative agent and lender, in connection with a multi-million-dollar syndicated credit facility involving 25 financial institutions to an entertainment conglomerate


      • Represented various lenders in the financing of franchises
      • Represented franchisees in acquisition of franchises and review of disclosure documents and leasing arrangements for franchise operations
  • Governmental/Public Agency
      • Spearheaded representation of a major port authority in upgrades to its airport facilities, a state agency in its expansion of the state’s renewable power capabilities and a state agency in the construction and acquisition of an office building
      • Served as chief legal counsel to local public agencies, as well as the mayor, city council, departments and officers, in all aspects of municipal government, including employment, employee grievances, terminations and disciplinary actions, labor, zoning, land use, redevelopment, public finance, dispositions, acquisitions of public property, municipal tax matters, city ordinances and other aspects involving municipal government
      • Served as disclosure counsel to the New York State Division of the Budget


      • Served as chief counsel to a nonprofit museum
      • Represented various nonprofit organizations, including museums, social service agencies, religious corporations, nonprofit developers and other nonprofit corporations; provided general day-to-day legal advice and counsel to senior management and board of directors; provided advice on labor relations, employment and benefits, employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, security agreements, termination agreements; and provided advice on intellectual property, including licensing agreements
  • Insurance
      • Provided representation to a state insurance department in connection with its evaluation of the acquisition of a large pharmacy chain by a health insurance provider and its subsidiaries domiciled in the state pursuant to the Insurance Holding Company System Regulatory Act
      • Represented insurer in a coverage litigation
  • Intellectual Property
      • Retained by a federal health agency to assess its technology transfer and agreement process in the area of diagnostics, drugs and imaging
      • Represented estate of celebrity in licensing of likeness and image for artistic purposes
      • Represented clothing manufacturer in licensing of name for various apparel uses
  • Maritime & Admiralty Law
      • Provided representation to federal agency in connection with its ship financing program

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Appointee, Professional Conduct Committee, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), 2021–2024
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
  • Associate, College of Commercial Arbitrators
  • Listed on the FINRA roster of arbitrators and mediators
  • Listed on the roster of arbitrators of African descent with a U.S. nexus
  • Fellow on the International Institute for Conflict Resolution & Prevention’s (CPR) panel of distinguished neutrals as an arbitrator
    • Listed as a mediator on the CPR’s banking, accounting and financial services; franchise; hedge funds; insurer-policyholder coverage; real estate; and New York City ADR general commercial panels
  • Member, National Bar Association, 2020–present
    • Dispute resolution, real estate, probate law, commercial law, corporate law and international law sections
    • Parliamentarian, Board of Directors, 2020–present
  • Member, American Bar Association, 2019–present
  • New York City Regional Co-Chair, Women in Dispute Resolution (WIDR), 2019–present
  • Member, Arbitral Women, 2019–present
  • Member, Programming Committee, Justice Marie L. Garibaldi American ADR Inn of Court for ADR, 2019–present
  • Member, Women Owned Law, 2018–present
  • Member, Ladies First, 2018–present
  • Member, New York State Bar Association, 1985- present
  • Member, District of Columbia State Bar Association, 1995- present
  • Member, Pennsylvania State Bar Association, 2002- present
  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association, 2016–present
  • Fellow, Joint Program of the Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution and the Legal Council on Legal Diversity, 2017–2019
  • Fellow, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, 2017
  • Fellow, American College of Investment Counsel, 2014–present
  • Member, National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF), 2013–present
    • Board of Directors, 2014–2020
    • Treasurer, 2016–2018
    • Chair, Finance Committee 2016–2018
    • Chair, Task Force on Legal Diversity, 2017–present
    • Co-Chair, Transactional Area Practice Group, 2014–2016
  • Member, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, 1981–present
  • Member, National Association of Women Lawyers, 2018–2019
  • Member, District V-A Ethics Committee, Office of Attorney Ethics, Superior Court of New Jersey, 2004–2007
  • Appointee, Committee on Academic Appeals and Professional Responsibility, Georgetown University Law Center, 1983–1984
  • Bar Admissions: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Best Negotiator, Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation, 2018
  • Outstanding Service Award, SBLF Program, U.S. Department of Treasury, 2011
  • Outstanding Women in the Field of Real Estate, Women’s Fund, 2003
  • One of the first women to represent two cities simultaneously as chief legal counsel to the New Jersey municipalities of Plainfield and Orange Township

Selected Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • Lisa Love Negotiated Her Way to The Top,” Modern Counsel, 2021
  • Speaker, “Diversity & Inclusion in Law Practice,” Practising Law Institute, 2021
  • Observer, ICC International Mediation Competition, Paris, February 2020
  • Arbitrator, Foreign Direct Investment International Moot Arbitration Competition, Miami, November 2019
  • “The Phase Out of LIBOR and the Impact on Financial Transactions,” Love and Long Newsletter, 2018
  • Arbitrator, CPR International Moot Mediation Competition, São Paulo, Brazil, April 2018
  • Mediator, Judith S. Kaye Moot Arbitration Competition, New York, November 2017
  • “Selective Disclosures In Securities Issuances,” Love and Long Newsletter, 2017
  • “Make Whole Provisions Triggered Upon Acceleration of Debt in Bankruptcy,” Love and Long Newsletter, 2017
  • “Enforceability of Tail Fee Provision in Engagement Letters,” Underwriting and Corporate Securities, Love and Long Newsletter, 2017
  • Presenter, “Secured Transactions: Practical Tips for Utilizing UCC Article 9,” NAMWOLF CLE Program, 2014
  • “Loan Participations and Syndications,” NAMWOLF Newsletter, 2014
  • Presenter, “Practical Guide to Zoning and Land Use in New Jersey,” NBI CLE, 2005
  • Presenter, “What the Supreme Court Did and Did Not Do in Criminal Law and Procedure During the 1981–1982 Term,” GULC CLE program, 1982

Background and Education

  • Co-Managing Partner, Love and Long LLP, 1995–present
  • Adjunct Professor, Legal Studies Department, Montclair State University, 1998–2000
  • Certificate of Completion, Program on Negotiation, Executive Education – Mediation, Harvard Law School, 2018
  • Certificate of Completion, Course on International Arbitration, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Columbia Law School, 2018
  • Chief Legal Counsel, 1995–2000
    • Plainfield, New Jersey, 1995–1996
    • Orange Township, NJ 0 1996–2000
  • General Counsel, African American Museum in Philadelphia, 2013–present
  • Disclosure Counsel, New York State Division of the Budget, 2017–present
  • Associate, Corporate Finance, Katten Muchin Rosenman Colin (formerly Rosenman & Colin) 1984–1995
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1984
  • Participant, Securities and Exchange Commission Clinic, 1983–1984
  • B.S., summa cum laude, Northeastern University, 1981


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