Nancy Kramer

Nancy Kramer, Esq.

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator, Referee/Special Master, Hearing Officer

Case Manager
Patrick Palmer
T: 212-607-2788
F: 212-751-4099
620 8th Ave., 34th Floor, New York, NY 10018


Nancy Kramer, Esq. is a veteran ADR professional who has served as a mediator in more than 650 cases covering a wide range of disputes with a particular emphasis on employment cases. Ms. Kramer also has significant experience in resolving disputes tied to family matters, co-op and condo disputes, personal injury, and contract cases. She has also arbitrated numerous employment matters. Ms. Kramer is a member of the JAMS Title IX panel, for which all panelists received extensive training.

Ms. Kramer is known for her ability to relate well to a wide range of people and issues with energy and tenacity. Ms. Kramer's years of experience as a mediator have contributed to her deep love and trust in the ADR process, clients and organizations alike have benefitted from her expertise. Her breadth of experience, patience, and creativity help clients identify solutions to complex issues.

Representative Matters

  • Mediations
    • Mediated hundreds of employment cases involving allegations of wrongful termination; violation of FLSA; failure to promote; harassment; unlawful discrimination (race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic origin); and co-worker clashes; hostile work environment; retaliation, as well as breaches of non-compete and non-solicitation clauses. These cover a wide variety of industries including technology, recruitment, fashion as well as government agencies. Examples of cases successfully mediated include:
      • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) case involving 14 nightclub employees, some still employed by defendant, many of whom spoke little English.
      • Sexual harassment/wrongful termination cases brought by two different ex-employees of a major electronics chain who had worked at two separate locations. The settlements reached were quite different but the joint mediation, instigated by the attorney for claimants, worked well.
      • Breach of contract matter involving confidentiality provision in FLSA settlement agreement.. The employer, which sought the mediation, had held up scheduled payments to all the employees.
      • Major corporation was alleged by several hearing-impaired employees, with different degrees of impairment, to have failed to  distinguish between employees' varying needs and make reasonable accommodations. After mediation with a sign interpreter, a tiered accommodation was structured and the complaint dropped.
      • Alleged violation of non-solicitation agreement by ex-employee in technology firm who was followed to new employer by several colleagues; employee claimed that they sought him out.
      • Claim of theft of trade secrets by ex-employee of claning products corporation.
      • Failure to promote allegation by mid-level employee claiming racial discrimination.
  • Arbitrations
    • Arbitrated (usually as chair) numerous FINRA employment cases involving allegations of wrongful termination; denial of bonus to which employee was entitled; breach of non-compete and/or non-solictation clauses.
  • Facilitations
    • Mediated and served as a facilitator in a major state college dispute involving over-spending and curriculum priorities. A full-day session with various break-out sessions resolved the immediate conflict and  left the department better able to communicate.
  • Appointed Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council, Pilot Mediator Incubator Program, United States District Court, Eastern District of New York (EDNY), 2022
  • Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS
  • Member, New York City Bar Association President's Committee, 2018-2021
  • Member, New York City Bar Association Co-op and Condo Committee, 2018-2021
  • Chair, New York City Bar Association ADR Committee, 2015-2018
  • Member, New York State Bar Association Mediation Committee
  • Special Master, Appellate Division, First Judicial Department, Supreme Court of the State of New York, 2005-2015
  • Member of REDRESS panel, alternative dispute resolution program of United States Postal Service, since its inception in 1998
  • Member of United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York roster of mediators
  • Former Panel Member, American Arbitration Association
  • Former Panel Member, Resolute
  • Speaker on a variety of ADR topics for American Bar Association, Brooklyn Bar Association, Council of New York Cooperatives & Condominiums, CPR,, Nassau County Bar Association, New York City Bar Association, New York City Corporation Counsel, New York County Lawyers Association, New York State Attorney General's Office, New York State Bar Association, PLI, Touro Law School, and several psychoanalytic institutes


  • "Co-Op and Condo Disputes: Mediation Offers Flexible Quick Solutions," New York Law Journal, October 1, 2019
  • "Co-Mediating - Giving It a Chance," New York Law Journal, March 18, 2019
  • “Timing: An Overlooked Component Of A Successful Mediation”, Law 360, October 29, 2015
  • "Storm Sandy -- Mediation Like No Other",, December 2013
  • "Tip Sheet on Selecting a Mediator",, December 2011
  • "An Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution for the LGBT Community", white paper of New York State Bar Association, January 2011
  • "How to Best Represent Your Client at Mediation: A Tip Sheet",, May 2010
  • "Are Agreements to Mediate Necessary? Yes!",, June 2008
  • "Mediate Co-op Disputes" Letter to the Editor, The New York Times, May, 2007
  • "Taking the High Road",, August 2006
  • "The Same but Different: Mediating Separations of Same-Sex Couples" ACResolution, Summer 2005
  • "Do You Have a Picture of Jamie? How and Why This Works in Mediation",, February 2003
  • Nancy Kramer Mediation & Other Dispute Resolution Services, solo neutral practice, 2005-2015
  • Special Counsel to New York State Trial Lawyers Association, 1998-2004
  • Private practice as Administrative Law Judge, mediator, appellate brief writing, 1997-1998
  • Director of Professional Programs, NYU Real Estate Institute, 1995-1997
  • Deputy Bureau Chief & Bureau Chief, New York State Attorney General's Office, 1982-1995
  • Executive Director of Committee For Public Justice, 1979-1982
  • General Counsel, New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), 1973-1979
  • General Counsel, Council on The Environment of New York City, 1972-1973
  • Associate, Moore, Berson, Hamburg & Bernstein, 1970-1971
  • Assistant Regional Counsel, United States Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), 1969-1970
  • Assistant Director, Manhattan Bowery Project, 1968-1969
  • Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society, 1966-1968
  • J.D., with honors, Columbia Law School, 1966
  • B.F.A., Brandeis University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1963

Counsel Comments

    • “Ms. Kramer's skill as a mediator was instrumental in helping the parties reach an amicable resolution to our case. With her detail-oriented approach, she not only took the time to understand the facts of the case and the parties' legal arguments, but she also took the time to talk to the parties in order to understand where they were coming from. With a strong sense of parties' respective claims and defenses, and an understanding of what was motivating them, Ms. Kramer was able to expertly navigate the parties toward a settlementthat was fair and acceptable to everyone.”
    • “You inspire communication.”
    • “Through thorough preparation, Nancy quickly grasps the facts and legal issues involved, which enables her to efficiently get to the bottom of the dispute. It was a real pleasure working with Nancy and I would not hesitate to recommend her services to others!”
    • “Bright, personable, a very quick study and one who uses her vast experience in all useful and productive ways.”
    • “Nancy Kramer has a unique combination of attributes that make her a wonderful mediator. She is street smart yet compassionate. She relates well to everyone but is steadfast in her journey towards truth and fairness. Most of all, she is a good listener and a very practical person. She understands the difference between the parties’ aspirations and what she believes is achievable. If you looked up the word “mediator” in the dictionary, you might very well see a picture of Nancy Kramer.”
    • “Ms. Kramer is skilled as both a mediator and arbitrator. As a mediator, she works to understand what is motivating each party to help facilitate resolution. As an arbitrator, she respects the law but also ensures the parties benefit from the efficiencies of the ADR process. If you find yourself in a dispute, you can find comfort in her handling of the matter.”
    • “Nancy guided the parties to settlement of an emotionally fraught dispute between a residential cooperative corporation and shareholder. She was patient, but dogged, and I would not hesitate to utilize her services in future disputes.”



Practice Areas

  • Business/Commercial
  • Employment
  • Family Law
  • Higher Education & Title IX
  • Personal Injury/Torts
  • Real Property


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