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David S. Ross, Esq.

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David S. Ross, Esq. has nearly a decade of mediation experience and resolves virtually every dispute that he handles. Widely recognized for his persistence and pragmatism, Mr. Ross has successfully mediated a broad range of complex two-party and multi-party cases, focusing on employment and commercial matters.

Mr. Ross, whose mediation career has been featured in The New York Law Journal and The National Law Journal, teaches a negotiation course at Columbia University Law School.

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ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • All types of employment-related cases -- including class actions and FLSA cases -- involving allegations of discrimination based on age, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion and sexual orientation
  • Expertise in settling sexual harassment claims
  • Experience resolving all types of contractual and commercial matters and construction, franchise, partnership dissolution, and personal injury cases
  • Worked with employees and management at several companies, including one of the largest U.S. airlines, to resolve employment-related disputes
  • Certified as a mediator by the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, and the Supreme Court, New York County Commercial Division

Representative Matters

  • Business Commercial      
    • Fraud claims brought by former NHL players against several banks and investment advisors
    • Dozens of multi-million dollar breach of contract claims by senior executives against investment and commercial banks
    • Contract dispute between large U.S. pharmaceutical company and various European and Dutch chemical manufacturers
    • Breach of implied and express warranties and breach of oral contract claims by distributor of electrical parts against manufacturer
    • Dozens of bonus claims by former brokers, traders and research analysts against most of the major investment banks. For example, Mr. Ross resolved a multi-million dollar bonus claim and breach of implied contract claim brought by a former Director of Investment Banking
  • Employment
    • Settled an eight plaintiff class action involving FLSA, retaliation, hiring of a minor, spread of hours and failure to accommodate claims against a national warehouse chain
    • Discrimination and sexual harassment claims brought by former employee against radio and television personality
    • Sexual assault and attempted rape charges by female condominium employee against male supervisor and large real estate development company
    • FLSA class action involving thousands of plaintiffs against a national retail chain
    • Sexual harassment and retaliation class action brought by hundreds of female employees of an international air carrier
    • Allegation of rape by senior executive at large technology company
    • Multiple plaintiff action alleging racial profiling against national pharmacy
    • Hundreds of gender discrimination and failure to promote claims brought by female brokers, traders, managers, financial advisors and research analysts against most of the major U.S. investment banks
    • Multi-plaintiff case alleging sexual harassment, discrimination, unlawful termination against medical doctors at a prestigious university
    • Dozens of age discrimination and breach of contract claims against one of the country's largest HMO's
    • Partnership dissolution of prominent NY-based law firm
    • Sexual harassment claims against president of Fortune 500 company
    • Gender discrimination claim by a male employee against a female senior executive at national public relations firm
    • Claims by African American security guards against an entertainment conglomerate alleging racial discrimination, hostile work environment and wrongful termination
    • Claims by a Hispanic male marketing manager that his male supervisor sexually harassed him and retaliated against him by failing to promote him
    • Claim by a female assistant that the CEO of a major insurance carrier retaliated against her and denied her FMLA rights when she refused his sexual advances
    • Retaliation and intentional infliction of emotional distress claims brought by an Indian male physician who served as the Director of Clinical Research at a major hospital
    • Claim by the manager of a Broadway production company that he was discriminated against because he was a heterosexual male
    • Claim by a Christian caucasian male against a bank that he was discriminated against because of his religion and race
    • Age discrimination, ERISA, severance, and libel claims brought by an Executive Vice-President and General Manager of a European bank
    • Wrongful termination claim by a female high school teacher against the school superintendent and the school district
    • Claim by a Managing Director of an investment bank that he was wrongfully terminated when senior management learned was HIV positive
  • Adjunct Professor, Columbia University School of Law, 1995-present
  • Inaugural Chair / Facilitator, Rainforest Alliance Honoree Program (2016)
  • Panelist, NYU Law School / ABA Mediation Week (2015)
  • Panelist, Workshop on Employment Law for Federal Judges (2008)
  • Mediation Trainer, Bar Association of the City of New York; Cornell University School of Labor/Industrial Relations, U.S. Attorney General
  • Editor of a leading negotiation textbook Beyond Winning: Negotiating to Create Value in Deals and Disputes (Harvard University Press, 2005)
  • Co-Chair, Employment Dispute Resolution Systems, NYU Law School
  • Former Member, National Mediation Panels : Merrill Lynch, NASD, AIG
  • Conducts seminars on mediation advocacy & ethics, and negotiation
  • Guest speaker on mediation at ABA Conferences, NYU School of Law, Brooklyn Law School, The Practicing Law Institute, and The American Corporate Counsel Association
  • Authored articles on ADR, including "Strategic Considerations in Choosing a Mediator" (The Journal of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Employment, Vol. 2, No. 1, Spring 2002) published by CCH and "The Role of Feelings in Mediation" (Dispute Resolution Alert, February 2010)
  • Prior to joining JAMS, Mr. Ross practiced in the litigation department at Cravath, Swaine and Moore
  • LL.M., Alternative Dispute Resolution, Columbia Univ. Law School (1993)
  • J.D., New York University Law School, 1989 (Moot Court Board)
  • B.A., with honors, University of Virginia, 1986
    • Visiting Scholar, Cambridge University, England (1985-1986)



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