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David Ross

David S. Ross, Esq.

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Brittany Faulconbridge
T: 212-607-2788
F: 212-751-4099
620 Eighth Ave., 34th Floor, New York, NY 10018


David S. Ross, Esq. has conducted negotiation skills, basic and advanced mediation skills, mediation advocacy, conflict management, and other ADR training seminars and courses for thousands of lawyers and law students, human resource and corporate managers, federal judges, and other professionals.

He has trained lawyers for:

  • The New York City Bar Association
  • The Practicing Law Institute
  • The American Corporate Counsel Association
  • The United States Attorney General’s Office
  • The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Various law firms throughout the country

Mr. Ross has also conducted training sessions for many public and private organizations, including:

  • United Airlines
  • The McGraw-Hill Companies
  • Cosmair (L'Oreal, Maybelline)
  • American International Group, Inc. (AIG)

Mr. Ross serves as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University Law School where he teaches a course entitled Negotiation Theory and Skills. He has also taught courses or lectured on mediation and arbitration at New York University School of Law, Cornell University School of Labor/Industrial Relations, Brooklyn Law School, and Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School. He is a former member of the National ADR Training Faculty of Pepperdine University School of Law based in Malibu, California.

Mediation Experience
An active mediator for the past decade, Mr. Ross has successfully resolved hundreds of two-party and multi-party disputes. Recognized as one of the leading employment mediators in the country, he has mediated all types of employment cases -- including class actions -- with issues involving allegations of harassment and discrimination based on age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, and race. Mr. Ross also has experience resolving commercial, construction, environmental, franchise, partnership dissolution, personal injury, and securities cases.

  • Adjunct Professor, Columbia University School of Law, 1995-present
    • Course Creator and Instructor, Basic Negotiation Skills and Theory
    • Course Creator and Instructor, Advanced Negotiation Skills
  • 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); "The Role of Feelings in Mediation" (Dispute Resolution Alert, February 2010); and "Advanced Negotiation Skills for Lawyers" (ABA Press, 2003)
  • Board of Trustees, The Rainforest Alliance
  • Board of Directors, Friends of Facing History, Inc.
  • Founder, Honors Mentoring Program, The Facing History School
  • President’s Leadership Council, Search for Common Ground
  • Development Committee, Trinity School
  • Convergence Leadership Council (a non-profit that solves social challenges through collaboration)
  • 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)

Counsel Comments

    Plaintiff's Counsel 
    • “David has the right personality and intellect to get tough cases settled.”
    • “David Ross is an exceptionally talented, insightful and effective mediator who is patient, persistent and fair.”
    • “David is a seasoned professional who is engaged in the process by immersing himself with the facts of a dispute. He looks at the narrative objectively, offering a fair approach to compromise. I'd put him on my short list, given his proven effectiveness in helping parties resolve disputes in a balance and fair way.”
    • “David Ross is a top-notch employment law mediator who knows the law inside and out and understands the intricacies of a complex, personal negotiation as these types of disputes so often are. Even better, he genuinely cares about seeing these matters resolved.”
    • “David is always well-prepared and focused on the pivotal issues. He works hard and is committed to getting a deal done.”
    • “Thanks so much for your hard and creative work in mediating this case. I am compelled to recognize your outstanding abilities as a mediator and your special qualities as a person. We were lucky to have you.”
    • “David is an excellent mediator. He always is very well prepared and clearly takes the time to learn the case and carefully review the parties’ pre-mediation submissions. David has been instrumental in successfully resolving a number of very difficult cases in which the parties arrived at mediation entrenched in their respective positions, and I give him my highest recommendation.”
    • "Mr. Ross settled a challenging case and did a remarkable job communicating with the parties."
    • “We had been trying to resolve a difficult employment case for six months. We made offers, shared information and had numerous discussions to no avail. Eventually we agreed to mediate with David Ross at JAMS and the case settled in a day. David has that rare talent to bring people together and find a solution. He is warm, pragmatic and can resolve even those stubborn cases that seem hopeless. You can go to court and litigate for years or call David Ross and end it in a day.”
    • “Thank you for the stellar role you played in resolving my client’s case. Although I was convinced that an amicable disposition of this matter was unlikely, your persistence combined with over nine hours of patient, skillfully conducted joint and separate sessions brought about a resolution. Without a doubt, the settlement of this matter resulted from your efforts. As a plaintiff’s employment attorney, your neutrality restored my faith in mediation services.”
    • “I just read The National Law Journal article about you. While I don’t remember ever getting any hugs from you, I certainly do remember the doggedness with which you try to get the parties (and their counsel) to reach a meeting of the minds. Your youthfulness is a virtue: with it comes energy and idealism I hope you will never lose.”
    • “You are a terrific mediator. I honestly started out thinking there was little chance of even getting an offer [from my adversary]. You did a great job! I hope our paths cross again.”
    • “David, thank you so much for...the great job you did yesterday. You were masterful! I did not think we would get it done. Your touch was just right on both sides.”
    • "Thank you.  I think you did a fantastic job.  I look forward to working with you again."
    Defense Counsel
    • “I'm convinced we would not have been able to reach this resolution without your assistance.... I appreciate your persistence, smarts and candidness throughout the process. You were effective!
      - General Counsel, Fortune 500 Company
    • “Mediator Ross was respectful, focused, understood the contentions of all parties and was familiar with the counsels’ submissions and arguments. He helped the parties achieve a settlement in a relatively brief period of time, avoiding delay despite the number of parties involved and the contentious issues presented.”
    • “I very much appreciated your handling of the situation and was glad that you proved my pessimism to be unfounded!”
    • “I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your efforts. You took what I thought was an impossible situation and made a deal happen. I was especially impressed with the way you 'kept hope alive.' Your work throughout the mediation was stunning.”
    • “I have participated in hundreds of mediations across the United States, and worked with hundreds of different mediators. In my opinion, David Ross is the best and most creative mediator in the country.”
      - In-House Counsel, Fortune 100 Company
    • “You were amazing on this! A huge help in making it happen! Many kudos — you should feel really good about this one, because it was hard.”
    • “Thank you so much for your extraordinary perseverance. Your dedication to resolving this matter was heartfelt. I was impressed with your knowledge of the facts and your ability to discern the realities of the situation. Thanks again for your valiant efforts in getting this difficult and complicated case settled.”
      - In-House Counsel, Fortune 500 Company
    • “David was extremely adept at realizing the relevant issues to all parties and at helping to formulate proposals that would meet the needs of all parties involved.”
      - Chair of Employment Practice Group, national law firm
    • “Thank you very much for your tireless efforts over what proved to be an intense two day period."
    • “I was not optimistic for most of the mediation that we would reach a settlement number that was agreeable to my client. Your patience and skills helped obtain that outcome. Thank you for your efforts."the best and most creative mediator in the country.”
      - Senior Partner, Employment defense firm



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