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Vivien Shelanski

Vivien B. Shelanski, Esq.

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Doug Duzant
T: 212-607-2787
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620 Eighth Avenue , 34th Floor , New York , NY 10018
Vivien B. Shelanski, Esq. has more than 25 years of dispute resolution experience as a mediator, arbitrator, special master, and neutral evaluator. Since joining JAMS in 1998, she has resolved hundreds of matters covering a wide spectrum of legal issues and complexities, including business/commercial, employment, construction, healthcare, entertainment, franchise, intellectual property, real property, trusts and estates, technology, and telecommunications cases.

Ms. Shelanski is an elected Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA), served as co-editor of the CCA’s Guide to Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration (3rd. Ed.), and is an Elected Fellow (Neutral) of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

Representative Matters

  • Business/Commercial: Numerous breach of contract and other types of business disputes in a variety of industries, including telecommunication, technology, software, education, hospitality, music, insurance, fashion, construction, energy, real estate, manufacturing and financial services
  • Construction: Multi-party claims involving various types of structures and issues, including claims of delay, design and work defects, cost overruns, breach of contract, and professional liability
  • Employment: Hundreds of employment disputes with Fortune 500 Companies ranging from Individual and multi-party claims of discrimination (gender, age, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, and disability), retaliation, and harassment; ADA, FMLA, FSLA/wage-hour and ERISA claims; contract claims involving executive compensation, severance benefits, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements
  • Franchise: Disputes among manufacturers and dealers or distributors regarding warranties, supplies, pricing, and services
  • Healthcare: Malpractice claims against physicians and hospitals; dissolutions of medical practices; wrongful discharge claims by senior executives, physicians, and hospital employees
  • Intellectual Property: Copyright, patent, trademark and trade secret disputes in industries including financial services, entertainment, publishing, advertising, software, and design-related businesses including textiles, apparel, jewelry, and hardware
  • Real Property: Mortgage fraud claims against private lenders, government entities, and title companies; contract claims involving financing agreements for commercial and residential properties; commercial leasing disputes
  • Securities: Fraud claims alleging misrepresentations in offering documents; investor claims against broker-dealers alleging churning, unauthorized trading, lack of suitability, and failure to supervise
  • Technology: Disputes between software, hardware, and website specialists and the companies retaining their services
  • Trusts and Estates: Disputes between trust beneficiaries, including family members and foreign institutions; disputes among family members about the operation and/or dissolution of family-owned businesses
  • Listed in Who's Who Legal, in the practice area of Mediation, 2018
  • Co-Editor, The College of Commercial Arbitrators Guide to Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration (3rd. Ed.)
  • Elected Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators
  • Panel of Mediators, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • Elected Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Lecturer at New York University School of Law
  • Assistant Circuit Executive for Legal Affairs, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Assistant Attorney General, New York State Department of Law, Real Estate Financing Bureau
  • Litigation Attorney, Cahill Gordon & Reindel, and Howard Darby & Levin
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Milton Pollack, United States District Judge, Southern District of New York
  • J.D., with honors, New York University School of Law
  • Ph.D., Philosophy of Science, University of Chicago
  • A.B., with honors, Bryn Mawr College

Counsel Comments

    • "Just a quick note to thank you for the incredible work you did for us and our clients... The case which for so long has plagued all involved settled largely because of your doggedness, determination, acumen and compassion."
    • "... you had been highly recommeneded to me as a mediator and now I know why. The matter was an extremely difficult one to resolve, and your impressive mediation skills played a large part in its resolution."
    • "[Ms. Shelanski] provided exemplary mediation services in a complex and difficult matter ... On several occasions it appeared that the case was not likely to be settled. Nevertheless, and despite considerable obstacles, Ms. Shelanski persevered and brought the parties to a resolution... No matter how rancorous the mediation became between the parties, Ms. Shelanski remained the consummate professional."
    • "This letter is to thank you on behalf of [institution] for the skill, patience, perserverance, and good judgment you provided in helping settle the dispute with [the opposing parties]. As you know, the time of your service spanned a four month time period. There is no doubt in my mind that your skills as a mediator kept the parties moving forward toward a resolution which would not have been possible but for the highly professional and effective service and provided."
    • "Thank you for your incredible efforts in bringing the parties to an amicable resolution of the... matter. You showed admirable patience and persistence in allowing the parties to bridge the considerable gap that had existed until we met with you... your record of resolving matters that had been thought to be intractable remains unblemished..."
    • "This is just a quick note to thank you for your efforts in the mediation of the [name] matter ... As usual, you were spectacular. I do not see how we could have resolved the matter without you."
    • "No one -- and I mean no one -- is a better mediator (or arbitrator) than Vivien Shelanski. Vivien combines a razor-sharp intellectual intelligence with a keen and thoughtful emotional intelligence that allows her to reach people who really don't want to be reached. In one matter we worked on together over the course of several years, I am totally -- 100% -- convinced that there is not another mediator (or person) on Earth who could have persuaded the parties to resolve the situation at all, much less under an intense time deadline that existed. There are many excellent mediators at JAMS and elsewhere, but very few possess the x-factor that Vivien has that makes her so very effective. She is not an easy person to say no to because she presents things in such a thoughtful way, always taking account of all of the circumstances. I recommend Vivien all the time, and always try to use her on my matters. She is, quite simply, the best."

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