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Vivien Shelanski

Vivien B. Shelanski, Esq.

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Doug Duzant
T: 212-607-2787
F: 212-228-0222
620 Eighth Avenue , 34th Floor , New York , NY 10018
Vivien Shelanski is a skilled arbitrator of complex business, real estate, construction, employment, intellectual property, and securities matters. She is committed to providing efficient and practical case management, fair and impartial hearings, and timely reasoned decisions.

Representative Arbitrations

  • Contract dispute between a merged financial institution and a terminated supplier. (Chairperson of a three-arbitrator panel)
  • Contract dispute between multi-million dollar family partnership and former partner/employee. (Three-arbitrator panel).
  • Executive compensation dispute between a financial institution and fund managers alleging failure to comply with compensation structure stated in fund documents. (Three-arbitrator panel)
  • Securities law claims brought by a pension fund investor against an issuer of an initial public offering (IPO). (Three arbitrator panel).
  • Claim by hedge fund against former analyst for breach of non-competition and confidentiality provisions of employment agreement. (Sole arbitrator.)
  • Claim by television personality that dismissal was based on race and age. (Sole arbitrator.)
  • Claims by consignor of valuable antique alleging conversion and breach of fiduciary duty by consignee. (Sole arbitrator.)
  • Construction dispute involving claims of defective design and construction in renovation of historic building facade. (Sole arbitrator.)
  • Copyright dispute between manufacturers of bridal apparel involving lace patterns and placement of lace on gowns. (Sole arbitrator.)
  • Dispute between contractor and power authority about cost overruns and delays in construction of nuclear power plant. (Sole arbitrator.)
  • Dispute among participants in failed international joint venture to establish an online social network. (Sole arbitrator.)
  • Dispute about valuation, operation, and dissolution of family-owned business. (Sole arbitrator.)
  • Numerous disputes involving claims of discriminatory treatment and wrongful termination based on age, gender, race, religious affiliation, sexual preference, national origin, and disability. (Sole arbitrator.)
  • Real estate dispute involving breach of “consent-to-financing” provision of lease between commercial tenant and mixed-use cooperative. (Sole arbitrator.)
  • Senior executive’s claim against offshore financial institution for failure to pay severance and stock options. (Sole arbitrator.)
  • Post-acquisition disputes regarding stock valuation, balance sheet adjustments, and breaches of representations and warranties. (Sole arbitrator.)
  • 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."




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