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Vivien Shelanski

Vivien B. Shelanski, Esq.

Case Manager
Catrina Barnes
T: 212-607-2785
F: 212-751-4099
620 Eighth Avenue, 34th Floor, New York, NY 10018

Vivien B. Shelanski is available to conduct cases virtually. JAMS is equipped to provide virtual ADR services on a variety of online platforms, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and more.


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.)
  • Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS
  • 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

    • "Thank you again for your able assistance yesterday. You are even-handed, which gives you credibility with both sides. That and your skill, experience and perseverance saved both sides from what would have been several more years of labor-intensive litigation."
    • "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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