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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
Since joining JAMS in 1998, Vivien B. Shelanski has mediated and arbitrated construction claims presenting complex allocation issues for a wide range of projects (commercial, residential, public works, historic buildings); parties (developers, public and private owners, government agencies, architects, contractors, engineers); and issues, including defective work and design issues, delay claims, claims for extra work, and breach of contract. She is known as a quick study for her ability to grasp technical and quantitative issues and enjoys the challenge that these matters present.

Representative Matters

  • Breach of contract claims by an electrical contractor against the developer of a very large commercial project in New York City. (Mediation)
  • Claims of defective design, defective work, cost overruns, and malpractice arising from reconstruction of the facade of a historic building; supervision and assessment of tests for water penetration and efficacy of proposed cures. (Arbitration)
  • Claims of design defect and defective work relating to water penetration through residential structures. (Mediations)
  • Claims of faulty design, construction, and supervision of apartment building’s multi-unit parking garage; assessment of competing expert opinions about cause of problems and appropriate remedies. (Mediation)
  • Claims of property damage and delay resulting from a rigging accident during the dismantlement of a nuclear facility. (Mediation)
  • Extra work claims by a plumbing contractor against a county authority for the installation of a new water system, with allegations against the contractor and structural engineer for defective work and negligent supervision. (Mediation)
  • High-stakes dispute (in excess of $67 million) between a power authority and construction company involving claims of delay and cost overruns in construction of nuclear power plant. (Arbitration)
  • Malpractice claims against architect for design failing to comply with city codes leading to closure of a high-profile restaurant; damage claims included reconstruction costs and lost profits. (Mediation)
  • Project neutral for a series of construction disputes among a condominium association, commercial tenant, and developer of adjacent properties pertaining to remediation of water penetration and reconstruction of a commercial unit; work with parties to facilitate plan review and ongoing construction, and resolve disputes as they arise. (Arbitration)
  • Property damage claims arising from pressure grouting operation in connection with electric company’s installation of electrical vaults adjacent to building’s foundation wall. (Mediation)
  • 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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