Vivien B. Shelanski, Esq.

T: 212-751-2700
F: 212-751-4099
Vivien Shelanski has mediated and arbitrated hundreds of employment cases, including many with complex interpersonal dynamics and difficult factual, legal, and business issues. She uses a pragmatic and flexible approach, keeps up-to-date on employment law, and diligently pursues a case to closure. Ms. Shelanski has also served as the court-appointed settlement monitor of federal class action discrimination suits.

Representative Matters

  • Civil rights claims by ousted member of volunteer fire department alleging dismissal was based on comments critical of healthcare for 9/11 workers
  • Claims by employers of violations of non-compete, non-solicitation, and confidentiality clauses against former high-level employees and the companies that subsequently hired them
  • Executive compensation, bonus, pension, and benefits disputes arising from corporate mergers, acquisitions, and reductions in force
  • Hundreds of individual claims of discrimination based on race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, and sexual harassment, under federal, state, and local laws, including ADA, FMLA, FSLA/wage-hour, and ERISA, involving employees in private and public companies, the professions, academia, government, and religious institutions
  • Multiple discrimination and retaliation claims litigated and mediated as a group against a corporation
  • National origin discrimination claims brought by employees of a municipality following the events of September 11, 2001
  • Whistleblower claims involving prominent corporations
  • Wrongful termination and defamation claims by high-ranking employees of financial institutions
  • Federal and state law wage and hour claims

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Co-Editor, The College of Commercial Arbitrators Guide to Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration (3rd. Ed., Forthcoming)
  • Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators; Panel of Mediators, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Lecturer at New York University School of Law

Background and Education

  • Assistant Circuit Executive for Legal Affairs, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1995-1998
  • Acting Assistant Professor, New York University School of Law, Spring 1995
  • Assistant Attorney General, New York State Department of Law, Real Estate Financing Bureau, 1992-1995
  • Litigation Attorney, Cahill Gordon & Reindel, and Howard Darby & Levin, 1985-1992
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Milton Pollack, United States District Judge, Southern District of New York, 1984-1985
  • J.D., with honors, New York University School of Law, 1984
  • Ph.D., Philosophy of Science, University of Chicago, 1970
  • A.B., with honors, Bryn Mawr College, 1964


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