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Michael Young

Michael D. Young, Esq.

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George Cuervos
T: 212-607-2789
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620 Eighth Avenue , 34th Floor , New York , NY 10018
Since joining JAMS as a full-time neutral in 1989, Mr. Young has conducted over 1,250 complex or multi-party mediations and arbitrations in over thirty states and abroad, and has been appointed as a mediator or special master (for discovery management or settlement implementation purposes) by various federal, state and bankruptcy courts.

Mr. Young has mediated hundreds of individual employment claims, as well as multiple class, collective or multi-employee matters.  Many of the employment cases Mr. Young has mediated have involved sensitive personal dynamics as well as difficult business, legal, and fact issues. He has been successful in settling these cases both by facilitating delicate interactions and negotiations and by evaluating risk. Some of the cases have required extensive follow-up efforts in order to reach closure. Many of these cases have involved employers who have "employment practices liability" insurance; in some of these cases, he has had to mediate between the employer and insurer. Mr. Young has also arbitrated various employment disputes, including cases involving contract and discrimination allegations.

Mr. Young speaks Spanish and mediated a sexual harassment claim in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He has also conducted an executive-level employment dispute in Zurich, Switzerland. He was the only private neutral asked by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to mediate, on a pro bono basis, pro-se employment cases as part of a pilot program.

Mr. Young is a "neutral" member of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers. In addition, he has spoken about employment dispute resolution at the 1994, 2000, and 2002 New York University Conferences on Labor; 1991, 1996, and 2001 American Bar Association Annual Conferences; and various continuing legal education programs, including those sponsored by the American Law Institute-American Bar Association. He has also published articles about employment dispute resolution in the National Law Journal and the Metropolitan Corporate Counsel. Finally, Mr. Young is a member of the CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution Panel of Distinguished Neutrals and is an elected fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators.

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Representative Matters

  • Class actions, including multiple “wage and hour” actions, one against a major utility alleging racial discrimination in promotions, and another brought by the EEOC alleging age discrimination in the termination of employees, as well as similar claims brought by organized groups of individuals against a particular employer
  • Executive or partner-level compensation or equity valuation disputes as well as bonus claims involving, for example, accounting firms, brokerage houses, investment banking firms, and law firms
  • Hundreds of individual age, gender, disability, and race discrimination claims with respect to terminations, promotions, and pay, as well as sexual and other harassment claims, under both federal and state law and involving employees in the academic, financial, and professional services sectors, as well as in various types of retail, technology, health care, and manufacturing businesses
  • Multiple claims of violations of non-compete and non-solicitation clauses by companies against former high-level employees and the companies that subsequently hired them
  • Negotiations between the State of Connecticut and eleven unions relating to pay equity issues, and contract negotiations between the University of Connecticut and the union representing its non-faculty professional employees
  • Non-binding valuation of assets being transferred to a pension fund as part of the settlement of breach of fiduciary duty claims brought against the trustees and others
  • Whistleblower cases involving multinational and other large corporations, including a number which involved the general counsel of the company as plaintiff
  • Member of College of Commercial Arbitrators and College of Labor & Employment Lawyers (“neutral member”), as well as various U.S. bar associations
  • Lecturer about dispute resolution topics at programs conducted by the American Bar Association, College of Commercial Arbitrators, American Corporate Counsel Association, CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, and American Law Institute
  • Various articles published in New York Law Journal, National Law Journal, Mealey’s Emerging Securities Litigation, Cardozo Law School Dispute Resolution Journal and Metropolitan Corporate Counsel regarding dispute resolution topics
  • Between 1978 and 1989, practiced as a litigator in both public and private sectors
  • J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1978
  • A.B., with honors, Brown University, 1975

Counsel Comments

    Young featured in JAMS mediation video

    Recognized in 2017 and 2016 by Chambers and Partners as one of the seven mediators in the United States in "Band One” and described by Chambers as a “very talented yet very humble” mediator who “enjoys considerable repute as a standout mediator of challenging disputes”

    Recognized in 2017 by American Law Media (ALM) as an “ADR Champion.”

    Recognized since 2014, including 2017, in "International Who's Who In Insurance and Reinsurance" and recognized since 2013, including 2017, as one of the best mediators from around the world in the "International Who's Who in Commercial Mediation," including the following references:” … is recognized for his conciliatory and diplomatic approach to disputes” and "... viewed as 'the king of financial services mediation' according to admiring peers."

    Recognized since 2006 by various law-related periodicals as one of the "Best Lawyers in America," as a "Super Lawyer," and, by Lawdragon as "One of the Top Neutrals/Private Judges in the U.S."





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