Billie Colombaro

Billie Colombaro

Billie Colombaro

Professional Experience

  • ARBITRATOR: American Arbitration Association (AAA) – Commercial, Employment, International (ICDR), and Appellate Panels (serving as Chair in multiple cases); Judicial Settlement Conference – New York, New York. Joined the AAA in 2006.
  • Decided large, complex commercial matters with multiple parties; involving telecommunications, banking, entertainment, construction industries, class action issues, to name a few; software and royalty issues; subcontracts; breach of contract; bonus entitlement; employment contracts; discrimination/harassment, retaliation, and constructive discharge claims under Title VII, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human Rights Law; intentional/negligent infliction of emotional distress; wrongful discharge; indemnification; collective action waivers; Assignment Claim Investment Agreements; Arbitrability; audits; confidentiality; non-compete; financial broker issues; private equity firm issues; matters governed by New York Labor Law.
  • Presented – Association for Conflict Resolution Greater NY (ACRGNY) 2010 Conference; American Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2011, Toronto, Canada – Dispute Resolution Section: “How Arbitrators Think and What You and They Can Do About it: A Journey Into the Minds of Arbitrators.”
  • Training – “Chairing an Arbitration Panel: Managing Procedure, Process, and Dynamics,” which addresses the first meeting of the Panel, the Preliminary Hearing, the Evidentiary Hearing, deliberation and writing of Awards, post-hearing issues, working with the AAA’s case management staff, and non-neutral party-appointed arbitrators, 2011/2012; “AAA Arbitration Awards: Safeguarding, Deciding & Writing Awards (ACE001),” 2009; AAA Arbitrator I Training: “Fundamentals of the Arbitration Process,” 2006.
  • MEDITATOR: American Arbitration Association – Commercial, Employment, and International Panels; New York Courts Commercial Division. Basic Training and Advanced Commercial Mediation Certification.
  • APPELLATE COURT JUDGE: Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal, January 1992 through December 2004.
    VISITING FACULTY: Harvard University School of Law, Cambridge, Massachusetts, “Trial Advocacy Workshop,” 1999 – present (ongoing).
  • INSTRUCTOR: National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2003.
  • FACULTY: McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana, 1985-1990. Courses on the law included Mass Communications, Business, Torts, Successions, and Family Law.
  • INSTRUCTOR: Loyola University School of Law, New Orleans, 1980 “Appellate Advocacy, Research, & Writing.”
  • ATTORNEY/LITIGATOR: General Civil Law solo practice, Lake Charles, Louisiana, 1981 to 1992.

Papers and Publications

  • ARBITRATION – A CASE FOR JUDGES TO BE HEARD, New York State Bar Association’s The Insider, 2016.
  • Louisiana Civil Trial Procedure, Practice Series, a lead Author, Thomson Reuters West Publishing, 1995 (ongoing).
  • You & The Law, Author, book on Civil Law for the lay person, published 1993.
  • Lagniappe, Author of Newspaper Column on Civil Law, 1994 – 1995.
  • The Appearance of Impropriety – A Critical Review, Author, article on Ethics in Louisiana, 1998.


  • Fox TV, “You & the Law,” Creator and Host, weekly, legal segment on all aspects of law, Louisiana, 2003 – 2004.
  • Court TV, Catherine Crier Live, multiple Guest appearances as Legal Expert, 2002 – 2003.
  • NBC/KPLC TV, “Building Bridges,” Co-Host, weekly program, Louisiana, 1996.
  • NBC/KPLC TV, “You & the Law,” Creator and Host, weekly, legal segment on all aspects of law, Louisiana, 1981 – 1995.
  • NBC/KPLC TV, “Youth & the Law,” Creator and Host of Prime-Time Special on Law, audience participation, Louisiana, 1994.
  • Lifetime Television Network, Guest appearance as Legal Expert on Domestic Violence Law, 1994.
  • “Youth and the Law,” Creator, “hands on” program, giving youth “field” experience with all levels of the court system and the jury process, Louisiana, 1994 – 2004.

Appointments, Honors, and Public Service

  • Board of Examinations: The Charter Institute of Arbitrators – a global organization headquartered in the United Kingdom, 2011 – present (ongoing).
  • Board of Directors: College of William & Mary New York Alumni Chapter, 2012.
  • Board of Directors, McNeese State University Banners Series, 2002 – 2004. Board of Directors, Samaritan Counseling Center, Community Relations Chair, 2001 to 2004.
  • Professionalism and Quality of Life Committee, Louisiana Bar Association, lecturer and trainer, 1998 – 2004.
  • Recognized as a “Woman in History” during “National Women in History Month,” featured on NBC/KPLC-TV as First Woman Elected Judge, from her 5 Parish District, in Louisiana’s history, 2003.
  • Judicial Liaison Committee, Louisiana Bar Foundation, 2003.
  • Board of Governors, Louisiana Judicial College, 1995 – 2002.
  • The Education Committee, Louisiana Bar Foundation, 2002.
  • Louisiana’s Third Circuit Court of Appeal Outreach Director, 2000.
  • John C. Stennis Center for Women in Public Service, honored as “Pacesetter – proven leaders from across the South who…serve as examples to others who aspire to public service careers,” 1999 and 2000.
  • Gender Fairness, International Outreach, Judicial-Academic Network, and Resolutions Committees: National Association of Women Judges, 2000.
  • Media Advisory Committee, Campaign for the Children, 1998.
  • Judicial Relations Committee, National American Inns of Court, 1998.
  • Judge Albert Tate, Jr., American Inn of Court (an organization designed to promote ethics, professionalism, and civility in the legal community), Founder and President, 1994 – 1998.
  • Keynote Speaker, Louisiana Women’s Conference, 1997.
  • Appellate Court Performance Standards Commission, 1996.
  • Self Magazine, featured for accomplishments, 1986.

Banking and Financial Services, Construction and Engineering, Corporate and Commercial, Employment, Entertainment, International Arbitration, Mediation


The Charter Institute of Arbitrators, Board of Examinations.
American Bar Association (Dispute Resolution and International sections).
New York State Bar Association (Dispute Resolution section).
New York City Bar Association.
International Bar Association.
International Chamber of Commerce.


Appellate Court Judges’ Association.
American Inns of Court.
National Association of Women Judges.
American Judges Association.
American Judicature Society.
Federal Bar Association.
Louisiana State Bar Association.
Southwest Louisiana Bar Association.
American Business Women’s Association.

The University of Virginia, School of Law, (L.L.M.) Masters in Judicial Process, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1998.
Loyola University, New Orleans School of Law (J.D.), New Orleans, Louisiana, 1981 – Civil Law.
The College of William and Mary, (B.A.), Williamsburg, Virginia, 1967 – Psychology.

French, Italian
Apt. 2A 161 E. 110th St.
New York

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