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).
POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY PRACTITIONER, Certified 2014.
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.
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.