Edna Sussman, full time independent arbitrator and mediator, is the Distinguished ADR Practitioner in Residence at Fordham Law School. She was formerly a litigation partner at the law firm of White & Case LLP and of counsel at Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP. Ms. Sussman serves as an arbitrator and mediator on commercial disputes, both international and domestic, and has successfully handled numerous complex arbitrations and mediations in many business settings, including matters involving contract interpretation, financing and banking transactions, energy, environment, franchises and distributorships, partnership and joint venture, insurance, mergers and acquisitions, accounting, intellectual property, construction, securities, real estate, pharmaceuticals, aviation, professional liability and bankruptcy.
Ms. Sussman is a member of the arbitration panel of several of the leading dispute resolution institutions including the AAA, ICDR, CPR, ICDR's Energy Arbitrators List, Hong Kong, Singapore, Swiss, Dubai, Vienna and Kuala Lumpur International Arbitration Centres, FINRA, FedArb, CEAC, U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution and is listed as an arbitrator by the ICC, WIPO and the LCIA. As a court certified mediator, Ms. Sussman serves on the mediation panels of the federal, state and bankruptcy courts in New York. She is certified as a mediator by the International Mediation Institute.
Ms. Sussman serves on the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association and trains the new AAA arbitrators. She co-chairs the Arbitration Committees of the American Bar Association's Sections of International Law and of Dispute Resolution and is a member of the Board of Directors of the College of Commercial Arbitrators. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and serves on the executive committee of the New York Chapter. Ms. Sussman is immediate past Chair of the Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association and serves as co-editor-in-chief of the New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer. Ms. Sussman was ranked Tier 1 in New York City by U.S. News & World Report 2010 (1 of 7 so ranked) for 2011, selected based on peer reviews as the "Lawyer of the Year 2012" by Best Lawyers for the New York Metro area for mediation, listed in the 2011 first edition of The International Who's Who of Mediation Lawyers, listed annually by SuperLawyers and BestLawyers for ADR and named an Outstanding Woman in Energy Law by Energy Law 360.
A graduate of Barnard College and Columbia Law School, Ms. Sussman has lectured and published widely on arbitration, mediation, energy and environmental issues. Her recent publications include Reflections on the Use of Dispositive Motions in Arbitration, NY Dispute Res. L. Spring 2011, Combinations and Permutations of Arbitration and Mediation: Issues and Solutions in ADR in Business (Kluwer); An International Code of Ethics for Counsel in Arbitration, forthcoming in American Review of International Arbitration; A Multilateral Energy Sector Investment Treaty, Time for a Call for Adoption by all Nations, International Lawyer 2011; Arbitration Agreements and Bankruptcy, NABTalk, 2010. Copies of publications and additional background can be found at www.SussmanADR.com