Abigail Pessen

Abigail Pessen

Abigail Pessen is a full-time arbitrator and mediator of complex business and employment disputes.  She is an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association's Large, Complex Case and Employment Panels, the ICDR, and FINRA, and mediates for the American Arbitration Association, court-annexed programs, and privately.   Abigail was recently appointed by EDNY Magistrate Judge Tomlinson to serve as Settlement Administrator in a major gender discrimination class action suit.Abigail serves on the Executive Committees of the NY State Bar Labor and Employment Section (ADR Committee co-chair) and Dispute Resolution Section (current co-chair, Arbitration Committee; past co-chair, Mediation Committee), and is a frequent speaker and faculty member for CLE programs concerning ADR.  She is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators.   Abigail is the author of Alternative Dispute Resolution Law, an annual comprehensive survey chapter  published by the ABA in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004, and numerous articles on ADR topics.Abigail clerked for federal judge Whitman Knapp, was an assistant professor at New York Law School, and had a career as a commercial litigator at Scoppetta & Seiff.  She is a graduate of Barnard College and the University of Chicago Law School.  Her accomplishments have earned her an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and recognition in 2012 in New York Magazine's New York Area's Best Lawyers for Alternative Dispute Resolution, U.S. News & World Report's elite list of top tier neutrals, New York "Super Lawyers" for ADR, and AVENUE magazine's list of New York City's top-rated women lawyers.