Barbara Mentz is a full-time arbitrator and mediator. Ms. Mentz has served as a chair, co-arbitrator and sole arbitrator of arbitration panels and as a mediator. She has 37 years of experience as a litigator specializing in complex litigation, business disputes and regulatory investigations. Ms. Mentz retired from Deloitte LLP in 2007 where she was an Associate General Counsel and Principal in the Office of General Counsel. During her nineteen years at Deloitte, Ms. Mentz served as the lead attorney on litigation related to Deloitte's accounting and auditing practice and regulatory investigations involving issues of alleged violations of GAAS and GAAP, accountant's liability, financial fraud, securities law violations, breach of contract and negligence. The matters involved public companies in industries such as telecommunications, technology, banking, savings and loan associations, financial services, manufacturing, franchising, retail, food services, utilities and insurance. Prior to Deloitte, Ms. Mentz' legal experience included thirteen years of practice in law firms. She was a litigation partner at Hall, McNichol, Hamilton & Clark and a litigation associate at Sullivan & Cromwell.
Ms. Mentz is a Fellow in the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the panel of arbitrators of several dispute resolution institutions including the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), the National Futures Association (NFA), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and on the arbitrator database of the U.S. Council of International Business (for ICC International Court of Arbitration). Ms. Mentz is a mediator for the New York State Supreme Court, Commercial Division and the New Jersey State Superior Court, Civil Division.
Ms. Mentz has served as an arbitrator and a mediator on commercial matters, including disputes concerning issues relating to accountant's liability, professional malpractice, tax matters, commercial contracts, mezzanine financing, business transactions, fees for professional services, negligence, fraud and claims against brokerage firms and brokers.
Ms. Mentz has published articles and participated in panels on alternative dispute resolution including: Applicability of the Supreme Court's Decision in Union Pacific Railroad Co. v. Brotherhood of Locomotive and Trainmen to Step Clauses, New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Spring 2010); Step Clauses: Obstacles to Enforceability, New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer, Vol. 2, No.1 (Spring 2009); Panelist, "The 'Wahala* Factor: How to Mediate a Problematic Real Estate Dispute," Joint program of the Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association and the Nigerian Lawyers Association; Panelist-Beyond the Basic Arbitration Agreement: Increasing the Speed and Efficiency of Commercial Arbitration, Association of Corporate Counsel, October, 2008.
Ms. Mentz is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey, Inc. and a member of its Audit and Ethics Committees.
Ms. Mentz is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey. She graduated magnacum laude from the University of Notre Dame Law School and received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Kansas.