LEONA BEANE serves as an
arbitrator and mediator for several different forums, is a mediator in the
Commercial Division of the Supreme Court; U.S. District Court,(Southern &
Eastern Districts); Bankruptcy Courts (Southern & Eastern Districts); Mediator-Special
Master in the Appellate Division First
Department; U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; N.J. Superior Court,
mediating many different types of cases including corporate and partnership
disputes; contracts; business litigation; employment disputes; personal injury;
real estate, wills, trusts and probate, and many other types of disputes. She
serves as a mediator and arbitrator for Part 137 Attorney Fee Disputes in the
First Department; also as an arbitrator for FINRA Dispute Resolution, National
Futures Association and several additional organizations. She is a New York State Mediator, certified
by Safe Horizon.
She is also a mediator
certified by the N.C. Dispute Resolution Commission to mediate cases in their
Superior Court Civil Division (Civil cases and Probate/Guardianship)..
Leona was a Tenured
Professor of Law for 21 years at Baruch College (C.U.N.Y.), teaching and
writing in the areas of contracts, partnerships and corporations, is currently
Professor Emeritus and a practicing attorney, mediator and arbitrator. Her
legal practice emphasizes the areas of probate, wills, trusts, estates and
guardianship matters. She had extensively lectured and published articles
relating to Guardianship including, “Guardians and Guardians Ad Litem - What
Are the Differences?” (NYLJ, 9/4/97); "Should Mediation Be Available as an
Option to Reduce Litigation in Contested Guardianship Cases?" (NYSBA, June
2002); "Incorporating Mediation Within the Guardians’ Powers" (NYSBA
Elder Law, Fall 2008); plus many others. She is on the Board of Directors of
the NY Women's Bar Association, is co-chair of their Trusts & Estates
Committee, and Co-Chair of their ADR Committee; she has served as Chair of the
Trusts & Estates Committee of the state-wide Women’s Bar Association
She is a member of the
Trusts & Estates, Elder Law, Business Law, and Dispute Resolution Sections
of the NYSBA. She served for 2 years as
Vice Chair of the Dispute Resolution Section and served on its Executive
Committee for 6 years. She is currently Chair of its Mediation Sub-Committee of
Trusts, Estates, Guardianship and the Elderly.
Leona has completed
extensive mediation trainings (over 300+ hours with several different providers
including Decision Tree Analysis). She has mediated 300 disputes of all types.
She served as Chair of the ADR Committee at New York County Lawyers Association
for four years. She has chaired and co-chaired several CLE programs relating to
ADR, including Ethics in ADR, Mediation Advocacy Skills, Beyond Impasse, and
others. She Co-Chaired the very successful NYSBA “Basics of Trusts & Estates Mediation”
program (2012) and “The Advantages of Mediating Trusts, Estates and Adult
Guardianship Disputes” (2014). She
serves on the N.Y. Country Surrogate’s Court Pilot Mediation Program. Her article, “What Is Mediation and How Does
It Work?” was published in the NYLJ, 10/29/07.
Another article, “Utilizing Mediation to Resolve Estate Litigation” was
published in the NYSBA Trusts and Estates Law Section Newsletter, Fall
2008 and in the Dispute Resolution Lawyer (2009).
She has written several
articles on the Advantages of Mediation; and authors the Chapter on Mediation
(Chapter 26) for the NYSBA’s New York Lawyers Deskbook. She is also Co-Author of Chapter 1, Corporate
and Partnership Law, both of which are updated each year.
She was inducted as a Charter
Member of the NY Academy of Mediators and Arbitrators, a chapter of the
National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.