Leona Beane

Leona Beane

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 (WBASNY).

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.