Member Profile: Nancy F. Lesser

Nancy F. Lesser
2101 L Street, NW
Suite 800
Washington, DC 20037
Email: Click for email

Tel: (202) 775-8100
Fax: (202) 318-0203

Nancy F. Lesser regularly travels out of state to Maryland, New York, Virginia

ADR Services Include:

Mediation; Arbitration; Early Neutral Evaluation; Med-Arb; Fact Finding; ADR Training/CME


Nancy F. Lesser has substantive case experience in the following areas...

ADA Disability
Banking & Finance
Civil Rights
Class Actions
Consumer Fraud
Contract Disputes
Eminent Domain
Energy Sector (Oil, Gas)
Family Businesses
Intellectual Property
Legal Malpractice
Libel & Slander
Local Govt./Municipalities
Media & Communications
Medical Malpractice
Mergers & Acquisitions
Pensions / ERISA
Personal Injury
Premises Liability
Product Liability
Professional Fees
Professional Liability
Professional Malpractice
Professional Negligence
Property Damage
Public Policy
Railroad & Trucking
Real Estate
Shareholder Disputes
Unfair Competition
Wage & Hour/FMLA
Wrongful Death



Nancy Lesser is the principal of Pax ADR, an alternative dispute resolution firm headquartered in Washington D.C. Ms. Lesser offers mediation and arbitration services to individuals, not-for-profits, corporations, and government agencies. She also conducts independent fact-finding and internal investigations.

Ms. Lesser brings to her conflict resolution practice skills honed over two decades as a trial and appellate lawyer with the distinguished law firm of Williams & Connolly, where she specialized in complex commercial and employment cases. Ms. Lesser also served as Senior Counsel to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, gaining expertise in government processes and decision-making -- invaluable experience when a dispute involves a governmental agency. She has mediated successfully with the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the U.S. General Services Administration, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the District of Columbia, and the City of New Orleans.


Ms. Lesser holds a J.D. degree from the Georgetown University Law Center (magna cum laude 1981) and a Masters Degree in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia (2000). She graduated summa cum laude from the City College of the City University of New York ( B.A. 1975).

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Large Complex Case Arbitration and Mediation Panels, American Arbitration Association:
  • Commercial, Employment, and Banking, Accounting and Financial Services Panels, CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution:
  • Arbitrator and Mediator, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Mediator Roster, National Association of Securities Dealers
  • Panelist, Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel, Library of Congress
  • Chair, Amtrak National Arbitration Panel, which adjudicates disputes arising between Amtrak and freight railroads nationwide
  • Panel of Neutrals, U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Columbia and the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • Panel of Neutrals, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland
  • Certified Mediator, International Mediation Institute (profile and evaluations may be viewed at
  • Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators:
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