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Margarita Echevarria is an independent arbitrator and mediator in the metropolitan New York/New Jersey area focused on commercial disputes. Ms. Echevarria is an Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, the global leader in dispute resolution services, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), Federal Courts (USDC-NJ, ED-NY), and a Mediator in New York and New Jersey’s Court Mediation Panels.
Prior to becoming a full-time ADR neutral she was either in-house counsel or Chief Compliance Officer for Insurance at major financial services firms (for e.g. GE, HSBC, TIAA) for more than thirty years. She began her insurance career as in-house counsel at Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company in Newark, New Jersey. These firms distributed or produced multi-line insurance products for the United States market. HSBC and TIAA also maintain substantial international operations through subsidiaries and affiliates which required management of cross border issues. Ms. Echevarria has extensive experience in regulatory matters, governance, complex business transactions, general commercial matters and legal issues involving contracts, vendors, and insurance coverage products.
- ADA Disability
- Banking & Finance
- Consumer Fraud
- Contract Disputes
- Debt Collections
- Lemon Law
- Personal Injury
- Premises Liability
- Real Estate
Education: Rutgers-the State University of New Jersey, BA-1973; JD-1977.
Admissions: New Jersey, New York; US District Courts and U.S. Supreme Court
Other professional designations include an Insurance Planning certificate from the American College in Bryn Mawr, Pa. and a Series 7 General Securities Representative license (1997-2016).
ADR Training: ARIAS-US Ethics Course; ACE21 Impartiality: Do You Know Where Your Biases Are?; Arbitrator Cybersecurity Boot Camp; NYSBA Dispute Resolution Section Annual Meeting; ACE20 Cyber Security: A Shared Responsibility; AAA ACE19 Case Finances: What Arbitrators Need to Know; ABA Annual Arbitration Training Institute Dealing With the Pro Se Party in Mediation and Arbitration; AAA Arbitrator Performance & Demeanor - Meeting Participant Expectations ACE18; AAA Arbitration Awards - Safeguarding, Deciding and Writing Awards; FINRA Training for Arbitrators, 2000. Securities Arbitration, NYC Bar Association, 2001; Institute for Continuing Legal Education, New Jersey, Arbitration Training; American Reinsurance & Insurance Arbitration Society (ARIAS-US): Arbitration for Arbitrators; Arbitration in 2017, Second Circuit Judicial Council; AAA Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices for new AAA Arbitrators; FINRA, Commercial Arbitration Training, 2000. Mediation Training- National Institute for Mediation Training, 2000. NYC Bar Association, Mediation Training, 2017; NYSBA-Business Development & Ethical Considerations in ADR;Judicial Perspectives in Dispute Resolution; Commercial Mediation Training (Fordham); Advanced Commercial Mediation Training (Fordham).
Memberships & Affiliations
- ABA, ADR Section, Arbitration Committee
- ABA Women in Dispute Resolution, Leadership Council
- ABA, Torts & Insurance Policy Section, DR Committee
- ARIAS-US, Member
- Hispanic Bar Association of NJ, Lifetime Member
- Justice Marie L. Garibaldi, American Inn of Court for ADR
- New York State Bar Association, ADR Section
- New York State Bar Association, Commercial & Federal Litigation Section, Co-chair Securities Arbitration Committee
- New York City Bar Association, ADR Section
- New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators, Board Member
Please contact me for details.