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Steven Skulnik, Mediator & Arbitrator, New York, New York.

Steven Skulnik

Practical Law / Thomson Reuters
Three Times Square
8-C-310
New York, NY, 10036
Tel: (646) 223 9776
Cell: (917) 656-9560
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Recognized to New York Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration
  • Practice Commenced: 1990
  • Total Mediations (as of Jan 2019): 40
  • Total Arbitrations (as of Jan 2019): 80
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Biographical

Mr. Skulnik's law practice focused on litigation and arbitration matters.  He previously was counsel at Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP and a partner at Pavia & Harcourt LLP. Mr. Skulnik is a Senior Legal Editor at Practical Law (Thomson Reuters).

Representative Matters

As an arbitrator:

Chair of the tribunal in a dispute between an educational testing service and software developer (AAA).

Chair of the tribunal in a dispute over hotel franchise agreement (AAA).

Chair of the tribunal in a dispute between a food manufacturer and its multi-unit franchisee (AAA).

Chair of the tribunal in a dispute between a compiler of data on recycled automobile parts and manufacturer of automobile part information systems (AAA).

Chair of the tribunal in a dispute between parties who owned the same trademark in different territories over the reasonableness of termination of a license agreement (AAA).

Sole arbitrator in a dispute between a buyer and seller of commercial real property in Europe (ICDR).

Sole arbitrator in a dispute over loss of mining concession (ICDR).

Sole arbitrator in a dispute under an agreement to distribute women's apparel (ICDR).

Sole arbitrator in a dispute between a photographer’s representative and a photographer (AAA).

Sole arbitrator in a dispute over “Fair market value of distribution rights” under New York’s Alcohol Beverage Control Law (AAA).

Sole arbitrator in a dispute between investment banker and his former employer (AAA).

Sole arbitrator in a dispute over termination of Medicare Advantage provider agreement (AAA).

Sole arbitrator in a dispute between a local exchange carrier and a telecommunications billing aggregator over indemnity relating to consumer class action (AAA).

Co-arbitrator in a patent license dispute (AAA).

Co-arbitrator in a dispute under a janitorial services contract for NHL hockey arena (AAA).

Co-arbitrator in a dispute involving a license agreement between a software developer and an insurance company (AAA).

Co-arbitrator in a warranty dispute concerning a large cabin business jet  (AAA).

Co-arbitrator in a dispute between members concerning removal of a manager and derivative claims against the removed manager (AAA).

Co-arbitrator in a dispute brought by a fifty percent member of an LLC brought derivatively on behalf of the LLC against trademark licensor (AAA ).

Co-arbitrator in a dispute between members of a home furnishing business (AAA).

As a mediator:

In a dispute between two technology integration firms.

In a royalty dispute in a fashion license.

In a dispute over website design.

In a dispute between a hotel owner and its manager.

In a dispute over a sales commission plan between employee and company that provides treasury services to hedge funds.

In a dispute over restrictions on insider's on sale of company stock.


Publications and Speaking Engagements

Co-author of Arbitration Ethics chapter in Arbitrating Commercial Disputes in the United States (PLI 2018).

Co-author, Do Arbitrators Know the Law (and Should They Find it Themselves)?, Dispute Resolution Journal, Vol 73 No 1 (2018).

Author, Interim, Provisional and Conservatory Measures in U.S. Arbitration, Inside (A publication of the Corporate Counsel Section of the New York State Bar Association), Winter 2015.

Moderator, NYIAC Talks: Assessing Judicial Support of International Commercial Arbitration, October 2018.

Moderator, A View from the Trenches: When Dispute Resolution Clauses Blow Up, Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Annual Meeting, October 2018.

Presenter,  Independent Legal Research by an Arbitrator, AAA, April 2018.

Moderator, Ethics Issues in Mediation, Practical Law with CPR and Jenner & Block, February 2018.

Moderator, Arbitration at Work: The Supreme Court's Visit to the Office, New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), December 2017.

Presenter, Death by E-Discovery: Is It Eroding the Efficiency of Arbitration?, AAA, March 2017; Moderator, Electronic Discovery—The Current State of Play as to the Scope of Electronic Discovery in the Courts and in Arbitration: What the Rules Say and What is Actually Happening, Joint Program of Commercial and Federal Litigation and Dispute Resolution Sections of the NYSBA, March 2017.

Panelist, The Importance of Culture in Conflict Resolution: Scenarios in International and Domestic Arbitration and Mediation, Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Meeting, September 2016.

Panelist, Effective Use of Experts in Mediation and Arbitration, ACR-GNY - Annual Conference, June 2011.

ADR training:  AAA-ICDR/ICC/ICSID 35th Annual Joint Colloquium on International Arbitration, 2018; Arbitrator Performance and Demeanor ~ Meeting Participant Expectations, 2018; AAA-ICDR/ICC/ICSID 34th Annual Joint Colloquium on International Arbitration, 2017; AAA Developments in Arbitration Law: Practice Focused Cases, 2017; AAA-ICDR Council and Columbia Law School Conference: The Future of Arbitration, 2017; Motion Practice Under AAA Rules – What You Need to Know, 2017; Out of Sight, Out of Mind:  What You Need to Know about Preventing and Arbitrating Business-to-Business (“B2B”) Data Breaches, 2017; AAA Exploring Critical Issues in Arbitration, 2016; AAA/ICDR Neutrals Conference, 2016; CPR Annual Meeting, The Dispute Resolution Divide: Harmonizing Global Approaches, 2016; AAA, Get a Grip! Wrangling the Mediation Process to Improve Your Chances of Success in Multi-Party Disputes 2015; AAA, Society, Commerce and Dispute Resolution:Goals for Justice and Trade 2015; AAA Webinar, Show Me the Money: The Effective Presentation of Damages in Arbitration Versus Litigation, 2015; AAA/ICDR Webinar, ICDR Awards and Commentaries: Just How Different Is International Arbitration Than Domestic Arbitration?, 2015; AAA/ICDR Seminar, What Makes  International Arbitration Different?, 2014; AAA Webinar, Making the Most of Mediation, 2014; Arbitral 999/911: Emergency Relief for Problems That Will Not Wait, 2013; AAA Webinar, Managing the Costs of Exchanging ESI, 2013; AAA Webinar, What's a Respondent Like You Doing in a Place Like This? Confronting Arbitrability and Jurisdiction Issues in Arbitration, 2013; AAA Advanced Mediator Training Series: The Extent (or Limit) of Mediator Influence to Effect Settlement, 2012; AAA Webinar, How to Become a More Innovative Neutral or Advocate: Applying Cutting Edge Innovation Management Techniques to Your ADR Practice, 2012; AAA Maximizing Efficiency & Economy in Arbitration: Challenges at the Preliminary Hearing, 2011; AAA Webinar, Arbitrator Boundaries: What are the Limits of Arbitrator Authority?, 2011; AAA Webinar, How International Arbitration Techniques Can Benefit Domestic Arbitration, 2010; AAA Webinar, Electronic Discovery in Arbitration: What You Need to Know, 2010; CPR Annual Meeting, Global ADR: The New Reality, 2010; Practicing Law Institute, Choosing the Place of Arbitration: Geneva, London, New York, Paris, Zurich & Mock Session: Section 1782 and International Arbitration, 2009; AAA Ask & Answer: Arbitration, 2008; Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution's 10th Annual Symposium: Whither Arbitration, 2008; AAA Pro Se: Managing Cases Involving Self-Represented Parties (ACE002), 2007; AAA Dealing With Delay Tactics in Arbitration (ACE004), 2006; ICDR, The Common Law-Civil Law Gap: The Issues and How International Arbitrators May Resolve Them, 2006; AAA Chairing an Arbitration Panel: Managing Procedures, Process & Dynamics (ACE005), 2005; New York Commercial Division Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, Mediation Workshop, 2005; AAA Arbitrator Ethics & Disclosure (ACE003), 2004; AAA Arbitration Awards: Safeguarding, Deciding & Writing Awards (ACE001), 2003; AAA Arbitrator Update, 2002; AAA Commercial Arbitrator II Training: Advanced Case Management Issues, 2001; AAA Commercial Arbitrator Training, 2000.

 


Case Experience

  • ADA Disability
  • Admiralty
  • Appellate
  • Arts (Fine/Performing)
  • Aviation
  • Bankruptcy/Creditors
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial/Business
  • Contract Disputes
  • Discrimination
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • Family Businesses
  • Franchise
  • Health Care
  • Industrial
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Libel & Slander
  • Media & Communications
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Police
  • Probate
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Software
  • Technology
  • Trademarks/Patents
  • Unfair Competition
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA

Education

  • Brandeis University (BA, Economics-1980)
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (JD-1983)

Memberships & Affiliations

New York City Bar Association (International Commercial Disputes Committee and Arbitration Committee (Chair, 2018-)). New York State Bar Association (Dispute Resolution Section, Arbitration Committee Co-chair 2016-18). Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb). Member of Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center, International Arbitration Club of New York, and New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC).

Selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers®  2012-18.

Panels
Commercial and Large Complex Case Panels of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association
Panel of Arbitrators of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR)
Panel of Arbitrators of Federal Arbitration (FedArb)
Panel of Mediators of the American Arbitration Association (mediation.org)
Court-appointed mediator for the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York
Court-appointed mediator for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.


Rates Information

$550 per hour for: • Arbitration hearing. • Mediation session. • Study time. No charge for travel time. Request reimbursement for travel expenses.

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