Hon. Shira Scheindlin, Esq.
180 Maiden Lane
34th Floor
New York, NY 10038
Hourly Rate $875
Current Stroock & Stroock & Lavan - Of Counsel
I am available to do both in-person and remote mediations and arbitrations and quite happy to do either at the option of the parties. Have had a good deal of experience doing both in mediations and arbitrations.
Practice 3
Cases 50+
Languages English
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan - Of Counsel
I am available to do both in-person and remote mediations and arbitrations and quite happy to do either at the option of the parties. Have had a good deal of experience doing both in mediations and arbitrations.
Of Counsel, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, 2016 – Present; United States District Judge, Southern District of New York, 1994 – 2016; Partner, Herzfeld & Rubin, 1990 – 1994; Partner, Budd Larner Gross, 1986 – 1990; United State Magistrate Judge, Eastern District of New York, 1982 – 1986; General Counsel, New York City Department of Investigation, 1981 – 1982; Assistant U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of New York; 1977 – 1981; Law Clerk to The Hon. Charles L. Brieant, Southern District of New York, 1976 – 1977; Associate, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, 1975 – 1976; Professor of Chinese and Japanese History, 1969 – 1972.

Adjunct Professor of Law, New York University Law School, 2017 – Present; Adjunct Professor of Law, Cardozo Law School, 2012 – 2014; Adjunct Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School, 1985 – 1995.
Left the bench in May 2016. Since then has arbitrated and mediated many cases, has heard mock arguments in several high-profile cases, has served as an expert witness and has been appointed as a Special Master by the several federal courts and by the Commercial Division of New York Supreme Court.

Significant arbitrations include, among others, the following:
•A large commercial/bankruptcy case in which a portion of a group of secured lenders, signatories to certain credit documents, sought millions of dollars, claiming that they were not allocated a fair share of the proceeds of the collateral that secured the loan following a sale of assets under section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code.
•A commercial transaction between two pharmaceutical companies with one claiming that a stream of payments (totaling millions of dollars) continued to be owed to the other based on an asset purchase agreement, despite the lack of success of the product.
•A catastrophic accident in which plaintiffs claimed they were injured as a result of a battery defect in a computer manufactured by a major computer manufacturer.

Several large breach of contract cases - one involving two multinational drug companies
A large construction dispute
•Cybersecurity issues in the loss of funds by an investor in a cryptocurrency exchange.
•An attorneys’ fees dispute among successful plaintiffs’ counsel in a shareholder derivative action against a large pharmaceutical company.

Mediated a number of large cases including insurance coverage disputes, RMBS fraud litigation by investors against a major bank, intellectual property disputes including trademark and copyright, legal and medical malpractice disputes, a divorce settlement dispute, business partnership break-ups, executive compensation disputes, an antitrust case, Jones Act accident case, a False Claims Act case, and several employment disputes. In addition, has handled a number of general commercial disputes, real estate disputes and one construction dispute. Most reached a successful outcome.

As for mock arguments, heard an appellate argument regarding a dispute between various insureds and their insurers regarding scope of coverage and tiers of coverage, a trial court argument regarding a large antitrust case against a major computer component manufacturer, a Libor-related matter against a major U.S. bank, an ERISA/class action case, , a construction case, and an RMBS case.

Special Master in a securities fraud case, a real estate contract dispute, and a settled case that involved disputes regarding claim entitlement.

Finally, has served as an expert witness on issues of U.S. law and/or New York in three foreign proceedings (including one on extradition issues and another on enforcement of arbitral awards in foreign jurisdictions), and as an expert witness on attorneys' fees and on class certification in three domestic cases..
Insurance coverage, primary v. excess carrier, allocation issues; attorney malpractice; fraudulent transfers in bankruptcy; inter-creditor disputes in bankruptcy; discrimination in pay or promotion based on race or gender; breach of employment contract, labor union contract/terms of renewal; defaulting on completion of real estate contract; infringement and dilution issues in trademark case; due diligence and disclosure issue in investment case against major bank, major torts - seaman injury, terrorist attack injuries, patent infringement, and others..
As a mediator my first goal is to be extremely well prepared by reading all material that the parties are willing to provide. I then spend time listening to each party in an effort to learn what they are trying to achieve in the mediation – what is their real goal? The party agreed to come to the mediation – why? What is their best outcome/worst outcome? What solutions have they explored or are willing to explore? Have they thought about a business solution? Might they be able to continue to work together?

I am also willing to discuss the strengths and weaknesses in the case and at some point in the day I believe it is helpful to advise each party as to what I believe is the likely outcome – i.e. tell it like it is. I then explore possibilities for resolution and work to convince each party why settlement is the best course. If the parties agree, I will make a mediator’s proposal. In the absence of that I will certainly share my view of the optimum outcome. In short, I describe my philosophy as both facilitative and evaluative, depending on the circumstances and the time of day.
William Maher; Matthew Dontzin; Richard Supple; Judge Sallianne Scarpulla; Jim Lemonedes; Jill Centella; Joseph Francoeur; Marvin Wexler, Jim Kreindler, Marc Wolinsky, Adam Samansky, Adam Gross Theis, Dale Cendali, Travis Downs, Michael Toomey, Ralph Mellusi, Jake Shisha, Don Murnane, Richard Menaker.
Recently took a course in best practices in mediation sponsored by the New York State Bar Association. Have also taken the following courses: ACE 22 - Process Essentials for AAA Arbitrators, 2022; ACE21 Impartiality: Do You Know Where Your Biases Are? 2021; ACE 20 - Cyber Security: A Shared Responsibility, 2019; AAA ACE 19 Case Finances: What Arbitrators Need to Know, 2019; AAA Award Writing, 2018; AAA/ICDR Council, New York Law School, Cornell Scheinman Institute Conference, 2018; New York State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section training, 2017, 2018 (speaker); JAMS Arbitration and Mediation trainings, 2016; CCA Conference (speaker).
Admitted to the Bar: New York (1976); U.S. Supreme Court (1994).
. Co-Chair of Diversity Committee of CPR
. Diversity Committee of the College of Commercial Arbitrators
• Chair, Federal Courts Subcommittee of the Standing Committee on the American Judicial System, American Bar Association.
• Member, Advisory Council, Cornell Law School.
• Member, former Chair, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, New York State Bar Association.
• Member, Council on Judicial Administration, Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
• Board of Directors, Justice Resource Center (formerly Mentor).
• President’s Council, Good Shepherd Services.
• Judicial Advisory Board, The Sedona Conference.
• Board of Directors (Co-Chair of the Board and Member of Executive Committee), Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
• Board of Directors, American Constitution Society.
• Board of Directors, Bronx Defenders.
Cornell Law School (JD - 1975); Columbia University (MA and Certificate from the School of International Affairs - 1969); University of Michigan (BA - 1967).
. Lifetime Achievement Award National Law Journal (2019)
• Francis McGovern Writing Award, Academy of Court Appointed Masters (2019).
• The Stanley H. Fuld Award for Outstanding Contributions to Commercial Law and Litigation, New York State Bar Association (2014).
• Distinguished Jurist Award, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2008).
• William Nelson Cromwell Award for unselfish service to the profession and the community, New York County Lawyers Association (2007).
• Edward Weinfeld Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Administration of Justice,” New York County Lawyers (2005).
• William J. Brennan Award, Criminal Law Section, New York State Bar Association (2003).
• Robert L. Haig Award for Distinguished Public Service, Commercial & Federal Litigation Section, New York State Bar Association (2001).
Selected Publications:
• Co-author, “Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence in a Nutshell,” West Academic Publishing, 2009; Second Edition, 2016.
• Co-author, “Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence, Cases and Materials,” American Casebook Series, West Academic Publishing, 2008; Second Edition, 2012; Third Edition, 2016.
• “Random Thoughts of a Federal District Judge, Fourth Annual Institute for Investor Protection Conference: The New Landscape of Securities Fraud Class Actions,” Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, Spring 2015, Vol. 46, No. 3.
• Big Data and Privacy: Finding the Balance,” New York Law Journal, February 10, 2014.
• Co-author, “Criminal Law Catches Up: New ESI Guidelines Issued,” New York Law Journal, February 29, 2012.
• “The Future of Litigation,” New York Law Journal, February 5, 2010.
• Co-author, “Sanctions in Electronic Discovery Cases: Views from the Judges,” 78 Fordham L. Rev. (2009).
Regular Column on ADR for Thompson-Reuters (published quarterly)

Speaking Engagements:
• Speaker, Arbitration Versus Court: Which Do You Want? (FedArb Program April 2021)
• Speaker, EDiscovery in ADR, (Women in EDiscovery May 2021)
• Speaker, “If Not Now, When? Achieving Equality for Women Attorneys in the Courtroom and in ADR.”
• Speaker, “Undermining the Courts and the Media: The Consequences for American Democracy – Judges Roundtable,” National Judicial College, December 13, 2018.
• Speaker, “E-Discovery Bootcamp CLE,” Louisiana State Bar, December 5, 2018.
• Speaker, (Keynote), “A View From Male Attorneys and Women and Diverse Mentees,” Philadelphia Diversity Law Group, November 16, 2018.
• Speaker, (Keynote), Keynote Address, ARIAS·US 2018 Fall Conference, November 8-9, 2018.
• Speaker, “Diversity and Inclusion: Let’s Talk Diversity,” New York International Arbitration Center, November 1, 2018.
• Speaker, “Implicit Bias Is Real: A Candid Discussion on Subconscious Stereotyping,” College of Commercial Arbitrators, October 18-20, 2018.
• Panelist, “Public and Private Benefits: MDL Diversity in Appointments,” NYU Center for Civic Justice, October 12-13.
• Speaker, American Employment Law Council, Employment Law, October 10-11, 2018.
• Speaker, “Implicit Bias Is Real: A Candid Discussion on Subconscious Stereotyping,” Westchester Bar Association, September 5, 2018.
• Speaker, American Bar Association, Border Searches, August 11, 2018.
• Panelist, “MDL and Class Action Cases,” Duke Law Judicial Studies Center, June 21-22, 2018.
• Panelist, “People Behaving Badly: Disassembling the Culture of Sexual Harassment,” American Arbitration Association, New York City, May 23, 2018.
• Speaker, Electronic Discovery Sedona Conference, May 3-4, 2018.
• Speaker, “Rethinking Solitary Confinement: Where Do We Go From Here?” Panelist, John Jay College’s Center on Media, Crime and Justice, and the Langeloth Foundation, April 26-27, 2018.
• Speaker, ABA Litigation Conference, Mass Torts, April 23, 2018.
• Panelist, Mass Tort Made Perfect, April 12, Diversity – Implicit Bias Study/Juror Reactions to Attorney Gender
• Moderator, Symposium on Women Lawyers in the Courtroom, Chicago Bar Association, April 12, 2018.
• Speaker, “Prevent, Detect, Correct: Creating & Sustaining a Work Environment Free From Unlawful Harassment and Unwanted Lawsuits,” Practicing Law Institute Webinar, April 10, 2018.
• Panelist, “Recent Developments in Employment Law,” EEOC, South Asian Bar Association, March 15, 2018.
• Scholar in Residence, University of Cincinnati, February 25, 2018.
• Speaker, New York State Bar Association, Employment Law, January 27, 2018.
• Speaker, “Diversity – Women Lawyers in Leadership 2018,” Practicing Law Institute, January 26, 2018.
• Speaker, “Diversity – Credible Roles in the Courtroom for Diverse & Women Attorneys,” Federal Bar Council, January 23, 2018.
$875 Per Hour
United States of America
New York, NY

The AAA provides mediators to parties on cases administered by the AAA under AAA mediation procedures. Mediations that proceed without AAA administration are not considered AAA mediations, even where parties select a mediator who is a member of an AAA mediation roster.