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Phone: 9173011343

372 central park west

ny, New York 10025

abigail pessen


Arbitrator and Mediator

Current Employer:

Dispute Resolution Services

Areas of Expertise:

✔ Commercial/Business ✔ Contract Disputes
✔ EEOC ✔ Employment
✔ Executive Compensation ✔ Insurance
✔ Licensing ✔ Partnerships
✔ Shareholder Disputes


I have served as panel chair, panel member, and solo arbitrator in numerous arbitrations and conducted numerous mediations involving complex business and employment disputes.

Work History:

After a judicial clerkship, I was a commercial litigator in NYC for more than 20 years at the firm of Scoppetta & Seiff (later called Seiff & Kretz), where I counseled clients and handled complex business problems.


Many cases involving professional, medical, restaurant, and other partnership disputes; breach of licensing and other commercial contracts; bonus, executive compensation, wage and hour, sexual harassment, pregnancy, age, race, and ethnic discrimination; insurance coverage.


I have had extensive training in mediation and arbitration.




I am honored to have been chosen "Lawyer of the Year" for Arbitration in 2019 by New York City Best Lawyers, and "Lawyer of the Year" for Mediation in 2015. listed as a "SuperLawyer" in the field of Dispute Resolution since 2009, included in New York Magazine's Best Lawyers since 2005, and achieved U.S. News and World Report's highest Tier One ranking for both arbitration and mediation. I was elected Chair of the Dispute Resolution Section of the NYS Bar Association for the 2016-2017 term.


AAA Commercial Panel, Large Complex Case Panel, and Employment Panel; ICDR; NY County Commercial Division; EDNY and SDNY Bankruptcy Mediation Panels.


NY State Bar Association (past Chair, Dispute Resolution Section); NYC Bar Association.


B.A. Barnard College 1969. J.D. University of Chicago 1972.


Author, Chapter: Confirmation and Vacatur of Awards, PLI Treatise: Arbitrating Commercial Disputes in the U.S. (2017, 2d. ed. 2020) Author of chapter, Developments in ADR Law, ABA publication, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004. Numerous articles on ADR topics, including "The Bespoke Clause: Tailoring FRCP 68 to Arbitration for a Better Fit."

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