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Phone: (212) 607-2705

The New York Times Building, 620 Eighth Avenue, 34th Floor

New York, NY 10018

Vivien Shelanski


Arbitrator, Mediator, Special Master

Current Employer:


Areas of Expertise:

✔ ADA Disability ✔ Class Actions
✔ Commercial/Business ✔ Condominiums
✔ Contract Disputes ✔ EEOC
✔ Employment ✔ Executive Compensation
✔ Family Businesses ✔ Real Estate
✔ Trade Secrets and Confidentiality Disputes


Vivien B. Shelanski, Esq. has more than 25 years of dispute resolution experience as a mediator, arbitrator, special master, and neutral evaluator. Since joining JAMS in 1998, she has resolved hundreds of matters covering a wide spectrum of legal issues and complexities, including business/commercial, employment, construction, healthcare, entertainment, franchise, intellectual property, real property, trusts and estates, technology, and telecommunications cases.

Ms. Shelanski is an elected Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA), served as co-editor of the CCA’s Guide to Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration (3rd. Ed.), and is an Elected Fellow (Neutral) of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

Ms. Shelanski is available to conduct virtual mediations, arbitrations and other ADR proceedings on Zoom and other online platforms. Additional information is available at:


BUSINESS/COMMERCIAL: Numerous breach of contract and other types of business disputes in a variety of industries, including telecommunication, technology, software, education, hospitality, music, insurance, fashion, construction, energy, real estate, manufacturing and financial services.

CONSTRUCTION: Multi-party claims involving various types of structures and issues, including claims of delay, design and work defects, cost overruns, breach of contract, and professional liability.

EMPLOYMENT: Hundreds of employment disputes with Fortune 500 Companies ranging from Individual and multi-party claims of discrimination (gender, age, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, and disability), retaliation, and harassment; ADA, FMLA, FSLA/wage-hour and ERISA claims; contract claims involving executive compensation, severance benefits, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements.

FRANCHISE: Disputes among manufacturers and dealers or distributors regarding warranties, supplies, pricing, and services.

HEALTHCARE: Malpractice claims against physicians and hospitals; dissolutions of medical practices; wrongful discharge claims by senior executives, physicians, and hospital employees.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: Copyright, patent, trademark and trade secret disputes in industries including financial services, entertainment, publishing, advertising, software, and design-related businesses including textiles, apparel, jewelry, and hardware.

REAL PROPERTY: Mortgage fraud claims against private lenders, government entities, and title companies; contract claims involving financing agreements for commercial and residential properties; commercial leasing disputes.

SECURITIES: Fraud claims alleging misrepresentations in offering documents; investor claims against broker-dealers alleging churning, unauthorized trading, lack of suitability, and failure to supervise.

TECHNOLOGY: Disputes between software, hardware, and website specialists and the companies retaining their services.

TRUSTS & ESTATES: Disputes between trust beneficiaries, including family members and foreign institutions; disputes among family members about the operation and/or dissolution of family-owned businesses.


J.D., with honors, New York University School of Law | Ph.D., Philosophy of Science, University of Chicago | A.B., with honors, Bryn Mawr College

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