Joanne Barak

Arbitrator/Legal Counsel at Crossways Group Inc.


Has arbitrated more than 300 disputes as panel appointed and party appointed arbitrator. Has acted as sole arbitrator and as chairperson or wing on three arbitrator panels. Also provides Early Neutral Evaluation Services.

Work History

Over 30 years’ of international and commercial law experience, including extensive experience in areas of financing, licensing, consulting, executive employment, partnerships, joint ventures, non-disclosure/non-circumvent agreements, sales/distributorship agreements, and all maritime matters. Has advised and represented domestic and international corporate clients and foreign governments in aforementioned areas. Has worked as an attorney in New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and Jerusalem, Israel.


Representative multimillion dollar cases include: U.S. military contractor and Saudi subcontractor termination dispute (emergency arbitrator); U.S. insurance company and Swiss bank for breaches of letter of credit coverage contracts; Canadian rail car manufacturer and Spanish subcontractor for breaches of manufacturing agreement; U.S. sports equipment company and Chinese manufacturer for breaches of manufacturing agreement; Saudi jewelry manufacturer and U.S. investment advisor for breaches of financial services agreements; U.S. high end fashion design firm and Chinese licensee/manufacturer for breaches of licensing agreement; dispute between insurance company consortium and yacht owner for failure to cover loss of vessel; dispute between securities firm and former partner alleging violations of non-solicitation agreement; dispute seeking declaratory judgment regarding interpretation of limitation of liability clause of referral agreement.


Bar Admissions: New York (1976), U.S. District Courts (SDNY (1982) and EDNY (2008)), U.S. Court of Military Appeals (1976), Israel Chamber of Advocates (1980)


American Arbitration Association (Large Complex Case Panel, Joint Venture and Mergers & Acquisitions Panel, Commercial Panel, Consumer Panel, and former Special Programs Mediation Panel); International Centre for Dispute Resolution Panel; FINRA (non-public) Pro Bono panels: arbitrator/mediator, NYS Supreme Court, Part 137 Attorney Client Fee Dispute Program; certified mediator, NYS Office of Court Administration, Part 146, panel member, Surrogate Decision Making Committee, NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs


Fellow and Member of the Board, College of Commercial Arbitrators, Co-chair of CCA Diversity Committee Academy Member, The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals


Military Service: To rank of LCDR, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve

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