In addition to my responsibilities as Deputy General Counsel of Radian Group Inc. (NYSE:RDN), I serve as an arbitrator and mediator, something I have enjoyed for many years, both through private engagement and service for the American Arbitration Association (where, in addition to AAA’s general commercial and employment panels, I participate on specialty panels for Large Complex Cases; Mergers and Acquisitions and Joint Ventures; and Master Mediators).
I have longstanding experience in almost all kinds of commercial and contractual matters (my arbitration and mediation profile, together with this descriptive list of the matters on which I worked in 2021, will provide an overview).
I seem to have a particular affinity for conflict arising in the context of companies, partnerships and corporations (often referred to as “business divorce”) and disputes between companies and their senior level employees. (Those practicing in this area may enjoy my recent newsletters (here and here) suggesting how a mediator can help attorneys with the challenging client dynamics in business divorce matters.)
The experience on which I draw as an arbitrator and mediator comes from 23 years as a business litigator, followed by senior in house positions with two financial services organizations:
–In 2005, I became General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer to OpHedge Fund Services, a start up hedge fund administrator which, after five years of substantial growth, was acquired by the industry leader.
–After a brief return to private practice, I accepted the General Counsel role at Clayton Holdings LLC, a provider of real estate and mortgage due diligence and asset management services to investment banks and other institutional investors. Since Clayton’s 2014 acquisition by Radian Group Inc. (NYSE: RDN), I have continued to serve as Radian’s Deputy General Counsel, with legal oversight of its real estate, title, valuation and asset management services.
I served three years as Chair of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, and I was privileged to receive the Honorable Robert C. Zampano Award for Excellence in Mediation, named for a Connecticut federal judge renowned for his settlement skills.
And I also indulge a frolic and detour known as Golf Dispute Resolution, a website/blog that tracks the intersection of golf and law.