FREE Webinar: #MeToo: Its Impact on Confidential Settlements, Mediation, and Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Claims

The Federal Bar Association
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The Alternative Dispute Resolution Section presents:
#MeToo: Its Impact on Confidential Settlements, Mediation, and Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Claims
Moderator: Joan Hogarth
Abigail Pessen

Laura Schnell
Robert Whitman

A panel of experts in the field of ADR and Employment litigation will share key insights regarding the resolution of workplace sexual harassment claims in the wake of widespread criticism of confidential settlements of such claims. From their respective vantage points as a neutral, plaintiff’s attorney, and management attorney, the panelists will discuss the potential impact of current legislative and judicial developments concerning confidentiality requirements in ADR, offer practice tips on protecting clients’ interests, identify potential ethical concerns, and highlight pitfalls in negotiating settlements in sexual harassment cases. The pros and cons of using arbitration to resolve such cases will also be addressed.

Abigail Pessen
has her own dispute resolution firm. She is a mediator, serving on the Master Mediator Roster for the American Arbitration Association and on various Court panels. Abigail is also an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association’s Large, Complex Case and Employment Panels and for the ICDR.

Abigail was honored to be chosen NYC Best Lawyers’ 2015 “Lawyer of the Year” for Mediation, and “Lawyer of the Year” for Arbitration in 2016. She is the immediate past Chair of the NY State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section. Abigail is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators.

Abigail is a frequent speaker and author on ADR-related topics. Before becoming a full-time neutral, Abigail clerked for federal judge Whitman Knapp, was an assistant professor at New York Law School, and had a successful career as a commercial litigator with the firm of Scoppetta & Seiff. She is a graduate of Barnard College and the University of Chicago Law School.

Abigail has earned U.S. News & World Report’s top-tier ranking for both mediation and arbitration for 2018 and all previous years since the rankings began, has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and is regularly listed as a “Super Lawyer” for ADR. She can be reached at

Laura Schnell specializes in all aspects of employment law and has litigated and arbitrated extensively on behalf of employees, with a particular emphasis on executives and employees in the security and banking industries. Ms. Schnell was a member of the Executive Board of the New York Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association for over five years and is a frequent speaker at national and local continuing legal education and other conferences on various legal issues that arise in the employment relationship.

Currently a member of the firm of Eisenberg & Schnell LLP, Ms. Schnell has practiced employment law in New York City on behalf of employees for over two decades. She is a 1983 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and a 1980 graduate of Dartmouth College. She served as a law clerk for the Honorable Jack B. Weinstein in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York from 1983 to 1984.

Robert Whitman is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department with extensive experience representing management in the full range of employment law matters. He has particular experience in wage-hour litigation, employment arbitration, discrimination and non-compete matters, and preventive employment counseling.

Mr. Whitman is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Labor & Employment Law at NYU Law School and serves as an elected Director of the Cornell ILR School Alumni Association. He has been recognized repeatedly as one of the top employment lawyers in Manhattan in polls conducted by New York Super Lawyers. Mr. Whitman serves as the Pro Bono Chair in Seyfarth Shaw’s New York office and as a member of the firm’s National Pro Bono Committee.

Joan Hogarth is a mediator, arbitrator and attorney whose practice focuses on healthcare and healthcare-related issues. She serves as guardian ad litem in Surrogate’s Courts and in guardianship cases related to elderly, mentally challenged or disabled persons where her mediation skills have served her well. She has been a neural in over 350 disputes related to healthcare, sexual harassment, employment discrimination of various types, securities and consumer concerns.

Joan is currently the Chair of the FBA’s ADR Section, has served as the editor of its newsletter and is a member of several other Associations to include the American Health Lawyers, New York State Bar and the City Bar of New York.

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1.0 CLE Credit may be available. We will contact you regarding CLE immediately following the webinar.

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March 14, 2018
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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