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<xTITLE>The Arbitration Conversation No. 34: Prof. Brian Farkas, Cardozo School of Law</xTITLE>

The Arbitration Conversation No. 34: Prof. Brian Farkas, Cardozo School of Law

by Brian Farkas, Amy Schmitz
November 2020

In this episode of the Arbitration Conversation Amy interviews Prof. Brian Farkas of Cardozo School of Law and attorney at Arent Fox LLP focusing on complex commercial litigation.




Brian Farkas is an attorney at Arent Fox LLP, focusing his practice on complex commercial litigation. He represents clients in state and federal court, as well as in arbitration and mediation proceedings. Previously, Brian served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Robert W. Lehrburger of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and as a litigation associate at a midsize firm in New York City.


In 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016, he was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers for Business Litigation. He is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey and the District of Columbia.


At Cardozo, Brian teaches arbitration and dispute resolution. He has taught courses on negotiation, mediation, and conflict management at the City University of New York, the University of Oregon School of Law, and Brooklyn Law School. Brian has also served as a volunteer mediator in New York County and Kings County through the New York Peace Institute. He has taught in Brooklyn Law School’s Mediation Clinic, training students in Civil Court and Small Claims Court mediation.


Brian’s academic writing on arbitration and mediation has appeared in numerous publications, including the N.Y.U. Journal of Law & Business, the Lewis & Clark Law ReviewHarvard Negotiation Law ReviewJournal of Experiential LearningDispute Resolution Journal, and the Northeastern Law Journal.


While he was a student at Cardozo, Brian served as Editor-in-Chief of the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution and was awarded the Andrew S. Zucker Award for Academic Excellence. He earned his M.P.A. from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where he served as a Contributing Editor of The Wagner Review.


Professor Amy Schmitz joined the University of Missouri School of Law and the Center for Dispute Resolution as the Elwood L. Thomas Missouri Endowed Professor of Law in 2016. Previously she was a Professor at the University of Colorado School of Law for over 16 years. Prior to teaching, Professor Schmitz practiced law with large law firms in Seattle and Minneapolis, and served as a law clerk for the U. S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.  Professor Schmitz teaches courses in Contracts, Lawyering, Online Dispute Resolution (ODR), AI, Data Analytics and the Law, Arbitration, International Arbitration, and Consumer Law. She has been heavily involved in ODR teaching and research for a long time and is a Fellow of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution, as well as the Co-Chair of the ABA Technology Committee of the Dispute Resolution Section and the ODR Task Force.  She serves on the Association of American Law Schools Executive Committee on Commercial and Consumer Law, was an External Scientific Fellow of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg, and is a researcher with the ACT Project exploring AI and ODR. Professor Schmitz has published over 50 articles in law journals and books, and a book, The New Handshake: Online Dispute Resolution and the Future of Consumer Protection, with Colin Rule.