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Abigail Pessen

Abigail offers effective and insightful mediation services for difficult disputes and efficient, streamlined, and cost-conscious arbitrations.

ADR Experience

Abigail Pessen is a mediator and arbitrator of business and employment disputes. Before starting her dispute resolution firm in 2000, she was a litigator at the law firm of Seiff Kretz & Maffeo (formerly Scoppetta & Seiff), handling business, employment, and family matters as an associate and then partner for more than twenty years. Abigail is honored to be recognized by Who’sWhoLegal in the field of Commercial Mediation.  She is also delighted to be included in New York City Best Lawyers for arbitration and mediation.   Best Lawyers chose her as as Lawyer of the Year for 2019 in the field of arbitration; she was chosen Lawyer of the Year for 2015 in the field of mediation.  Abigail is one of only a handful of New York City neutrals to have consistently received U.S. News and World Report’s highest Tier One ranking for both mediation and arbitration. She is consistently selected as a “Super Lawyer” in the field of dispute resolution and included in New York Magazine’s Best Lawyers in the New York Metropolitan Area for dispute resolution. She has an “AV-Preeminent” rating from Martindale Hubbell.

Abigail is thrilled to have been selected for the American Arbitration Association’s Master Mediation Panel – – composed of just nine mediators – – for complex commercial cases.  She has successfully mediated hundreds of substantial disputes privately and for the American Arbitration Association’s Commercial, Large Complex Case, and Employment Panels, the International Center for Dispute Resolution, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and the New York County Supreme Court Commercial Division.


Abigail clerked for United States District Judge Whitman Knapp in the Southern District of New York, and was an assistant professor at New York Law School. She graduated from Barnard College and received her law degree from the University of Chicago. She is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and of the American Bar Foundation.

Areas Of Practice

  • ADA
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • Entertainment
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Partnership
  • Police
  • Professional Fees
  • Sexual Harrassment
  • Trademark
  • Workplace

Additional Services

  • Mediator-Arbitrator

Professional Associations

  • AAA - American Arbitration Assoc.
  • College of Commercial Arbitrators