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Leona Beane
Senior MediatorSenior MediatorSenior Mediator

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Suite 2340
New York, NY 10279
Fax: 212.233 3801


Description of Practice

This Mediator is Certified
Experienced Dynamic Mediator & Arbitrator -- in Trusts & estates, guardianship, probate, Business disputes -- closely held business dissolution; contracts; partnership disputes; employment disputes; also personal injury; malpractice; real estate. Serves as Mediator for Commercial Division NY; Federal Court, Eastern District (mediator & arbitrator); Eastern District Sandy Storm Mediator & Arbitrator; Mediator, Federal Court, Southern District; Mediator, Bankruptcy Courts(So & East Districts); Contract Mediator, EEOC; Mediator, N.J.Superior Court; Mediator-Special Master, Appellate Division, 1st Dep't Pre- Argument appeal, Mediation Calendar; Mediator and Arbitrator, Attorney Fee Disputes in 1st Dept; Mediator, Safe Horizon (certified by NYS); Mediator, NYCBA Co-ops & Condos Mediation Program; Arbitrator for FINRA (and previously NY Stock Exchange and NASD)-- have frequently served as chair of panel; arbitrator for National Futures Association. Has completed extensive mediation trainings from several different providers (well over 300 hrs).

Note: Am certified by the N.C. Dispute Resolution Commission to serve as a Mediator for Superior Court Mediations -- general and probate/guardianship.

Am available to serve as Mediator or Arbitrator in Durham, N.C. (&surrounding areas of Raleigh and Chapel Hill). I maintain a local address in Durham, N.C.

Professional Background

Dispute Resolution Section, NYS Bar Association (Executive Committee 10 yrs; chair of new sub-committee, Mediation of Trusts, Estates, Guardianship and Elderly disputes; was Chair of ADR Committee, NY Co.Lawyers Assn 4 years. Author, Chapter 26, MEDIATION, New York Lawyers Deskbook (NYSBA 2008 & updated each year); Chapter on Mediation in the New York Lawyers Practical Skills Series; article, "What is Mediation and How Does it Work?" NYLJ Oct. 29, 2007; author, "Utilizing Mediation to Resolve Estate Litigation"; author, "Should Mediation be available as an Option to Reduce Litigation in Contested Guardianship Disputes?"; author of additional Mediation related articles and several articles on various legal topics. Law Professor for 21 years (CUNY) - Contracts, Partnerships & Corporations.

Currently professor emeritus, Mediator and Arbitrator. Attorney -- Trusts & Estates, Wills, Probate, Surrogate's Court proceedings; Guardianship.

Have completed over 300 hours of certified mediation trainings with several different well known providers. Have conducted well over 300 mediations.

American Bar Association (Dispute Resolution Section); New York Women's Bar Association (member, Board of Directors; chair, ADR Committee; co-chair, Trusts & Estates Committee). Inducted as Member, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, Charter member of N.Y. Division of Superior Mediators.


Have completed extensive mediation trainings (over 300 hrs) from several different organizations (Commercial Division, NASD, Bankruptcy Court, Carol Leibman, Center for Mediation in the Law (Jack Himmelstein); EEOC; Columbia U. Law School, Safe Horizon certified, NYS Office of Court Administration; Mediation, Inc (NC) and several others); also additional Mediation training, Southern District; "Decision Tree Analysis for Mediators" (Dispute Resolution Institute, NC). Have served as a facilitator/trainer at over 9 Commercial Mediation Trainings for the NYS Commercial Division.

Have completed well over 300 mediations --many different types of disputes, including business, commercial, employment, partnerships, closely held business, dissolution of corporate entity, LLC disputes; personal injury, malpractice, estates, trusts, contracts, community disputes, EEOC; guardianships, real estate, custody & visitation disputes; others.

Also have completed Arbitration trainings and served many times as Arbitrator including chair of panel.


BBA, City College of New York; MBA, City College of New York; MS, Columbia University; JD, New York Law School.

Tenured full professor of Law, Baruch College (CUNY) 21 years; currently Professsor Emeritus.


Facilitive approach; important for the parties to speak and "vent"; I encourage the actual parties to fully participate; I utilize combination of both caucus and joint sessions - try to have the parties in joint sessions as long as possible, and utilize the caucus for specific discrete issues; I assist the parties to obtain better understanding of their disputes, and better understanding of the other party's interests and concerns.

At appropriate time, I also utilize an eclectic approach; am flexible in utilizing Mediation techniques.


hourly or daily fees; or half days --can be mutually agreed upon and arranged.

Depending on the type of dispute, accommodations can be made.

Other Information

Have facilitated trainings and coaching of Mediators --Dispute Resolution Section; Commercial Division-- over 9 times; Safe Horizon; Durham Dispute Resolution Center.

Have organized and lectured at several CLE programs relating to Mediation and Arbitration, and ADR and other topics. Have served as Judge and also as Mediator at several Regional Law Student ABA Competitions.

Areas of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Contracts
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • EEOC
  • Elder
  • Employment
  • Estate Planning
  • Family
  • General
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Nursing Home
  • Partnership
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate
  • Professional Fees
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Trust Management
  • Workers Comp
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Arbitrator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Fact-Finder
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediation Trainer

References available upon request.

This dispute resolution professional keeps professional liability insurance.