Lorraine M. Brennan is an accomplished national and international dispute resolution professional. She is prominently recognized and respected for her broad range of professional experience involving complex commercial litigation, domestic and international arbitration and mediation, and her service as a distinguished global member of law school faculties from the United States to China. Ms. Brennan is a highly sought-after speaker and frequent lecturer on complex commercial dispute resolution. She maintains prominent leadership roles in multiple organizations, including ArbitralWomen, the International and Dispute Resolution Sections of the American Bar Association and the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (Member of Advisory Board). Ms. Brennan is one of only eight members appointed by the U.S. State Department to serve on the NAFTA 2022 Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She is proficient in French.
Deflategate: A Win for Arbitration(10/12/15)
The “Deflategate scandal,” in which the New England Patriots and their star quarterback, Tom Brady, were accused of deflating footballs was a very hot topic among American football enthusiasts. It has also become a case study on how the arbitration process worked properly.
A Pregnant Pause: Using ADR to Resolve Pregnancy-Related Workplace Issues(06/06/15)
A recent case heard before the U.S. Supreme Court, Young v. UPS (issued March 25, 2015), caught the attention of many women and employers as well. In Young, the Court interpreted the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), in particular the second clause of that Act, which reads that employers must treat “women affected by pregnancy…the same for all employment-related purposes…as other persons not so affected but similar in their ability or inability to work.” - See more at: http://jamsadrblog.com/2015/06/02/a-pregnant-pause-using-adr-to-resolve-pregnancy-related-workplace-issues/#sthash.wJpiwrSY.dpuf
Do We Need a New York Convention for Mediation/Conciliation?(02/27/15)
The 1958 United Nations Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (New York Convention) is viewed by many as one of the most (if not the most) successful commercial treaties to which the United States has become a party.
Start Spreading the News: Mandatory Mediation Comes to New York(07/26/14)
As someone who started her legal career as a litigator, I, like many other litigators, viewed mandatory mediation with both skepticism and some suspicion. When my client was sent to court-ordered mediation by a judge in the SDNY in the 1990s, I assumed that my adversary and I would merely tick the “attendance” box and return to the judge to let him know that mediation had failed to resolve our complex dispute.