Edna Sussman serves full-time as an arbitrator and mediator and has been appointed as the Distinguished ADR Practitioner in Residence by the Fordham University School of Law. She started her career as an associate and litigation partner at the international law firm of White & Case. Over the past 15 years she has served as an arbitrator in well over 200 arbitrations and as a mediator in well over 200 mediations in both domestic and international complex commercial disputes.

Ms. Sussman serves on leading ADR panels around the world and has conducted arbitrations under many institutional rules and in ad hoc arbitrations. Ms. Sussman serves as one of six arbitration trainers nationwide for the American Arbitration Association’s new arbitrators, as the former President of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, on the board of the American Arbitration Association, as Vice-Chair of the New York International Arbitration Center and Chair of the AAA-ICDR Foundation. She has published and lectured extensively on arbitration and mediation and wins annual recognition for her work as an arbitrator and mediator in many rankings including Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Who’s Who of International Arbitration and Mediation, Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers.

As an arbitrator, Ms. Sussman ensures that the parties get a fair and effectively managed proceeding. As a mediator, Ms. Sussman has a talent for guiding the parties to a mutually satisfactory settlement of the dispute.

Chambers: “very quick to learn the facts and arguments presented to her, and she makes quick and practical rulings,” “She is excellent…she is well prepared, well read and interested in making sure all parties have their opportunities,” “highly respected and really knows the business,” “terrific and dedicated,” “extremely accomplished,” “a real scholar in the field,” “incredibly smart.”

Phone: +1 (212) 213-2173


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Drafting the Award for Enforceability and User Satisfaction, American Bar Association, June 2017

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Biases and Heuristics in Arbitrator Decision-Making: Reflections on How to Counteract or Play to Them,  Kluwer Publ. 2017

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