Ms. Lesser has mediated and arbitrated cases in a wide variety of practice areas, including these representative disputes:

 

CLASS and COLLECTIVE ACTIONS

 

  • mediated many nationwide consumer class actions claiming fair lending and other consumer protection violations

  • mediated nationwide wage claim class action by federal employees

  • mediated several Fair Labor Standards Act collective actions

  • mediated race discrimination class actions against major brokerage houses

  • mediated race discrimination class action against university employer

  • mediated two class action claims of unconstitutional strip searches against two municipalities


COMMUNICATIONS

 

  • arbitrated disputes regarding provision of telecommunications services between telecom companies

  • mediated joint venture disputes between two significant telecommunications providers

  • arbitrated dispute between telecommunications provider and agent


CONSTITUTIONAL and PUBLIC POLICY CLAIMS

  • mediated claim by attorney against bar association for wrongful suspension of bar membership

  • mediated dispute between anti-smoking organization and tobacco company

  • mediated numerous employee whistleblower claims for alleged wrongful discharge, False Claims Act, and Sarbanes Oxley violations

  • mediated two class actions brought by adult and juvenile arrestees against municipalities for unconstitutional strip searches


CONSTRUCTION

 

  • mediated two complex multi-party construction cases involving office complexes

  • mediated False Claims Act cases brought against government contractors

  • mediated construction case involving construction of a hotel

  • mediated disputes concerning construction related to municipal transit systems, municipal communications system


CONTRACTS, PRIVATE and GOVERNMENT

  • arbitrated and mediated a wide variety of private contract claims in diverse industries such as transportation, hospitality, medical devices, manufacturing, food service, telecommunications, multi-level marketing, energy, securities, and technology

  • mediated multiple disputes between government contractors and governmental entities, and between prime and subcontractors

  • arbitrated several cases between healthcare providers and vendors

  • arbitrated numerous breach of franchise and other license agreements

  • mediated and arbitrated contract indemnification claims

  • sole arbitrator in significant multi-level marketing company dispute

  • mediated and arbitrated many disputes involving breach of employment agreements, tortious interference claims, breach of competition agreements, and breach of confidentiality actions

  • mediated breaches of real estate purchase contracts and claims for commissions between two real estate brokerage firms

  • arbitrated several cases concerning success fees for business broker

  • arbitrated and mediated lawyer/client fee disputes

  • serves as standing chair of the National Arbitration Panel, which hears contract disputes between Amtrak and the freight railroads


CORPORATE and SECURITIES

 

  • arbitrator in a complex joint venture dispute between two leading textile producers

  • arbitrated four disputes regarding post-acquisition closing balance sheet adjustments

  • mediated three insider trading and securities fraud claims brought by the SEC and private parties

  • arbitrated and mediated shareholder direct and derivative complaints against corporations

  • arbitrated and mediated disputes regarding finders' fees

  • mediated multiple customer complaints against major brokerage houses for securities violations

  • mediated ERISA claim brought by trustee against co-trustee


ENERGY and UTILITIES

  • sole arbitrator for contract dispute between leading energy company and supplier

  • mediated multiple contract disputes between energy futures trading partners, utilities and vendors

  • arbitrated two rate making proceedings between utility and customers

  • mediated two disputes involving energy futures trading partners post-bankruptcy

  • mediated and supervised year-long audit of billing overcharge dispute between major municipality and electrical utility


HEALTH CARE

 

  • mediated several whistleblower claims involving Medicare and Medicaid fraud

  • arbitrated contract disputes between managed care organizations and subcontractors

  • mediated medical malpractice

  • mediated physician residency qualification claims

  • served as arbitrator and mediator in wrongful termination cases involving physician dismissal


INSURANCE COVERAGE

  • arbitrated multiple accounting and legal professional liability coverage disputes

  • mediated a number of complex multi-party construction cases involving performance and payment bond disputes, subrogation claims, builders risk policy and property/casualty coverage disputes

  • mediated numerous D&O and E&O liability claims

  • arbitrated disability and life insurance coverage disputes


INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY and TECHNOLOGY

  • arbitrated and mediated several contract disputes between software vendors and customers

  • arbitrated two multimillion-dollar contract disputes involving a major Internet service provider and business partners

  • arbitrator in software copyright infringement action

  • mediated multiple software license disputes and negotiated new license agreement between disputants

  • mediated a number of patent disputes regarding a variety of devices and processes, including software development, medical devices, sound systems, lighting technology, film coding, and children’s products

  • mediated royalty dispute between music copyright licensor and artist

  • mediated two multimillion-dollar software license disputes involving a major education software producer and licensees

  • continuing service as arbitrator in royalty cases under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act

  • Independent Reviewer for the Center for Copyright Information, resolving disputes between ISPs and customers regarding unauthorized downloads


LAND USE and REAL ESTATE

  • mediated disputes concerning real estate limited partnerships, eminent domain proceedings, community/owner conflicts regarding proposed land uses

  • mediated disputes among and between real estate brokers and clients

  • mediated three eminent domain cases for the Federal Government

  • mediation of neighborhood dispute over school expansion

  • arbitrated multiple disputes involving real estate limited partnerships


PERSONAL INJURY and OTHER TORTS

  • mediated wrongful death and personal injury claims against a municipality

  • served as arbitrator in legal and accounting malpractice matters

  • mediated and arbitrated libel and defamation claims

  • mediated product liability cases

  • mediated wrongful death claims against municipality for inadequate supervision of mentally ill patient

  • wrongful death claim against federal government for medical malpractice involving pregnant patient

  • mediated and arbitrated numerous fraud claims

  • mediated and arbitrated multiple libel and invasion of privacy claims

  • mediated claim by injured patient against drug manufacturer