Edna Sussman is a full time arbitrator and mediator, the Distinguished ADR Practitioner in Residence at Fordham University School of Law and the principal of SussmanADR LLC. She was formerly a litigation partner at the law firm of White & Case LLP and of counsel at Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP. Represented clients and served as an arbitrator and mediator in complex international and domestic commercial disputes involving claims or determinative of transactions ranging in value from $1 million to $3 billion.
Served as an arbitrator (chair, panelist and sole arbitrator) in over 100 complex multi-million dollar arbitrations and over 100 complex mediations. Handled arbitrations under various institutional rules and adhoc. Serves as a court certified mediator.
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Columbia Law School (J.D. 1973); Barnard College (B. A. 1970)
Joe practises commercial litigation and arbitration. He has represented both public and private companies in a range of industries, including mining, infrastructure, utilities, financial services, and technology.
Joe is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer and has argued before all levels of court in Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada.
He is National co-leader of the Firm’s Arbitration Group. He regularly advises on domestic and international arbitrations as counsel and is available for appointment as arbitrator. He is a member of the ICC Canadian Arbitration Committee, the American Arbitration Association’s International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) Panel of Arbitrators and the Domestic and International Arbitration Panels of the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (BCICAC).
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B.A. (Political Science), Carleton University – 1991
Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges (1994-2001); International Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (1990-1994).
More than twenty years of broad corporate, commercial, finance and international legal experience in common law and civil law jurisdictions in the United States, Canada and Europe. Extensive experience in a number of industries including airline, energy, financial institutions, pharmaceuticals, media and telecommunications, retail, and utilities. Transactional experience includes:
Mergers and Acquisitions — private and public companies, including privatization of incumbent industries (airline, electric & gas utilities, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications).
Energy — development, acquisition and financing of energy projects (including electrical generating facilities and independent power plants), negotiation of electrical power purchase agreements, and oil & gas concession, exploration and joint operating agreements.
Telecommunications — acquisition and spin-off of regional and national telecommunication entities, including negotiations with governmental bodies; served as outside general counsel to an NYSE-listed telecommunications company.
Significant corporate/finance experience, including negotiation and drafting of partnership, joint venture, and shareholder agreements; concession and project finance agreements; complex international syndicated loan agreements; executive employment agreements; licensing, copyright and distribution agreements. Extensive experience with securities and capital markets (public and private offerings of debt/equity); private equity (represented both fund sponsors and investors).
Dispute Resolution Experience and Training
Full-time independent ADR neutral since 2001. Appointed in more than 100 international and domestic cases of varying size and complexity (up to 9 figures), covering a broad legal spectrum, including: telecommunications, energy, mergers & acquisitions, business associations (corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, joint ventures), finance (commercial/investment banking), accounting, intellectual property, franchise, licensing, pharmaceuticals/biotechnology, employment, technology, sale of goods, real property, accounting, appraisal rights, corporate governance, class actions, construction, communication, information technology, maritime, valuations, insurance. Served as Chairman, Sole Arbitrator and Co-Arbitrator in cases under AAA, ICDR, ICC, CPR, UNCITRAL Rules and ad hoc arbitrations. Certified IMI Mediator.
Professional and Other Activities
Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators
International Bar Association (Arbitration Committee)
American Bar Association (Section of Dispute Resolution)
Association of the Bar of the City of New York
International Arbitration Club of New York
New York State Bar Association (Mediation and Arbitration Committees)
Bar Admissions – New York and Ontario
Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto (J.D., Law Review-1977)
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (A.M., International Affairs-1974)
York University (B.A., Honors, first class-1973)
Recipient of the ITT International Fellowship, representing Canada (1973).