Programs and Thought Leadership Experiences

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Programs and Thought Leadership Experiences

Upcoming Events

  • DR International Thought Leadership “One Night in Budapest”: Mediation and Foreign Direct Investment (TBD)

Recent Events

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Steering Committee

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Felicia Farber is a full-time arbitrator, mediator, workplace investigator and attorney serving New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. With over 25 years of experience, she facilitates the resolution of commercial, civil and family disputes through mediation, arbitration and litigation. For the past 17+ years her practice has been primarily focused on ADR, specializing in matters involving employment, construction, complex business/commercial, torts, contracts, homeowners association disputes, environmental insurance, divorce, foreclosure, medical malpractice, and will contests.

Ms. Farber serves as an Arbitrator for the AAA, FINRA, and the North Jersey Courts, and is a certified Federal Court Mediator, NJ Court-Approved Civil Mediator and Mentor, and Mediator for the AAA. She has extensive experience mediating for New Jersey state courts, the New Jersey Office of Dispute Settlement (NJODS) and the US EEOC. She is also an Early Childhood Intervention Mediator, a Matrimonial Early Settlement Panelist, and a Military Ombudsman for the Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve. In total, she has conducted over 3000 mediations, many involving 7 and 8 figures.

Ms. Farber was awarded the prestigious James B. Bosky Award as the 2019 ADR Practitioner of the Year by the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA). Appointed by Glenn A. Grant, J.A.D., Acting Administrative Director of the Courts, she serves on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Complementary Dispute Resolution & Arbitration Advisory Committee, and the Advisory Committee on Mediator Standards. She also serves on the NJSBA Executive Committee of the Labor & Employment Section, is a Trustee for the Women in the Profession Section, Past Chair of the Dispute Resolution Section, and former member of the Nominating Committee and General Counsel for the NJSBA. In addition, she currently serves as Secretary of the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators and is a member of the Construction Law Section of the Bergen County Bar Association, and Women Lawyers in Bergen.

As a frequent speaker in NJ & NY, she regularly conducts presentations for state and county bar associations, Inn of Courts, law schools, and professional organizations, including the American Bar Association. She has developed and taught Advanced Civil Mediation courses for NJODS and teaches Negotiation & Conflict Resolution and Mock Trial classes at William Paterson University. She also serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the school-based publication The Legal Eagle, and the Speakers’ Bureau for the New Jersey State Bar Foundation.

Ms. Farber received her B.S. in Electrical/Computer Engineering from Tufts University and her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She is a certified pet therapy handler, watercolor artist, and author.

Felicia Farber's IDR Experience

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Prior to joining R.I.C.H. Planning Group, LLC, Amber enjoyed a successful 17-year career on Wall Street where she worked in institutional sales in fixed income derivatives.  After leaving Wall Street, she found her passion and true value was in helping people with financial matters. Amber quickly realized that her biggest impact came from working with her clients to help them navigate and plan for the financial complexities that arise throughout all of life’s transitions. This involves working closely with her clients to identify what their financial goals are and then creating a comprehensive financial plan and strategy to achieve them.  This process analyzes all the facets of finance-risk management, retirement planning, education planning, wealth management, cash flow analysis and budgeting, tax planning and estate planning.  

“I am truly honored to be in a position to educate and offer people financial advice at any time in their lives, whether that is divorce, marriage, parenthood or retirement.” 

Amber is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA™) as well as a divorce mediator. She is also trained in collaborative law.

 After growing up in Florida and the Bahamas, Amber earned her  B.A. in Economics from Duke University and her M.B.A. in Finance from New York University.  She also has FINRA registrations Series 7, 66 and NJ Life and Health Insurance licenses.

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Eldonie S. Mason, Esq. is a native of the Caribbean island of Antigua. She is self-motivated, determined, solution-oriented, quick-thinking and can calmly juggle multiple responsibilities with precision. Never taking “no” for the final answer and striving to strike “can’t” from her vocabulary, she perseveres in the face of setbacks and continues on towards her goals.

Eldonie is an experienced entertainment, business and fashion attorney with Mason Firm, LLC and former arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association handling entertainment disputes and FINRA where she heard disputes involving brokers and investors. She is also a professor and taught Music Publishing, Licensing and Copyright at York College of Pennsylvania. She graduated magna cum laude from New Jersey City University with a BA in Political Science and cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law and is licensed to practice in NY, NJ and FL.

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Laura is the Executive Director of the International Mediation Institute, an international non-profit with the vision of professional mediation worldwide: enhancing consensus and access to justice. She brings a wealth of experience from the private and public sectors, where she has worked in corporate governance, project and portfolio management, and IT.

Originally from Australia, Laura is presently based most of the year in Brussels, where she is additionally undertaking a full-time PhD in International Relations. Her doctoral research investigates the effects of blame in politics, particularly emotions and polarisation—and what we can do about it. She holds degrees in management and in politics and international relations, and has a Masters degree in EU External Relations.

She has taught (peace) negotiation and mediation at graduate level, and delivered keynote speeches and presentations on mediation in several countries. Her key workplace values are lifting up and empowering other women and minorities, creativity, flexibility, compassion, respect for different ways of working, and above all that "Job #1 is 'Happy and Healthy'". Feel free to connect with her on LinkedIn or ResearchGate.

Past Events

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Women Entrepreneur Week

NJCU's School of Business Management Department in conjunction with Montclair State University participated in "Women Entrepreneur Week" by hosting Ms. Dawn Pascale from "Om Sweet Home Specialty Bakery".  Women Entrepreneurship Week (WEW) NJCU School of Business.

ExploreNJ Conference. The execution and signing of the Hungarian American Chamber of Commerce MOU with CIANJ is a solidification of a partnership to collaborate and promote trade between our two regions. This was a result of the IDR’s Connecting Bridges and Borders Program in Budapest last year which lead to ExploreNJ, a two day international trade event to bring business to NJ. The partnership with US Department of Commerce, its Select USA Program, CIANJ and ChooseNJ illustrates how NJCU and Higher Education Platforms like the IDR can play an important role in the narrative. (agenda)

This program addresses conflict and workplace challenges women face in the professional and business sectors.
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An esteemed panel of speakers representing finance, law, family business, insurance, corporate securities, management, capital markets and accounting/auditing will offer their perspectives on common workplace issues that are particular to women, and provide practical tips, tools and techniques for resolving them. They will bring new ideas and discussions on how women view leadership and personal advancement within organizations, with a focus on pathways that can be utilized to address conflict when it does arise. Panelists will also discuss how adoption of mediation protocols can help improve work place environments, and address both pre and post conflict scenarios.

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For more information please email or call 917-856-0437.

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Connecting Bridges and Borders in Real Estate Property Management

Hosted at New Jersey City University School of Business in partnership with the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), the City of Jersey City–Department of Housing, Economic Development & Commerce, JCEDC, and the Institutes for Dispute Resolution (IDR) and the Peter Mangin Real Estate Institute at New Jersey City University (NJCU) and Burgos University, Spain.

This conference will explore Property Management practices, risk and conflict, & policy trends affecting investors, owners/operators, property managers and development strategies in the field of managing commercial real estate. This event will focuson cross border common themes that the commercial real estate property management landscape should consider for next generation sustainability.

Earn up to 10 CLE credits. CLE provided by Justice Marie L. Garibaldi American Inn of Court for Alternative Dispute Resolution.

The Justice Marie L. Garibaldi American Inn of Court for Alternative Dispute Resolution is an accredited CLE Service Provider Accredited by the Supreme Court of New Jersey Board on Continuing Legal Education

For more information please email or call 917-856-0437.

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New Jersey’s Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA), also known as the Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) Law, is still relatively new. Enacted in May 2012, it’s an evolving program that licenses private consultants who oversee and approve clean-ups of environmentally contaminated sites. The LSRP program and similar programs in other states make the environmental claims process for insurers a bit different. Privatized site clean-up programs like these require a licensed professional to follow state environmental regulations to reach site closure (in New Jersey, a Response Action Outcome, or RAO).

This workshop will educate attendees on the implications of this process for insurance companies, responsible parties, and attorneys. Speakers will provide an overview of licensing requirements for LSRPs, their code of ethics, differences between LSRPs’ closure strategies and remedial approaches, and NJDEP’s RAO process.

For more information please email or call 917-856-0437.

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On Tuesday, March 27th 2018 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Fairleigh Dickinson University is hosting a Family Business Forum discussing “Data Protection and Small Business – A Conversation on GDPR and Protecting your Data.” Join us, FDU, the panelists and Keynote Speaker, Valerie Huttle – New Jersey Assemblywoman, as we discuss the best ways for small businesses to protect their data and how changes in data protect laws impact small business in New Jersey.

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For more information please email or call 917-856-0437.

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IDR redefining risk event
The IDR held the second family business symposium focused on risk and conflict. More than 80 attendees came from finance, law, business and advisory sectors to find new innovative ways to promote trade and commerce.

(Law Makes NJ More Attractive to International Businesses - NJTVonline)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
1:00 – 7:00 p.m.
NJCU School of Business, Harborside 2, 200 Hudson St., Jersey City, NJ 07311
$65 per person

In an ever-increasingly interconnected world, New Jersey is poised to become a viable venue for development of international businesses, particularly family businesses. At the same time, New Jersey is at the forefront of becoming a hub of dispute resolution of business conflict. New Jersey recently passed the International Arbitration, Mediation and Conciliation Act, which makes mediated settlements binding as if it was a judgment of the Court.

This multi-disciplinary program is offered to accountants and tax advisors, attorneys, estate planners, financial advisors and wealth managers, mediators, and small to mid-sized businesses, many of which are family businesses, who are interested in developing and promoting the growth of such businesses in New Jersey. Family businesses represent 80-90% of businesses worldwide with a growing number of them being internationalized family businesses. These businesses need cost-effective and efficient ways of dealing with disputes with suppliers and customers and also with intergenerational issues. Our speakers will provide information that will help your businesses and your customers’ and clients’ businesses meet these challenges and increase your chance of survival of a thriving business well into the future. This program offers an excellent networking opportunity amongst and between our diverse panel of experts and attendees.

CLE: 3.8 credits approved for attorneys
CPE: 4.0 credits approved for accountants*

For more information please email or call 917-856-0437.

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This program is sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Association Sections of Dispute Resolution, Business Law and Tax Law; Hudson County Chamber of Commerce; Morgan Stanley; Withum Smith & Brown; Berkowitz, Lichtstein, Kuritsky, Giasullo & Gross; ChooseNJ; International Mediation Institute (IMI); and The Justice Marie L. Garibaldi American Inn of Court for Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Family Business Program

"Redefining Risk for Family Businesses: Global Growth in the 21st Century"

1:00 p.m. Registration and light buffet lunch
1:15 p.m. Welcome - Dr. Sue Henderson, President of New Jersey City University (NJCU) to Address Importance of the Growth of Small to Mid-Sized Family Businesses in New Jersey and The World.

Introductory Remarks: Honorable Steven M. Fulop Mayor of Jersey City to speak why Jersey City is open for International Business

1:30 p.m. Panel 1: User Perspectives to Operating Family Businesses In Cross-Border/Managed Risk Environment

Moderator: Business Law Professor Karen DeSoto, Esq. New Jersey City University


  • Choose New Jersey, Inc.: Michele Brown, President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Wylei Inc: Meg Columbia-Walsh-CEO-“Best 50 Women in Business 2017 NJBIZ”
  • American Hungarian Chamber of Commerce: Mr. Andras Revesz
  • Global Business Management Scholar: Dr. Wanda Rutledge, Professor and Chair NJCU Management Department School of Business

2:30 p.m. Panel 2: Operating In A Minimized Risk Environment Internationally: Business Models and Structures of Ownership and Management, Financial Constraints, Investments, Estate Planning, Business Succession & Ownership

Moderator: Maria Nieves, President and CEO of Hudson County Chamber of Commerce


  • Wealth Management – Morgan Stanley: Andrew Silverman Senior VP/ Family Wealth Advisor (The Silverman Group at Morgan Stanley) and Alexander Paluzelli, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley
  • Tax Advisers/Accountants – Withum Smith and Brown: Tom Hoberman, CPA/ABV/CFF, Partner and Director Litigation/Valuation/Forensic Accounting Services
  • Connell Foley, LLP: Brad D. Shalit, Esq., Taxation and Estate Planning Group Partner
  • Berkowitz, Lichtstein, Kuritsky, Giasullo & Gross (BLKGG): Richard Finkelstein, Esq., Trust and Estates Practice Group Partner and Melissa Spievack, Associate

3:30 p.m. - Coffee Break

3:45 p.m. - Panel 3: Dispute Resolution- Mediation vs. Litigation, Conflict Within and Between Family Members (Intergenerational, Gender, Cross Cultural), Dispute Resolution Mechanisms, Family Councils and Constitutions, Decision-Making.

Moderator: Honorable Barbara Byrd Wecker, (Retired Judge of the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division), Greenberg Dauber Epstein & Tucker. P.C., Mediation & Arbitration, Trial & Appellate Consulting


  • Professor/Mediator David Weiss, Esq., Founder & Director of The Institute for Dispute Resolution (IDR) at New Jersey City University
  • Anja von Rosenstiel, German Attorney, Elder Law Mediator and Co-Editor of Perspektive Mediation Journal
  • Jennifer Brandt, Esq., Founder Brandt Law & Mediation, LLC, Attorney and International Mediator and Chair of IDR Family Business Program
  • Keith Krauss Esq., Chair of Genova Burns Business Law & Commercial Transactions Practice Group

4:45 p.m. - Closing Remarks

Introduction: Senator Sandra Cunningham (Chair Senate Higher Education Committee) by Robert Margulies, Esq., Chair Advisory Board Institute for Dispute Resolution (IDR) at New Jersey City University and Founding Partner Margulies Wind P.C.

Keynote Speaker: Senator Thomas Kean, Jr. Speaking on “Supporting Innovative Ways for Business Growth in New Jersey” (Member of the New Jersey Senate Commerce Committee and Senate Higher Education Committee)

5:15 p.m.-7:00 p.m. - Cocktail Reception

idr fdu program
The IDR held at FDU a privacy data program on GDPR and it's impact on New Jersey Companies. The event discovered how NJ can lead and shape policy to improve data privacy through a more robust omnibus legislative initiative.