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Practical Considerations for Arbitration - Preliminary Considerations


Speaker(s): Elizabeth J. Shampnoi, Manuel Farach
Recorded on: Jul. 10, 2019
PLI Program #: 277562

Elizabeth J. Shampnoi is an attorney, consulting expert, independent mediator, arbitrator and trainer based in New York City with 20 years of experience in the field of alternative dispute resolution.

Ms. Shampnoi’s focus on alternative dispute resolution began early in her career when she served as the District Vice President of the New York region of the American Arbitration Association. In that role, Ms. Shampnoi was responsible for overseeing case management; mediator and arbitrator recruitment, training and development; and working with in-counsel counsel and law firms to develop and implement dispute avoidance and dispute resolution programs, including internal employment dispute resolution plans.

Following her tenure at the American Arbitration Association, Ms. Shampnoi joined a litigation boutique where she represented a diverse range of organizations and individuals before state and federal courts, administrative agencies, and arbitration forums. Ms. Shampnoi also served as settlement counsel. Her practice involved commercial litigation, securities, employment, contract, wage/hour, not-for-profit, intellectual property and real estate disputes on behalf of plaintiffs, and defendants. She also drafted and reviewed settlement, confidentiality, non-compete, non-disclosure, licensing, work-for-hire, buy/sell, employment, and domestic and international dispute resolution agreements. Ms. Shampnoi has also served as in-house counsel providing legal advice surrounding employment disputes and commercial matters with an emphasis on early, internal dispute resolution and cost-effective and strategic dispute management.

In her consulting practice, Ms. Shampnoi serves as an arbitration and mediation consulting expert working with advocates to help guide them through the dispute resolution process using strategies for successes. Her practice is focused on advising clients in the selection of experts and consultants in litigation, investigation, regulatory and valuation matters. This includes working with clients to identify emerging issues and trends, develop innovative strategic business initiatives and prepare tactical responses to market developments. Serving as a mediator, arbitrator and consulting expert and providing legal advice in a variety of areas including commercial and employment matters. This enhances her value as a neutral, keeping her up-to-date on legal developments, litigation trends and current practices, dispute prevention, negotiation mediation, and arbitration.

In her dispute resolution practice, she has successfully mediated over 500 commercial and employment disputes involving all areas of discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour, contract, real estate and partnership matters. She has also served as a sole arbitrator and as part of a tribunal in similar matters. Mr. Shampnoi’s success as a neutral is rooted in the breadth of her experience, ability to build rapport and temperament. Her balanced perspective, broad experience and insight gained from serving as a business executive, advocate, in-house counsel in a wide variety of settings has been the catalyst for her success.

Ms. Shampnoi regularly conducts CLE programs, trainings and presentations each year for advocates, arbitrators, mediators, businesses and human resource departments concerning best practices in dispute avoidance and resolution.


Manuel Farach represents businesses and individuals seeking help with complex real estate, business and appellate issues. Mr. Farach is triple board-certified by The Florida Bar in Real Estate Law, Business Litigation and Appellate Law, and past Chair of the Florida Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions for Contract Cases. He is the present Chair of the 19th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission, and past Chair of the Fourth District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission. Mr. Farach also serves as Chair of the ABA’s Real Property Litigation Committee, and is a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers where he serves as Chair of the Bankruptcy and Real Estate Litigation Committee.

Among his honors, Manny is an elected member of the American Law Institute, has been named Board Certified Lawyer of the Year (2019) by The Florida Bar, Member of the Year (2016) by the Florida Bar Business Law Section, one of the 50 Most Influential Hispanic Business Leaders by the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and has received the Judge Edward Rodgers Diversity Award, the Sidney Stubbs Professionalism Award, and the Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Award. Among his other honors, he is listed in Chambers and Partners, The Best Lawyers in America®, U.S. News Best Lawyers, Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, Florida Super Lawyers (including Florida’s “Top 100”), and holds an “AV Preeminent” Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He is a graduate of the Leadership Florida Executive Class 11 (2020).

Mr. Farach is an adjunct professor at the Florida State University College of Law, and has also taught as an Adjunct Professor of Business Law at the Rinker School of Business at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He currently sits on the Executive Councils of the Real Property, Business Law and ADR Sections of the Florida Bar, and serves as chair or vice-chair of many of its committees. In addition to numerous seminars and other publications, Mr. Farach is the author of Florida Real Estate Law, the real estate treatise in West’s Florida Practice Series, and publishes the Case Law Update, a weekly summary of both Florida and Federal real estate and business cases. Mr. Farach chairs the Real Property Section’s Certification Review Seminar, sits on the Appellate Certification Examination Committee and reviews questions for the Business Litigation examination. Manny also serves as a Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil Mediator and an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.