This webinar will give an overview of the arbitration process, offer tips for best practices in arbitration and highlight the opportunities to further D&I Initiatives in the legal field by providing information for attorneys on pathways to becoming arbitrators. This CLE will be presented by Svetlana Gitman and Nerissa Diaz Moisan.
Svetlana Gitman is vice president, Commercial Division, American Arbitration Association® (AAA®), where she administers large, complex commercial cases, manages the panel of commercial arbitrators, and directs outreach efforts for the AAA’s mission and services.
Before joining the AAA, Svetlana was a member of the insurance practice group at Gordon & Rees in Chicago and worked as a claims-litigation attorney for State Farm® Insurance. Svetlana holds a number of leadership roles with the Chicago Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Foundation, and the American Bar Association–Torts and Insurance Practice Section.
Svetlana received her B.A. in History from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. Prior to attending law school, she worked for a London law firm specializing in insurance law. She earned her J.D. from The University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, where she was an editor of the Law Review. Svetlana served as an intern to United States District Judge Charles Kocoras and interned with the Department of Homeland Security.
Nerissa Diaz Moisan joined the American Arbitration Association (AAA) in 2021. Nerissa is the Director of Alternative Dispute Resolution Services for the AAA’s Commercial Division, where she administers Large Complex cases in the Midwest region and furthers the AAA’s outreach efforts. Born and raised in Chicago, Nerissa was educated at Northwestern University and DePaul University. She is fluent in English and Spanish. She is passionate about being involved and creating community within the legal profession, thus highly valuing the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Prior to joining the AAA, she was a litigator, trial attorney, and transactional advocate and advisor to clients in a broad range of practice areas, including toxic tort, breach of contract claims, professional liability, construction defects, product liability, personal injury, accidents, and defamation at an AmLaw 100 Nationwide law firm as well as at boutique Chicago law firms. She previously assisted a judge with the post-decree family law court docket, an in-house legal department in negotiating contracts, and Northwestern University’s Center on Wrongful Convictions in their work exonerating the innocent.
This session has been approved for 1.0 hour of CLE credit in Missouri and Kansas.