Michele S. Riley

New York, NY



Michele S. Riley is a commercial mediator and arbitrator. She mediates and/or arbitrates a wide range of business disputes for the American Arbitration Association, International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), as well as litigated cases for the NYS Supreme Court and the Federal district courts in New York.  She is also a Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb). Ms. Riley complements her ADR practice by teaching courses on negotiation and mediation at the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution and in the Master’s Degree Program in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Columbia University.  She is a recent past co-chair of the Commercial Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution and a member of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section.


Before starting her ADR career, Ms. Riley practiced law for more than 20 years. She has extensive international experience in cross-border commercial transactions, representing clients while working for law firms in both New York and Tokyo, Japan. She is a former General Counsel of a U.S.-based subsidiary of a multinational automotive company. Ms. Riley holds an M.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.