Maria V. Hanford, FCIArb.


Hanford ADR
Principal, Paneled Arbitrator, Mediator, and Negotiator
An alternative dispute resolution practice based in New York City. The practice provides ADR counseling, as well as arbitration, mediation, and negotiation services. 2019 to Present

Hanford Law Group, P.C.
Paneled Arbitrator, Mediator, Negotiator, and Managing Attorney
Practice focuses on alternative dispute resolution services. The firm also provides basic consulting and strategic services for insurance, business, family law, real estate and corporate industry while maintaining a limited arbitration practice as counsel. 2017 to Present


Hanford, Cooke & Associates, P.C.
Principal and Managing Attorney
Practiced all insurance matters, primarily no fault arbitration (cases managed by the American Arbitration Association), healthcare consulting, real estate consulting, family law, business law and corporate law. 2015 to 2017

Maria V. Weissman, P.C.
Principal and Managing Attorney
Handled all insurance matters, primarily no fault arbitration (cases managed by the American Arbitration Association), practiced healthcare law, family law, real estate consulting, business law, corporate law, intellectual property (primarily copyright and trademark protection and registration), sexual harassment and employment discrimination as outside counsel for a prominent New York City law firm, operated 3 months in house executing a departmental reorganization project for a large Long Island law firm. 2001 to 2015

Law Offices of Mark Wilkow, LLC
Senior Associate
Practiced real estate, family law, business law, corporate law, healthcare law, insurance law, personal injury and no fault arbitration for medical providers (cases managed by the American Arbitration Association). 1999 to 2001

Gursky & Associates, PLLC
Associate, Assistant to the Senior Associate of Copyright Infringement
Practice concentration was intellectual property (“IP”) prosecution, protection, general corporate, and security sensitive IP investigations, preparing cases for civil suit or prosecution, maintenance of proprietary information, maintaining the chain of custody of all evidence for possible States Attorney prosecution.  1997 to 1999

Nassau County Village Court Atlantic Beach New York
Assistant Prosecutor
Prosecuted traffic, marine, nuisance and other violations of town ordinances and county laws, matters were conferenced, settled or moved to trial using prosecutorial discretion.  1997 to 1998

The Legal Aid Society of Nassau County
Began working under Practice Order in 1994 until admitted as an attorney in 1997. The society is primarily a criminal defense organization, assigned to Family Court Division responsible for intake, arraignments, motions and trials representing persons facing possible jail time.  1994 to 1997

CDR of Long Island
Alternative Dispute Resolution Firm Intern
Provided business, employment and family mediation services, mediation training, assisted in preparation of mediation services and conducted supervised mediations.  1993 to 1994


Over 20 years of experience, handling complex legal matters; extensive participation in arbitration practice and negotiating settlements, responsible for complex insurance cases, high-volume caseload; worked as arbitration and mediation counsel to claimants and respondents in numerous matters; worked as outside counsel to nine different insurance companies; acted as outside counsel to a multimillion-dollar international security firm and to a downtown New York City law firm acting as special counsel at one of the world’s top financial conglomerates.


Practiced over 20 years as arbitration and mediation counsel in numerous matters; has served as arbitrator and mediator on healthcare, family, insurance, general commercial and employment matters.


Attorney and Counselor at Law, New York;
Arbitrator (private and in state court);
Mediator (private and in state court);
New York Department of State Licensed Real Estate Broker, Purchase & Development Consultant.


Attorney, New York State, Admitted 1997
Admitted to Practice, United States District Court: Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
Licensed Real Estate Broker, New York State, Active


National Roster of Mediators and National Roster of Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association;
CPR Arbitrator, International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution;
Commercial Neutral and Employment Neutral, SSAM Alternative Dispute Resolution;
Arbitration Mediation Agency Neutral & Dispute Association (AMANDA), Neutral Panel Member (Mediator and Arbitrator);
Bronx Supreme Civil Mediation Program Roster of Mediators;
9th Judicial District Roster of Mediators:  Matrimonial Part, Orange County New York;
Small Claims Arbitrator, Civil Court of the City of New York;
New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC), Member;
The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Fellow;
New York State Bar Association: Dispute Resolution Section, Co-Chair Mediation Committee (Former Vice Chair), Former Vice Chair Arbitration Committee, Member International Law Section, Member Health Law Section, Member Labor and Employment Law Section;
Eastern District Mediation Advocacy Program for Employment Discrimination, Participant;
The Dolores Foundation For Alzheimer’s Research, Inc., Chairperson, Board of Directors


Harvard Law School Executive Education Program on Negotiation and Leadership;
Columbia Law School-Chartered Institute of Arbitrators: Course on International Commercial Arbitration;
American Arbitration Association (AAA): Mediator Essentials; Skills for Facilitating Negotiated Agreements;
American Arbitration Association (AAA): Advanced Mediator Training Course, The Extent or Limit of Mediator Influence to Effect Settlement;
New York State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section: Mediation and Arbitration Clinic;
New York State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section: Commercial Arbitration Training for Arbitrators and Counsel: Comprehensive Training for Conducting Commercial Arbitrations;
Civil Court of the City of New York Association of Small Claims Arbitrators: Arbitrator Training Course;
AAA Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices for New Arbitrators;
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators North America Branch: Accelerated Route to Fellowship (International Arbitration);
CPR: Cyber Security Training for Conducting Virtual Arbitrations.


Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Honored as Fellow
Outstanding Service to the NYSBA Dispute Resolution Section, Award, 2019–2020


New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting: Tactics for Negotiating and Dealing with Difficult People in Mediation: Using your EQ | Program Co-Chair and Moderator, 2020;
Alternative Dispute Resolution Skills Program | Visiting Faculty at New York Law School: Dispute Resolution Process Class, 2020;
New York County Lawyers Association | Continuing Legal Education Faculty: Mediation Cross-Cultural Skills, 2020;
Latinx Attorneys & Building a Career in ADR | Continuing Legal Education Faculty, 2020;
New York Law School | Visiting Speaker, Arbitration Class 3L, 2019;
U.S. Mediators in Latin America: The Importance of Cultural Intelligence, Article, 2019-2020


Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center: Juris Doctor 1996
St. John’s University, St. Vincent’s College: Bachelor of Science 1992