Maria V. Hanford, FCIArb.

CURRENT EMPLOYMENT

Hanford ADR
Principal, Paneled Arbitrator, Ad Hoc Mediator, and Negotiator
Alternative Dispute Resolution practice based in New York City. 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. Also provides basic consulting and strategic services for insurance, business, real estate and corporate industry. Maintains a limited arbitration practice working as counsel representing medical providers (cases managed by the American Arbitration Association). 2017 to Present

WORK HISTORY

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, 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, real estate consulting, business law, corporate law, intellectual property (mostly copyright and trademark protection and registration), sexual harassment and 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, 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

EXPERIENCE

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 counsel to claimants and respondents in numerous matters involving different medical specialties; 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.

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION EXPERIENCE

Practiced over 20 years as arbitration and mediation counsel in numerous matters; called upon as arbitrator in the capacity of an AAA paneled arbitrator; acted as primary and co-mediator in business and employment matters.

PROFESSION

Attorney and Counselor at Law, New York
AAA Panel Arbitrator
Mediator
Negotiator
Civil Court of the City of New York, Small Claims Arbitrator
New York Department of State Licensed Real Estate Broker, Purchase & Development Consultant

PROFESSIONAL LICENSES

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

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Active Panel Member, American Arbitration Association, 2019;
New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC), Member;
The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Fellow;
Association of Small Claims Arbitrators Civil Court of the City of New York: Association Member;
New York State Bar Association: Dispute Resolution Section, Vice Chair Arbitration Committee, Vice Chair Mediation Committee, Member International Law Section, Member Health Law Section, Member Labor and Employment Law Section;
Eastern District Mediation Advocacy Program for Employment Discrimination, Participant;
New York City Bar Association: Arbitration Section, Affiliate Member;
The Dolores Foundation For Alzheimer’s Research, Inc., Chairperson, Board of Directors;
Arbitral Women, Member

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION TRAINING

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)

EDUCATION

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