Michele S. Riley is a commercial mediator and arbitrator. She mediates and arbitrates a wide range of business disputes for the American Arbitration Association and the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution as well as litigated cases for the NYS Supreme Court and the Federal district courts in New York. She is also a Fellow of the 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. Ms. Riley also volunteers for the International Senior Lawyers Project, a non-profit organization which provides legal services to promote the rule of law, access to justice, and equitable economic development worldwide. Her latest project in August 2014 took her to Lagos, Nigeria, to assist an NGO, in partnership with the University of Lagos, in developing a Master’s degree program in conflict resolution. 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 Japanese automotive manufacturer. Ms. Riley holds an M.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.