Joan Stearns Johnsen
Joan Stearns Johnsen has concentrated her practice in the area of ADR for over 20 years. She has extensive experience as both an arbitrator and a mediator. In addition to her experience serving as a neutral, Ms. Stearns Johnsen is a teacher of arbitration and mediation skills and theory. She is a former member of the faculty at Albany Law School where she taught the Securities Arbitration Clinic, ADR and Negotiation and is a trainer of negotiation, mediation and arbitration skills including the related ethical issues. Among the entities for whom she has held trainings are: the Bar of the City of New York, Morgan Stanley, Smith Barney; Merrill Lynch, Bressler Amery and Ross, Burns and Levinson, and Wells Fargo. Before becoming a neutral, Joan was an Enforcement Attorney for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in Washington, D.C., and in-house counsel for Smith Barney and the Commodity Exchange, Inc. in New York. She also is a former member of JAMS panel of neutrals in New York and in Boston.
Ms. Stearns Johnsen possesses extensive subject matter expertise in a variety of areas. She is particularly well known for her knowledge of securities, employment, and general commercial matters. Ms. Stearns Johnsen is a highly skilled mediator. She is often selected for her talent managing cases of high emotional content. In addition to her proficiency with in-person mediations, she is a leader in the field of telephonic mediation; a very popular and economical option.
Ms. Stearns Johnsen is well known throughout the ADR Community. Since 2010 she has co-chaired the ABA's Dispute Resolution Section's Teleconference Program which presents bi-monthly CLE's on various topics in mediation, arbitration and negotiation. She is on the Executive Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution with responsibility for continuing legal education and on the New York State Community Dispute Resolution Mediator Ethics Advisory Committee. In 2011 and 2012, she was a member of New York State's Division of Human Rights Committee on Mediation Expansion.
Ms. Stearns Johnsen is a member of the following mediation and arbitration panels: American Arbitration Association (AAA); International Institute for Conflict Resolution and Prevention (CPR); Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA/NASD); Resolute Systems); National Futures Association (NFA). She is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia (inactive).
Ms. Stearns Johnsen received her J.D., Order of Barristers, from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and her B.A. from Northwestern University.