Mediator's Profile

Michael P. Graff

Business Name: Graff Dispute Resolution

Graff Dispute Resolution (GDR) has over 50 years of Dispute Resolution experience, either by negotiation, mediation, arbitration or litigation. GDR’s primary focus today is Alternate Dispute Resolution, which enables parties to privately, creatively, and economically avoid or resolve their disputes in ways that are usually not available through judicial proceedings.

The scope of services of Michael Graff’s approach encompasses a broad range of ADR services, which include all methods of conflict and dispute resolution, such as:

  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
  • Conciliation
  • Neutral Evaluation
  • Facilitation
  • Settlement Counsel
  • Collaborative Law

Michael travels outside New York City to areas such as Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Chicago and Florida, typically mediating cases that involve:

  • Contract disputes
  • Partnership Disputes
  • Employment discrimination
  • Real estate issues (including cooperatives and condominiums)
  • Commercial tenancies
  • Construction
  • Partnership Disputes
  • Landlord/Tenant disputes
  • Family disputes
  • Divorce, Custody, Support

Certifications & Associations

  • American Arbitration Association – Hurricane Sandy Disputes
  • Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York;
  • Certified by Commercial Division of the Supreme Court, New York and Queens County.
  • Certified by New York Peace Institute (Court and Community Mediation)
  • Mediated over 500 cases including for the following:
  • Mediation Panel, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York;
  • Commercial Division of New York State Supreme Court, New York County;
  • Commercial Division of New York State Supreme Court, Queens County:
  • Unified Court System Part 137 Attorney-Client Fee Disputes (NY County Lawyers);
  • Panelist – City Bar Mediation & Arbitration of Disputes Among Lawyers;
  • Panelist – City Bar Program on Mediation and Arbitration of Attorney Discipline Disputes;
  • Panelist – City Bar Program on Mediation of Coop and Condominium Disputes;
  • Civil Court of the City of New York, New York and Kings Counties;
  • New York Peace Institute (court and community mediation program

Bar Admissions

  • State Bars of New York and Florida
  • Supreme Court of the United State
  • U. S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third and Sixth Circuits
  • Southern, Easter and Northern Districts of New York
  • Southern (Trial Bar), Middle and Northern Districts of Florida
  • Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin

Bar Associations

  • New York State Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section
  • N.Y. City Bar: 2012 – Present, Coop & Condo Law Committee
  • 2009 – present; Committee on ADR Committee and State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction
  • Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee (Adjunct Member); 2006-2009 Litigation Committee, Subc. on ADR in Surrogate’s Court and presenter on two City Bar CLE programs on The Art of Pleading and on Effective Representation of Clients at Mediation
  • Queens County Bar Association; Formerly Co-Chair of Labor Law Committee
  • National Employment Lawyers Association/New York Chapter (2009 – 2017)


  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
  • Commercial Tribunal of AAA, New York City
  • New York City Contract Dispute Resolution Board
  • Civil Court, New York County
  • Attorney-Client Fee Disputes (NY County Lawyers)

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