Deborah Masucci is currently a full-time arbitrator, mediator and consultant in dispute resolution. She is an Honorary Director of the International Mediation Institute (IMI) and was former Chair of the Dispute Resolution Sections of the NYSBA and the ABA where she was a founding member of Women in Dispute Resolution.
Deborah was recruited to American International Group (AIG) in 2003 to establish its Office of Dispute Resolution in the Litigation Management Division where she was responsible for the strategic use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and increasing the effective methods of appropriate dispute resolution used within the Claims Organization. In 2013 she led the rollout of the Company’s employment dispute resolution program to its 10,000 domestic US employees.
Prior to joining AIG, Deborah was Vice President of the East Central Region and head of Professional Development for JAMS The Resolution Experts. She made her mark in ADR at FINRA, (previously NASD) where she led the dispute resolution program for 15 years.
She is a global expert in alternative dispute resolution and dispute management with over thirty years’ experience in promoting and effectively use of ADR in many capacities. She is a published author on ADR issues and frequently speaks on the topic at legal and bar association meetings. She was a delegate for IMI to UNCITRAL’s Working Group II that developed the Singapore Convention.
In June 2011, Deborah was honored by the Association for Conflict Resolution, Greater New York Chapter with its ADR Achievement Award. In 2020 she received several honors including the James F. Henry Award for Outstanding Achievement in ADR; The ABA Dispute Resolution Section Chair’s Award; Who’s Who Legal, Mediation; and an Awards Winner at International Advisory Experts. In 2021 she received the Arbitration and Mediation Lawyer of the Year Award by the Global Law Experts.
Deborah is a sole practitioner who is appointed on cases covering a broad number of subject matters including employment, insurance coverage; breach of contract; breach of franchise agreement; property and casualty liability; workers compensation; reinsurance; construction; professional fee disputes, employment discrimination; gender discrimination; sexual harassment; retaliation; wage and hour; FSLA; wrongful discharge; and breach of partnership agreement. She has served as a special master.
She is a a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators where she is on the CIArb Approved Faculty List (Provisional). She is an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School Fall 2019, 2020 and 2021 where she coached the Domestic Arbitration Competition Team. In 2019 the team came in second in the NYSBA/AAA Judith Kaye Arbitration Competition. In 2020, her two teams were finalists in the ABA Regional Arbitration Competition and in 2021, one of the teams was the winner of the ABA National Arbitration Competition.