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Michele Riley


Michele S. Riley has over 30 years of international legal experience from working with international law firms in New York and Tokyo, Japan, specializing in commercial transactions and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes, both in private practice and as general counsel of a U.S.-based subsidiary of a Japanese multinational. Her areas of expertise cover ADR (arbitration, mediation and negotiation), commercial transactions, finance, cross-border transactions, including joint ventures and mergers & acquisitions, distribution/franchising, consulting arrangements, technology transfer and licensing, procurement, corporate governance and conflict management systems in the workplace.

Ms. Riley is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and serves as an ADR Neutral for the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and several court-annexed mediation programs in New York and New Jersey. Complementing her ADR practice, Ms. Riley teaches mediation and negotiation through the Master’s Degree Program in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and at Columbia University’s International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution.

Ms. Riley is currently active in promoting the use of ADR in her position as co-chair of the International Mediation Committee of the ABA Section of International Law, and in her roles as a member of the CIArb Examinations Board and co-director of the CIArb Accelerated Route to Fellowship program offered by the New York Branch.

As a volunteer for the International Legal Institute — African Center for Legal Excellence, Ms. Riley has provided training in international commercial arbitration to state counsel from the Attorney General’s Chambers, Botswana annually in 2015-17, and administrators of the Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration, Kenya in 2018.  Under the auspices of the International Senior Lawyers Project, she also assisted an NGO, in partnership with the University of Lagos, in developing a Master’s degree program in negotiation and conflict resolution at a newly-established College of Negotiation in 2014.


  • J.D., Georgetown University
  • M.A., Yale University