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Michele S. Riley

Lecturer, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

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  International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and several federal and state court-annexed mediation programs in New York, including the Pro Bono Appellate Mediator Panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.  Complementing her ADR practice, Ms. Riley teaches mediation and negotiation at Columbia Universitys Morton Deutsch - International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution and in its Masters Degree Program in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. 

Ms. Riley is currently active in promoting the use of ADR in her roles as a member of the CIArb Examinations Board and as a tutor for the CIArb Accelerated Route to Fellowship program. 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 Generals Chambers, Botswana annually in 2015-17 and 2019, 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 Masters degree program in negotiation and conflict resolution at a newly-established College of Negotiation in 2014.


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