RESUME / CV

Nelson Edward Timken, J.D., LL.M, FCIArb

Summary

As a Principal Law Clerk for the New York State Court System for 29 years, I reduced caseloads by successfully settling and drafting decisions on motions in thousands of commercial, consumer and personal-injury cases. Skilled in closing cases as a certified, trained, and experienced mediator, arbitrator, and tort-neutral evaluator conducting both in-person and online mediation and arbitration. Member of the FINRA Panel of Public Arbitrators, since 2017, serving, as a panelist in some high-value claims against brokers, Chair qualified since 2022. Frequently mediate and arbitrate attorney-client fee disputes involving some of New York’s most prestigious firms. Co-Chair of the New York County Lawyers Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. LLM in International Dispute Resolution from Fordham School of Law. Speaks Spanish, some French, learning basic Ukrainian. Seek transition to commercial/international law firm or institutional arbitral provider.

Bar Admissions

  • NY State (’88), SDNY & EDNY (89); 2nd Circuit (90).

Legal Experience (34 years)

  • New York State Unified Court System – Principal Law Clerk, Feb 1994 – Present (29 years)
  • Private Practice of Law – Associate August 1988 – Feb 1994 (6 years) 

Education (9 years)

Fordham University School of Law, NY, NY- May 22- LLM, Int’l Dispute Res., 3.430 GPA St. John’s University School of Law, Queens, NY – June 88-JD, Top 30% Queens College, City University of NY, Flushing, NY – Feb. 85-BA, cum laude, Poli-Sci, 3.7 GPA

Professional Memberships

  • Member, Board of Directors, New York County Lawyers Association.
  • Co-Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, New York County Lawyers Association.
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Member North American Branch, Florida Chapter
  • Member, LAP Committee, New York City Bar Association. 
  • Member, Senior Lawyers Committee, New York City Bar Association 
  • Master of the Bench, New York American Inn of Court.

Recent Publications

ADR Experience (5 years)

  • Part 137 Attorney-Client Fee Arbitrator & Mediator, Nov 2017 – Present 
  • FINRA Arbitrator of large investor-broker disputes; November 2017-Present
  • CPR Institute Panel of Distinguished Neutrals; May 2020-Present.
  • Attomey Complaint Mediation Panel, NYC Bar Association – Jan. 2022-Present
  • Community Mediation Services Mediator – June 2019 – Present

ADR Training (partial list)

  • Panelist, ADR Panel, Fordham Bridge the Gap, 1/16/23
  • Speaker, Commercial Lease Disputes: To Litigate or Arbitrate, NYCLA – 6/23/2022
  • Trainer, Part 137 Fee Dispute Arbitration Program- February 2022
  • Panelist, Breaking the Impasse in Private & Court Mediations – NYCLA- January 2022
  • FINRA New Arbitrator Chairperson Training – Jan. 2023
  • Route to Fellowship- International Law- June 2021
  • International Arbitration Practicum (LLM) – Spring 2021
  • Commercial Arbitration, G. Friedman- (LLM) – Spring 2021 International Commercial Arbitration – (LLM) – Fall 2020
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution – (LLM)-Fall 2020
  • Advanced Mediation & Advocacy Skills for Global Commerce – Oct 2020
  • Wage Employment Advanced Mediation Training – Aug. 2020
  • Part 146 Approved Divorce Mediation Training – July 2020
  • Basic & Advanced Part 146 Commercial Mediation Training – June 2020
  • Mediation Apprenticeship – Oct 2019
  • Basics of Mediation in Surrogates Court – Sept 2019
  • Adv Med Training: Managing the Dynamics of a Multi-Party Case – Oct. 2019
  • Advanced Commercial Mediator Training- Jun. 2019
  • Mediation Advocacy Training – Sept 2019
  • Advanced Mediator Training – Feb 2019
  • FINRA Arbitrator Training – Jun 2018
  • Basic Mediator Training – Mar 2018
  • Part 137 Attorney Fee Dispute Arb. Training – Nov 2017
  • Advanced Commercial Arbitrator Training – Jun 2017
  • Speaker, Commercial Lease Disputes: To Litigate or Arbitrate, NYCLA – June 23, 2022.
  • Principal Trainer, Part 137 Fee Dispute Arbitration Program- February 2022 & March 2023.
  • Principal Trainer, Breaking the Impasse in Private & Court Mediations – NYCLA- January 2022. 
  • Co-Chair and co-moderator with Judge Shira Sheindlin (ret.), ADR Presentation, NY American Inn of Court, April 27, 2023.

ADR Training (partial list)

  • Florida Supreme Court Certified 40-hour Circuit Civil Mediation Training Program – Sept. 2023
  • FINRA New Arbitrator Chairperson Training – Jan. 2023
  • Route to Fellowship- International Law- June 2021.
  • Advanced Mediation & Advocacy Skills for Global Commerce – Oct 2020.
  • Wage Employment Advanced Mediation Training – Aug. 2020.
  • Part 146 Approved Divorce Mediation Training – July 2020.
  • Basic & Advanced Part 146 Commercial Mediation Training – June 2020.
  • Mediation Apprenticeship – Oct 2019.
  • Basics of Mediation in Surrogates Court – Sept 2019.
  • Adv Med Training: Managing the Dynamics of a Multi-Party Case – Oct. 2019.
  • Advanced Commercial Mediator Training- Jun. 2019.
  • Mediation Advocacy Training – Sept. 2019.
  • Advanced Mediator Training – Feb 2019.
  • FINRA Arbitrator Training – Jun 2018.
  • Basic Mediator Training – Mar 2018.
  • Part 137 Attorney Fee Dispute Arb. Training – Nov 2017.
  • Advanced Commercial Arbitrator Training – Jun 2017.