The AAA-ICDR® has a long-standing commitment to gender equity and equality, and a long-standing history of providing a workplace where women have thriving careers and their achievements are celebrated. In addition to leadership positions held by women at the AAA-ICDR, our diverse roster of arbitrators and mediators includes many women who are leaders and pioneers in the alternate dispute resolution (ADR) field, including those highlighted below.
Hon. Yvette McGee Brown currently serves as Partner in Charge of Diversity, Inclusion and Advancement at Jones Day. She was the first African American female justice on the Ohio state Supreme Court, and was founding president of the Center of Child and Family advocacy at Nationwide Children’s hospital. She was inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Central Ohio Business Hall of fame in 2012. She is an AAA® arbitrator and serves on panels for Large Complex Cases, Appellate Energy, Insurance and Commercial.
Eva Guzman is a groundbreaking figure, with an impressive history both as a litigator and as a judge. She began her legal career in Houston, managing a successful civil law practice for a decade before accepting gubernatorial appointments, first to the Harris County District Court bench in 1999 and then to the Texas 14th Court of Appeals in 2021. In 2009, she became the first Latina appointed to the Supreme Court of Texas and the first Latina to be elected to a statewide office in Texas. Today, she is a Partner at Wright, Close, and Barger and focuses her practice on arbitrations, mediations, and civil trial and appellate matters. She also serves as General Counsel for the Texas Association of Business. Ms. Guzman serves on the AAA-ICDR Commercial panel.
Marsha Ternus has served as an arbitrator for the past 12 years, and has handled complex commercial disputes, consumer matters, termination-of-business-relationship disputes, and professional negligence cases. Prior to opening her own practice, Ms. Ternus served on the Iowa Supreme Court for 17 years, including as chief justice from 2006 to 2010. In 2012, Ms. Ternus and two colleagues from the court received the 2012 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. Before being appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court, Ms. Ternus worked for 16 years in the private practice of law, focusing on civil litigation and insurance law. She is a past member of the Iowa State Bar Association Board of Governors and the Board of Directors of Iowa Legal Aid and was inducted into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame in 2015. Ms. Ternus serves on the AAA-ICDR Consumer and Commercial panels, including the Large Complex Commercial panel.
Wendy Venoit is a Shareholder with Cozen O’Connor in Boston, MA. She is an experienced construction lawyer and arbitration advocate whose practice focuses on counseling contractors and owners on construction projects, and litigating and arbitrating construction disputes both domestic and international, some involving claims in excess of $1 billion. She also serves as an arbitrator for the AAA and ICDR. Wendy is a Past Chair of the ABA Forum on Construction Law, a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers, co-chair of the CIArb Boston Chapter, Board Member of the CIArb North American Branch, Board Council of the AAA and former co-chair of its National Construction Dispute Resolution Committee, Board Member of Women in Construction and National Board Development Committee of Girl Scouts USA. For the past eight years, she has been named in the International Who's Who of Construction Law and was recently named Massachusetts Lawyer of the Year.
Gretta Walters is a Partner with Chaffetz Lindsey LLP in New York. Her extensive experience as an arbitrator and counsel spans a diverse range of commercial and investment disputes in domestic and international arbitration and state and federal courts. Prior to joining Chaffetz Lindsey, Gretta was an Associate at a major international law firm, Legal Counsel at the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, and a Visiting Lecturer at Stockholm University. Gretta is Secretary of the International Commercial Disputes Committee of the New York City Bar and of the CIArb New York Chapter, a Member of the AAA-ICDR Council, and an adjunct professor at New York University Law School. She co-authored Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards and Judgments in New York (Kluwer 2018), was named a “Rising Star” by Legal 500 USA and Latinvex, and was named a “Most Highly Regarded Future Leaders for the Americas” by Who’s Who Legal. Gretta serves on the AAA-ICDR Energy, Financial Services, Commercial, and Consumer panels including the Expedited Procedures panel.
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