Ava Abramowitz

A former assistant United States attorney for the District of Columbia, Ms. Abramowitz teaches negotiations at the George Washington University Law School and is the winner of its 2011 Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award. Formerly the deputy general counsel of The American Institute of Architects,

Ms. Abramowitz is the author of The Architect’s Essentials of Negotiation (2nd ed.) (John Wiley & Sons 2009). She is also the writer of more than dozens of articles on critical negotiation and mediation issues facing lawyers and clients, the most recent of which is “What Negotiators Can Learn from Modern Sales Theory” to be published by the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution in its forthcoming Negotiator’s Desk Reference.

Additionally, Ms. Abramowitz has been serving as a mediator for the federal courts for the District of Columbia since the late eighties, mediating a diverse assortment of civil cases including international and domestic corporate cases, class actions, and disputes involving such issues as civil liberties, intellectual property and employment discrimination — all of which have placed a premium on her negotiation skills.

Currently she serves Long Range Planning Officer of the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution.  Previously she served as co-chair of its Mediation Committee. She has also served on the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law, which in 2008 presented her with its Cornerstone Award, the highest award the Forum gives for long-term, exceptional service to the construction industry, the public, and the legal profession and, in 2013, its Service Award for developing with their, then 70 people, leadership team a revolutionary strategic plan that is still in use today.

When not resolving disputes, Ms. Abramowitz writes and lectures nationwide on negotiation, mediation and risk management.  Ms. Abramowitz is a graduate of Brandeis University and the George Washington University Law School.

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