Richard Sussman received his BA from Columbia University and is a graduate of Northeastern University Law School. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section and the national Association for Conflict Resolution. After law school Richard clerked for the incoming Chief Judge of the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York and served as Court Attorney for a Judge who sat in the Civil and Criminal Courts of the City of New York and the State Supreme Court, New York County.
Richard began his mediation career in 1994 as a Community Dispute Mediator trained at the Institute for Mediation and Conflict Resolution (“IMCR”) founded by Theodore Kheel. At IMCR, Richard mediated disputes involving Child Custody, disputing neighbors, local merchants, and neighborhood residents disputing City land use decisions. In 2009, Richard completed the training and practicum requirements of the Center for Mediation and Training.
This prepared him to become a family and divorce mediator qualified by the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation and national Association for Conflict Resolution. Richard is also a member of the “Roster of Neutrals” for the Commercial Division Mediation program of the State Supreme Court in New York County.
Since his admission to the Bar in 1986, in addition to conflict resolution, Richard has specialized in housing, real estate and tenant-landlord litigation, Real Estate transactions, and wills, trusts, and estate drafting and administration both as a solo practitioner and as a law firm associate. He has been a New York State Office of Court Administration Fiduciary since for over fifteen years.
Prior to attending law school, Richard received an A.B. Degree in Urban Political Economy from Columbia University. Before attending Columbia, Richard concentrated on political science, piano performance and new music while attending Oberlin College and Conservatory. Between Oberlin and Columbia, he lived on a Kibbutz in Israel and, later, worked as a construction project laborer. After graduating from Columbia he was principal aide to a member of the New York City Council and served on the West Harlem Community Planning Board and its Executive Committee for six years. For almost 20 years he has been a member of the Executive Committee of the New York “Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing” (IAHH.org).
Currently, he is active in the Rockland County Coalition to End the New Jim Crow and environmental and faith based organizations. Richard’s background has prepared him to work with people and businesses from a mosaic of cultural and religious backgrounds.