With more than 35 years of experience as the principal mediator for the NY state unified court system, Michele Kern-Rappy, Esq., is a seasoned veteran whom clients can trust to optimize their settlement success rate. Having developed the court’s unique and award-winning mediation program, she has mediated more than 6,500 commercial and civil disputes as an authority in such areas as premises liability and construction, labor law, personal injury, insurance coverage, malpractice, product liability, commercial litigation, employment law, partnership, and family business.

A highly-skilled and renowned professional in her field, Ms. Kern-Rappy offers private lawyers a robust and purposeful approach to mediation that she has finely honed during her extensive career. Bringing an elevated level of trust, tenacity, and transparency to each case she referees, Ms. Kern-Rappy is well recognized and respected as a proficient and dynamic mediator with an enviable settlement rate.


years of


civil disputes

15 %


Tenacity, creativity, and trust are hallmarks of Ms. Kern-Rappy’s approach to mediation

Areas of Expertise


Contract disputes, partnership or corporation disputes, shareholder disputes, class action suits

Premises Liability

Personal injuries stemming from all kinds of hazardous conditions on property

Personal Injury

Construction accidents, automobile accidents, medical malpractice, traumatic brain injury, complex  products liability, legal malpractice


Discrimination, leave, hostile work environment, noncompetes, retaliation, harassment, wage and overtime, whistleblower, wrongful termination

Real Estate

Litigation concerning commercial and residential properties, including cooperatives and condominiums

Family-Owned Business

Provides creative solutions to contract disputes and unfair competition and other torts

Divorce Mediation

Equitable distribution, spousal support, child support, parenting and time sharing.

Trusts and Estates Mediation

Managing complex family issues