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 and trademarked 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 pre mises 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

Construction Accidents/Labor Law

Labor Law sections 200, 240 and 241-6, as well as related indemnity and insurance issues.

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

Child Victims Act (CVA)

Mental, psychological, emotional, or physical injuries from an abuser as a child.


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

Divorce Mediation

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

Elder Law, Trusts & Estates

Managing complex family issues

A Sought-After Speaker,
Trainer and Panel Facilitator

Ms. Kern-Rappy frequently organizes, speaks and facilitates panels on various topics in the ADR and mediation space. She has given presentations around the country, including before bar associations such as the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, Brooklyn Bar Association and the New York Women’s Bar Association, as well with other prestigious organizations including the Judicial Institute at Pace Law School.

To schedule Ms. Kern-Rappy for
a program, contact:

Rebecca Liebowitz Rothman, Esq., LL.M

Vice President of Program Coordination
and Social Media Strategy

Ms. Kern-Rappy’s Presentations

New York Women’s Bar Association Presentation
March 28, 2024
A Paradigm Shift from the Litigation Mindset; “A Guideline for Insurance Litigators”
Pace Law School; Judicial Institute
April 11, 2024
Facilitated Court Settlement: The Paradigm Shift from Adversarial to Attorney Advocacy
WillWorkForFood Podcast with Jeff Kivachen
July 11, 2024
FDMC (Family and Divorce Mediation Council)
February 7, 2024
Mediation with Attorney Involvement: The Role of the Mediator and Attorney