Name: Donna Ross
Qualifications: LLM, FCIArb, NMAS Accredited Mediator, LIV Accredited Specialist in Mediation Law, Grade 2 Arbitrator Resolution Institute, Accredited Mediator in New York, Doyles Leading Mediator 2018 & 2019, Admitted as a lawyer in Australia and New York, Maître en droit (French Business Law degree).
Title: Arbitrator and Mediator
Organisation: Donna Ross Dispute Resolution
Immediation Practice Area: Mediation, Arbitration, Expert Determination
I am the Principal of Donna Ross Dispute Resolution. I am an international mediator accredited in Australia (NMAS) and New York (Supreme Court, New York County), a Law Institute of Victoria accredited specialist in mediation law, a negotiator, an arbitrator - Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) – and Grade 2 arbitrator (IAMA). I am admitted as a lawyer in both Australia and New York and also hold a French law degree.
In addition to acting as a mediator and arbitrator, I represent clients in contract and settlement negotiations as well as mediations and arbitrations and provide advice on preventive dispute resolution, managing business relationships, drafting dispute resolution clauses and U.S., French and international law. I am a seasoned negotiator and it is my passion to help parties in achieve better commercial outcomes whether for deals or disputes.
I am an active supporter of ADR: I teach the Mediation Accreditation Course for the Australian Disputes Centre (ADC), am a Lecturer at La Trobe Law School and a CIArb faculty member, judge and coach students in various competitions and frequently speak at events in Australia and abroad. I chair Resolution Institute’s Arbitration Committee and sit on the National Determinative Committee, the Steering Committee for the ICC Australia Asia-Pacific Mediation Competition as well as panels such as the Victorian Small Business Commission, the Office of the Franchising Mediator, the Magistrate’s Court of Victoria, the Asian International Arbitration Centre, and the World Intellectual Property Organization.
I firmly believe that ADR enables parties to resolve disputes in a more commercial and cost-effective manner and that Immediation will give parties more opportunities to engage in ADR processes.
Immediation Area(s) of Expertise
Common law and professional regulation (Professional negligence)
Corporate and commercial (Agency, Contracts, Franchising, International law, Partnership)
Employment, industrial relations and discrimination (Employment)
Intellectual property, Information technology and media (Information technology)
Property, construction, environment, oil, gas and mining (Commercial leasing, Franchising, Property, Residential leasing, Retail leasing)