Marcia L. Adelson

Marcia L. Adelson, Attorney at Law
Poughkeepsie, New York 12601


Areas Of Practice

Partnership Disputes



An important element of litigation is settlement negotiation. In some cases this can be achieved directly between counsel, and in other cases the parties require a mediator to facilitate those conversations. Settlement of Securities, Contract and Commercial claims through mediation is my specialty.


Prior to my experience as an attorney, I was a registered representative for American Express Financial Advisors, Inc. My years of experience in the financial sector has enabled me to dissect the complex business arrangements and the applicable laws that surround them.


Currently, I provide mediation and arbitration services in securities and general commercial claims. I am a Southern District of New York Mediator, a Westchester Supreme Court – Commercial Division Mediator, a FINRA public arbitrator, and a Ninth Judicial District Part 137 Attorney – Client Fee Dispute Arbitrator.


As mediator, I practice both facilitative and evaluative type of mediation. My focus is for the parties to retain control. My role is to assist in making communication between the parties possible, easy and expedited. During this process, the parties have the ability to explain their positions, formulate and develop settlement options and overcome potential impasses to settlement. At the parties’ request, I can offer more structure and provide feedback on the relative merits of the claims and defenses, work thoroughly through the factual and legal arguments to test the reality of that parties’ predicted outcome.




Pace University School of Law, White Plains, NY

J.D. 2002 Honors: Trustees Scholarship Activities: Securities Arbitration Clinic 2001 - 2002


Columbia University, Graduate School of Business, New York, NY

M.B.A. 1987: Concentration: Finance


Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA

B.A. received 1983: Major: Economics Concentration: Public Policy


Admitted New York State Bar 2003; Admitted Southern District, NY 2004

Certified Financial Planner ™ Professional (1993 -- 2013) (no longer active)
Mercury Award, 1991, American Express Financial Advisors, Inc.
Rookie of the Year, 1991, American Express Financial Advisors, Inc., Westchester Division
Advanced Planner Group, American Express Financial Advisors, Inc. 1993-1995
Series 7, 63, 65, and 66 Licenses (no longer active)
NYS Life, Health and Accident Licenses 1990 – 2004

Finance Committee, Board of Directors of the YWCA of Yonkers, Chair: 1997 -- 2000
Member Board of Directors of the YWCA of Yonkers 1997 -- 2001
Member Salvation Army Advisory Council, Yonkers Citadel 1994 -- 1998

CFP Board of Professional Review: Hearing Panel Member, Winter 2002
FINRA Arbitrator – Industry Classification, 1997 to 2002; Public Classification, 2012 to Present
NYS Supreme Court -- Westchester Commercial Division Mediator
Ninth Judicial District -- Part 137: Attorney Client Fee Dispute Arbitrator



61 High Street

Tarrytown, NY. 10591

Phone:   917-699-3685

Fax:       309-412-8977

Email:     [email protected]