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A LIFETIME IN DISPUTE RESOLUTION
George Nicolau is one of the most revered pioneers in dispute resolution field. Long before dispute resolution gained popularity, Nicolau was laying the groundwork. He was a mediator who then became a Major League Baseball arbitrator and described by one of his colleagues as "the foremost and most respected arbitrator in the field of sports arbitration in North America."
After serving as the founding Director of IMCR, Nicolau became a full-time arbitrator and some-time mediator of labor-management disputes across the United States. He is the long-time Industry Chairman of the League of Voluntary Hospitals/ 1199, SEIU, Health Care Workers East, has served as Impartial Arbitrator in Basketball, Baseball, Indoor Soccer and Hockey, was an Impartial Member of NYY's Office of Collective Bargaining for twenty seven years, and has been an arbitrator for all of the major airlines and networks and, though he once represented unions in the television, newspaper and the theatrical fields, he now serves, at the request of both sides, as Impartial Arbitrator in those areas. In the 1990's, he taught at Cardozo Law School in New York and Pepperdine Law School in California and has published numerous papers in the field.
Nicolau was President of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (1987-88), President of the National Academy of Arbitrators (1996-97), Recipient of the Distinguished Service Wise Owl Award of the American Arbitration Association (Arbitration Day, New York, NY, May 1987), a Participant in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyer's Video History Project (2008) and CLEL's film, the Art and Science of Labor Arbitration (2013), Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Peggy Browning Fund (2011), Recipient of a Proclamation in recognition of his public service for which Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg declared April 4th, 2012 George Nicolau Day in the City of New York, and the only Recipient of a Life time service to the Field Award of the National Academy of Arbitrators (2016).