Lisa S. Kohn

Chicago, IL

Lisa Salkovitz Kohn has been a full-time arbitrator and mediator since 1991, specializing in labor-management, employment, and discrimination disputes throughout the United States.


A member of the National Academy of Arbitrators since 2002, Ms. Kohn serves on the arbitration rosters of FMCS, AAA, NMB, state PERBs and many other labor-management arbitration panels in the public and private sectors. She has resolved disputes in such areas as education, police, fire fighters and other federal and state public employment, as well as coal mining, transportation, utilities, heavy and light manufacturing, entertainment and gaming, health care, and service industries. Her arbitration awards may be found in publications of BNA, CCH and LRP, among others. Ms. Kohn also arbitrates and mediates employment disputes outside the traditional labor-management environment. She has mediated for the USPS, the EEOC, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, and private disputants, and is a member of the grievance mediation roster of Mediation Research and Education Project, Inc. She served for many years as a Hearing Officer and Conciliator (mediator) for the Chicago Commission on Human Relations and for the Cook County (Illinois) Commission on Human Rights.

Ms. Kohn frequently lectures on traditional labor-management arbitration topics, and on employment discrimination and other statutory claims in arbitration. She trains advocates and neutrals in arbitration and mediation ethics, skills and techniques. A native of Washington, DC, and a graduate of Harvard University and Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley, Ms. Kohn has served on the Board of the National Academy of Arbitrators Research and Education Foundation and on numerous committees of the NAA. She has been an active member of the Labor and Employment Research Association (LERA), the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), and the Labor and Employment Section and the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association.