Anna Nicholas

Anna Nicholas, J.D. Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, also has a Masters in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute at Pepperdine University in California. She is a former Olympic candidate in 3-Day Eventing and maintains a relationship with that organization through its panels on technical delegates and team selection. She also sits on a panel, which seeks to resolve disputes within the United States Tennis Federation, hearing all manner of complaints involving players, coaches, parents and officials.

She was lead author of the Guide to Administrative Fair Play created for the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada for the purpose of providing Canadian sport administrators with a reference to guide them in their roles as leaders of their respective organizations, with the specific objective to prevent or reduce the occurrence of sports-related disputes. Avoiding conflict not only lets all participants, at all levels of sport get on with the game, it translates to thousands of dollars saved by organizations, sponsors, and other parties seeking a legal redress of grievances.

She has conducted over two hundred mediations through the Los Angeles Superior Court system and as an independent contractor handling family, sports, construction and entertainment cases. She has worked with lead arbitrators on cases involving high-profile sports figures including Floyd Landis and Jessica Hardy. Earlier legal work includes NBC, New York (talent contracts, business affairs) and EEOC (corporate compliance).

In addition to her legal and sports work, Anna is the mother of a nationally ranked tennis player and is involved in the arts. She served as Managing Director of the Ojai Playwrights Conference until September of 2010, where she oversaw the budget and all fundraising of this thirteen year old festival. She is herself a writer and director, her film UNIVERS’L, having been part of the Official Selection at The Film Festival of Human Rights, in Brussels. Her plays have been produced in New York and Los Angeles and her articles have appeared in law journals as well as the Los Angeles Times, The Chronicle of the Horse, Vine Times Magazine and other publications. Writing under a pseudonym, she has had an essay published in Penguin Books’ “In My Mother’s Kitchen,” as well as a novel, “HOMEGROWN: THE TERROR WITHIN,” about domestic bio-terrorism.

She is a member of and/or volunteers her time to: The Southern California Mediation Association; The Center for Resolution; Volunteer Peer Mediators, Los Angeles County; United States Eventing Association; United States Tennis Association; Screen Actors Guild; American Federation of Television and Radio Artists; Mills College Alumnae Representative; The SafeRiders Fund; Mach One Therapeutic Riding Organization and Tree People. Previous civic/volunteer participation includes: Foreman: Santa Barbara Civil Grand Jury; Board Member: Santa Barbara Audubon Society. She is a New England native