Curriculum Vitae

DEGREES

LL.M. International Banking

Boston University, 1992

LL.M. Taxation

Boston University, 1979

J.D.

Boston University, 1976

B.A.

Johns Hopkins University, 1973

 

BAR MEMBERSHIPS

Massachusetts1976

U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

1982

District of Columbia

1982

U.S. Supreme Court

1983

 

PRACTICE EMPHASIS

International legal experience includes counsel on establishing overseas sales, joint venture relationships, venture capital investment, technology transfer arrangements and establishment of stock participants for high technology and international trading enterprises.Responsible for legal consultation to clients in Taiwan, Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China, Venezuela, Europe, Russia, Israel, and Canada.Joined and helped lead a global online network of lawyers in 35 countries (www.lexuniversal.com). 

Founded a new media company that distributes interactive web based training programs for building and sustaining trusted online communities.

 

Ongoing law-technology activities concern e-lawyering training, including ODR, and initiating global law reform in online communities.

 

Organizer of InternetBar.org and PeaceTones.org and ongoing efforts aimed at connecting lawyers and other disciplines in cyberspace in online communities to work on the harmonization of private international law for poverty alleviation efforts. Currently teaching a course on Law on the World Wide Web at U Mass (Amherst) as adjunct faculty.

 

Other areas of practice include international, cyberlaw, real estate and alternative dispute resolution.

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Principal: Aresty International Law Offices, P.C.

1991 – Present

Partner: Aresty & Levin

1989 – 1990

Partner: Aresty, Levin & Orenstein

1986 – 1989

Partner: Crossland, Aresty & Levin

1979 – 1986

Associate: Meyers, Goldstein & Crossland

1978

Tax Specialist: Coopers & Lybrand

1976 – 1978

 

TEACHING

University of Massachusetts, AmherstCourse: Law and the World Wide Web (Fall 2010-Spring 2011, Online – Winter 2011)

  • The goal of this course is to create and understanding of the global online legal environment which is created by the intersection of law, business and technology on the internet
  • Special emphasis is placed on how society has a unique opportunity to shape an emerging online justice system, which can help alleviate poverty
  • The class format is uses both class discussions based on readings/lectures and is designed around an ongoing discussion using multiple formats: discussion boards, blogs, videos, virtual teams, Skype and so forth.

 

Bentley University

Course: Global Cyberspace Law (Fall 2007-Spring 2010)

  • The goal of this course is to create an understanding of the global online legal environment
  • To enable students to create an executive summary of an international online venture serving a global marketplace and emphasizing the need for civil society to address the UN Millennium Development Goals by working with impoverished people in the developing world
  • To assist students in becoming Web professionals and competent e-business managers in today’s global environment

Course: International Business Law (Spring 2010)

  • The goal of this course is to prepare business people in identifying the legal issues so they can work intelligently with counsel in structuring business transactions
  • This course does not strive to prepare lawyers, it is premised on the fact that a businessperson who is unaware of the legal dimensions of problems may make a costly error in planning, and teaches them the necessary tools to avoid this

Microcommerce Convention (April and June 2008)

  • In partnership with the Internet Bar Organization, this convention convened leaders throughout the world, both face to face and online
  • It’s mission was to identify the obstacles to building a global legal infrastructure to alleviate poverty through advancing online commerce

 

Tufts University

Microcommerce Convention (February 2008)

  • In partnership with the Internet Bar Organization, this convention convened leaders throughout the world, both face to face and online
  • It’s mission was to identify the obstacles to building a global legal infrastructure to alleviate poverty through advancing online commerce

 

ORGANIZATIONS

Who’s Who in American LawWho’s Who in America

ABA’s TECHShow

  • Co-founded, 1987
  • Programs in Dallas and Boston

University of Massachusetts National Center for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution

  • Promotes the use of online dispute resolution technology
  • Fellow

Walnut Hill School

  • Board of Overseers, Co-Chair
  • Winter 2006, Report:  The International Dimension: Developing & Sustaining our International Community

Prior service

New England – Israel Chamber of Commerce

  • Membership Committee

New England – Taiwan Business Council

  • Board of Directors
  • Founding Member

 

PUBLICATIONS

ODR: Theory and Practice: A Treatise on Technology and Dispute Resolution

  • Co-Author, Ruha Devanesan
  • Chapter: ODR and Justice
  • January 2012

Mobile Technologies for Conflict Management

  • Co-author, Alina Huiu
  • Chapter 9: Mobile. Technology and the Rule of Law
  •  Springer Publishing, 2011

Cyberlaw: Text and Cases

  • Co-Author
  • Third Edition
  • Cengage Publishing, 2011

The ABA Guide To International Business Negotiations

  • Co-Editor (1st, 2d editions, 3rd edition published in 2009)
  • American Bar Association, Publisher
  • Chicago, IL

Negotiating with Confucius

  • Co-Author, Eve Sun
  • Global Law & Business
  • October 1994

Cultural Understanding, Tolerance A Necessity In The Global Marketplace

  • Fall Banking Review, Banker & Tradesman
  • September 7, 1994

Automating the Estate Planning Practice

  • Co-Author
  • 43rd Federal Tax Proceeding
  • New York University

Thesis: The Future of Massachusetts’ High Technology Industries in World Markets: A Proposal for the Establishment of a Massachusetts-Pacific Rim Development Bank

  • Presentation to the Massachusetts Senate Banking Committee, public hearing
  • August 1991

“Professional Responsibility in a Global World: A Lawyer’s Role Redefined in the Age of the Virtual Practice”

  • Co-Author with Peter Lepsch.   New England Journal of International Law.

“The Virtual Law Office: Reengineering the Practice of Law for the Digital Age”

  • Author

“Reinventing Law in Cyberspace: A Social Contract for the Digital Age and International Business Negotiations”

  • Co-Author with Richard Warner
  • Chapter 1, The ABA Guide to International Business Negotiations (2d ed. 2000).

As the Reporter of the ABA’s e-lawyering Task Force, wrote several articles on the technical, legal and practical implications of the practice of law in Cyberspace.

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Massachusetts Bar Association Member, Executive Committee

  • 1981 – 1983

Taxation Section Council

  • 1980 – 1982

Board of Delegates, Delegate-at-Large

  • 1981 – 1983

Vice Chairman, Law Practice Section Council

  • 1982 – 1983

Chairman, Law Practice Section Council

  • 1983 – 1985

Computer College, Steering Committee

  • 1984 – 1985
  • Obtained major grant from Digital Equipment Corporation

Computer College, Faculty

  • 1985 – 1986
  • Program successfully trained over 1000 Massachusetts attorneys how to automate their practices (1983-1987)

 

American Bar Association Vice Chairman, ELPS, Membership Committee

  • 1981 – 1983

Chairman, ELPS, Membership Committee

  • 1983 – 1985

Vice Chairman, ELPS, Computer Division

  • 1986 – 1991

Council Member, ELPS

  • 1985 – 1991

Membership Committee, Massachusetts State Chairman

  • 1984 – 1986

Co-Chairman, International Commercial Negotiations task Force

  • 1992 – Present

Standing Committee on Technology and Information Services

  • Served two terms, appointed by ABA president in 1998 and 2006.

Co-Chair  of International Law Section’s Information Services, Technology, and Data Protection Committee.

  • 2003-2007

Reporter for the e-lawyering Task Force

  • 1999 – 2003

 

Internetbar.org, Inc. In April of 2005, founded this virtual bar association and currently serving as President.Mission: To legally empower communities around the world using technology, communication, and innovative social and economic justice initiatives.