Marcia L. Adelson

Marcia L. Adelson, Attorney at Law

New York, New York 10001


Banking, Commercial, Contract, Discrimination, Employment, Financial, Investment, Partnership Disputes, Securities, Workplace


Marcia Adelson is an Attorney and Sole Proprietor at Marcia L. Adelson, Esq., a position she has held since April 2003.  Since January 2014, her practice is focused on providing arbitration and mediation services.  Ms. Adelson is an approved mediator for FINRA, the Southern District Court of New York, the New York City Commercial Division, and Westchester Supreme Court – Commercial and Civil Divisions. She is a 2014 American Arbitration Association Higginbotham Fellow and is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s roster of Commercial Arbitrators.  Ms. Adelson is also on the roster of approved arbitrators for FINRA, the National Futures Association (NFA), and the Ninth Judicial District of New York – Part 137: Attorney Client Fee Dispute Program.  She has served as both Chair and Panelist on Attorney Client Fee Arbitrations and is qualified to be the Chairperson of FINRA arbitrations.


In her legal practice and as Of Counsel to Eppenstein and Eppenstein, Ms. Adelson represented US and international clients in a wide range of large and complex arbitration and litigation matters.  The matters handled by Ms. Adelson included commodities fraud and securities fraud, stockbroker abuses, securities industry and other employment disputes and general commercial litigation.   Her client was usually a victim of fraud or negligence or breach of contract on the part of a broker dealer, registered representative, registered investment advisor or other financial services firm.  Many cases have involved losses in excess of $5 million.  Ms. Adelson is skilled in all phases of litigation from the initial assessment of the claim through discovery, motion practice, trial and post trial work.   While some cases were litigated in court, most were arbitrated at either at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) or the American Arbitration Association (AAA).


From 1990 through 2002, Ms. Adelson was a financial planner with American Express Financial Advisors, Inc. (now Ameriprise Financial). She built a financial planning practice with more than 100 clients and $20 million under management. She achieved the highest client satisfaction ratings in annual client satisfaction surveys. Ms. Adelson was responsible for designing and implementing the financial plans for her clients. During the period 1991 to 1994, Ms. Adelson was active in training new advisors, including teaching investment and security product knowledge, suitability, time management and financial planning techniques. She was Certified Financial Planner (SM) from 1993 to 2013.


Ms. Adelson has a Bachelor of Arts degree fromSwarthmoreCollegein economics with a concentration in public policy. She also has a Masters of Business degree in Finance fromColumbiaUniversityand a Juris Doctor degree fromPaceUniversity.


She is admitted to practice law inNew YorkStateand in the Southern District of New York.






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

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