Committee Bio

Hon. Ariel E. Belen

Office Address
620 Eighth Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10018-1664

Phone: 212-607-2706

Hon. Ariel E. Belen (Ret.) is a full-time mediator and arbitrator at JAMS. Justice Belen was an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department since 2008 and has served as a Justice of the New York Supreme Court trial and appellate terms since 1995. Justice Belen helped create the Kings County Commercial Division and then presided as a Justice handling complex commercial cases from 2002 to 2005. He presided over countless matters covering the gamut of civil litigation from administrative to zoning law. A prolific writer, Justice Belen co-authored New York Trial Notebook, a comprehensive trial practice treatise. He was an instructor for many years at the New York State Judicial Institute where he taught all newly appointed or elected New York judges in the art of judging.

Justice Belen is the current Chair of the Arbitration and ADR Committee of the New York County Lawyers Association, and a member of the CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals. He presided for several years over the Jury Coordinating and Trial Assignment parts in Kings County. As Administrative Judge of Kings County Supreme Court, he innovated in the creation of new rules, procedures, and court parts with the primary goal of early dispute resolution. As an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, he has adjudicated thousands of matters on appeal in what is, in effect, the court of last resort for nearly twelve million people living in ten urban, suburban, and ex-urban counties within the New York metropolitan area. Justice Belen served as Chief, New York City Office of Corporation Counsel, Bronx Tort Division.

Justice Belen graduated cum laude with a B.A. from Brooklyn College in 1978 and received his J.D. with Specialization in International Legal Affairs from Cornell Law School in 1981.