Tuba Bilecik

Senior Fellow – Turkey

Tuba Bilecik is a lawyer, internationally recognized mediator, dialogue facilitator, and conflict management consultant.

About Tuba Bilecik

Tuba Bilecik is a lawyer, internationally recognized mediator, dialogue facilitator, and conflict management consultant. Ms. Bilecik has extensive experience mediating civil, commercial, and employment cases in Istanbul and Los Angeles for private companies, U.S. Federal and State Agencies (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing), and the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. She advises organizations on how to effectively manage and prevent workplace conflict and improve workplace culture. She is a mediator for the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman of the World Bank Group and a mediator of the Global Mediation Panel at the Office of the Ombudsman for UN Funds and Programmes.

Ms. Bilecik brings her mediation practice a unique combination of litigation, transactional, and in-house experience after working for over 10 years as the Head of Legal and Compliance of Index Grup, the largest information technology distributor in Turkey. Her experience as an in-house counsel allows her to quickly grasp both business and legal aspects of complex commercial disputes as well as the employment and organizational matters. She has successfully handled a vast number of complex negotiations and is highly regarded for her ability to craft negotiated business solutions that help preserve relationships.

Litigation Practice

  • Business litigation
  • Employment law
  • Tax law
  • Construction and real estate law
  • Professional liability
  • Personal injury
  • Intellectual property law

Mediation Practice

Ms. Bilecik has significant experience in resolving domestic and international disputes across a variety of legal practice areas including, but not limited to:

  • Business and partnership disputes
  • Breach of contract, product liability
  • Employment and workplace disputes
  • Debt recovery and debt restructuring
  • Banking disputes
  • Intellectual property, trademark, and licensing disputes
  • Real estate disputes, construction defects
  • Insurance coverage claims
  • Personal injury and torts
  • Medical malpractice claims
  • Community disputes
ADR Achievements and Training

ADR Achievements 

As one of the mediation pioneers in Turkey, Ms. Bilecik:

  • Actively contributed to the development of mediation awareness and the implementation of commercial and employment mediation in Turkey through various initiatives
  • Introduced and implemented collaborative problem-solving practices in the workplace for corporations
  • Was awarded the Dean’s Academic Excellence Award at the University of Southern California, LLM in Dispute Resolution Program
  • Was awarded a Weinstein JAMS International Fellowship
  • Served as both project coordinator and mediator of the first Community Mediation Center in Turkey, in collaboration with Beşiktaş Municipality (Istanbul).

ADR Training

Ms. Bilecik has received extensive and advanced mediation, negotiation, facilitation, arbitration, and conflict analysis training from various prestigious institutions including the University of Southern California Gould School of Law’s Center for Dispute Resolution, Harvard Negotiation Institute at Harvard Law School, Pepperdine University’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, UC Hastings College of the Law’s Center for Negotiation & Dispute Resolution, United States Institute of Peace, Center for Dispute Resolution, Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, and JAMS

Ms. Bilecik holds an LLM in Alternative Dispute Resolution degree from the University of Southern California where she has undergone extensive training on mediation, cross-cultural dispute resolution, negotiation, and arbitration.

ADR Teaching and Mentoring

  • Ms. Bilecik is highly experienced in designing and delivering mediation advocacy, negotiation skills, and problem-solving training for businesses, lawyers, and mediators. She is a frequent speaker at domestic and international events.
  • Ms. Bilecik mentors young professionals from different industries as part of a Young Business Person Mentoring Program, supporting companies to prepare future leaders. Her mentorship focuses on assisting young professionals in enhancing their dispute resolution and cross-cultural communication skills.
  • Ms. Bilecik served as a judge for the ICC Paris, International Commercial Mediation Competition (2016-2019).

Publications and Education


Ms. Bilecik has been a member of the expert working groups on mediation development such as the expert group tasked with the revision of the UNCITRAL Conciliation Rules and the Notes on Organizing Mediation Legislation and the working group providing recommendations for amendments to the Turkish Mediation Law for the review of the Turkish Ministry of Justice.

She has authored and contributed to numerous articles and has given interviews to newspapers, law journals, newsletters, sectorial magazines, and other publications.

Educational Qualifications

  • LLM in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the University of Southern California (2020)
  • Bachelor of Law (LLB) from Marmara University (2002)

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