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NAM Chosen a the #1 ADR Provider

New York (September 16, 2015) - For the fifth consecutive year, NAM has been ranked as the #1 ADR provider in New York State by the New York Law Journal Reader Rankings survey*.

Additionally, NAM neutrals comprise 8 of the top 10 Mediators and 7 of the top 10 Arbitrators in the rankings. The NAM Mediators and Arbitrators selected represent the very best practicing ADR specialists in New York State.

In the “Best Individual Mediator” category, which has been part of the survey for the past 6 years, the following NAM mediators were selected: Robert Adams, Esq. (fifth year in a row), Hon. Elizabeth Bonina (all years), Richard P. Byrne, Esq. (two years in a row), Hon. John P. DiBlasi (all years), Joseph L. Ehrlich, Esq. (fifth year in a row), Kenneth Grundstein, Esq. (all years), Susan Hernandez, Esq., and Peter J. Merani, Esq. (fifth year).

In the “Best Individual Arbitrator” category, which has been part of the survey for the past 3 years, the following NAM arbitrators were chosen: Hon. Elizabeth Bonina (#1 Arbitrator in New York State, all years), Hon. Robert W. Doyle (two years in a row), Lawrence S. Farbman, Esq. (two years in a row), Hon. Jerome C. Gorski (two years in a row), Howard J. Kaplan, Esq., Hon. E. Michael Kavanagh (all years) and Hon. Ira. B. Warshawsky (second year).

Earlier this year, NAM Mediators were also ranked #1 and #3 in the United States, as voted by the National Law Journal Rankings Survey.

Roy Israel, President and CEO of NAM, stated: “NAM has never been better! I am absolutely thrilled with the outcome of the survey as it further fortifies NAM’s dedication to providing the best quality ADR services to the legal community of New York State. The number of repeat winners is unprecedented and this confirms NAM’s continued commitment to offer the absolute best ADR neutrals on its panels. We take pride in providing our clients with exceptional choices in the selection of mediators and arbitrators. I am so very grateful to the voters and to our clients who place their trust and confidence in NAM.”

NAM’s panel is available to hear cases throughout the United States.

Robert Adams, Esq.

Robert Adams, Esq.
Former Senior V.P. Risk Management, Tishman Construction Corp, NYC

Specialties Include:
Labor Law, Construction, Insurance Coverage, Sports Law, Entertainment, International

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Hon. Elizabeth Bonina

Hon. Elizabeth Bonina
Former Justice of the Supreme Court

Specialties Include:
Personal Injury, Labor Law, Medical Malpractice, Nursing Home, Products Liability, Property Damage, Real Estate, Administrative Law, Sports Law

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Richard P. Byrne, Esq.

Richard P. Byrne, Esq.
Co-Managing Partner, L’Abbate, Balkan, Colavita & Contini, L.L.P.

Specialties Include:
Commercial, Construction, Disability, Employment, Labor Law, Insurance and Reinsurance, Risk Transfer, Products Liability, Property                                                   Damage, Personal                                                   Injury/Negligence

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Hon. John P. DiBlasi

Hon. John P. DiBlasi
Former Justice of the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court

Specialties Include:
Commercial, International, Finance, Defamation, Employment, Entertainment, False Imprisonment, Fraud, Insurance Coverage, Intentional Torts, Land Use, Professional Malpractice

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Hon. Robert W. Doyle

Hon. Robert W. Doyle
Former Justice, Appellate Term, 9th & 10th Judicial District, Supreme Court, 2nd Judicial Dept.

Specialties Include:
Commercial, Employment, Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Labor Law, Products Liability, General Liability

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Joseph L. Ehrlich, Esq.

Joseph L. Ehrlich, Esq.
Hearing Officer

Specialties Include:
Personal/Catastrophic Injury, Products Liability, Labor Law, Legal Malpractice, Insurance Coverage






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Lawrence S. Farbman, Esq.

Lawrence S. Farbman, Esq.
Former Principal Law Clerk to Hon. Lally, Hon. Levitt, Hon. Widlitz, Supreme Court

Specialties Include:
Commercial, Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Nursing Home, Labor Law, Property Damage, Products Liability

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Hon. Jerome Gorski

Hon. Jerome Gorski
Associate Justice, Appellate Division, 4th Department

Specialties Include:
Commercial, Legal Fee Disputes, Medical Malpractice, Nursing Home, Professional Liability, Insurance Coverage, Labor Law, Personal Injury


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Kenneth Grundstein, Esq.

Kenneth Grundstein, Esq.
Former NYC Chief Settlement Negotiator

Specialties Include:
Medical Malpractice, Nursing Home, Labor Law, Catastrophic Injury, Products Liability, Property Damage


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Susan Hernandez, Esq.

Susan Hernandez, Esq.
Former Chief of Staff to Presiding Justice Appellate Division, 1st. Dept.

Specialties Include:
Labor Law, Legal Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Negligence , Personal Injury, Premises Liability, Torts & Product Liability

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Howard Kaplan, Esq.

Howard Kaplan, Esq.
Hearing Officer

Specialties Include:
Insurance, Legal Malpractice, Negligence, Personal Injury, Premises Liability, Products Liability





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Hon. E. Michael Kavanagh

Hon. E. Michael Kavanagh
Former Assoc. Justice, Appellate Division, 1st & 3rd Depts.

Specialties Include:
Commercial, Construction, Business Valuation, Insurance Coverage, Employment, Professional Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Nursing                                                   Home, Labor Law

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Peter Merani, Esq.

Peter Merani, Esq.
Hearing Officer

Specialties Include:
Personal Injury, Property Damage, Labor Law, Products Liability, Insurance Coverage, Construction, International



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Hon. Ira B. Warshawsky
Former Justice of the Supreme Court, Nassau

Specialties Include:
Business Claims and Disputes, Class Actions, Construction, Contracts, E-Discovery, Employment, Professional Malpractice

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ABOUT NAM

For 5 consecutive years, NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) has been ranked as the top ADR firm by the New York Law Journal Annual Reader Rankings Survey. The company was also selected as one of the top 2 ADR firms in the United States in the National Law Journal’s Annual Survey for the second year in a row.

NAM actively works with more than 8,000 commercial entities, including more than 50% of the Fortune 100 companies. Founded in 1992, NAM offers litigants a nationwide panel of nearly 2,500 top-tier former judges and practicing specialists uniquely qualified to facilitate the resolution of disputes in a private forum. The company maintains rosters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and in major cities around the world, with specific expertise in the areas of Complex Commercial, Construction, Employment, Entertainment, Financial Services, International, Insurance, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury (including 3rd party and 1st party actions), Professional Liability and Real Estate dispute resolution.

NAM is often an indispensable resource for parties seeking cost-effective alternatives to expensive and often time-consuming litigation.


(*) The 2015 New York Law Journal Reader Rankings is not a scientific study or an editorial analysis but rather it is a democratic process. The program is run by the New York Law Journal sales and marketing teams at ALM. The voting was conducted via online ballot. Readers were notified of the ballot through direct emails and online advertisements linking to the ballot across ALM’s network of websites. The ballot consisted of 100+ categories encompassing the areas of Technology, Research, Accounting, Insurance, Financial Services, Litigation Support, Real Estate, Education, Recruiting & Staffing as well as Lifestyle and Client Entertainment. In total, over 500 firms were listed on the official online ballot and voters were also given the option of writing in any firms not seen listed; approximately 300 firms received votes via the write-in option.

This year, over 8,400 legal professionals cast votes for their favorite vendors. Please note that only legitimate end users (attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants, etc.) were allowed to vote. The producers took great pains to ensure the voting was fair. Any non-legal-professional (or anyone who we could not validate was a legitimate end user) vote was disqualified. Ultimately, the goal was to make the ballot and the voting as inclusive as possible.


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