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NAM Chosen a the #1 ADR Provider
New York (September 21, 2016) - For the sixth consecutive year, NAM has been ranked as the #1 ADR provider in New York State by the New York Law Journal Reader Rankings Survey*.

NAM neutrals also comprised 9 of the Top 10 Mediators and 8 of the Top 10 Arbitrators in the survey rankings. The NAM Mediators and Arbitrators selected represent the very best practicing ADR specialists in New York State.

In the “Best Individual Mediator” category, Joseph L. Ehrlich, Esq. was voted the #1 Mediator in New York State. Other NAM mediators ranked among the Top 10 were: Robert Adams, Esq., Hon. Elizabeth Bonina, Richard P. Byrne, Esq., Hon. John P. DiBlasi, Kenneth Grundstein, Esq., Susan Hernandez, Esq., Peter J. Merani, Esq. and Hon. Peter B. Skelos.

In the “Best Individual Arbitrator” category, the following NAM arbitrators were ranked among the Top 10: Hon. Elizabeth Bonina, Joseph L. Ehrlich, Esq., Hon. Jerome C. Gorski, Susan Hernandez, Esq., Howard J. Kaplan, Esq., Hon. E. Michael Kavanagh , Michael R. Rossi, Esq. and Hon. Ira. B. Warshawsky.

Roy Israel, President and CEO of NAM, stated: “I am blown away by the results of this year’s survey! NAM neutrals and staff work so hard all year long to deliver the highest quality ADR services to our clients…so when we get unprecedented results like this, I am truly honored and so very proud of everyone involved! Thank you to all of the voters and our clients who place their trust and confidence in NAM.”

Earlier this year, NAM was ranked the #1 ADR provider in the United States as voted in the 2016 National Law Journal Reader Rankings Survey. That same survey ranked two of NAM’s Mediators #1 and #3 in the U.S. In addition, 7 of NAM’s neutrals and Roy Israel, President and CEO of NAM, were named 2016 National Law Journal Alternative Dispute Resolution Champions, as part of a select group of only 48 nationwide.

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

Click here to view the 2016 New York Law Journal Survey
http://nylawyer.nylj.com/adgifs/specials/NYLJ_2016_0921_RR/NYLJ_2016_0921_RR.html

Click here to view the 2016 National Law Journal Survey
http://pdfserver.amlaw.com/nlj/flipbook/BNLJ2016/Best_of_NLJ_2016_web.html

Click here to view 2016 Alternative Dispute Resolution Champions
http://pdfserver.amlaw.com/nlj/flipbook/ADR_Champions/ADR_Champions_2016.html

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 Law

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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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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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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 Law



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Michael R. Rossi, Esq.
Hearing Officer

Specialties Include:
Insurance, Labor Law, Negligence, Premises Liability, Product Liability






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Hon. Peter B. Skelos

Hon. Peter B. Skelos
Former Associate Justice, Appellare Division, Nassau, 2nd Department

Specialties Include:
Commercial, Construction, Coop/Condo/HOA, Insurance Coverage, Land Use/Planning, Real Estate, Trade Secrets

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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

Founded in 1992, NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) has been recognized for its superb customer service and exceptional panel of arbitrators and mediators. In 2016, NAM was named Best ADR firm in the United States by the National Law Journal’s Annual Reader Rankings Survey. Additionally, 7 of NAM's neutrals were named 2016 National Law Journal Alternative Dispute Resolution Champions, as part of a select group of only 48 nationwide. Consistent with being the nation’s premier ADR provider, the New York Law Journal Annual Reader Rankings Survey also selected NAM as the #1 ADR firm for the last six years.

NAM actively works with more than 8,000 commercial entities, including more than 50% of the Fortune 100 companies. 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 2016 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 could not be validated as 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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