NEWS - Press Release

March 14, 2016


Hon. Peter B. Skelos and Howard J. Kaplan, Esq. have been invited to participate in a 2-hour CLE panel discussion on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at the Queens County Bar Association. The seminar, entitled “Mediation and Arbitration: Best Practices and Tips”, will focus on the use of alternative dispute resolution to settle matters in today’s legal landscape.

The presentation will provide attorneys with practical tips on the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of ADR in light of the rising cost of traditional litigation and the backlog of cases in the civil courts. Topics to be addressed include the fundamentals of ADR, the mediation and arbitration processes, what to look for when selecting a neutral and arbitration of personal injury cases.

Prior to joining NAM, Hon. Peter B. Skelos served 11 years as an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court, 2nd Department. While on the bench, he was known for his keen legal intellect and compassion for those who appeared before him. He has garnered a reputation for treating others in a fair and respectful manner and for arriving at well-reasoned and legally sound decisions.

Howard J. Kaplan, Esq. is the senior trial attorney for Progressive Insurance Company. He brings a unique perspective to the ADR arena having had the benefit of working in both a corporate and legal role for Progressive. Mr. Kaplan has lectured nationally on trial and negotiation skills. As a mediator/arbitrator at NAM, he has the keen ability to bring parties together based on his years of experience as a litigator handling trials throughout the NY Metro area.

Roy Israel, President and CEO of NAM, stated: “This is a great opportunity for attendees to hear firsthand from two of NAM’s respected neutrals about the benefits of mediation and arbitration. We always appreciate the chance to work with the Queens County Bar Association in presenting informative and useful CLE programs to the legal community and we look forward to future occasions to work with the QCBA on the latest issues and trends in ADR.”

Click here to view Hon. Peter B. Skelos’ resume.

Click here to view Howard J. Kaplan’s resume.

Judge Skelos and Mr. Kaplan will be joined on the panel by Hon. Seymour Boyers, former Associate Justice, Appellate Division, 2nd Dept. The CLE will be moderated by Martin Schulman, Esq., Chair of the QCBA Arbitration Committee.

Program Details:

When: Tuesday, March 15, 2016
 Time: 5:00pm to 6:00pm - Light Dinner,
          6:00pm to 8:00pm – Program

Where: Queens County Bar Association, 90-35 148th Street, Jamaica, NY 11435
           (between 148th and 150th Streets)

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For additional information contact Sasha Kahn at the QCBA, (718) 291-4500 ext. 232 or email CLE@QCBA.ORG.


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.

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