NEWS - Press Release

November 17, 2016


  Hon. Peter B. Skelos Susan Hernandez, Esq. Howard J. Kaplan, Esq.

NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) panel members Hon. Peter B. Skelos, Susan Hernandez, Esq. and Howard J. Kaplan, Esq. will present a CLE entitled “Alternative Dispute Resolution: A Guide to Mediation and Arbitration” to the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York (KALAGNY). The 90–minute CLE panel discussion will be held in NAM’s Manhattan office located at 122 East 42nd Street, Suite 803, New York, NY 10168 on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 7 pm.

The presentation will address the fundamental concepts of achieving success through mediation and arbitration as well as offer practical tips on the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Among the topics to be addressed include: when to use mediation or arbitration; what to look for when selecting a neutral; and how to prepare an effective mediation statement.

Hon. Peter B. Skelos is a former Associate Justice of the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court, 2nd Department. Hon. Skelos is well-versed in the law and is a highly regarded mediator and arbitrator for NAM and is often selected to hear a wide variety of case types including construction, commercial, professional liability, insurance coverage, matrimonial, medical malpractice and personal injury matters. Judge Skelos was voted a Top Ten Mediator by the 2016 New York Law Journal Annual Reader Rankings Survey.

Susan Hernandez has mediated disputes involving contracts, discrimination, employment, personal injury, real property/partition, and sexual harassment. She has handled cases ranging in values including a vast number of complex high stakes matters. For the second year in a row, Ms. Hernandez was voted one of the Top Ten Mediators in New York State by the 2016 New York Law Journal Annual Reader Rankings Survey and was named a National Law Journal 2016 Alternative Dispute Resolution Champion as part of a select group of only 48 nationwide.

For the second straight year, Howard J. Kaplan, Esq. was voted a Top Ten Arbitrator by the 2016 New York Law Journal Reader Rankings Survey. He is the senior trial attorney for Progressive Insurance Company and 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.

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

Click here to view Susan Hernandez’s resume.

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


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 National Law Journal 2016 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.

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