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NAM Chosen a the #1 ADR Provider
New York (March 28, 2016) - NAM is proud to announce that it was named the #1 BEST ADR PROVIDER in the United States by the 2016 National Law Journal’s Annual Reader Rankings Survey. High honors also went to two of NAM’s well-respected neutrals: Hon. John P. DiBlasi earned the distinction of being voted the #1 mediator in the U.S. for the third straight year and Richard P. Byrne, Esq. was recognized as the #3 mediator in the country for the second year in a row.

In addition to being named the #1 mediator in the nation, Hon. DiBlasi, Retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Westchester, Commercial Division, has also been ranked a top 5 mediator by the New York Law Journal’s Annual Survey for six consecutive years and was named a 2016 Alternative Dispute Resolution Champion by The National Law Journal. He holds an AV Preeminent peer rating from Martindale-Hubble in both Alternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation – a distinction given only to those who possess the highest ethical standards and professional ability.

Judge DiBlasi’s ADR practice centers on resolving Commercial, International, Finance, Employment, Entertainment, Environmental, Land Use/Planning and Professional Malpractice matters.

Mr. Byrne’s ADR practice centers on Commercial, Construction, Employment, Insurance and Reinsurance, Risk Transfer, Disability Claims, Products Liability and Property Damage Claims. In addition to being recognized as one of the top 3 mediators in the United States for the second year in a row, Mr. Byrne was also named a 2016 Alternative Dispute Resolution Champion by The National Law Journal and was voted one of the top 10 mediators by the 2014 and 2015 New York Law Journal Reader Rankings Surveys.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized as the premier ADR company in the nation and I am humbled by this prestigious distinction,” said Roy Israel, President and CEO of NAM. “I take great pride in the fact that Judge DiBlasi and Richard Byrne have yet again been recognized as the #1 and #3 mediators in the U.S., and I am incredibly proud that they have been acknowledged for their exceptional contributions to ADR. Both neutrals have outstanding credentials and reputations and are well deserving of this national recognition.”

In addition to being named among the top 2 alternative dispute resolution providers in the United States for three consecutive years (with 2 of the 3 years in the #1 spot), NAM was ranked the #1 ADR firm by The New York Law Journal Annual Reader Rankings Survey for the last five years with 8 of its mediators and 7 of its arbitrators ranked in the top 10.

Click here to view The National Law Journal’s 2016 Reader Rankings Survey.

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

Hon. John P. DiBlasi     Specialties:
    Commercial, International, Finance, Employment,
    Entertainment, Environmental, Land Use / Planning,
    Professional Malpractice

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

Richard P. Byrne, Esq.     Specialties:
    Insurance and Reinsurance, Commercial, Construction,
    Disability Claims, Employment, Risk Transfer,
    Products Liability, and Property Damage Claims

  View Resume


Founded in 1992, NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) has been recognized for its superb customer service and exceptional panel of arbitrators and mediators.

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

(*) The National Law Journal’s Annual “Best of The National Law Journal” is a list of the top legal products and service providers as determined by votes from members of the national law community. This year’s special supplement summarizes the results of an online ballot that included over 500 companies, 79 business categories and garnered over 7,700 votes from the legal community.

“Best of The National Law Journal” puts control in the hands of end-users and readers of The NLJ. It provides a measure of effectiveness and passion for the brands and companies serving the U.S. legal industry” said Tom Larranaga, Publisher of The National Law Journal and LegalTimes. The final list includes the top three vote-getters in each category.

Readers were notified of the ballot through direct emails, print advertising, social media updates and online advertisements across ALM’s network of websites, including and The ballot encompassed the areas of technology, research, litigation consulting, accounting, banking, insurance, financial services, litigation support, education, law firm marketing & communications, mediation and recruiting and staffing.


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