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NAM Chosen a the #1 ADR Provider
New York (March 30, 2015) - NAM is proud to announce that it was ranked as a top ADR provider in the United States by the 2015 Best of the National Law Journal Reader Rankings Survey for the second year in a row. Honors also went to two of NAM’s esteemed neutrals - Hon. John P. DiBlasi earned the distinction of being voted the #1 individual mediator in the U.S. for the second year in a row and Richard P. Byrne, Esq., was also recognized as one of the top mediators in the country.

“NAM is honored once again to be recognized as one of the premier ADR companies in the country,” said Roy Israel, President and CEO of NAM. “I take great pride in the fact that Judge DiBlasi has been recognized as the top mediator in the U.S. for two consecutive years. I am also honored that Richard Byrne has been recognized for his outstanding work in mediation, since both their abilities and reputations are certainly worthy of national recognition.”

This is the second year in a row that Hon. John P. DiBlasi, Retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Westchester, Commercial Division, has been ranked the #1 mediator in the United States. He has repeatedly been rated a top mediator in multiple categories in the New York Law Journal’s annual survey. The 2014 New York Law Journal Reader Rankings Survey voted Judge DiBlasi as one of the top ten in the “Best Individual Mediator” category for the fifth year in a row. Prior accolades include the #1 spot in the “Best International Mediator” category and top 5 in the “Best Financial Markets Mediator” category. He holds an AV Preeminent peer rating from Martindale-Hubbell 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, Defamation, Employment, Entertainment, Land Use, Civil Rights, and Professional Malpractice matters.

Richard P. Byrne, Esq. specializes in Insurance and Reinsurance, Commercial, Construction, Disability Claims, Employment, Risk Transfer, Products Liability, and Property Damage Claims. In addition to being recognized as one of the top 3 mediators in the United States, Byrne was named one of the top 10 mediators in New York State in the 2014 New York Law Journal Reader Rankings Survey. He is also Co-Managing Partner for L’Abbate, Balkan, Colavita & Contini, LLP.

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

Hon. John P. DiBlasi     Specialties:
    Commercial, International, Finance, Defamation,
    Employment, Entertainment, Land Use, Professional
    Malpractice, Civil Rights

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Richard P. Byrne, Esq.
Former Justice of the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court

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

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Founded in 1992, NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) 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 actively works with more than 8,000 commercial entities, including more than 50% of the Fortune 100 companies. NAM is often an indispensable resource for parties seeking cost-effective alternatives to expensive and often time-consuming litigation.

NAM was ranked as one of the top 2 ADR firms in the United States per the National Law Journal’s Annual Reader Rankings Survey for the second straight year. Consistent with being the nation’s premier ADR provider, NAM was also selected as the top ADR firm for the last 4 consecutive years in the New York Law Journal Rankings Survey.

(*) 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. The final list includes the top three vote-getters in each category.

“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.

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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