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NAM Chosen a the #1 ADR Provider

New York (September 16, 2013) - The results of the 2013 New York Law Journal Reader Rankings Survey were released today and, for the third year in a row, NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) was chosen as the #1 ADR Provider in New York State. In addition, 7 out of the top 10 slots in the “Best Individual Mediator” category went to NAM Mediators, and 8 out of the top 10 slots went to NAM Arbitrators in the newest category, “Best Individual Arbitrator”.

The NAM Mediators and Arbitrators selected represent the very best practicing ADR specialists in New York State. They are:

Mediators: Kenneth Grundstein, Esq. (fourth year in a row), Hon. John DiBlasi (fourth year in a row), Joseph Ehrlich, Esq. (third year in a row), Hon. Elizabeth Bonina (fourth year in a row), Robert Adams, Esq. (third year in a row), Lawrence Farbman, Esq. (second year in a row), and Hon. Robert W. Doyle.

Arbitrators: Hon. Elizabeth Bonina took the #1 spot, joined by Joseph Ehrlich, Esq., Hon. Howard Miller, Kenneth Grundstein, Esq., Hon. John DiBlasi, Hon. Ira Warshawsky, Hon. E. Michael Kavanagh and Peter Merani, Esq.

Robert Adams, Esq.

Robert Adams, Esq.
Former Senior V.P. Risk Management, Tishman Construction Corp, NYC

Specialties Include:
Sports, Entertainment, International, Commercial, Construction

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Hon. Elizabeth Bonina

Hon. Elizabeth Bonina
Former Justice of the Supreme Court

Specialties Include:
Personal Injury, Labor Law, Medical Malpractice, Products Liability, Property Damage, Real Estate, Administrative Law

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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, Land Use, Professional Malpractice

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Hon. Robert W. Doyle

Hon. Robert W. Doyle
Former Justice, Appellate Term, 9th & 10th Judicial District, Supreme Court, 2nd Judicial Dept.

Specialties Include:
Commercial, General Liability, Employment, Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Labor Law, Products Liability, Property Damage

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Joseph L. Ehrlich, Esq.

Joseph L. Ehrlich, Esq.
Hearing Officer

Specialties Include:
Personal/Catastrophic Injury, Products Liability, Labor Law, Attorney Malpractice, Insurance Coverage

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Lawrence S. Farbman, Esq.

Lawrence S. Farbman, Esq.
Former Principal Law Clerk to Hon. Lally, Hon. Levitt, Hon. Widlitz, Supreme Court

Specialties Include:
Commercial, Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Labor Law, Property Damage, Products Liability

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Kenneth Grundstein, Esq.

Kenneth Grundstein, Esq.
Former NYC Chief Settlement Negotiator

Specialties Include:
Medical Malpractice, Labor Law, Catastrophic Injury, Products Liability, Property Damage

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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, 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

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Hon. Howard Miller

Hon. Howard Miller
Former Assoc. Justice, Appellate Div., 2nd Dept.

Specialties Include:
Commercial, Land Use, Employment, Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Insurance Coverage, Construction, Products Liability, Labor Law

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Hon. Ira Warshawsky

Hon. Ira Warshawsky
Former Justice of the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court

Specialties Include:
Commercial, Business Valuation, E-Discovery, Construction, Contracts, Employment, Professional Malpractice, Medical Malpractice

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Roy Israel, President and CEO of NAM stated: “I am extremely proud of NAM and its exceptional Arbitrators and Mediators for the recognition that we have received from the legal community. Anyone who has worked with NAM knows that we are deeply committed to providing top quality services and talent in the ADR arena. Over 8,200 lawyers and legal professionals voted in this year’s survey and it is extremely rewarding to know that so many people place their trust and confidence in NAM. We thank all of our clients for their continued support and want everyone to know that we will continue to recruit the best panel members and provide the best services in the industry.”

NAM’s New York panel is available to hear cases throughout New York State and from its conference centers in Manhattan, Garden City, Brooklyn, Westchester,Staten Island and Buffalo.

ABOUT NAM

NAM offers litigants a nationwide panel of approximately 2,000 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, including Puerto Rico, with specific expertise in the areas of Complex Commercial, Personal Injury (including 3rd party and 1st party actions), Professional Liability, Construction, Insurance, Employment, Real Estate and Financial Services dispute resolution.

Founded in 1992, NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) has been recognized as ADR Provider of the Year and is well known for its superb customer service and for delivering exceptional results. Consistent with being the nation's premier ADR provider, the New York Law Journal Rankings Survey selected NAM as the #1 ADR provider for 2011, 2012 and 2013.

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.


(*) According to the The New York Law Journal: Published since 2010, the New York Law Journal Reader Rankings is celebrating its fourth year of enabling the New York legal community the opportunity to acknowledge who they believe to be the best providers of products and services to their market. This year, the results of the Reader Rankings were released on September 16, 2013.

Each year the number of voters for the Reader Rankings has grown and this year was no exception. In 2013, more than 8,200 lawyers and legal professionals cast ballots in an online survey comprised of over 80 categories across litigation support, consulting and outsourcing, technology, recruiting and staffing, research, accounting, financial services, real estate, mediation and education. Voters had the option of selecting firms listed on the ballot or writing in their favorite firm if not listed. Once voting the voting was closed, the New York Law Journal team verified that all those who cast votes were lawyers or legal professionals. Votes from anyone who could not be verified as lawyers or legal professionals were discounted. Votes from competing vendor firms were disqualified.


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