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NAM Chosen a the #1 ADR Provider

New York (September 17, 2014) - For the fourth year in a row, NAM has been chosen as the #1 ADR Provider in New York State by the New York Law Journal Reader Rankings survey. In addition to ranking #1 in the State, 7 of the top 10 Mediators and 6 of the top 10 Arbitrators are NAM neutrals.

In the “Best Individual Mediator” category, which has been a part of the survey for 5 years, the following NAM mediators were selected this year: Robert Adams, Esq. (fourth year in a row), Hon. Elizabeth Bonina (all years), Richard Byrne, Esq., Hon. John DiBlasi (all years), Joseph Ehrlich, Esq. (fourth year in a row), Ken Grundstein, Esq. (all years) and Peter Merani, Esq. (four years).

In the “Best Individual Arbitrator” category, which has been a part of the survey for 2 years, the following NAM arbitrators were selected this year: Hon. Elizabeth Bonina (#1 Arbitrator in the State all years), Hon. Robert Doyle, Joseph Ehrlich, Esq. (all years), Lawrence Farbman, Esq., Hon. Jerome Gorski and Hon. E. Michael Kavanagh (all years).

Earlier this year, NAM was also voted the #1 ADR Provider in the United States by the National Law Journal Rankings Survey.

Roy Israel, President and CEO of NAM stated: “Once again, I am overjoyed with the results of the survey as it confirms NAM’s dedication to providing top quality alternative dispute resolution services to the legal community of New York State. The fact that the top slots went to repeat winners, as well as some first time winners, confirms NAM’s continued commitment to recruiting talented and experienced neutrals for its panels so as to offer NAM’s clients exceptional choices when selecting their mediators and arbitrators. It has been a great year for NAM as we have also been voted the #1 ADR Provider in the United States by the 2014 National Law Journal Rankings Survey. I am grateful to the voters and our clients who place their trust and confidence in NAM. We remain committed to providing the best administrative services and neutrals throughout the United States.”

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.

Robert Adams, Esq.

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

Specialties Include:
Labor Law, Construction, Insurance Coverage, Sports Law, Entertainment, International

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Hon. Elizabeth Bonina

Hon. Elizabeth Bonina
Former Justice of the Supreme Court

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

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Richard P. Byrne, Esq.

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

Specialties Include:
Commercial, Construction, Disability, Employment, Labor Law, Insurance and Reinsurance, Risk Transfer, Products Liability, Property Damage, Personal Injury / Negligence

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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, False Imprisonment, Fraud, Insurance Coverage, Intentional Torts, 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:
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, Nursing Home, Labor Law, Property Damage, Products Liability

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Hon. Jerome Gorski

Hon. Jerome Gorski
Associate Justice, Appellate Division, 4th Department

Specialties Include:
Commercial, Legal Fee Disputes, Medical Malpractice, Nursing Home, Professional Liability, Insurance Coverage, Labor Law, Personal Injury


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Kenneth Grundstein, Esq.

Kenneth Grundstein, Esq.
Former NYC Chief Settlement Negotiator

Specialties Include:
Medical Malpractice, Nursing Home, 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, Nursing Home, 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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(*) The 2014 New York Law Journal Reader Rankings don’t represent a scientific survey or an editorial analysis but a democracy. The program is run by the New York Law Journal sales and marketing teams here at ALM and the voting was conducted via online ballot. Readers were notified of the ballot through direct emails and online advertisements linking to the ballot across ALM’s network of websites. The ballot consisted of 90+ categories encompassing the areas of Technology, Research, Accounting, Insurance, Financial Services, Litigation Support, Real Estate, Education Recruiting and Staffing. In total, over 500 firms were listed on the official online ballot and voters were also given the option of writing in any firms not seen listed; approximately 300 firms received votes via the write-in option.

This year, over 8,000 legal professionals cast votes for their favorite vendors. Please note that only legitimate end users (attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants etc.) were allowed to vote. The producers took great pains to ensure the voting was fair. Any non-legal-professional (or anyone who we could not validate was a legitimate end user) vote was disqualified. Ultimately, the goal was to make the ballot and the voting as inclusive as possible.


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