NEWS - Press Release

December 18, 2014


NAM is pleased to announce that Hon. Sidney Strauss, Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Queens County, is joining NAM’s NY Metro Roster of Neutrals effective January 1, 2015.

Judge Strauss was engaged in an active private law practice before being elected to the bench. He has served as a Justice of the Supreme Court for 13 years presiding over numerous types of cases including personal injury and negligence, torts, property damage and automobile cases. Additionally, he spent 6 years presiding over a dedicated matrimonial part of the courthouse where he handled all matters related to matrimonial proceedings.

Judge Strauss is highly regarded by the attorneys who have appeared before him. He has the reputation of being impartial and very fair which has earned him the respect of both the plaintiff and defense bars. According to the 2013/14 Edition of the New York Judge Reviews: “Judge Strauss has a good reputation for neutrality,” “He’s fair,” “He’s extremely impartial,” “Judge Strauss is an excellent Judge,” “He really knows his cases” and “He’s one of our better judges due to the length of time he practiced law prior to taking the bench.” “Every interviewee said Judge Strauss usually listens closely to lawyers’ arguments and keeps an open mind” and “…has strong negotiating skills.”

Roy Israel, President and CEO of NAM, stated: “When you have someone like Judge Strauss who had a significant legal career, a remarkable judicial career, as well as a reputation that makes him favored by both plaintiff and defense attorneys, the transition to private ADR should be seamless. We are very excited to offer yet another top notch choice of mediator and arbitrator to NAM’s clients.”

Judge Strauss is available to hear cases throughout the NY Metro area. Click here to view Judge Strauss’ bio.


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