November 27, 2017
NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) is proud to announce that an article written by the Honorable Larry S. Schachner entitled, The Crucial Decision: Mediate or Litigate? A Former Judge’s Perspective, has been selected by The New York Law Journal, to be part of its bi-annual Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Special Report and will be published on Monday, November 27, 2017.
In the article, Judge Schachner draws from his years of experience as a jurist and presents his observations on why mediation, in most cases, trumps litigation as a means to resolving disputes. While he acknowledges that in some situations a case may need to be tried in court, most cases will benefit from the mediation process and having a neutral intervene. Judge Schachner states that “Litigation is fraught with uncertainty…ensnared in the bureaucracy of court rules, cluttered calendars, long waits or deadlines imposed by the court for no practical reason.” Mediation, on the other hand, is more time-efficient and cost-effective. He explains “a successful mediation gives the parties certainty, controls costs and allows the parties to maintain control over the process and the decisions that will be made.” He goes on to say that one distinct advantage mediation holds over litigation is the latitude of devoting a block of time to a single case. “Having more time to devote to a case allows the mediator to break existing stalemates and offer new parameters to jumpstart the negotiations.”
Honorable Larry S. Schachner served as a judge in the State of New York for nearly 20 years. He began his judicial career presiding over New York City residential landlord-tenant cases before being elected Judge of the Civil Court. In 2007, Justice Schachner was appointed Acting Justice of the Supreme Court and in 2014, he was elected as Justice of the Supreme Court. Judge Schachner has handled a wide variety of case types that include labor law, medical malpractice, municipal liability, negligence, premises liability, real estate, tort and professional and product liability and personal injury matters.
Hon. Schachner is available to arbitrate and mediate cases throughout the United States.
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