HEARING OFFICER RESUME
Bob Worden, Esq. Hearing Officer
With over 35 years’ experience in litigating in the New York Metro area, Bob Worden, Esq. is best known for handling high-exposure, catastrophic personal injury and property damage claims. He performs detailed objective analysis of complex information to achieve the best strategies for claim resolution. He is highly regarded throughout the United States for his experience handling matters involving Medicare Lien Issues and is regularly asked to consult with major insurance carriers regarding Medicare, Medicaid and other lien compliance matters. His goal is to reach consensus where possible. Where resolution through consensus is difficult, he is creative in finding alternative solutions.
Mr. Worden’s extensive experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants allows him to see lawsuits from all perspectives, and has given him insight as to how to best move cases towards settlement. He understands the concerns and motivations from all sides and seeks to efficiently assess the information available and use his insight to find win-win solutions. He approaches his work with an enthusiastic, high-energy style, which avoids unnecessary confrontation. Although Mr. Worden remains on the defense panel for a number of insurers, he has an excellent reputation for being able to resolve claims with those insurers, when all parties waive any conflict, so he can mediate and work to bring all to agreement in difficult cases. Known for his clear and timely communication and keeping a sense of humor in difficult situations, he seeks to relieve stress for all involved, and is able to get the job done to the satisfaction of all concerned.
Mr. Worden is a longtime advocate of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). He is well-respected professionally by both sides of the bar and can draw upon his many years of experience when mediating and arbitrating in the private ADR forum. Many attorneys and insurance carriers welcome the prospect of working with a mediator who is seeking to resolve claims quickly and fairly, saving time and expense for all concerned. His reputation and relationships developed with other counsel, representing plaintiffs and defendants in the profession lend credibility to his efforts, and reach resolutions to the benefit of everyone involved.
It is the highest form of compliment that Mr. Worden is well-regarded by plaintiff’s attorneys who have described him as “extremely knowledgeable, very fair, has the kind of personality and patience that fosters the resolution of cases, even in the most difficult situations”; “always found him to be reasonable, highly effective, resolution oriented lawyer”; “extremely able, thoughtful and fair-minded attorney, I truly trust both his insights and the fairness of his critique, even when that critique diminishes my original case perception”; “he took the lead amongst the multitude of defense firms in fostering an atmosphere of communication and ultimate resolution. His calm, professional and knowledgeable demeanor stood out amongst his peers. His ability to be the voice of reason among many differing styles, tactics and motivations was invaluable to his clients and all involved”.
Mr. Worden has been recognized by the legal community by being voted a Top Ten Arbitrator in New York State by the 2018 New York Law Journal Reader Rankings Survey. He is a frequent lecturer on topics relating to analysis of high-exposure claims, including such topics as New York’s Labor Law, Early Identification and Resolution of High Exposure Claims; Professional Liability and Medical Causation Issues; Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome-Analysis and Pro-Active Resolution, Analysis of Medical Records in High Exposure Claims and Supplementary Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims.Bob Worden, Esq. is available to arbitrate and mediate cases throughout the New York Metro area.