Featured Neutrals

Meet More of Our Featured Neutrals

Recruiting and retaining the best neutrals is one of NAM’s core competencies. It is essential to the success of any ADR initiative, regardless of size and scope. NAM’s roster is comprised of highly respected former judges and legal practitioners who are extremely knowledgeable and experienced in the law and whose expertise runs across all practice areas. NAM’s neutrals have at least 10 years of legal experience as former state and federal judges or admitted, practicing attorneys in good standing. Meet some of NAM’s elite team of neutrals by clicking on the neutral below.

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Robert Adams, Esq.

Former Sr. Vice President Risk Management, Tishman Construction Corp.

Prior to becoming a full-time mediator and arbitrator with NAM, Roberts Adams, Esq. was a well-known and highly respected Senior Vice President of Risk Management with Tishman Construction Corporation...

Kenneth J. Balkan, Esq.

Insurance Coverage, Commercial/Corporate/Business Disputes, Ethics/Professional Liability

As a neutral and legal practitioner, Kenneth J. Balkan, Esq. has handled a wide variety of matters including insurance coverage and disputes, complex business and partnership disputes, multi-party tort litigation, legal fee disputes and professional liability lawsuits...

Hon. Harold B. Beeler (Ret.)

Justice of the Supreme Court, New York County

A former New York Supreme Court Justice, Hon. Harold B. Beeler is a hard-working and detail-oriented jurist whose even-handed demeanor makes him highly-effective in facilitating the resolution of complex matters...

Hon. Elizabeth Bonina (Ret.)

Justice of the Supreme Court, Kings County

As a former Justice of the Supreme Court, Kings County, the Honorable Elizabeth Bonina facilitates the settlement of cases involving a range of areas of practice including personal injury, premises liability, labor law, sports and recreation, and employment law cases...

James W. Borkowski, Esq.

Hearing Officer

A trial attorney for over 33 years, Jim Borkowski is known as a personable straight shooter, with a high success rate resolving construction cases, premises liability cases, general liability, and automobile claims...

Richard P. Byrne, Esq.

Complex Commercial, Insurance/Reinsurance/Risk Allocation, Employment, Construction

A strong proponent of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and a Certified Mediator with the United States District Court, Richard P. Byrne, Esq. became a mediator in the formative days of ADR and has honed and broadened his mediation skills since then...

Michael L. Chartan, Esq.

Construction Law Specialist

Michael L. Chartan, Esq. has been engaged in the practice of law for more than thirty-five years. A seasoned litigator, he has focused his legal practice primarily on construction law and real estate law matters...

Hon. John P. DiBlasi (Ret.)

Justice of the Supreme Court

The Honorable John P. DiBlasi’s illustrious career includes 10 years spent as Justice of the Supreme Court, Commercial Division where he resolved hundreds of matters. Judge DiBlasi’s ADR practice encompasses a wide and varied range of cases, inclusive of commercial, class actions...

Joseph L. Ehrlich, Esq.

Hearing Officer

A full-time neutral with NAM, Joseph L. Ehrlich, Esq.’s long and distinguished career includes practicing law for more than 30 years. His integrity and legal acumen have earned him the respect and confidence of both the plaintiff and defense bars...

Rhonda L. Epstein, Esq.

Employment, Co-op/Condominium Law Specialist

Rhonda L. Epstein, Esq. is a seasoned litigator with more than 35 years of wide-ranging experience in civil litigation. She concentrates her legal practice primarily in the areas of employment law and housing discrimination...

George Freitag, Esq.

Hearing Officer

For the third year in a row, George Freitag was voted a Top Ten Arbitrator in the 2019 New York Law Journal Best Of Survey. He has been practicing law for over 20 years and is a seasoned litigator who has regularly appeared in the courtrooms of all five boroughs of New York City...

Kenneth Grundstein, Esq.

Former NYC Chief Settlement Negotiator, New York

Kenneth Grundstein has been committed to the practice of law for more than 30 years. His expertise in complex negotiation coupled with his ability to digest some of the most challenging case law and issues has proven to be effective in almost any jurisdiction...

Susan Hernandez, Esq.

Former Chief of Staff to Presiding Justice, Appellate Division, 1st Department, Mediation Coordinator, Bronx County

Susan Hernandez, Esq. is a strong proponent of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). She brings her experience as the former Mediation Coordinator in the Supreme Court, Bronx County, to NAM’s New York Metro panel of neutrals. In 2020, she was voted a Top Three Mediator and Top Three Arbitrator in the New York Law Journal Best Of Survey...

Jennifer Herscovici, Esq.

Hearing Officer

A former Senior Counsel, Negotiator for the New York City Law Department’s Tort Division, Jennifer Herscovici, Esq. has settled thousands of cases in actions involving claims of various types of negligence, labor law, defamation and civil rights violations...

Howard J. Kaplan, Esq.

Hearing Officer

Howard J. Kaplan, Esq. brings a unique perspective to the ADR arena having had the benefit of working in both a corporate and legal role for a major insurance company. He has garnered a reputation among his peers for his fair valuation of claims and in depth knowledge...

Hon. Karla Moskowitz (Ret.)

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, New York County

Honorable Karla Moskowitz’s remarkable and accomplished judicial career most recently includes 10 years spent as an Associate Justice of the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, 1st Department...

Hon. Daniel Palmieri (Ret.)

Justice of the Supreme Court, Nassau County

Honorable Daniel Palmieri’s distinguished judicial career includes seven years spent as Justice of the Supreme Court, Tenth Judicial District, Nassau County where he served until his retirement in 2017...

Michael R. Rossi, Esq.

Hearing Officer

Michael R. Rossi, Esq. has handled thousands of matters, and has tried and litigated a diverse caseload involving areas of construction, premises liability, labor law, auto, product liability and medical malpractice from inception through trial...

William M. Savino Esq.

Insurance Coverage, Complex Business/Corporate Disputes

Highly regarded throughout the legal and business communities, William M. Savino, Esq. has extensive experience in complex commercial and insurance coverage litigation having spent his legal career litigating in both trial and appellate courts throughout the United States...

Larry S. Schachner (Ret.)

Justice of the Supreme Court, Bronx County

Having served on the bench for nearly 20 years, Honorable Larry S. Schachner has developed an impeccable reputation for his demeanor, integrity and superior settlement skills. His experience on the bench has given him a broad range of knowledge in numerous areas of the law related to...

Hon. Alan D. Scheinkman (Ret.)

Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, 2nd Judicial Department, Kings County

Hon. Alan D. Scheinkman’s remarkable legal career as both a judge and litigator, includes his appointment as the Presiding Justice of the Second Judicial Department of the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division. During his tenure on the Appellate bench, he heard appeals of a wide variety of complex litigation matters that included business disputes, labor and employment partnerships, landlord and tenant...

Hon. Melvin L. Schweitzer (Ret.)

Acting Justice, New York State Supreme Court, First Judicial Department, Commercial Division, New York County

The Honorable Melvin L. Schweitzer’s remarkable and distinguished legal career includes a decade of service on the New York State bench, six of those years as Acting New York State Supreme Court Justice, First Judicial Department, Commercial Division.

Hon. Peter B. Skelos (Ret.)

Associate Justice, Appellate Division, 2nd Department, Nassau County

Honorable Peter B. Skelos’ experience on the bench, combined with the time spent in private practice, has given him a broad range of knowledge in numerous areas of the law including construction litigation, professional liability and insurance coverage disputes...

Hon. Ira B. Warshawsky (Ret.)

Justice of the Supreme Court, Nassau County

Hon. Ira B. Warshawsky was a New York Supreme Court Justice in Nassau County’s Commercial Division from 2002 until his retirement in 2011. Known and respected for his legal acumen and ability to resolve conflict, Judge Warshawsky was voted one of the Top 10 Arbitrators in New York State...

Hon. Jeremy S. Weinstein (Ret.)

Administrative Judge, Civil Matters, 11th Judicial District, Queens County

After an illustrious legal career in public life as a New York State Senator, a Supreme Court Justice, and as an Administrative Judge for Queens County, the Honorable Jeremy S. Weinstein is applying his vast wealth of knowledge and experience as a mediator...

Bob Worden, Esq.

Hearing Officer

With over 35 years of experience in litigating in the New York Metro area, Bob Worden, Esq. is best known for handling high-exposure and catastrophic personal injury cases, with complex medical issues, as well as handling high-exposure property damage claims...