Academic/Professional Bio

Public Hearing Testimony:

Testified twice on ADR, in or about 1996, before the ADR Task Force
formed by Chief Judge Judith Kaye to consider the condition, and develop a plan
for implementation, of ADR in the New York State court system.


  • Book Review, “Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts (Third Edition) – A Handy Resource for the Commercial ADR Neutral and Professional,” The New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer, Vol. 6, No. 2 Fall 2013
  • “The Interview: A Chat with Simeon Baum” New York State Council on Divorce Mediation – The Report, by Gary Shaffer
  • “Mediation and Discovery” – Dispute Resolution and e-Discovery, Thomson Reuters, 2012 (Daniel Garrie and Yoav Griver, Editors)
  • “Hawking Our Wares in the Marketplace of Values – Sell Quality Not Cost When Promoting Mediation; The Interplay of Global Norms of Justice and Harmony in the Mediation Forum” – The Fordham Papers 2011, Martinus Nijoff Publishers (Arthur W. Rovine, Editor)
  • “Sausage Making Laid Bare; The Consensus–Based Risk Allocation Model and Other Impasse Breakers and Approaches to Multi Party Naysayers” – Definitive Creative Impasse-Breaking Techniques in Mediation – New York State Bar Association 2011, (Molly Klapper, Editor)
  • “The Technique of No Technique: A Paean to the Tao-Te Ching and Penultimate Word on Breaking Impasse” – Definitive Creative Impass-Breaking Techniques in Mediation – New York State Bar Association 2011 (Molly Klapper, Editor)
  • “Insurance/Reinsurance Arbitration & Mediation White Paper” (co-authored with Charles Platto and Peter Scarpato) – NYSBA Dispute Resolution Section
  • “Lessons from Russian Mediators – Contemporary Issues in International Arbitration and Mediation” – The Fordham Papers 2010 (Arthur W. Rovine, Editor)
  • “How to Negotiate and Acquire Negotiation Skills” – Fall Meeting, NYSBA Dispute Resolution Section and Labor & Employment Section, republished in The Resolver, Federal Bar Association
  • “Mediation – Alchemical Crucible for Transforming Conflict to Resolution” – NYSBA New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer, Vol. 3, No. 2
  • “Ten Things Not to Do in Mediation” – New York Law Journal
  • “Mediation Settles WTC Freedom Tower Fee Dispute:” New York County Lawyers Association
  • “Message from the Chair: Why Law? Why ADR?” NYSBA Dispute Resolution Lawyer, Volume 2, Issue 1
  • “Federal Bar Association ADR Section,” Inaugural Issue of The Resolver
  • Contributing Author on ADR in:
    • ABA Conflict Management Newsletter
    • The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
    • NYCLA Journal
    • The CPA Journal
    • NYSBA’s “Dispute Resolution Lawyer”
    • NYLJ “10 Things Not to Do in Mediation”
  • Co-author of NYCLA Committee on Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution Report on Success of Eastern District ADR Program and Results of RAND Corporation Study (awarded NYCLA’s Klaus Eppler prize for best Committee report 1997-1998);
  • In connection with the course handbook prepared for a New York State Bar Association CLE course on Successful Representation of Parties in Securities Arbitration and Mediation, November 1998, published an article on: “Effective representation of Clients in the Mediation of Securities Disputes.”
  • Prepared Mediation Training Manual: The Mediator’s Art, for the Unified Court System, Office of Court Administration, Commercial Division, Supreme Court New York and Westchester Counties, June 1999, December 1999, February 2000 (Mediation Training Manual; a several hundred page compilation, with original materials).

VII. Education:

  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D. 1982 (Commentary Editor, Fordham International Law Journal, Volume 5, 1982)
  • Colgate University, M.A. in Philosophy, with distinction (Comparative Study of Religion) 1979
  • Colgate University, B.A., cum laude (Philosophy & Religion) 1976

VIII. Selected Honors & Awards

  • “Best Lawyers” Lawyers’ “Lawyer of the Year” for ADR in New York for 2011 and 2014
  • New York Magazine’s 2005 – 2015 “Best Lawyers” listing for ADR in New York
  • “New York Super Lawyers” 2005 – 2015 listing for ADR
  • International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation Lawyers 2012-15
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN)(founding NY Board Member)

IX. Other honors, activities and personal notes:

  • Second Vice President & Parliamentarian, Stuyvesant High School, Parents Association, 2004- 2007
  • Secretary, Board of Directors 90 Riverwest Corp., Board member, 1995-2000;
    Chair Interview Committee (2000-2003)
  • Division Chief Referee and Referee in the AYSO West Side Soccer League for daughters’ divisions; Manager Manhattan Chaos – girls travel soccer team.

X. Language Proficiency

Spanish and Japanese (conversant)

Hebrew (limited)

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