Mr. Baum has served on the Advisory Committee to the New York County Supreme Court’s Commercial Division ADR Panel, in connection with which he spoke at the Commercial Division’s First Anniversary celebration and, for the first two anniversary celebrations, led panel discussions for its ADR neutrals. He also has served on the ADR Advisory Group and Mediation Ethics Advisory Committee, for the New York State Unified Court System. He served as the first Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section. During his term, the Section grew from a former ADR Committee of 93 members to an 800 member Section. He had previously served as subcommittee chair of the New York State Bar Association’s ADR Committee. He is past Chair of the New York County Lawyers Association’s Committee on Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution, and also chaired its Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) subcommittee for several years. He is on the Board of Governors, NYS Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program, and served as Chair of the Joint Committee on Fee Disputes and Conciliation (a collaboration of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, NYCLA, and the Bronx County Bar Association), when Part 137 of the Rules of the Chief Administrator of the New York State Court was first implemented. This required forming and training a panel of neutrals and overseeing the mandatory arbitration and voluntary mediation of attorney client fee disputes in New York and Bronx Counties. Mr. Baum has also served as Chair of the Legislative Tracking Subcommittee of the ABA Litigation Section’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee; and as a member of the ABA’s Dispute Resolution Section’s Mediation Committee.
He has contributed articles on ADR to, inter alia, the Conflict Management Newsletter, published by the ABA’s Committees on ADR and Arbitration, and to Metropolitan Corporate Counsel; served as Official Reporter of the Colloquia held for federal court neutrals in the Eastern District of New York; and spoke before Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye’s Task Force on the implementation of ADR in the New York State Courts.
Mr. Baum has shared his enthusiasm for ADR through teaching, training, and public speaking. He is a member of the top ranked ADR faculty of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where he teaches Negotiation, and has taught Processes of Dispute Resolution (focusing on Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration) and has taught “The Fundamentals of ADR” at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Development in a Certificate Program in Dispute Resolution sponsored by the Department of Finance, Law and Taxation. He developed and conducts three-day programs training mediators for the Commercial Division, Supreme Court, New York, Queens, and Westchester Counties. He has facilitated mediation trainings given under the auspices of the Center for International Cooperation and Conflict Resolution at the Teacher’s College of Columbia University, the National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD”) and United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Baum is a regular speaker on ADR at “Bridge the Gap” CLE programs presented by NYCLA, and speaks widely before Bar Groups, Judges, and other professional organizations on ADR. In 2009, he travelled to Moscow by invitation of the US State Department/DOJ to join Magistrate Judge Robert M. Levy training Russian mediators for the Moscow Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Baum has a varied background in litigation of a wide variety of matters important to businesses. He has handled commercial and corporate litigation involving securities, real estate, construction, unfair competition, common law fraud, intellectual property, defamation, commercial paper, UCC claims, creditors’ rights, secured transactions, and bankruptcy. He also has experience in disputes relating to partnership dissolutions and accountings.