Training & Events


Event Information:

  • Tue

    Two - Day Advanced Commercial Mediation Training

    8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.Online Training

    With the growth of the use of mediation in New York sparked by Chief Judge DiFiore's Task Force, there is no better time than 2020 to build skills in Commercial Mediation.
    This Spring, Steve Hochman and I through the New York State Bar Association's Dispute Resolution Section, on Tuesday, June 23 & Wednesday, June 24, 2020 will present a two day Advanced Commercial Mediation training again. This training, which offers 16 CLE hours, is for those who have completed our three day training - or any basic training qualified under Part 146 - and wish to complete the remaining substantive piece for Commercial Division mediators required under Part 146 (or for anyone interested in the mediation of commercial matters). Registration is now open and can be accessed through the NYSBA website.

    This program is designed for mediators who have completed or plan to complete a minimum of three days basic mediation training and who desire to enhance their commercial mediation skills. It will focus on identifying the barriers to settlement and the ways to overcome them. In addition to refining and deepening facilitative skills and orientation, the program will address ways of facilitating evaluative analyses or offering evaluative feedback to help the parties reach a resolution. This can include refining the handling of risk and transaction cost analysis, including the use of decision trees, as well as utilizing a variety of impasse breakers. The program will offer approaches to problems that arise when there are multiple parties or when one or more of the defendants has, or may have, insurance coverage with one or more insurance companies as well as ways to overcome impasse. Finally, the program will discuss the ethical issues that arise under various scenarios and how to deal with them.

    Program is approved under Part 146 of the Rules of the Chief Administrative Judge, NYS Unified Court System and is co-sponsored by the Fordham Law School ADR & Conflict Resolution Program.

    Topics & Skills:

    Cultivating ideal Mediator orientation, attitude & awareness
    Effective Preparation
    Effective Communication
    Deep Listening Skills
    Effective Openings
    Maximizing Opportunities in Joint Session
    Wise Caucusing
    Power Risk Analysis - art, timing & tact in engaging in evaluative processes
    Impasse Breaking
    Coming to Closure
    Theoretical tools to Grasp the underlying Negotiation
    Mediation Ethics


    Mr. Baum is a 30+ year litigator and President of Resolve Mediation Services, Inc. (; serving as mediator, arbitrator and neutral evaluator in over 1,000 disputes since 1992. His mediations include the highly publicized Studio Daniel Libeskind-Silverstein Properties dispute over architectural fees for redevelopment of the World Trade Center site, and Trump's $ 1 billion suit over the West Side Hudson River development. He served as founding Chair of NYSBA's Dispute Resolution Section. He was Chair of the Federal Bar Association's ADR Section, past President of the FBA's SDNY Chapter, and on the FBA's national Board of Directors. He has served on ADR Advisory Groups to the New York Court system and trained their Commercial Division mediators for the last 20 years. In 2011, 2014, 2018 and 2020
    Best Lawyers selected Mr. Baum as New York's ADR "Lawyer of the Year." He teaches on the ADR faculty at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and is a frequent speaker and trainer on ADR.

    Mr. Hochman, a founding partner in the firm now known as Kramer, Levin, Naftalis & Frankel, practiced law for over 40 years, specializing in corporate, commercial and securities law. He has successfully mediated over 450 commercial and other types of disputes, including securities, contract, employment, insurance, real estate, bankruptcy, construction, franchise, brokerage and class action disputes, approximately 98% of which have settled. Mr. Hochman now practices exclusively as a mediator and arbitrator and writes, consults and lectures frequently on ADR subjects. For over 20 years, Mr. Hochman, together with Mr. Baum, has trained mediators in New York County and various other downstate counties. He has served on the boards and investment committees of various non-profit corporations, including several hospitals and a captive insurance company.

    NYSBA Dispute Resolution Section
    Advanced Commercial Mediation Training
    Tuesday June 23, 2020 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Wednesday June 24, 2020 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Registration at 8:00 a.m. each day.
    Includes continental breakfast, lunch, coffee, program materials.
    $530 for Dispute Resolution Section Members or Fordham Law Alumni
    $580 for NYSBA Members
    $680 for Non-NYSBA Members
    Receive $100 off if you have completed the 3-day Commercial Mediation Course with NYSBA

    To Register: Go to or call (518) 463-3200