About The New York Academy of Mediators &
The New York Academy is the local chapter of the National
Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, a professional association whose membership consists of attorneys distinguished by their hands-on experience in the field of civil & commercial conflict
resolution and by their commitment to the practice of alternative dispute resolution.
With over 900 members throughout the United States, the NADN is the largest public roster of
experienced ADR attorneys on the internet.
Membership is by invitation only and limited to
neutrals who have
proven experience in the resolution of commercial &
civil disputes. All members have been recognized for their
accomplishments through a peer-nomination
and client review process.
For more about NADN, please watch our "Introduction to
NADN" YouTube video below...
About This NY Chapter Website
There is clear demand from litigators, corporate counsel, adjusters and parties to know more specific
information about a given neutral:
their actual practice experience, qualifications,
language skills, practice areas in
which they have previously mediated or arbitrated.
NYMediators.org allows the visitor to find the state's most experienced ADR professionals quickly and
There is also the common difficulty of settling upon a
mutually agreed date for a mediation or arbitration. The Academy website
also then serves as a scheduling aid to attorneys, firms and support staff.
Membership Membership in the New York Academy is by invitation only. Membership is limited
to established civil-trial mediators
and arbitrators , all of whom are confirmed to
have met strict nomination and experience requirements.
2 Academy members are required to sponsor/second an
attorney for consideration.
Only attorneys in good standing with the New York State Bar are
considered eligible *
All Members are professional neutrals in civil/commercial
mediation or arbitration practice for a minimum of 5 years, with a
minimum of 33% of their professional efforts dedicated to
civil/commercial ADR practice. All members must receive remuneration for ADR practice at least
90 days annually.
Members identified as MEDIATORS must have privately mediated a
minimum of 200 civil disputes, excluding pro bono and family law
Members identified as ARBITRATORS must have arbitrated to final
award a minimum of 20 civil cases.
Exceptions may be made in the case of former judges, where
time on the bench/published decisions can be considered towards totals.
8 attorney client references required on application (attorneys
for whom neutral has mediated/arbitrated civil-trial disputes
in the preceding 30-60 days.
Each will be contacted and questioned as to nominee's approach,
effectiveness, professionalism and reputation.
All nominees must provide attorney references (as described above)
before being considered for the NY Academy. The final decision to approve/decline membership rests with
Darren Lee, Exec. Director.
on the Bar Membership requirement MAY be made in rare circumstances where a neutral
is widely respected by peers and trusted by litigation attorneys as a
NEW YORK Executive Committee (2017-2018)
The Committee is an appointed board of fulltime
ADR professionals who have been instrumental
in helping to identify and nominate, neutrals of
repute across New York. Committee members have also
given advice as to suitable membership criteria, aidid with the review of
applicants and nominees, and
have aided the Academy's ongoing
outreach to the local litigation community, throughout the state.
We're grateful to the following
distinguished Committee Members who will serve a 2 year term from 2017-18: