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Best Mediators & Arbitrators
2022

The Best Mediators & Arbitrators
Here Are The Top Mediators & Arbitrators
Vacca Family Law Group

Vacca Family Law Group

Vacca Family Law Group is a New York City mediation practice. The family law office handles all aspects of divorce and uses court as a last resort with a focus on mediation and collaborative law. Clients appreciate the firm for its discretion, creative solutions, and emphasis on amicable proceedings as well as on the interests of children involved. The principal is certified in Positive Psychology and is a member of the Family and Divorce Mediation Counsel of Greater New York.

New York City, NY 10022

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Malecki Law

Malecki Law

Malecki Law brings 35 years of combined experience to mediation and arbitration clients in New York City. The securities and broker fraud office is an active advocate of investor rights and mediates and arbitrates in front of FINRA, the SEC, JAMS/Endispute, and the AAA. The AV Preeminent founder is a member of FINRA’s National Arbitration and Mediation Committee, has been seen in multiple media outlets including The Economist and on Today, and was named one of “New York’s Women Leaders in the Law” in 2014.

New York City, NY 10004

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Greenberg, Trager & Herbst, LLP

Greenberg, Trager & Herbst, LLP

Greenberg, Trager & Herbst, LLP has been serving the New York City area for almost 100 years and handles both mediation and arbitration. The construction law practice is dedicated to enabling client projects to progress on time and on budget and offers alternative dispute resolution services to achieve these ends. Lawyers act as mediator/arbitrator as well as provide counsel during proceedings, and the office has been recognized by Super Lawyers and Marquis Who's Who in America.

New York City, NY 10017

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Donald R. Wall, Family Law Attorney

Donald R. Wall, Family Law Attorney

Donald R. Wall, Family Law Attorney provides mediation services in New York City backed by almost 35 years of legal practice. The firm can act as counsel during mediations as well as mediator and has a reputation for manageable fees, a thorough legal understanding of each case, and personalized service. The founding lawyer has been rated AV Preeminent, is a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and is a recognized Super Lawyer.

New York City, NY 10016

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Tara C Fappiano

Tara C Fappiano

Tara C. Fappiano is a mediator and arbitrator who offers her services to clients in New York City and nearby areas. With more than 20 years of experience as a trial attorney, she transitioned her practice to focus on special education, disability, and discriminatory conflicts. She is an advocate of people with disabilities and has been a supporter of children with autism and their families. She offers consulting services to non-profit organizations, employers, school districts, and boards.

Tuckahoe, NY 10707

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Kaufmann Gildin & Robbins LLP

Kaufmann Gildin & Robbins LLP

Kaufmann Gildin & Robbins LLP is a New York City mediation and arbitration practice backed by 30 years of experience. The office deals with securities disputes both domestically and internationally with both litigation as well as arbitration and mediation services. One of the partners wrote the Securities Arbitration Procedure Manual used by law schools, law firms and brokerage firms, is rated AV, and received the Achievement Award for Protection of Investor Rights as well as the Golden Bow Tie Award from the Public Investor Arbitration Bar Association.

New York City, NY 10017

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Law Offices of Albert Rizzo, P.C.

Law Offices of Albert Rizzo, P.C.

The Law Offices of Albert Rizzo, P.C., is a legal firm based in New York City representing clients primarily in business litigation, corporate and business law, employment, and labor law. Albert Rizzo is a business and employment lawyer, litigator, arbitrator, and mediator with 30 years of experience in commercial contract law, business disputes, negotiation and preparation of business agreements, and breach of contract claims. He serves on the alternative dispute resolution committees of the New York City and New York State Bar Associations.

New York, NY 10022

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Ivan Alter Mediation and Collaborative Law Services

Ivan Alter Mediation and Collaborative Law Services

Ivan Alter Mediation and Collaborative Law Services mediates for clients in New York City. The practice touts mediation and collaborative law as the fastest growing methods for resolving divorce issues and handles conflict resolution, parenting plans, and complex disputes as well as commercial mediation services. The founder is a member of the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals and was trained at the Center for Mediation in Law.

New York City, NY 10170

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Francis Carling, The New York Peacemaker

Francis Carling, The New York Peacemaker

Francis Carling, The New York Peacemaker brings over 40 years of legal experience to New York City mediation and arbitration clients. The founding lawyer previously specialized in labor and employment litigation, has served as a neutral since 1992, mediates as well as arbitrates cases involving labor and employment, securities, and commercial disputes, and serves as settlement counsel. The attorney is a graduate of Yale Law School, has participated on panels for the ABA, FINRA, and Resolute Systems, LLC, and is a recognized Super Lawyer as well.

New York City, NY 10021

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Law Office of Melissa L. Steinberg, PLLC

Law Office of Melissa L. Steinberg, PLLC

The Law Office of Melissa L. Steinberg, PLLC, is a New York City firm that offers mediation, arbitration, and negotiation services to locals. The firm has a dedicated Dispute Resolution Center that aims to help clients resolve every kind of interpersonal conflict, even those considered legal in nature, in a non-adversarial way. The firm also offers workplace mediation programs where simple communication techniques and strategies are applied to help train employees to resolve workplace conflicts together.

New York, NY 10001

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Expert Answers To Common Questions:

  1. What is mediation?
  2. What is arbitration?
  3. Is arbitration or mediation better?
  4. How do I choose a mediator or arbitrator?
  5. What is an arbitration agreement?
  6. What is mandatory arbitration?
  7. What should I expect in child custody mediation?
  8. How does divorce mediation work?
  9. What happens when divorce mediation fails?
Q: What is mediation?
A:
Mediation is an alternative to going to trial during legal disputes. The parties on both sides agree to work with an impartial third party who oversees discussions concerning the matter in dispute. The goal and hope of mediation is to come to a settlement or compromise that is agreeable to both parties. The mediator doesn't represent either party but works with both to help ensure that discussions are civil and agreements are as fair as possible given the situation. In many cases, if mediation fails, then the parties can move on to a trial in court.
Q: What is arbitration?
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Arbitration is another alternative to a court trial, but it's a bit more formal than mediation. During the arbitration, evidence and testimony is presented to a panel of people who act as judges of sorts. They issue an opinion about the matter in writing, and depending on how the arbitration was entered into, it may or may not be binding. If it's binding, the parties must accept and abide by the decisions of the arbitrators. Commonly, each side selects a third-party arbitrator, and each of those people selects a third person.
Q: Is arbitration or mediation better?
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Arbitration and mediation both have pros and cons, and which one is right for you depends on your personal preferences, legal goals, and the details of your case. Mediation can offer more control, and because of that, those who go through it tend to report a higher level of satisfaction. But arbitration is more formal and may provide a more structured environment, which may be needed if civil discussions aren't possible.
Q: How do I choose a mediator or arbitrator?
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If you can choose a mediator or arbitrator, it's critical to look for a neutral third party. Someone who is in any way tied to either side or who might have a known strong opinion on matters related to the case may not be the best option. Legal knowledge is important for mediators and arbitrators, but arbitrators should also have court experience. Retired or former judges or trial lawyers may be good choices for arbitrators, for example.
Q: What is an arbitration agreement?
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An arbitration agreement waives your right to seek legal remedies in court under certain circumstances, specifically, if you and the other party have unresolved disputes. You submit to binding arbitration over all matters, which can be somewhat risky as arbitration agreements are usually requested by companies that have arbitration processes set up, and those processes may not be impartial.

Q: What is mandatory arbitration?
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Mandatory arbitration occurs when someone is forced to use arbitration as a means of settling an issue. One of the most common scenarios for this is employment. Employers may require that employees sign an arbitration agreement before they can begin work. The employees then give up some rights to go to court over certain employment issues.
Q: What should I expect in child custody mediation?
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During a child custody mediation, the mediator will likely encourage each party to focus on the needs of the child or children. The parties work together to agree on custody. They typically won't discuss matters of child support, marital property, or other factors of the divorce—unless the mediation is for the whole divorce. If you are attending mediation, it is advised to come prepared to discuss what's in the best interest of your children and situation, but also be prepared to reach a compromise.

Q: How does divorce mediation work?
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Divorce mediation enables two parties to work together to come to decisions about their divorce with the guidance of a third-party mediator. The mediator may help to work through child custody, child support, property division, and other divorce matters. You'll need to pay the mediator for their services, which may be a cost you split. Be prepared to make a civil and calm case for your side of issues, but know that mediation is about coming to a compromise that works for both parties.
Q: What happens when divorce mediation fails?
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Mediation is a voluntary process, and both parties must put in the work for it to succeed. If either party stops working toward a compromise, the mediation can fail. And, it can also fail if the parties reach a point that they simply can't agree. In such cases, you might choose another course of action, such as arbitration or a court trial.