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Best Mediators & Arbitrators in Buffalo, NY

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Buffalo Mediators & Arbitrators on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Buffalo, NY 14226

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5.0 (4)

Why choose this provider?

The Law Office of Bruce S. Zeftel brings almost 40 years of legal experience to arbitration and mediation clients in Buffalo. The office deals with mediation and arbitration services as well as tax certiorari litigation, real property and title litigation, and land use and zoning. The attorney has been an Upstate New York Super Lawyer from 2009 through 2016 and was selected as a Mediator for the United States District Court, Western District of New York.

Williamsville, NY 14221

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5.0 (39)
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5.0 (3)
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5.0 (2)

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DePrima Law is a Williamsville mediation practice with 16 years of legal experience. The team is known for its solutions-based approach and conflict resolution services with a focus on mediation and parent coaching in order to achieve a peaceful outcome as well as most beneficial result when children are involved. The founder is a mediator with the Center for Dispute Resolution and Justice as well as a former president of the Women Lawyers of Western New York.

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Gina DePrima - PrincipalActive20 yrs

Buffalo, NY 14203

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4.7 (2)

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The Sugarman Law Firm is a Buffalo arbitration and mediation firm daing back to 1909. The firm's lawyers both represent clients in arbitrations and mediations as well as act as mediators and arbitrators themselves to help resolve disputes in a range of practice areas. Sugarman has had a number of its attorneys listed as Super Lawyers and is rated AV Preeminent.

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Attorney NameBar StatusExperience
Stephen Davoli - PartnerActive20 yrs
Michael Riehler - PartnerActive32 yrs
Daniel Cavarello - PartnerActive28 yrs
Brian Sutter - PartnerActive37 yrs

5707 Main St Fl 2, Williamsville, NY 14221

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5.0 (7)

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The Law Office of Rebecca J. Talmud has been offering mediation services in Williamsville since 2005. Clients engage the firm for adoptions, custody and visitation, divorce, and family law, and the office can review agreements prepared by other lawyers and mediators as well as serve as a third-party mediator. The founder is a certified mediator and a member of the Western New York Women's Bar Association.

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Rebecca Talmud - PrincipalActive19 yrs

Buffalo, NY 14202

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Child and Family Services offers mediation services to Buffalo residents. The organization has been serving the community since 1873 and is one of the largest private, not-for-profit family service agencies in the country. The group houses The Center for Resolution and Justice, which helps with couples in divorce, landlord/tenant issues, parents and schools, employees and employers, neighbor/neighbor issues, teen problems, and other family law matters. Sixty percent of those who use the service live at or below the national poverty level.

Amherst, NY 14226

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4.3 (26)
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5.0 (4)
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5.0 (3)

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Michelle S. Bullock, Esq. is an Amherst mediation office with 15 years of experience. The firm serves as a divorce mediator as well as collaborative divorce attorney and has been appointed by County and Supreme Court Judges to represent children in family and divorce cases as well. Clients engage the practice for help negotiating and mediating issues of child support, adoption, custody, and divorce as well as real estate, estate planning, traffic, and corporate issues.

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Michelle Bullock - PrincipalActive27 yrs

Compare our Top Mediators & Arbitrators

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Law Office of Bruce S. Zeftel
DePrima Law
The Sugarman Law Firm
The Law Office of Rebecca J. Talmud
5707 Main St Fl 2, Williamsville, NY 14221
Child and Family Services
Michelle S. Bullock, Esq.

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FAQs

  • What is mediation?

    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.

  • What is arbitration?

    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.

  • Is arbitration or mediation better?

    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.

  • How do I choose a mediator or arbitrator?

    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.

  • What is an arbitration agreement?

    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.

  • What is mandatory arbitration?

    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.

  • What should I expect in child custody mediation?

    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.