Posted on Apr 01, 2019 |News


“ADR has joined the Commercial Division with its own surge in popularity. It has enjoyed enormous growth in recent years as parties come to recognize its own benefits in addressing certain disputes. There is no reason why these two disciplines – litigation and mediation – cannot work in tandem to address the needs of our business community.”
Honorable Melvin L. Schweitzer (Ret.)


New York, NY (April 1, 2019) – NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation), one of the nation's leading providers of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), is pleased to announce that NAM neutral, Hon. Melvin L. Schweitzer's article, Creative Mediation: Alleviating Commercial Division Congestion,, was recently published in The New York Law Journal as part its Alternative Dispute Resolution Special Report.

Justice Schweitzer's distinguished legal career includes a decade of service on the New York State bench with six of those years as Acting New York State Supreme Court Justice, First Department, Commercial Division. In private practice, Justice Schweitzer practiced law for more than 30 years, primarily as a Senior Partner for a prominent New York law firm, focusing on corporate and securities law, public finance and insurer insolvency.

In the article, Judge Schweitzer draws upon his wealth of experience as jurist and a litigator. He explores how “creative mediation” can facilitate the movement of cases within New York's congested Commercial Division docket to resolve business disputes in a creative and proactive manner. Judge Schweitzer states, “The key to opening serious mediation talks of such disputes is to watch for a business-related opening from one or both parties…one must be able to see the opening for what it really is – a business overture, not a legal one.”

The Honorable Melvin Schweitzer is a longtime advocate of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and has an impeccable reputation for his depth and breadth of knowledge in different areas of the law and superb settlement skills. He is highly-regarded NAM neutral and is available to arbitrate and mediate commercial cases throughout the United States.

To read Judge Schweitzer's article, Creative Mediation: Alleviating Commercial Division Congestion, please click here.


Founded in 1992, NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) is recognized for its superb customer service and exceptional panel of arbitrators and mediators. For the sixth year in a row, NAM was named a Top ADR Firm in the United States by the 2019 National Law Journal Annual Reader Rankings Survey and was also voted the #1 National ADR Provider by the 2019 Corporate Counsel Best of Survey, for a second year in a row. Further, seven of NAM's neutrals were named National Law Journal 2018 Alternative Dispute Resolution Champions, as part of a select group of only 46 nationwide. The New York Law Journal Annual Reader Rankings Survey selected NAM as the #1 ADR firm for the past eight years and was voted the #1 Online ADR Resource by this year's survey respondents – a testament to the depth and breadth of knowledge, information and thought leadership provided by the firm to the ADR community at large. In 2018, NAM was also voted a “Best Overall ADR Provider” in the Best of the Midwest and New Jersey Law Journal Annual surveys and a “Best Online ADR Resource” by the Best of Connecticut Law Tribune and Texas Lawyer surveys.

NAM works with more than 10,000 commercial entities, including more than 50 percent of the Fortune 100 companies. NAM offers litigants a nationwide panel of more than 2,600 top-tier former judges and legal practitioners uniquely qualified to facilitate the resolution of disputes in a private forum. NAM maintains rosters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and in major cities around the world, with deep experience in the areas of complex commercial, construction, employment, entertainment, financial services, international, insurance, medical malpractice, personal injury, professional liability and real estate dispute resolution. NAM is an indispensable resource for parties seeking cost-effective alternatives to expensive and time-consuming litigation.

Ranked the #1 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Provider in the nation by the 2019 National Law Journal Reader Rankings Survey and the 2019 Corporate Counsel Best of Survey, NAM offers complimentary continuing legal education programs for attorneys, bar associations, corporate and government legal departments, and other legal and business organizations.

View some of NAM's most recent accolades:

2019 Corporate Counsel Best of Survey

2019 National Law Journal Reader Rankings Survey

2018 New York Law Journal Reader Rankings Survey

The National Law Journal 2018 Alternative Dispute Resolution Champions


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