Posted on Oct 30, 2017 |News

October 30, 2017

NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) is proud to announce that Honorable Peter B. Skelos was recently interviewed by the Long Island Business News (LIBN) reporter Adina Genn for the paper's Executive Profile column. Ms. Genn is an award-winning author, specializing in law and government reporting. The Long Island Business News is a prestigious publication that features articles on law, business, real estate, government, economic trends and entrepreneurial experiences.

The article, which is a question and answer interview, describes how Judge Skelos' career has come full circle – from private practice attorney to 21 years as a judge including eleven as an associate justice of the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court and now back again to private practice as a partner with the venerable Long Island law firm, Forchelli, Curto, Deegan Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana, LLP. He states, “The hardest thing about the transition on the bench is the pressure to get it right, and when you're an advocate, the pressure to win. Hopefully, I'll have the best of both worlds to have the two dovetail: Getting it right and winning for my client.” That philosophy can also be applied to his role as a private arbitrator and mediator with NAM, where his skills as both a litigator, appellate practitioner and a judge work hand in hand in resolving disputes.

Other topics discussed in the article include how Judge Skelos has used his experience to mentor other attorneys and how his collaboration with the Nassau County Bar Association has successfully resulted in the re-funding of the Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP). The program provides a range of services to Lawyers, Judges, Law Students and their immediate family members who are struggling with alcohol or drug abuse, depression, anxiety, stress, as well as other addictions and mental health issues.

Roy Israel, President and CEO of NAM stated “I am always honored when a NAM neutral is selected to be profiled in a distinguished publication like the Long Island Business News. Judge Skelos is well-respected professionally and his years of experience on the bench combined with his in-depth knowledge of the law makes him an exceptionally well-rounded and effective arbitrator and mediator with NAM. I am very proud to have him as part of our esteemed panel.”

Hon. Peter Skelos was voted a Top Ten Neutral by the New York Law Journal Annual Reader Rankings Survey for the second year in a row (2016, 2017). He was also named a National Law Journal 2017 Alternative Dispute Resolution Champion, as part of a select group of only 37 nationwide and was also chosen as a 2017 New York Super Lawyer. Judge Skelos is a former Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, 2nd Department. He is well-versed in the law and is a highly regarded arbitrator and mediator for NAM. Hon. Skelos hears a wide variety of case types including construction, commercial, professional liability, insurance coverage, matrimonial, medical malpractice and personal injury matters.

Judge Skelos is available to arbitrate and mediate cases throughout the New York Metro area.

Click here to view Hon. Peter Skelos' resume

Click here to view the 2017 New York Law Journal Reader Rankings Survey

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