Posted on Sep 12, 2012 |Awards


New York (September 10, 2012) – The results of the 2012 New York Law Journal Reader Rankings Survey (*) were released today and, for the second year in a row, NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) was chosen as the #1 ADR Provider in New York State. In addition, 8 out of the top 10 slots in the “Best Mediator” category went to NAM Mediators, 4 of the top 5 slots for “Best International Mediator” went to NAM Mediators, and 2 of the top 5 slots for “Best Financial Markets Mediator” went to NAM Mediators.

The NAM Mediators included among the top 10 Best Mediators represent the very best practicing ADR specialists in New York State. They are: Hon. John DiBlasi, who has been named one of the top two Mediators in New York State for the third year in a row, Kenneth Grundstein, Esq. (third year in a row), Joseph L. Ehrlich, Esq. (second year in a row), Hon. Elizabeth Bonina (third year in a row), Robert Adams, Esq. (second year in a row), Peter J. Merani, Esq. (third year in a row), Hon. William C. Thompson (third year in a row) and Lawrence S. Farbman, Esq.

This year, NAM mediators also placed in the newly added categories “Best International Mediator” and “Best Financial Markets Mediator”. Hon. John DiBlasi, took the #1 spot as “Best International Mediator”, with Hon. Francis G. Conrad, Robert Adams, Esq. and Peter J. Merani, Esq. all voted into the top 5 within this category.

In the “Best Financial Markets Mediator” Category, both Hon. John P. DiBlasi and Hon. Francis G. Conrad were voted into the top 5.

Roy Israel, President and CEO of NAM, stated: “We are constantly striving to offer our clients the best services and panel in the industry. This year's NYLJ results re-affirm that NAM continues to remain on track in our ongoing commitment to provide a distinguished panel of individuals with exceptional credentials and abilities, high-quality service and cost-efficient options to litigation. We look forward to continuing to provide our clients with the best services and panel within our industry and thank all of our clients who have placed their trust in NAM as their ADR provider, and who took the time to vote in the NYLJ survey.”

NAM's New York panel is available to hear cases throughout New York State and from its conference centers in Manhattan, Garden City, Brooklyn, Westchester and Buffalo.


NAM offers litigants a nationwide panel of nearly 2,500 top-tier former judges and practicing specialists uniquely qualified to facilitate the resolution of disputes in a private forum. The company maintains rosters in all 50 states, including Puerto Rico, with specific expertise in the areas of Complex Commercial, Personal Injury, Professional Liability, Construction, Insurance, Employment, Business, Real Estate, Finance and International dispute resolution.

Founded in 1992, NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) has been recognized as ADR Provider of the Year and is well known for its superb customer service and for delivering exceptional results. Consistent with being the nation's premier ADR provider, the New York Law Journal Rankings Survey selected NAM as the #1 ADR provider for both 2011 and 2012. NAM actively works with more than 8,000 commercial entities, including more than 50% of the Fortune 100 companies. NAM is often an indispensable resource for parties seeking cost-effective alternatives to expensive and often time-consuming litigation.

(*) According to the The New York Law Journal: “The New York Law Journal Reader Rankings are not a scientific survey or an editorial analysis, but democracy. The program is run by the New York Law Journal sales and marketing teams here at ALM. The voting was conducted via online ballot, compiled by the sales and marketing teams of the New York Law Journal. Readers were notified of the ballot through direct emails and online advertisements linking to the ballot across ALM's network of websites. The ballot consisted of 63 categories encompassing the areas of Technology, Research, Accounting, Insurance, Financial Services, Litigation Support, Real Estate, Education Recruiting and Staffing. In total, over 365 firms were listed on the official online ballot and voters were also given the option of writing in any firms not see[n] listed; approximately 300 firms received votes via the write-in option.

This year, people over 6,800 of you cast votes for their favorite vendors, surpassing last year's total by over 50%. Please note that only legitimate end users (attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants etc.) were allowed to vote. The producers took great pains to ensure the voting was fair. Any non-attorney or non-legal-professional (or anyone who we could not validate was a legitimate end user) vote was disqualified. Ultimately, the goal was to make the ballot and the voting as inclusive as possible.”