Posted on Oct 24, 2018 |News


“Construction is a dangerous business and, unfortunately, injuries to construction workers are not uncommon events, with the extent of injuries ranging from the minor to the catastrophic including death. The mediation of a personal injury claim in the context of a construction setting adds numerous variables for a mediator that are not present in the more contract-based claims and defenses inherent in construction defect litigation and claims for delay/extras.”

“Mediation is an attractive option in the context of construction claims.  Great advance work needs to be employed in order to effectively coordinate and address the issues, often entailing a series of preliminary telephone calls, meetings, small scale pre-mediation sessions and the like as a means by which foundational goals can be identified and, hopefully achieved.” 

– Richard P. Byrne, Esq.


New York, NY (October 24, 2018) NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation), one of the nation's leading providers of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services, is proud to announce that Richard P. Byrne, Esq. has authored a chapter for the American Bar Association's (ABA) Tort & Insurance Practice Section book entitled Resolving Insurance Claim Disputes Before Trial.

Mr. Byrne's chapter, Construction Claims: A Mediator's Perspective, describes how Mediation is a preferred option when resolving construction claims, which can often “evolve into one of the most complex, expensive, unwieldy, and exasperating types of litigation”. He further states that Mediation “is the only forum where all of the parties' respective interests can be addressed in one setting” and is “the most effective route for parties to gather, air, and resolve the wide range of disparate interests presented, circumventing years of expensive and ultimately unsatisfying litigation.”

For more information about the publication, visit the American Bar Association's Resolving Insurance Claim Disputes Before Trial..

Mr. Byrne has successfully mediated issues in a wide variety of specialty areas, including construction matters, commercial disputes, employment discrimination claims, employment contract disputes, wage and hour/FLSA claims, complex personal injury and property damage claims, insurance and reinsurance matters, risk transfer disputes and life, health and disability claims. For the fourth consecutive year, he was voted one of the Top 3 Mediators in the country by the 2018 National Law Journal Annual Reader Rankings Survey, and for the third year in a row he was named a National Law Journal 2018 Alternative Dispute Resolution Champion, as part of a select group of only 46 nationwide. He was also voted one of the Top 10 Mediators by the 2018 New York Law Journal Annual Survey for the fifth straight year. Mr. Byrne regularly writes and lectures on Alternative Dispute Resolution topics.

Richard P. Byrne, Esq. is available to mediate cases throughout the United States.


Founded in 1992, NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) is recognized for its superb customer service and exceptional panel of arbitrators and mediators. For the third year in a row, NAM was named the Best ADR Firm in the United States by the 2018 National Law Journal Annual Reader Rankings Survey and was also voted the #1 National ADR Provider by the 2018 Corporate Counsel Best of Survey. 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. NAM was also voted a “Best Overall ADR Provider” in the 2018 Best of the Midwest and 2018 New Jersey Law Journal annual surveys and a “Best Online ADR Resource” by the 2018 Best of Connecticut Law Tribune survey.

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 specific expertise in the areas of complex commercial, construction, employment, entertainment, financial services, international, insurance, medical malpractice, personal injury (including third-party and first-party actions), professional liability and real estate dispute resolution. NAM is an indispensable resource for parties seeking cost-effective alternatives to expensive and time-consuming litigation.

NAM provides 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:

2018 New York Law Journal Reader Rankings Survey

2018 National Law Journal Reader Rankings Survey

The National Law Journal 2018 Alternative Dispute Resolution Champions

2018 Corporate Counsel Best of Survey