Posted on Jul 27, 2018 |CLE Events


On Thursday, July 26th, NAM Neutrals, Honorable John P. DiBlasi and Richard P. Byrne, Esq., presented The Art of mediation: Best Practices and Tips From the Bench and Bar to counsel of Pryor Cashman.  The program, which featured dynamic discussions between the audience and presenters, was held at the law firm's New York City office.  The presentation was well-received and considered a relevant and educational success by the attorneys in attendance.


“Cases which get prepared for trial settle and cases which are prepared for settlement get tried.”


The audience learned from Judge DiBlasi's and Mr. Byrne's wealth of experience as mediators, both who have the depth of knowledge and experience in successfully guiding their clients through the mediation process. Both presenters offered best practices on how to position a case for mediation, tips for successful negotiation and tactics for reaching a settlement.  They also addressed why mediation of commercial disputes has grown in popularity and why parties are increasingly recognizing the benefits of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to resolve disputes outside of the full adversarial process.

Topics that were addressed included:

  • Preparation for Mediation
  • Pre-mediation Submissions
  • Opening Statements in Mediation
  • Mediating Multi-Defendant Cases
  • Employment of “Defense Only” Mediations
  • Issues Unique to Commercial Mediations
  • Use of Experts at Mediation
  • Identifying Conditions to Settlements Prior to Resolution

About the presenters

Judge DiBlasi is the former presiding Justice of the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York. For four consecutive years, he was voted the #1 Mediator in the United States in the National Law Journal Annual Reader Rankings Survey and was voted the #1 Mediator by the 2018 Corporate Counsel Best of Survey.  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, in 2017, one of the Top 10 Mediators in the New York Law Journal Reader Rankings Survey for the eighth straight year.  Judge DiBlasi has arbitrated and mediated over 3,000 cases and his ADR practice centers on resolving Commercial, International, Finance, Employment, Entertainment, Land Use, and Professional Malpractice matters.

For the fourth consecutive year, Richard P. Byrne, Esq. 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. Mr. Byrne was also voted one of the Top 10 Mediators by the 2017 New York Law Journal Annual Survey for the fourth straight year. He has mediated matters involving a wide range of legal topics including insurance coverage, construction and commercial disputes, employment, property damage, risk transfer disputes and disability claims.

Hon. John P. DiBlasi and Richard P. Byrne, Esq. are available to hear cases throughout the United States.

Learn more about NAM's complimentary Continuing Legal Education programs

NAM provides complimentary continuing legal education programs for attorneys, bar associations, corporate and government legal departments, and other legal and business organizations. To learn more, contact Stephanie Ball, Director of Continuing Legal Education.