Posted on Mar 29, 2018 |CLE Events

New York, NY (March 29, 2018) – NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) is proud to announce that the Honorable Peter B. Skelos and Richard P. Byrne, Esq. have been invited to speak at the 2018 American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference in Washington, D.C. taking place April 4-7.  More than 600 dispute resolution professionals from around the world are expected to attend. The 4-day global event will offer unsurpassed networking opportunities, as well as advanced educational seminars presented by key thought leaders in the dispute resolution field. The agenda will include programming on mediation, arbitration, negotiation, and specialty practice areas.

NAM is honored to participate as a Diamond-Level Sponsor for this year's event and will also serve as the exclusive host for the conference welcome reception – featuring opening remarks presented by Justice Skelos.

As part of the conference program, Justice Skelos and Mr. Byrne will conduct a 1-hour continuing legal education (CLE) panel discussion entitled, Mediation Construction Defect Claims as Catharsis – Legal and Therapeutic. Construction defect claims are incredibly complex, expensive and exasperating types of litigation. The seminar takes into account how numerous parties, extensive documentation, depositions and competing experts, along with underlying insurance coverage disputes and parallel declaratory judgment actions, cumulatively present the toughest legal and emotional challenges of the litigation process. The program addresses the alternative route of ADR as a cost-effective means to resolve these issues faster through mediation. The CLE will be held on Friday, April 6 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Judge Skelos and Mr. Byrne will be joined on the panel by Carolyn Crawford, Director of Construction Claims for Nationwide Insurance.

Roy Israel, President and CEO of NAM stated, “Judge Skelos and Richard Byrne's credentials are impeccable. Both are highly-regarded neutrals who are eminently qualified to address the complexity of construction defect claims. NAM is honored that a leading legal organization like the ABA have invited our neutrals to speak. No doubt, their knowledge and experience will offer all who attend an intellectually informative experience.”

Hon. Peter B. Skelos and Richard Byrne, Esq. are available to mediate and arbitrate cases throughout the United States.

To register for the 2018 American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference click here.

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.


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 Best ADR Firm in the United States by the 2018 National Law Journal Annual Reader Rankings Survey. Also, six of NAM's neutrals were named National Law Journal 2017 Alternative Dispute Resolution Champions as part of a select group of only 37 nationwide. NAM also ranked as a Best National ADR Provider by the 2017 Corporate Counsel Best of Survey. The New York Law Journal Annual Reader Rankings Survey selected NAM as the No. 1 ADR firm for the past seven years. NAM was also voted a “Best Overall ADR Provider” in the 2017 Best of The New Jersey Law Journal and Best of the Midwest annual 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 2,500 top-tier former judges and practicing specialists 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.

Click here to view the 2018 National Law Journal Reader Rankings Survey.

Click here to view The National Law Journal 2017 Alternative Dispute Resolution Champions

Click here to view the 2017 Corporate Counsel “Best of Survey” Press Release.

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