Posted on Dec 18, 2017 |News

December 18, 2017

NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) is proud to announce that an article authored by the Richard P. Byrne, Esq. entitled, Why Mediations Fail, will be published on Monday, December 18, 2017 by The New York Law Journal, as part of its Litigation Special Report. Mr. Byrne has mediated hundreds of matters involving a wide range of legal topics including insurance coverage, construction and commercial disputes, employment, property damage, risk transfer disputes and disability claims.

The article addresses a myriad of ways a mediation can reach an impasse. Mr. Byrne draws upon his many years of experience as a litigator and a mediator and presents several conditions that could impede a mediation's success. He states, “the failure to achieve resolution flows from more general causes which can be avoided if adequate thought is given to these potential pitfalls in advance of the session.” Mr. Byrne offers several suggestions that could prevent a mediation from reaching a resolution: above all, be prepared, have all decision-makers present, be open-minded to discussion and avoid presenting any ill-timed last-minute surprises that might derail the proceedings. Mr. Byrne states that mediations can be fraught with emotion and anxiety between parties and it's the mediator's job “to keep matters in balance and, slowly, as the session proceeds, allow the pressure to be released. Addressing this psychological component of the Mediation is often as critical as the substantive issues.”

For the third consecutive year, Richard P. Byrne, Esq. was voted one of the Top 3 Mediators in the country by the 2017 National Law Journal Annual Reader Rankings Survey, and for the second year in a row he was named a National Law Journal 2017 Alternative Dispute Resolution Champion, as part of a select group of only 37 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.

Richard Byrne is available to arbitrate and mediation cases throughout the United States.

Click here to view Richard Byrne's resume

Click here to view Richard Byrne's NYLJ Litigation Special Report

Click here to view the 2017 National Law Journal Reader Rankings Survey.

Click here to view The National Law Journal 2017 ADR Champions

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


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