Posted on Oct 01, 2018 |CLE Events


NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) neutral, Richard P. Byrne, Esq. and Reed Smith Partner, Casey Laffey, Esq., will present a 1-hour Ethics CLE webinar entitled, Why Mediations Fail & How to Achieve Better Results, on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 2 p.m. This complimentary program has been approved for 1.0 ethics credit in CA, IL, NJ and NY.

The majority of disputes resolve at Mediation. Nonetheless, there remain those that impasse. Failure to achieve resolution can often be avoided if advanced adequate thought is given to common potential pitfalls which include ethical issues that may arise.

At a time when in-house legal teams and law firms are under increasing pressure to reduce costs, Mr. Byrne and Mr. Laffey will explore the leading reasons why Mediations fail and how to achieve better results.  Join this discussion to learn how investing a modest amount of time in advance of a Mediation session to reflect upon the purpose, logistics and goal of the session can greatly reduce the potential for an impasse, and ultimately save time and money.

Register for this webcast to learn how and why these reasons can cause Mediation to fail:

  • Lack of Preparation
  • Unethical Conduct in Mediation
  • Absence of Decision-Makers
  • Wearing Trial Blinder
  • Last Minute Surprises
  • Emotion and Anxiety

Mr. Byrne has successfully mediated issues in a wide variety of specialty areas, including commercial disputes, employment discrimination claims, employment contract disputes, wage and hour/FLSA claims, construction matters, 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 writes regularly on ADR topics and recently authored Construction Claims: A Mediator's Perspective which was published by the American Bar Association in 2018 as a chapter in the book Resolving Insurance Claim Disputes Before Trial.

Richard P. Byrne, Esq. is available to mediate 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 at or call 516.794.8950, ext. 145.