Dispute Resolution in Complex Times: NAM Participates in the ABA Section Dispute Resolution Spring Conference in Washington, D.C.

CLE Events | Event Date: April 4 - 7, 2018

NAM Neutrals, Honorable Peter Skelos and Richard Byrne, Esq., Present on Construction Defects Claims


New York, NY (April 10, 2018) – Last week, NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) attended the 2018 American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference was one of the best attended in years, drawing more than 700 dispute resolution professionals from around the world. The 4-day global event offered advanced educational seminars presented by key thought leaders in the dispute resolution field.

Confronting and Helping to Resolve Intractable Problems

Benjamin G. Davis, ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Chair, welcomed all and stated “This will be an occasion to take stock of our role in finding ways to resolve what may seem to be intractable problems confronting individuals, institutions, society and the world. The conference presenters, dispute resolution professionals across different fields, will highlight how we continue together to help humanity progress. I believe that it is what we do together as dispute resolution professionals that will make the difference for all.”

Presentation of the D'Alemberte Raven Award

Further, Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times journalist and 3-time Pulitzer Prize winning author, was presented with the D'Alemberte Raven Award. The award is the highest honor given by the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution and honors an individual or organization who has through service, research and writing significantly contributed to the ongoing effort to resolving conflicts. This year's award recognizes Mr. Friedman's writings on foreign affairs and globalization that have provoked reflection and discussion. His contributions have helped to understand how we might navigate and respond to the evolving sources of conflict in an increasingly fast-paced interdependent world.

NAM's 360 Degree Participation at This Year's Conference

NAM was honored to participate as both a Diamond-Level Sponsor for this year's event, as well as serving as the exclusive host of the conference's welcome reception on Thursday night. NAM's Honorable Peter P. Skelos welcomed the crowd and kicked off the evening's festivities with opening remarks.

As part of the conference program, Judge Skelos and fellow NAM neutral, Richard P. Byrne, Esq. conducted a 1-hour continuing legal education (CLE) panel discussion entitled, Mediating Construction Defect Claims as Catharsis – Legal and Therapeutic. Construction defect claims are incredibly complex, expensive and exasperating types of litigation. The program addressed the alternative route of ADR as a cost-effective means to resolve these issues faster through mediation. Judge Skelos and Mr. Byrne were joined on the panel by Carolyn Crawford, Director of Construction Claims for Nationwide Insurance. The panel fielded numerous questions from session attendees. For more information on this topic, click here to view Richard Byrne's article, Construction Defect Claims: A Mediator's Perspective.

NAM's Complimentary CLE 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.

About NAM's Neutrals

Hon. Peter B. Skelos and Richard Byrne, Esq. are available to mediate and arbitrate 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 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.