Hon. Larry S. Schachner and Hon. Peter B. Skelos To Present a CLE Seminar on Mediation, Perspectives From the Bench

CLE Events | Event Date: November 30, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

November 29, 2017

NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) panel members, Honorable Larry S. Schachner and Honorable Peter B. Skelos, have been invited to present a CLE seminar to the law firm of Ahmuty, Demers & McManus (ADM Law). The two-hour presentation entitled, Best Practices and Tips for Mediation – Perspectives from the Bench, will be held at ADM Law, 200 I.U. Willets Road, Albertson, NY 11507 on November 30, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The CLE program will address the integral role of ADR in the resolution of matters in today's legal landscape and provide attorneys with practical tips on the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

With a combined 40-plus years of judicial experience between them, Judge Schachner and Judge Skelos will share their unique perspective on the fundamental concepts of achieving success through ADR and more specifically mediation. The program will address a broad array of topics and will provide the litigator with an inside view of the ADR process including: ways to maximize the success of the mediation; preparing for the mediation; the facilitative and evaluative role of the mediator; the use of joint and break-out sessions; what to do when parties reach an impasse; approach and timing to resolution; drafting the post-mediation agreement; and judge/mediator assessment and responsibility.

Roy Israel, President and CEO of NAM stated: “I am so pleased when a prominent law firm such as Ahmuty, Demers & McManus invite our neutrals to speak on relevant matters. Judges Schachner and Skelos are two of NAM's highly-regarded hearing officers. Their collective expertise from years on the bench and as neutrals make them exceptionally qualified to teach best practices and tips on ADR and mediation. I am confident that all who attend will benefit greatly from what they have to say.”

Hon. Larry S. Schachner served as a judge in the State of New York for nearly 20 years. He began his judicial career presiding over New York City residential landlord-tenant cases before being elected Judge of the Civil Court. In 2007, he was appointed Acting Justice of the Supreme Court and in 2014, he was elected as Justice of the Supreme Court. Judge Schachner has handled a wide variety of case types that include labor law, medical malpractice, municipal liability, negligence, premises liability, real estate, tort and professional and product liability and personal injury matters.

Hon. Peter Skelos was voted a Top Ten Neutral by the 2017 New York Law Journal Annual Reader Rankings Survey 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 and was also chosen a 2017 New York Super Lawyer. Judge Skelos is a former Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, 2nd Department. He is well-versed in the law and is a highly regarded arbitrator and mediator for NAM. Judge Skelos hears a wide variety of case types including matrimonial, construction, commercial, professional liability, insurance coverage, medical malpractice and personal injury matters.

Judge Schachner and Judge Skelos are available to mediate and arbitrate cases throughout the United States

Click here to view Hon. Larry Schachner's resumé

Click here to view Hon. Peter Skelos' resumé

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

Click here to view The National Law Journal 2017 ADR Champions

See below to view NYLJ Special Reports authored by Judges Schachner and Skelos

Schachner / Courthouse to the Conference Room: Transitioning from Bench to Private Mediator

Schachner / The Crucial Decision: Mediate or Litigate? – A Former Judge's Perspective

Skelos / The Digital Footprint After Death: Who Wears the Shoes?

Skelos / Mediation and Arbitration: Alternatives To Litigation of Matrimonial Matters


Founded in 1992, NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) has been recognized for its superb customer service and exceptional panel of arbitrators and mediators. For the second year in a row, NAM was named Best ADR firm in the United States by the 2017 National Law Journal Annual Reader Rankings Survey. Additionally, 6 of NAM's neutrals were named National Law Journal 2017 Alternative Dispute Resolution Champions, as part of a select group of only 37 nationwide. The company was also ranked a Best National ADR Provider by the 2017 Corporate Counsel Best of Survey. Consistent with being the nation's premier ADR provider, the New York Law Journal Annual Reader Rankings Survey selected NAM as the #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 actively works with more than 10,000 commercial entities, including more than 50% 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. The company 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 3rd party and 1st party actions), Professional Liability and Real Estate dispute resolution. NAM is often an indispensable resource for parties seeking cost-effective alternatives to expensive and often time-consuming litigation.

NAM provides complimentary Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs for attorneys, bar associations, corporate and government legal departments and other legal and business organizations.