New York, NY (March 2, 2020) – NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) is proud to announce that it has been voted a top alternative dispute resolution (ADR) provider in the United States by the 2020 National Law Journal Annual Best Of Survey for the seventh straight year. High honors went to two of NAM's well-regarded neutrals: Richard P. Byrne, Esq. earned the distinction of being a Top 3 Mediator in the country for the sixth year in a row, and Hon. John P. DiBlasi was also recognized as a Top 3 Mediator in the nation for the seventh straight year (ranked #1, 4 years in a row). NAM was also ranked the #1 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Provider and #1 Online CLE Provider in the United States in this year's survey. Voting was conducted online, with more than 500 companies participating.

Roy Israel, NAM President and CEO stated, “NAM is truly honored to once again be recognized by the legal community as one of the premier ADR companies in the nation. I am also very pleased that Judge DiBlasi and Richard Byrne were acknowledged for their outstanding achievements in mediation. Both deserve to be nationally recognized for their exceptional contributions to ADR.”


Richard P. Byrne, Esq.
Commercial Specialist

Practice Areas:
Commercial, Construction, Employment, Insurance and Reinsurance, Risk Transfer, Catastrophic Property Damage

Mr. Byrne has successfully mediated issues in a wide variety of specialty areas, including commercial matters, employment discrimination claims, employment contract disputes, construction litigation, complex personal injury and property damage claims, together with insurance, reinsurance and risk transfer matters. In addition to being named a top mediator in the country, he was ranked a Top Ten Mediator by the 2019 New York Law Journal Best Of Survey for the past six years. He was also voted a Top 3 Mediator by the Corporate Counsel Best Of Survey for three years in a row and named a National Law Journal Alternative Dispute Resolution Champion, as part of a select group of only 46 Neutrals nationwide. Mr. Byrne has been awarded an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available, based on its peer review process. He also has been recognized by his peers as a New York Metro Super Lawyer on numerous occasions.

Hon. John P. DiBlasi, J.S.C. (Ret.)
Former Justice of the Supreme Court, Commercial Division

Practice Areas:
Commercial, Class Action, Construction, Employment, Environmental, Finance, Insurance, International, Land Use, Professional Liability

Judge DiBlasi, a former Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Commercial Division, has mediated thousands of cases throughout his career. He is experienced in resolving matters across a wide array of legal practice areas, including commercial, class action, construction, employment disputes, environmental, finance, insurance, international, land use and professional liability, among others. In addition to being named a top mediator in the nation, he has been ranked the #1 mediator in the nation by the Corporate Counsel Best Of Survey. He has also been voted a Top Ten mediator by the New York Law Journal Best Of Survey for the last ten years and was named a National Law Journal Alternative Dispute Resolution Champion, as part of a select group of only 46 nationwide. He holds an AV Preeminent peer rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a distinction given only to those who possess the highest ethical standards and professional ability.

Through a combination of award-winning mediators and arbitrators, exceptional case management and industry leadership, NAM has proudly served as the ADR venue of choice for the legal community for more than 28 years.

To access the full edition of the 2020 National Law Journal Best of Survey, click here.


Founded in 1992, NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) is recognized for its superb customer service and exceptional panel of arbitrators and mediators. For the seventh year in a row, NAM was named a top ADR firm in the United States by the 2020 National Law Journal Best Of Survey and was also voted the #1 National ADR Provider by the 2019 Corporate Counsel Best Of Survey. Further, seven of NAM's neutrals were named National Law Journal 2018 Alternative Dispute Resolution Champions, as part of a select group of only 46 nationwide (the last year of that survey). The New York Law Journal Best of Survey selected NAM as the #1 ADR firm for the past nine years and was also voted a top ADR Resource by the 2019 Survey respondents – a testament to the depth and breadth of knowledge, information and thought leadership provided by the firm to the ADR community at large. NAM was also voted a “Best Overall ADR Provider” in the Best Of New England, Best of the Midwest and New Jersey Best of surveys and a “Best Online ADR Resource” by the Texas Lawyer Survey.

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 2,600 top-tier former judges and legal practitioners 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 deep experience in the areas of complex commercial, construction, employment, entertainment, financial services, international, insurance, medical malpractice, personal injury, professional liability and real estate dispute resolution. NAM is an indispensable resource for parties seeking cost-effective alternatives to expensive and time-consuming litigation.

NAM was ranked the #1 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Provider and the #1 Online CLE Provider in the nation by the 2020 National Law Journal Best Of Survey. The company offers complimentary CLE programs for attorneys, bar associations, corporate and government legal departments, and other legal and business organizations.


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