Roy Israel, NAM President and CEO, and 6 NAM Neutrals Named

2017 Alternative Dispute Resolution Champions

NEW YORK--()--NAM is proud to announce that Roy Israel, NAM President and CEO, and 6 of the firm’s neutrals have been named 2017 Alternative Dispute Resolution Champions by the National Law Journal Legal & Times. Only 37 ADR Champions were selected from nominations received throughout the United States and each nominee was carefully vetted by the National Law Journal. Those who were chosen have distinguished themselves in the field of arbitration and mediation, each having an abiding passion for, and deep commitment to, the practice of ADR with a remarkable track record of success. It is an exemplary list of the finest leaders and neutrals in the United States with each honoree continuing to make a mark in ADR.

In addition to Mr. Israel (second year in a row), the NAM neutrals who have been recognized as 2017 Alternative Dispute Resolution Champions are Richard P. Byrne, Esq. (second year in a row), Hon. John P. DiBlasi (second year in a row), Hon. Luis A. Gonzalez, Susan Hernandez, Esq. (second year in a row), William M. Savino, Esq. and Hon. Peter B. Skelos.

Roy Israel stated, “Once again, this is a most prestigious honor and I am delighted that the National Law Journal recognized the accomplishments of these 6 highly regarded neutrals. All of them have outstanding credentials and reputations and are well deserving of this national recognition. This accolade is a testament to their exceptional contributions to ADR and I couldn’t be prouder.”

Click below to view the National Law Journal’s 2017 ADR Champions

The NAM neutrals, named as ADR Champions, are available to mediate and arbitrate cases throughout the United States.

Richard P. Byrne, Esq.
Co-Managing Partner, L’Abbate, Balkan, Colavita & Contini, L.L.P.

Specialties Include:
Commercial, Construction, Disability, Employment, Labor Law, Insurance and Reinsurance, Risk Transfer, Products Liability, Property Damage

Click below to view Richard P. Byrne’s resume

Hon. John P. DiBlasi
Former Justice of the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court, Westchester County

Specialties Include:
Commercial, International, Finance, Defamation, Employment, Entertainment, False Imprisonment, Fraud, Insurance Coverage, Intentional Torts, Land Use, Professional Malpractice

Click below to view John P. DiBlasi’s resume

Hon. Luis A. Gonzalez
Former Justice, Appellate Division, 1st Dept., New York County

Specialties Include:
Administrative Law, Commercial, Construction, Employment, Insurance/Reinsurance, Real Estate

Click below to view Luis A. Gonzalez’s resume

Susan Hernandez, Esq.
Former Chief of Staff to Presiding Justice Appellate Division, 1st Department, Mediation Coordinator, Bronx County

Specialties Include:
Labor Law, Legal Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Negligence, Personal Injury, Premises Liability, Torts & Product Liability

Click below to view Susan Hernandez’s resume

William M. Savino, Esq.
Partner, Rivkin Radler LLP

Specialties Include:
Commercial, Insurance Coverage, Municipal, Partnership and Professional Disputes, Business Torts, Intellectual Property Liability Coverage Disputes

Click below to view William M. Savino’s resume

Hon. Peter B. Skelos
Associate Justice, Appellate Division, 2nd Dept., Nassau County

Specialties Include: Commercial, Construction, Coop/Condo/HOA, Insurance Coverage, Land Use/Planning, Real Estate, Trade Secrets

Click below to view Peter B. Skelos’ resume


Founded in 1992, NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) has been recognized for its superb customer service and exceptional panel of arbitrators and mediators. In 2017, NAM was named Best ADR firm in the United States by the National Law Journal Annual Reader Rankings Survey for the second year in a row. Further, the company was 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 also selected NAM as the #1 ADR firm for the last six years. 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.

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 nearly 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 (National Arbitration and Mediation)
Jeff Blankman, 800-358-2550 ext. 114

Release Summary

NAM's CEO & 6 NAM Neutrals honored as 2017 ADR Champions


NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation)
Jeff Blankman, 800-358-2550 ext. 114