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How to Conduct Virtual Arbitrations and Mediations

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Produced on April 14, 2020

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Course Information

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

This program, presented by Hon. John P. DiBlasi (ret.), is designed to introduce participants to the use of a virtual platform to conduct arbitrations and mediations. Topics will include ethical issues and guidelines for both the participant and the mediator; ensuring security so as to preserve privacy and confidentiality; conducting the arbitration and mediation through the use of technology; conquering fears associated with its technical aspects, and the benefits of the technology for the ADR process in the face of COVID-19 and beyond. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review how the technology works in conjunction with mediation or arbitration
  2. Examine specific ethical issues that pertain to virtual ADR proceedings
  3. Identify the advanced security protocols of an ADR provider

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John DiBlasi, a former Justice of the New York State Supreme Court, has repeatedly been rated a top mediator in multiple categories in the New York Law Journal's annual survey. He holds an AV Preeminent peer rating from Martindale-Hubbell in the fields of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Litigation—a distinction given to those who possess the highest ethical standards and professional ability. He is proud to be associated exclusively with NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation). His ADR practice encompasses a wide and varied range of cases, inclusive of commercial, personal injury and civil rights/discrimination matters.

Judge DiBlasi's many years of experience as a full-time arbitrator and mediator in commercial disputes are supplemented by his past tenure as a Presiding Justice of the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York. His alternative dispute resolution practice, which, in many ways, mirrors his work as a jurist, draws upon his experience as a Justice of the Commercial Division, where he presided over complex commercial litigation involving contract disputes, employment disputes, real property/land use matters and environmental litigation. He created the Alternative Commercial Dispute Resolution Program used successfully by the court in which he presided.

Additionally, Judge DiBlasi's years of practice as a neutral and a jurist have encompassed the resolution of numerous seven- and eight-figure settlements in personal injury cases. Again, Judge DiBlasi's experience on the bench handling thousands of personal injury cases including toxic torts, products liability, medical malpractice and other areas of liability supports his extensive experience in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Judge DiBlasi has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Pace University and St. John's University Schools of Law. He has lectured for the New York State Bar Association, New York State Trial Lawyers, the New York State Judges' School, the Practicing Law Institute of New York, and other Bar Associations. He has published articles on trial tactics in the New York State Bar Journal and articles on alternative dispute resolution in both the New York Law Journal and New York State Trial Lawyers Journal. 

Judge DiBlasi served in the United States Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General's Corps, retiring with the rank of Captain. He is a Fellow of both the American and New York State Bar Foundations, and the recipient of the New York State Bar Association's Award for Outstanding Achievement in the field of Law Related Education, and the Pace Law School Awards as "Outstanding Adjunct Professor of the Year" and for "Service to the Community and the Bar". He received his BA from Syracuse University, and his Juris Doctor Degree at St. John's University. He possesses a Certificate in Professional Human Resource Management from Villanova University.

He began his career as an Examining Attorney with the New York City Department of Investigation, handling matters involving white collar crime and official corruption. He then entered into private practice and spent many years as a trial attorney before being elected as a Judge of the City Court of Mount Vernon, where he presided over hundreds of criminal proceedings.


Peter C.

Thank you

Hong N.

Excellent! This was one of the most informative CLEs that I have attended.

Walter N.

Can see how he is a successful arbitrator

Deborah S.

One of the best courses I have taken! Thank you.

Stephanie B.

Great practical tips. Obviously very experienced. Pleased to benefit from that.

Susan W.

Soft spoken attorney for a change! Did not know they still made 'em!

Katie B.

good program, thanks

William K.

This CLE was very informative. Thank you for presenting it.

Dotty B.

This was extremely helpful.

vern s.


Erica P.

It was very interesting.

Alejandro C.

Highly beneficial for people discerning about the advantages of virtual over face-to-face hearings. And, to understand the aspects surrounding virtual hearing prep which should be the new normal pretty soon. .

Mark S.

Excellent, thanks.

Andrew G.

Very timely course. Great instructor. Highest marks. Well done. Stay safe NYC

Michael G.

Great presentation and information - very relevant to my practice

Joan C.

Instructor did a very good job of explaining and was very organized. Covered all the salient topics.

Eileen S.

Good practical advice.

Nicole C.

Fantastic job so very helpful for our current circs.

pamela c.

Thank you!

susan j.

This course was excellent. The instructor was extremely knowledgeable and provided pertinent information about the world we now live in. He had a great demeanor and presented the subject thoroughly.

Kenneth W.

great and timely course!

Patricia D.

Excellent use of slides and examples, very informative presentation.

Michael C.

Thank you

Steven P. K.

Well done. I am going to try using Zoom.

Carla K.


Marsha S. B.

Happy to get a better understanding about this topic-particularly at this time.

Howard J. G.

Excellent presentation. It's good to see someone in my approximate age group so knowledgeable about tech issues related to this relatively new modality, and I mean that sincerely as a compliment. One of the best courses I've seen on Lawline.

Lee T.

This course made me consider issues such as prompting of witness that I hadn't considered and how to deal with that.

Mark S.

Excellent presentation!

Ferdinando ("Fred") P.

Very Informative

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