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Mediation has become one of the most valuable tools an attorney can use to settle a dispute. In this presentation, National Law Journal’s #1 mediator of 2014, Hon. John DiBlasi, discusses the effective tools to maximize profit within meditation. The presentation begins with skills to prepare for mediation. From there, Justice DiBlasi offers techniques for having a valuable joint session along with settlement agreements. He concludes the presentation with an in-depth conversation on how to maintain negotiations post-mediation.
Justice DiBlasi is a former Justice of the New York State Supreme Court and is exclusively affiliated with National Arbitration and Mediation.
I. Prepare you and your client for mediation
II. Understand how to make the best of the joint session
III. Communicate and prepare a settlement agreement
IV. Continue negotiations post-mediation
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 National Arbitration and Mediation (NAM). 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.
Excellent coverage of critical considerations
John DiBlasi did an outstanding job. This course was densely packed with usable information, strategies, tactics, and insights.
Great presentation Great presention Great presentation
the presenter did a good job of explaining how to approach a mediation for the attorneys...very good.
The Judge was very practical in his approach.
excellent, the importance of emotion and understanding it.
Nice overview of process and need for parameters.
nice inside look at mediation
This was the best course I have watched to date.
Excellent recommendations; wish I'd seen this sooner!
Yes I liked this informative presentation.
He starts out by saying that different mediators have different styles -- a true statement. Much of the rest of the lecture is how to be effective with HIS style, and is useful. The lecture is less useful if you have a mediator who has a diferent approach.
Very good information!
Hon. John DiBlasi was very informative and articulated the subject well.
Lecture was focused and effective; lecturer provided clear and pragmatic advice for litigators regarding mediation.
I have been an attorney for 20+ years. Most of my cases resolve by mediation. This was the most practical and concise MCLE presentation on the topic that I have heard.
This course provided practical information on the mediation process.
Excellent presentation. also very good slides. Great information. Thank you.
One of the best CLEs I've seen!
I can see why he's so successful in mediation!
I would like to have Judge DiBlasi handle my next mediation. He is terrific.
great clarity and sense of great wisdom in Judge handing over 3000 mediations
Speaker was excellent.
Best CLE I have seen in a long time.
Dynamic presenter who is NOT boring at all. Great presentation. 100% recommend it
Outstanding and very practical discourse on a little understood process
Really a solid presentation!!! His insights are based on common sense, and his practical approach based on experience is terrific!!! His warnings to "do this" and "don't do that" seem to be right on the money!! If one wants to settle a big case, give John a call!!!
This was a very informative course.
very good program
Another first rate course. Organized and to the point with no padding or wasted words. Judge Di Blasi is the best speaker I've heard.
4 isn't high enough for John!!! So practical & well spoken.
Excellent practice pointers Will use info in slides to prepare a checklist for myself
Terrific seminar -- I think the topic should be expanded, perhaps to two or three hours.
Excellent speaker, good practical advice.
Excellent presentation and I especially appreciated his insight in explaining differences between litigation and mediation
Well presented useful information
Informative and well presented
Great tips to ensure successful mediation.
Great and knowledgeable speaker with excellent insight and instruction on how to work towards meaningful mediation and arbitration.
Great, professional seminar from someone who really knows their subject.
very good seminar
Great overview in a one hour presentation that focuses on priorities. Would like a course on the math of offer counter-offer/mid-points, mediator's proposals.
Excellent presentation, good coverage of topic and recommendations
Very well done!!
Very informative, easy to listen to.
Excellent speaker and great perspective and advice
Highest rating. Very interesting. Not sure I totally agree with all of it but thought-provoking and well-presented.
Very skillful presenter - style and content
Well done and informative
Very informative speaker.
The course exceeded my expectations. speaker was great.
Very informative and interesting
Excellent -- and practical -- I have a mediation coming up and I will try out some of the suggested tactics.
I would have listened longer - very interested and helpful
I found the program informative.
Loved the approach and wish all mediators took this approach, we would have less litigation and heart renching protracted litigation
Good, concise advice.
Another excellent presentation by Judge DiBlasio.
Speaker excellent with experienced advice for success at mediation.
Excellent presentation. Provided practical advice.
helpful for a practitioner who does not participate in mediation
I found this presentation very worthwhile.
Judge DiBlasi was a joy to listen to.
I appreciate the insiders view presented here.
good overview of process
Very good overall view of mediation process, presented in an engaging manner.
Very useful information
This is a good basic program on mediation.
DiBlasi does a great job in presenting this material. He clearly knows his subject matter. He is an excellent communicator.
I really enjoyed this speaker. I found the Hon. John DiBlasi to be extremely insightful and he made a number of comments that really resonated. This gentleman is good.
Best speaker I've heard in these courses
great presentation- gives very good advice as to why mediation statement should be shared with other side.
Excellent advice for mediating a dispute!
Good overview program. I'd be interested in hearing follow-up programs from the same instructor delving into particular issues in more detail.
very good content
wish he had at least briefly discussed mediation under the AAA rules
Great speaker, gave me new ideas for my mediations.
Very helpful for mediation practice.
great information suggestions and presentation
Understandable and informative.
Very practical. I have some experience on the topic and it was able to confirm much of what I assumed I knew in an organized fashion
Good for any attorney considering mediation!
Very professional, interesting and informative.
Outstanding. Really understands the subject and good observations.
Excellent course. Great speaker!
He did a very nice job.
Excellent presentation and pacing.
Great speaker. Came across informed and helpful.
Excellent program, lots of useful tips.
Clear and helpful.
Excellent! Very informative!
Very solid presentation with very sound advice.
I would even ask for Judge DiBlasi as a mediator after seeing this.
Exactly as billed and well presented
One of the best lecturers I have heard.
well-spoken, practical, persuasive
Great presentation. Very helpful.
Judge Di Blasi kept the interest at a high level.
Excellent. I wish it were longer.
clearly and concisely presented
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