Charles Platto is an independent mediator and arbitrator specializing in domestic and international commercial and insurance mediation and arbitration.
For the past 25 years he has been adjunct professor of Insurance Law at NYU Law School, Vermont Law School and currently at Fordham Law School.
He spent the first twenty years of his career as a litigation associate and partner at Cahill Gordon & Reindel in New York and Paris. Subsequently, he was a partner in his own national boutique insurance law firm, based in Vermont, New Hampshire and New York, partner in charge of the US practice of the international firm Salans (now part of Dentons), and then partner in charge of the national insurance practice of Wiggin and Dana, based in New York.
He is a past Chair of the International Litigation Committee of the International Bar Association and the IBA Task Force on Economic Consequences of Litigation Worldwide, and is currently a vice chair of the ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee and an Editor of the Insurance Litigation Reporter (Thomson Reuters). He is the author/editor of 9 books on international litigation and arbitration and of numerous articles on insurance and arbitration/mediation.
As an arbitrator/mediator, Mr. Platto is a member of the panels of AAA, ICDR, CPR, ICC, ARIAS, FedArb, and REMEDI. As a full time arbitrator/mediator for the last five years, he has served as chair or panel members in a number of major domestic and international commercial and insurance arbitrations. In 2013, following Super Storm Sandy, he was asked by the American Arbitration Association to help set up and train the mediators for programs in New York and New Jersey to resolve all residential and commercial Sandy insurance claims. He subsequently mediated over 200 such claims through AAA and the New York and New Jersey state and federal courts.