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The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals is a professional association whose membership consists of neutrals distinguished by their hands-on experience in the field of civil & commercial conflict resolution, and by their commitment to methods of alternative dispute resolution. 

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NADN was established in 2008 following a conference of the committees of several statewide associations, including the Florida Circuit-Civil Mediator Society; the California Academy of Distinguished Neutrals; the North Carolina Academy of Superior Court Mediators; the Georgia Academy of Mediators & Arbitrators and the Tennessee Academy of Mediators & Arbitrators. Members of these associations are all recognized as charter members of NADN.  

With over 900 members throughout the United States as of 2016, the NADN is the largest free public roster of experienced US ADR attorneys on the internet. The Academy makes our roster of peer-reviewed mediators and arbitrators available at no cost to visitors - simply search our website for professionals with the pertinent case experience, ADR expertise, or by preferred region. Our members can be contacted directly or scheduled online, with no consulting or administrative fees charged.

There is clear demand from attorneys, corporate counsel and individual parties to know more specific information about a given neutral: their experience, qualifications & certifications, language skills, dispute areas in which they have previously successfully mediated/arbitrated, and so on. Our Academy website allows visitors to find the most experienced ADR professionals as approved by local litigation firms, and expedites the scheduling process for both mediators/arbitrators and their clients.

In May 2013, both the Defense Research Institute (www.DRI.org) and American Association for Justice (www.Justice.org) approved NADN as industry partners (see Press Release). NADN worked with both organizations, incorporating our live NADN Neutral Database into the DRI's own website, and allowing over 40,000 plaintiff and defense attorneys direct access to our roster of the most respected ADR professionals in each state. NADN has also formalized a biennial survey process with both these associations, to continue to assess which civil mediators and arbitrators are most widely acceptable to both the plaintiff and defense communities in each state. 


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