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Why a National 'Top 5%' Distinguished Neutrals Roster?
There is clear demand from litigation attorneys, corporate counsel,
individual parties to know more specific information about a
given neutral: their ADR services and experience, qualifications &
certifications, language skills, dispute areas in which they
have substantial legal expertise, and so on.
It is the Academy's view that firms and
parties seeking an
experienced ADR professional to help resolve their dispute should
have access to the best neutrals in each state AS REVIEWED BY THE
LOCAL LITIGATION COMMUNITY. Further,
the Academy charges no consulting fee, nor takes a share of the
attorney's fees, unlike private panels or firms.
Simply contact the Academy member's office directly by calling,
or scheduling a meeting online.
How do I check the availability of mediators/arbitrators in my state for a preferred date?
There are 2 easy ways to check dates for
your local Academy neutrals (saving HOURS of scheduling
If you have just ONE particular date in mind for your
Simply visit the NEUTRAL SEARCH page and select your state and
beneath that your preferred available date (along
with other criteria such as whether you require a mediator or
arbitrator, etc.) then hit the Search button at the bottom of
the form. This
will generate a list of only those members available on your
preferred calendar date.
If you have several dates that might work:
Visit the NEUTRAL DIRECTORY map, and click
your preferred state to pull up a complete list of all local
At the bottom of that roster page is a large button
saying "SEARCH THESE NEUTRALS FOR YOUR PREFERRED DATE". Click that to go to our DateSelector tool, which will allow you
to cross-reference available dates for all these members by
clicking on the calendar on the left. You can then view the bios
of these members or just click directly on the Request Date link
to send an email to that member's office.
How does the Online Scheduling
Most Academy members make their available
dates online for the benefit of clients such as yourself. If you
wish to send a request for a mediation/arbitration to a
just click any of the available (blue) dates on that member's
online calendar, and a Date Request form will pop up.
Once the Date Request form has been filled in (including choice
of time slots, your contact info and the name of the case) simply hit
the Submit Request button at the bottom. A copy of this form is
then routed straight to the member AND his/her designated
scheduling staff, and you'll immediately receive a notice via
email. In week day office hours, you can generally expect an
email or phone response within the hour.
How do I find if a particular attorney
is a member of the Academy?
Simple - just click on the NEUTRAL SEARCH option up on the top
menu and you'll see the first option allows you to enter the
last name of the attorney; just enter that and hit the Search
button. Alternatively, if you know which state he/she is based
in, just visit the NEUTRAL DIRECTORY page and click that state to
view a full list of local Academy Fellows. (You can pull up
similar state roster information by visiting the MEMBER ROSTER
page, at the footer of the website).
Why are there no Academy members
in my state?
In a word, time! As of December 2010, we
have members in 40 states and counting. We are working to survey
litigation firms throughout the USA, and hope to recognize
Academy members based in each and every state by
the end of 2012. Note though that many of our members are regularly
called upon to mediate/arbitrate cases in other states, so if your court case is based in a
state without local Academy members, you can always cover travel
costs to fly these neutrals in to help resolve the matter.
Do Academy members handle
Generally, NO - members of the Academy
have been selected mainly in recognition of their excellence in
the resolution of disputes within the civil/commercial arena,
and typically most such cases involved high stakes dollar
amounts. If you are looking for a mediator to handle your divorce case,
your best course is to contact your local State
Bar and ask if they keep a roster of locally qualified/certified
I'm a mediator/arbitrator - how do I become a member of the
Membership is by invitation only
- the Academy thoroughly surveys litigation firms and related
trial lawyers and defense associations in each state to identify
only the most widely-acceptable neutrals. Any interested
professionals are welcome to contact us
directly but only if they are
certain that they meet our listed formal
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