Dispute Resolution has arguably become the preferred method for
resolving cases and claims in New York State and Federal Courts.
This is certainly not surprising considering ADR expedites the
resolution of litigation and accomplishes same with reduced legal fees
A claim or lawsuit by its very nature involves some type of dispute
between the parties on the appropriate monetary award and/or resolution
remedy. However, there is no argument that trials are expensive,
time consuming and unpredictable. ADR is the logical solution to
address these concerns.
The growth of ADR is not limited to private vendors such as Jansen
Group, JAMS, Resolute Systems and NAM, to name a few. Many
Judicial Districts have developed and implemented post-discovery
Mediation parts to facilitate settlements before cases reach the trial
stage. These court sponsored programs have proven to be very
successful. In addition the Summary Jury Trial Program has also
yielded favorable results and provided litigants with an alternative to
the significant court delays which presently exist in many of our
Our goal as the ADR Committee of the Torts, Insurance &
Compensation Law Section of the NYSBA is to educate and promote ADR to
our members through Continuing Legal Education programs, TICL
publications and collaboration with our group of diverse lawyers.
Many of us are successful trial attorneys and are proud of our
courtroom triumphs. ADR still allows us to demonstrate our
talents, just in a more efficient manner.
Your voice is important to the ADR Committee and we want to hear from
you. We are dedicated to a vibrant committee and urge you to join
our section so that we may remain at the forefront as alternative
dispute resolution continues to prosper.
Brian Rayhill, Esq.
Epstein & Rayhill
565 Taxter Road
Elmsford, New York 10523Phone: (914) 593-7981
NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION, ONE ELK STREET, ALBANY, NY 12207 PH: (518) 463-3200 FX: (518) 487-5517