After serving as Law Secretary to then Appellate Division Justice
Charles Breitel , Mr. Solovay for much of his career headed the litigation
department of a law firm which served as general counsel to Allen & Company
and many corporations it had funded, as well as the Onassis interests and
many other interesting clients drawn by those names. As a result, it had
an unusually large and varied litigation practice for its size and, because its
senior partner chaired the American Arbitration Association, Mr. Solovay also
came frequently to be involved in arbitrations including a precedent setting
long and costly international one. That resulted in an invitation to author the
first of three ADR books and ultimately to his present description of himself
as a “reformed litigator” who attempts wherever feasible, to settle even
the most contentious disputes including those involved in ongoing litigations.
Mr. Solovay’s frequent service as a mediator and participation
as counsel to parties in mediations and as a mediator for the US District
Court,, SDNY, led to his election to the National Academy of Distinguished
Neutrals which describes him as one of New York’s best mediators and to his
recent appointment to the SDNY’s Committee of Mediation Advisors.
Before being appointed to co-chair the Negotiation Committee when it was
first formed, his frequent organizing of programs and authoring articles on
Collaborative Law led to an appointment to similarly head the Dispute
Resolution Section’s first formed Collaborative Law Committee.
While Mr. Solovay favors the use of mediation and
Collaborative Law whenever feasible, he has also become well known in ADR
circles as a pioneering promoter and user of Med-Arb – a now increasingly
popular “hybrid” combination of mediation and arbitration – for situations
where typical mediation is not appropriate and for use in international
arbitrations where it can now be used to obtain the arbitration award
required for enforceability under the New York Convention at a fraction of
the time and cost of the typically long running expensive international
arbitrations previously thought to be essential for that purpose.