Mr. Hochman recently retired from the New York City
law firm of Friedman, Wittenstein & Hochman, where he practiced from 1987 –
2006, first as a partner and later as counsel.
He was a founding partner in the firm now known as Kramer, Levin,
Naftalis & Frankel, where he
practiced from 1968-1987, specializing in corporate, commercial and securities
law. He also represented both investors
and issuers in real estate, tax oriented and other types of investment
partnerships. Prior to 1968, he was a
partner in Kramer, Nessen & Hochman and an associate at Proskauer Rose
Goetz & Mendelsohn, where he began the practice of law following his
graduation from Cornell Law School in 1959.
Mr. Hochman now practices exclusively as a mediator
and arbitrator. He is a member of CPR’s
Panel of Distinguished Neutrals and is on the mediation panels of the federal
district courts in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the U.S.
Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York and the New York State
Supreme Court’s Commercial Division in New York County. For many years he has
been one of the two mediation trainers certified by the New York State Office
of Court Administration to train the mediators for the Commercial Divisions in
the Supreme Courts in New York County and various other downstate
counties. He is also a Special Master
for the Appellate Division, First Department, of the New York State Supreme
Mr. Hochman writes, consults and lectures frequently
on the subjects of arbitration and mediation and is a member of the American
Law Institute and various ADR-related bar association and advisory
committees. He is a former Chair of the
Arbitration Committee of the American Bar Association's Section of Dispute
Resolution and former Co-Chair of its Large, Complex Case Subcommittee and
served as a member of the American Arbitration Association's Securities
Arbitration Rules Task Force and its Commercial Arbitration Practice Committee.
He is presently a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar
Association’s Section of Dispute Resolution and Co-Chair of its ADR in the Courts
Committee. He served for many years as
Chair of the American Law Institute-American Bar Association's annual program
on Alternative Dispute Resolution and Chair of its annual program on Corporate
Mergers and Acquisitions.
Mr. Hochman has mediated over 350 commercial,
business, international and other types of disputes, including securities,
contract, employment, insurance, real estate, bankruptcy, construction,
franchise, brokerage and class action disputes, approximately 98% of which have
settled. In addition to his own
investment activities, he serves on the investment committees and boards of
various not-for-profit corporations, including several hospitals and a
non-profit captive re-insurance company.
Mr. Hochman has also been an Adjunct Lecturer in Securities Regulation
at Columbia Law School and an Adjunct Lecturer in both Mergers and Acquisitions
and Alternative Dispute Resolution at Fordham Law School.