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The best New York State mediators in 2011.


USA – New York Law JournalThe second annual New York Law Journal Reader Rankings Survey were released recently reveling whom readers think are the best mediators in New York State.

In 2011, New York lawyers feel these are the best mediators in the state:

  1. Joseph Spinola (Resolute Systems)
  2. John DiBlasi (NAM)
  3. Ronnie Gallina (JAMS)
  4. Kenneth Grundstein (NAM)
  5. Allen Hurkin-Torres (JAMS)
  6. Elizabeth Bonina (NAM)
  7. Vic D’Ammora (The Jansen Group)
  8. William Thompson (NAM)
  9. Peter Merani (NAM)
    Joseph Ehrlich (NAM)
  10. Robert Adams (NAM)

The survey is about individuals, not institutions. That said, the top mediation service providers would be:

  1. NAM (7)
  2. JAMS (2)
  3. The Jansen Group (1)
  4. Resolute Systems (1)

Judge Joseph P. Spinola has been named the top mediator in New York State in the 2011. Judge Spinola is a former Justice of the New York State Supreme Court. Judge Spinola has extensive experience litigating and presiding over a wide array of civil disputes including complex commercial, labor law, personal injury, legal and medical malpractice, products liability, business, employment, premises liability, insurance coverage, matrimonial and financial matters.

Based on the results of the 2011 NYLJ Rankings Survey, Judge John DiBlasi (Ret.) is the second best mediator for the second year in a row. He holds an AV Pre-eminent peer rating from Martindale-Hubbell in the fields of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Litigation - a distinction given to only those who possess the highest ethical standards and professional ability. Judge DiBlasi, a full-time NAM panel member, is a former Justice of the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court.

Ronnie Bernon Gallina, Esq., is third in this prestigious list. Ms. Gallina joined JAMS in 2008. She has extensive experience as a litigator trying labor law and other personal injury matters.

Each and every mediator appearing on this list has earned the respect of their colleagues over decades of professional practice and dedication to promoting mediation. They are proof that professional mediation is an option very much well-worth considering.

It is to be noted that retired judges become some of the best mediators in New York State and the US in general. Actually, they probably always were. It is notable, because not very many jurisdictions/countries produce as many notable mediators having served in the Judiciary as the US does.

Regarding the institutions these mediators work with, suffice it to say that they rank among the most known ADR institutions in the US.


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