Mediation Committee


Post date: Thursday, October 07, 2021

A little wheel is spinning on this exiting-the-pandemic thing. Many stops and starts. In person vs. Zoom. However, our committee will continue to plow forward with mediating in challenging times. Bankruptcy and mediation are continually changing, and our committee adapts accordingly with insightful programs, best practices and information.

Post date: Thursday, October 07, 2021
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Sylvia A. Mayer

Time and timing permeate all aspects of the mediation process, including:

Post date: Wednesday, June 30, 2021
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Hon. Louis H. Kornreich

The Bankruptcy Code directs the trustee in “Subchapter V” small business debtor cases to “facilitate a consensual plan of reorganization.”[1] Earlier this year, the ABI Mediation and Reorganization Committees invited their members to participate in a survey to assess how this mandate has been implemented in practice.

Post date: Wednesday, June 30, 2021
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Hon. Louis H. Kornreich

As we exit the pandemic to a new beginning with soon-to-be-“in-person” events, the Mediation Committee is on a mission to join in on the happenings.

Wanted: Mediation Committee Leaders

Post date: Monday, March 01, 2021

The Mediation Committee continues to make things happen, notwithstanding the pandemic.


Post date: Tuesday, December 01, 2020

The Mediation Committee has been working nonstop since our last newsletter.

Post date: Wednesday, November 04, 2020

In January 1918, a soldier stationed at Fort Riley, Kan., reported to the base hospital suffering from flu-like symptoms: a sore throat, fever and chest pain. By lunchtime that day, more than 100 soldiers had come down with the same mysterious malady. This was the beginning of the influenza pandemic that struck the U.S., and later the world, a century ago.

Post date: Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Notwithstanding the pandemic and to no surprise, the mediation committee has been active this summer. Kudos to our past and present committee leaders who are vested in building our membership and driving the practice benefits of an educated mediation process.

Post date: Tuesday, August 25, 2020

This article first appeared in the Maine Lawyers Review, June 18, 2020.

Post date: Monday, August 26, 2019
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Hon. Judith K. Fitzgerald (ret.)

On August 5, 2019, I had the enlightening opportunity of discussing mediation with Rick Mikels, a seasoned bankruptcy practitioner whose appreciation for the nuances of mediation is remarkable. Rick was one of the first students of the ABI/St.


Fri, 2017-12-01

Hosted by the Business Reorganization and Mediation Committees

Tue, 2017-09-12

This webinar is geared to attorneys participating as advocates in mediations. It is intended to provide guidance for attorney advocates on how to select mediators, prepare themselves and their clients for mediation, and how to formulate negotiating strategies for use in the mediation. This program will also include tips for ensuring the attorney advocate and the client have properly formulated a risk assessment and negotiating strategy in advance of the mediation, as well as tips for dealing with impasse.

Thu, 2016-07-28

Authors of the Bankruptcy Litigation Committee's most recent newsletter hosted a call to discuss their topic, mediation of bankruptcy disputes.

Mon, 2016-05-16

During this informative call, the Newsletter Editors for the Mediation and Bankruptcy Litigation committees briefly disucssed the results of their joint survey concerning views about mediation. Ed Dobbs then lead a substansive discussion on mediation ethics. Click here to view the results of the survey and the outline provided by Mr. Dobbs that were published in a recent newsletter. 

Fri, 2016-04-15

War and Peace: Recent Trends and Developments in Bankruptcy Litigation and Mediation

Sat, 2015-04-18

Consumer Mortgage Modification Mediation: A Florida Success Story

Ms. Judith Elkin, Esq.
Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP
New Rochelle, NY
(917) 671-8062

Hon. Louis H. Kornreich
Bernstein Shur
Bangor, ME
(207) 852-1608

Mr. Ian Connor Bifferato
Communications Manager
The Bifferato Firm
Wilmington, DE
(302) 225-7600

Mr. Russell M. Blain
Communications Manager
Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Postler, PA
Tampa, FL
(813) 229-0144

Mr. Christopher M. Candon
Education Director
Sheehan, Phinney, Bass + Green
Manchester, NH
(603) 627-8168

Hon. Judith K. Fitzgerald
Education Director
Tucker Arensberg, P.C.
Pittsburgh, PA
(412) 559-2987

Mr. Edward L. Schnitzer, Esq.
Education Director
Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP
New York, NY
(212) 551-7781

Mr. Francis A. Monaco, Jr.
Membership Relations Director
Monaco Mediation
Wilmington, MD
(302) 690-0757

Mr. Isaac Daniel Rothschild
Membership Relations Director
Mesch Clark Rothschild
Tucson, AZ
(520) 624-8886

Mr. Morris S. Bauer
Newsletter Editor
Duane Morris LLP
Newark, NJ
(973) 424-2037

Mr. Donald L. Swanson
Special Projects Leader
Koley Jessen
Omaha, NE
(402) 390-9500

Mrs. Emily S. Wall
Special Projects Leader
Cavazos Hendricks Poirot, PC
Dallas, TX
(214) 573-7307

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