Mediation Committee


Post date: Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Mediation Committee looks forward to another productive year. Our ABI-published mediation book, Bankruptcy Mediation, is an excellent resource for mediators and representatives of parties in mediation.

Post date: Monday, February 06, 2017

In 2009, I had a summer intern and together we spent the entire summer compiling an outline summarizing the contents of local rules concerning the use of mediation and other ADR processes in bankruptcy courts throughout the nation (I did some other stuff too like having lunch in the park instead of at my desk).  This was long a project on the bucket list of the former ADR Committee of the Ameri

Post date: Monday, February 06, 2017
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Hon. Louis H. Kornreich (ret.)

We are pleased to report that many bankruptcy judges responded to our survey on the use of mediation in their courts. The response rate was 26 percent, and we are told this is a very high rate of return. We appreciate the time and effort each of the participating judges expended in this effort and hope you will find this summary of results to be useful.

Post date: Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Mediation Committee had a tremendous 2016! We strived to continue to provide our members with enlightening and useful substantive information while also offering enjoyable and valuable social and networking opportunities.

Post date: Thursday, October 06, 2016
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Jacob A. (Jack) Esher

Mediation is receiving an increasing amount of attention in international commercial matters, including cross-border insolvency and restructurings. The global nature of business enterprises today, with exposure to litigation — and its expense and risk — in more than one forum, is a compelling reason to pursue mediation as a solution to contentious disputes.

Post date: Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Mediation Committee is pleased to announce a new ABI publication: Bankruptcy Mediation. ABI last published a book about mediation in 2009. Since then, the application of mediation to all aspects of the bankruptcy process has grown exponentially. As of 2016, numerous Bankruptcy Courts have adopted local rules on mediation and many have pre-certified panels of mediators.

Post date: Tuesday, July 19, 2016

“In my mind, there was a stigma attached to bankruptcy. Bankruptcy meant weakness, failure . . . that you weren’t able to take care of yourself and your family on your own, as a man,” Jose Miranda told us.

Post date: Thursday, June 09, 2016

In Ozenne v. Chase Manhattan Bank (In re Ozenne), a majority of the U.S.

Post date: Thursday, June 09, 2016

In recent years, bankruptcy judges — including the co-author of this article — have been mediating cases with more frequency. Parties in bankruptcy-related disputes often request that one of the local bankruptcy judges mediate their cases, or in other cases, that a bankruptcy judge refer a matter to a colleague for mediation.

Post date: Thursday, June 09, 2016
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Edward L. Schnitzer

In many bankruptcy courts, using mediation to resolve complex disputes, or at least narrow issues in dispute, has become commonplace.[1] In fact, in certain jurisdictions mediation of adversary proceedings is mandatory.[2] However, one recent bankruptcy court expressed disappr


Ms. Judith Elkin, Esq.
Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP
New Rochelle, NY
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Hon. Louis H. Kornreich
Bernstein Shur
Bangor, ME
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The Bifferato Firm
Wilmington, DE
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Tampa, FL
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Mr. Christopher M. Candon
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Hon. Judith K. Fitzgerald
Education Director
Tucker Arensberg, P.C.
Pittsburgh, PA
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Mr. Edward L. Schnitzer, Esq.
Education Director
Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP
New York, NY
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Membership Relations Director
Monaco Mediation
Wilmington, MD
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Mesch Clark Rothschild
Tucson, AZ
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Koley Jessen
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Special Projects Leader
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Dallas, TX
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