Richard P. Byrne, Co-Managing Partner of the Firm, has been serving as a Mediator since Mediation first came on the horizon as an efficient and cost-effective means of resolving litigation and other disputes.
A strong proponent of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mr. Byrne received his initial training over 25 years ago through the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Since that time, he has mediated over 1,000 cases, in a wide array of settings, involving various areas of the law, including employment discrimination, construction and commercial disputes, complex personal injury and property damage claims, insurance coverage matters, risk transfer disputes and disability claims. He is well-respected professionally and has a strong track record of bringing parties’ disputes to a full and final conclusion.
A strong proponent of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mr. Byrne received his initial training over 25 years ago through the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
In 2013, Mr. Byrne was selected by Kenneth R. Feinberg, the former Administrator of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, to assist in the mediation and resolution of Hurricane Sandy claims.
In 2014, Mr. Byrne was selected to join the Mediation and Arbitration Panel of NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation), one of the country’s most highly-regarded providers of ADR services.
He has served as a Specialty Editorial Board Member on Alternative Dispute Resolution for the Journal of American Law and, in addition to his work through NAM, he is a member of the Mediation panels for both the United States District Court and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York.
In 2014, Mr. Byrne was also asked to join a sub-panel of Mediators to assist the Eastern District in addressing a backlog of over 1,400 Hurricane Sandy-related lawsuits pending before the Court, and continues to presently serve as a member of the District Court's ADR Advisory Council.
Mr. Byrne then had the privilege of being chosen by the 2014 New York Law Journal Reader Rankings Survey as a Top 10 “Best Individual Mediator”, followed by the honor of being named as Mediator of the Year by the Institute of Jewish Humanities.
In 2019, for the fifth year in a row, Mr. Byrne was recognized as one of the top three Mediators in the United States by the Best of the National Law Journal Annual Reader Rankings Survey and was for 2014 through 2018, selected as a Top 10 “Best Individual Mediator” by the New York Law Journal Reader Rankings Survey.
Mr. Byrne was additionally named as an ADR Champion by the National Law Journal in 2016 and 2017.