Mr. Byrne is Senior Counsel to the Firm and focuses his practice on Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”). He has been serving as a Mediator since Mediation first came on the horizon as a cost-effective means of resolving litigation and other disputes. He is well-respected professionally and has a reputation for bringing the most contentious disputes to full and final resolution. A strong proponent of ADR and a Certified Mediator with the United States District Court, Mr. Byrne brings more than 25 years of ADR experience to the matters before him.
He has successfully mediated issues in a wide variety of specialty areas, including commercial disputes, employment discrimination claims, employment contract disputes, wage and hour/FLSA claims, construction matters, complex personal injury and property damage claims, insurance and reinsurance matters, risk transfer disputes and life, health and disability claims. His legal career of over 35 years brings an added dimension of expertise to the matters over which he presides.
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. He was also asked to join a sub-panel for the United States District Court to help resolve a backload of over 1,400 Hurricane Sandy lawsuits. 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 is also 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 2016, Mr. Byrne was appointed to serve on the Advisory Council to the ADR Department of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
In 2021, for the seventh year in a row, Mr. Byrne was named one of the Top Three Mediators in the United States by The National Law Journal Best Of Survey. He was ranked a Top Ten Mediator for the eighth consecutive year by the 2021 New York Law Journal Best Of Survey and he was voted a Top Three Mediator by the 2018 Corporate Counsel Best Of Survey. Mr. Byrne was also named a National Law Journal 2018 Alternative Dispute Resolution Champion, as part of a select nationwide group.
Mr. Byrne has been awarded an A-V rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available, based on its peer review process and has consistently been recognized by his peers as a New York Metro Super Lawyer.
Mr. Byrne is available to mediate cases throughout the United States.
New York Law School, J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 1982
St. Peter's College, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1979
U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York