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IMI Certified Mediator
Commercial, Construction, Copyright and IP, Employment, Environment, Medicine
EQP - Experience Qualification Path (Historic)
Principal, JPMeyer Associates, Commercial Dispute Solutions, an ADR firm. Adjunct Professor of Negotiation and Mediation, Cornell Law School. Vice co-chair, Independent Standards Commission, International Mediation Institute. Fellow & former Board Member, International Academy of Mediators. Member, American College of Civil Trial Mediators. Member, College of Commercial Arbitrators. Co-founder of the JAMS Philadelphia office, 2004; member, AAA’s commercial & employment arbitration & mediation panels;member, American Health Lawyers’ Association mediatiion panel; contract mediator for the EEOC; mediator Federal Circuit Court of Appeals; Judge Pro Tem, Philadelphia Commerce Court & Court of Common Pleas; mediator USDC, Eastern District of PA; distinguished neutral, CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution; mediator, Superior Courts, NJ. Former litigation partner, Meserve, Mumper & Hughes, Los Angeles. Litigation "Of Counsel", Bazelon Firm, Philadelphia. Best Lawyers in America in ADR.
Representative cases: reimbursement claim for manged behavioral health services; interp of Basket Max Loss Provisin in Lrg Risk Alternative Rating Ins K; distributorship K for entry of major US brand to EU; NASD broker claim vs clearing firm; post-merger dispute re inventory value; pharma firms dispute re asset purchase K & mfg supply K; ind contractor dispute re nursing home mgmt; infringement of copyright registration & trade dress rights; software implementation/perf dispute; intern'tl dispute re patent lic. assignments; interp of self-exoneration clause in K for asbestos abatement; assessment vs Deferral Notes iss'd in Stock Purchase K due to haz wast clean-up;contamination of water table from construction run-off; mold contamination in college dorms HVAC; design failure in $4M residence; gas explosion demolishing historic structure; acceleration damage claim by GC vs pre-cast sub in $75 school project; gas lexplosion demolishes historic structure; sexual harassment;Title VII;ADEA
I believe the parties in mediation own their disputes. Although guided by wise counsel, ultimately a party must make the hard decision of what to do with his dispute. Neither the litigation nor the arbitration process provide an opportunity where counsel, clients, carriers, and anyone else with a direct interest in the outcome of a dispute, can gather in a “behind the screen” confidential setting to discuss not just the rights and obligations of the litigants, but also their interests and needs. The mediator guides, but does not own, this conversation. I believe that a dispute is a problem to be solved, not a battle to be won. Mediations are not "one size fits all" and there are no two mediations that require the same approach. I use joint and private cuacusing; am facilitative and evaluative; reach out to parties and counsel pre-mediation; require mediation briefing - or not. It depends on the needs,preferences, personalities of the participants, their relationships and history.
Commercial Construction Contract Copyright and Intellectual Property Distribtorship Agreements Real Estate Employment Environmental Franchisor/Franchisee Agreements Health Services Tort Products Liability Insurance coverage and Bad Faith Bankruptcy Accounting and Legal Malpractice Design Professional Malpractice Medical Malpractice
$640/hr; $5000/per diem
Fellow and former Board Member, International Academy of Mediators Member, American College of Civil Trial Mediators Member, College of Commercial Arbitration Member, Association of Conflict Resolvers Distinguished Neutral, CPR IInternational institute of Conflict Prevention & Resolution Employment & Commercial Mediator and Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association Neutrals' Panel, American Health Lawyers' Association Mediator, Federal Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Pro Tem, Commerce Court, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Mediator, United States District Court, Eastern District PA Panelist, JAMS [2004-2006]; Judicate[1990-1994]; American Intermediation Service [1986-1990] Admitted, California Bar 1974 [active 1974-1990; inactive 1990-] Admitted Pennsylvania Bar 1988 Admitted Idaho Bar 2004
Training and Education
Initially I learned mediation by mediating - for the Los Angeles Superior Courts in the 1980's. I next observed mediations conducted by professional commercial mediators and then mediated professionally on my own as the ADR field began to develop. I taught myself the negotiation and mediation literature in order to teach at Cornell Law School. I now fulfill 12 hours of CLE requirements in ADR yearly. I attend the yearly two-day seminars of the International Academy of Mediators. I periodically attend education seminars hosted by the Harvard Project on Negotiation. I have also had the following training: advanced mediation training with JAMS and AAA; mediation training with the Federal Circuit Court of Appeal; advanced mediation training with the American College of Civil Trial Mediators; mediation training with American Intermediation Service. I have passed the AAA Arbitrator Ethics & Disclosure (ACE003) examination.
Coach, Cornell Law School Team, INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, PARIS, MOOT MEDIATION COMPETITION, February '09; Adjunct Professor Negotiation,Mediation & Arb, Cornell Law School, Ithaca, NY, 1999-present; Program Chair, INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF MEDIATORS CONFERENCE, April '09Fordham Law Sch. Inst on Internat'l Mediation, June'08; Neogtiation,Class of MiddleEastern Female Managers,Wharton School of Bus., Univ of PA, Exedc Ed Program, Apr'07; How to Psych Out Your Opponent, Phila. Trial Lawyers Ass'n, Nov'06; Personal Injury ADR, Phila Tril Lawyers Ass'n, June'06; "Ethical Dilemmas of the Neutral", ABA-ADR Section Conf., Apr'06;Presenter, Mediating Cases in Litigation", Weber Gallagher Firm, May'06; Mediating Employment Cases, Spector Gadon Firm, Apr'06; Stump the Mediator, ADR Institute, Mar'06; Difficult Moments in Mediation, Intern'tl Academy Mediators, Nov'05; Negotiation 7 Mediation, Albertsons' Regional Counsel Mtg, June'05; Psych. Impediments to Mediation Success, CPR Institute, June '05; Mediation for Trial Lawyers, Amer. College Trial lawyers,May'05;"Literature, Film & ADR", ABA-ADR Mtg, Apr'05; Intellectual Prop. Disputes, PA Bar Inst, Jun'04 [partial list]
“Mediator Certification: What Are Some Practitioners Afraid Of?”, Alternatives to the High Cost of Litigation, CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, Vol. 26, No. 10, Nov. '08;“Mediator Certification: A Look at the IMI Standards”, Dispute Resolution Journal, August – October '08, Vol.63, No.3;“Mediators’ Alert: Now, Certification Goes Global”, Alternatives,CPR IInstitute, Vol. 26, No. 3, March 2008; Book Review “Alternative Dispute Resolution”, by Robert Creo, PA Lawyer Magazine November '07; “When the Neutral’s Dilemma Hits: Routine Problems, and the Not-So-Routine Repercussions, of Common Arbitration Conflicts”, Alternatives, CPR IInstitute Vol 25, No. 5, May '07; “ADR v. the Bench: Why Are Neutrality Standards Different?”, Alternatives, CPR Institute,Vol25,No.4, April '07; "Powerful Persuasion: What Mediators Really Want to Hear,"Trial Mag., Vol 42, Issue 4, Apr'06; "Think Outside the Box", Corp Counsel Mag, Jan'05; 10 additional articles upon request
IMI Code of Ethical Conduct ABA Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators Complaint process
IMI Professional Conduct Assessment Process
Complete Equity Markets, Inc., Lloyd's London Correspondents Coverage $1,000,000/$1,000,000