This year we identify 430 practitioners operating in 330 firms across 47 countries for their exceptional handling of complex disputes in mediation proceedings.
Who’s Who Legal does not list firms, only individual lawyers. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research. We highlight individuals at other firms who also scored very highly in our research.
The Global Elite Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as being truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
The “highly respected” Heather Allen is a “very experienced and strong mediator” according to respondents who further applaud her “lovely, personable manner” in proceedings.
Karl Mackie CBE is a “well-established” mediator, celebrated by peers as “not only very active, but also very highly regarded” in the work he conducts.
Eileen Carroll QC attracts widespread plaudits as a “stateswoman of the field” whose “international work consistently meets client needs” and is “very effective and very personable” in delivery.
Christopher Newmark is acclaimed for his “close ties and notable experience with the ICC”, as well as his significant experience in the field, having previously conducted over 200 commercial mediations.
Tony Allen is “very well known” in the mediation space, with notable experience handling a spectrum of disputes including personal injury, banking and broader commercial claims.
The “excellent” Bill Marsh is a “go-to – his calibre and quality are simply fantastic”. Respondents “highly recommend his style and approach” and exalt his “very successful” mediation practice.
Michel Kallipetis QC is a “well-respected” figure in mediation, garnering recognition as “really excellent” and a “great mediator and teacher”.
The “top-notch” Phillip Howell-Richardson is recommended for his excellent international dispute work, mediating for individuals, corporations and governments.
Sources celebrate Kate Jackson’s “exceptional approach to mediations” and ability to successfully mediate disputes across a wide range of commercial sectors.
Seasoned practitioner Jonathan Lloyd-Jones has over 25 years’ experience in commercial mediation, bringing in-depth knowledge in professional negligence, construction and property disputes.
Andrew Paton “knows the field back to front”, and brings a “confident and highly competent approach in order to get the job done”.
The “superb” Mark Lomas QC is “well known among peers for his strong reputation” in commercial mediations.
Nicholas Pryor is a leading name in mediation, commended for his considerable experience handling complex disputes, having been appointed in over 1,250 mediations across multiple jurisdictions.
Mark Jackson-Stops is a “phenomenal” and “very able” mediation specialist, acting as a full-time mediator in property development, management and evaluation disputes.
Lawrence Kershen QC receives widespread commendation for his adept handling of mediations across a variety of matters, including financial services, manufacturing, property and shareholdings.
The “very active” Liz Rivers is lauded for her “excellent work in workplace and employment disputes”. Peers also rate her “great ability to promote relationship maintenance”.
Jon Lang is a “keen player in the field” with a “truly excellent and very pleasant” approach to commercial mediation proceedings.
Patrick Walker is “a prominent figure in the field”, with notable expertise in property mediations and a strong track record in multiparty disputes.
Jane Player is distinguished as an “absolutely excellent” mediator, executing mediations surrounding in the corporate and contractual disputes with aplomb.
Tim Hardy achieves widespread recognition for his top-tier mediation practice and is highly sought after for his impressive experience handling commercial disputes.
“Leader of the field” William Wood QC is applauded for his “superb, excellent approach” and “great international work”. He is “extremely clever – the first rank of legal ability”, with “a compelling manner and enormous credibility”. He always “goes above and beyond for clients”.
The “very well-known” Geoff Sharp is “truly an international mediator and a great guy”, according to sources who report being “very impressed with his knowledge” of commercial disputes.
Tony Willis is a “highly respected” figure in commercial mediation, and is singled out as a “name-to-know that performs great work”.
Stephen Ruttle QC is a “favourite mediator in the UK” and a “first-rate practitioner” with a “strong international portfolio”. Peers further comment, “Clients respond extremely well to him.”
Other leading individuals
“Clients love” the “fantastic” Rosemary Jackson QC of Keating Chambers, who is “absolutely outstanding” and a “good operator, with a strong international portfolio of work and a great understanding of construction issues”.
At 3 Verulam Buildings, Elizabeth Birch is “a senior figure” who is “very active” in the mediation space. She enjoys an “excellent reputation” among clients seeking commercial dispute resolution in a range of sectors.
Serle Court is home to the “exceptional” Beverly-Ann Rogers, who “provides consistently good service”. Her “personable approach” makes her “an established and well-rated figure” across the board.
Clyde & Co’s Jane Andrewartha is a “a superstar”, with interviewees exalting her as “a rare gem who works for a city firm yet keeps an outstanding mediation roster”. She attains further accolade for her ability to “handle difficult cases very well” and is “reliably excellent”.
Sources laud the “very well-known” Edwin Glasgow CBE QC at 39 Essex Chambers as “seasoned and incredibly able” with a “strong commitment to international mediation”.
The “very active” Colin Manning of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square “has got it all – not only is he very good at adapting to his audience, but he also has an excellent manner”.
Thierry Garby at Mediation & Resolution is widely recommended as a “fine specialist” and is “highly respected” in his capacity as an international and domestic mediator.
Claude Amar is celebrated as an “active and interesting” commercial mediator. His “background as an architect bringing a refreshing and different approach” to real estate project, construction and operation disputes in particular.
John Sturrock QC of Core Solutions Group is a “name that stands out a mile – he’s exceptionally good”, according to respondents who further applaud his “great work in people disputes and public sector issues”.
Birgit Sambeth Glasner of Altenburger Ltd legal + tax is “highly recommended by clients and fellow practitioners”, who laud her “top-flight” practice and “excellent reputation” in the field.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Bruce Edwards is “highly respected” by peers and clients in the mediation space and is notably praised as “great on construction defects”.
Michael Young is “very smart and is able to mediate a wide range of industries because of this”, according to impressed sources who further praise him as “a terrific guy and very active”.
Linda Singer garners plaudits for her top-tier mediation practice and has developed over 30 years’ experience in international disputes.
Richard Chernick is a distinguished mediator, having conducted over 1,900 mediations and arbitrations before a vast range of forums, international and domestic.
The “outstanding” Daniel Weinstein is recognised for his astute handling of complex, multiparty disputes and ability to conduct virtual mediations on a spectrum of online platforms.
Sources state that Vivien Shelanski is “smart and very effective” in her capacity as a commercial, construction and employment mediator for a series of high-profile clients.
David Geronemus comes “at the top of everyone’s list” for complex mediations in matters ranging from insurance coverage to intellectual property.
Robert Davidson “has worked in the international arena his entire business career and has distinguished himself as a neutral”, note respondents who further compliment his “great arbitration practice”.
Sources herald seasoned practitioner Cliff Hendler as an “excellent mediator”, praising work in insurance litigation, class action and community-based conflicts.
Allan Stitt ranks highly among peers who consider him a top name in Canada for commercial mediation, with his practice sspanning a range of matters from employment to contractual claims.
Ralph Williams is applauded throughout the mediation space as “an outstanding practitioner with a great personality”.
“Standout” player Eric Galton is “thought of highly” in the arena, where he mediates over 17 legal practice areas in a broad range of mediation styles.
Greg Bourgeois “absolutely shines” in his ADR offering, providing top-tier mediations and arbitrations for professional liability, employment disputes and insurance matters.
Ben Cunningham receives widespread accolades for his long-running dispute mediation practice and commitment to training the next generation of mediators.
John Upchurch receives sterling recommendations for the rigorous knowledge of the law he brings to commercial mediations, having previously served as a circuit judge in the state of Florida.
Lawrence Watson Jr excels in complex, multiparty commercial and construction disputes, acting exclusively in a litigation and ADR capacity for a range of clients.
Rodney Max has built a stellar reputation in mass torts and class action mediations in commercial and consumer disputes.
Other leading individuals
Independent mediator Louise Otis receives widespread acclaim for her top-tier mediation practice, spanning an array of commercial and civil disputes.
Barbara Cornish at Cornish Margolis Boyd Mediation & Arbitration is looked upon with enormous favour by sources who “highly recommend her” for her expert handling of insurance claims, employment disputes and construction matters.
David Bristow QC at Team Resolution Mediation and Arbitration enjoys a “great reputation” in the Canadian market where he is singled out for his impressive work on commercial mediation and arbitration proceedings.
At Arbitration Place Warren Winkler QC is a well-recognised name in international mediation, where he stands out for his impressive handling of commercial, labour and class action proceedings.
Edna Sussman of SussmanADR is “internationally renowned on a policy and neutral level”, note peers who dub her “as good as they come”.
Kenneth Cloke at the Center for Dispute Resolution “wrote the book on mediation”, bringing 40 years’ experience in international mediations for clients facing a variety of conflicts.
Seasoned mediator Jeff Kichaven of Jeff Kichaven Commercial Mediation is “amazing” in his capacity as a commercial mediator, delivering a creative approach to settlement.
At Resolutions, Eric Green is lauded by sources as “an international figure who is incredibly well known”, navigating legally stringent mediations in sectors including securities, financial services and construction.
Benjamin N Cardozo School of Law is home to Lela Porter Love, a “renowned academic” in mediation matters, combining an in-depth legal knowledge with an active mediation practice.
Peers and clients hold Kenneth Feinberg at the Law Offices of Kenneth R Feinberg in high esteem and note he is “particularly active in mass torts and domestic disaster cases”.
Jeffrey Krivis at First Mediation Corporation garners widespread commendation for his dynamic mediation practice, using his legal know-how developed from his litigation background.
Sources laud Lee Jay Berman of the Mediation Offices of Lee Jay Berman as “one of the hardest-working mediators I know – he will not stop until the conflict is resolved”. They further exalt him as “one of the most genuine and humane people” to encounter in the space.
Barr Mediation’s Eleanor Barr has extensive experience as a full-time mediator, bringing a rigorous legal eye to settle cases in complex, multiparty disputes throughout a range of practice areas.
Deborah Rothman at Deborah Rothman ESQ has a strong track record in mediation and arbitration, bringing a collaborative approach to facilitate commercial dispute resolution.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Independent mediator Joanna Kalowski is “very active” in complex, highly sensitive group mediations, spanning land claims, environmental disputes and commercial proceedings.
Strategic Resolution’s Alan Limbury is held in high esteem by market sources for his remarkable ability in IP and commercial-related mediation proceedings.
Seasoned practitioner Rosemary Howell is celebrated by respondents for her strong commercial portfolio built from 30 years’ mediation experience.
Independent practitioner Ian Hanger AM QC is “an excellent mediator and teacher”, known for his profound expertise in a spectrum of disputes including professional negligence, equity and contracts.
Jody Sin Kar Yu of the Resolution Mediation Consultants is “an established figure” in the Hong Kong market, renowned for conducting “excellent” facilitative and evaluative mediations.
“Well-known figure” Danny McFadden at CEDR Asia Pacific runs “one of the biggest mediation practices in the area” and is “well respected” and “known for commercial disputes in China and Europe”.
ADR International’s Norris Yang earns praise as a “full-time and active” figure in international commercial disputes, where he has established a strong reputation as a “well-known name in contractual agreements”.
Christopher To at Gilt Chambers is “very experienced, very active and very well respected”, according to sources who extol his international mediation practice.
Nadja Alexander of Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy is “very well known” and has “a standout reputation” for her legal rigour in an array of commercial disputes.
George Lim SC at Wee Tay & Lim is a leading light in the Singaporean ADR scene, and has mediated over 300 disputes, including several complex, cross-border commercial matters.
Aequitas Law’s Tat Lim earns plaudits as “very impressive” and comes “highly recommended by clients as well as fellow practitioners” for conducting top-notch commercial and public interest mediations.