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Mediation 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

Peers and clients say:

"He is one of the very best for entertainment disputes"
"A long-time mediator in LA and a frequent speaker on mediation topics" 
“A very well-respected and distinguished mediator” 
"Mr Berman is a highly accomplished mediator and trainer"

Biography

Lee Jay Berman began as a full-time mediator 27 years ago, and has successfully mediated over 2,600 matters, many of which were high profile cases.  He is an American Arbitration Association Master Mediator for employment matters, a national panelist on their commercial and construction panels, and a select mediator on their International Center for Dispute Resolution mediation panel.  He is a Distinguished Fellow with the International Academy of Mediators, a Charter Diplomat with the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN), certified by the International Mediation Institute (one of the first 5 mediators in the U.S.), and a Dispute Resolution Expert with the United Nations Development Programme.  NADN named him their inaugural “Distinguished Neutral of the Year” in 2017.  California’s Daily Journal twice named him “Top Neutral”, he has been voted by his colleagues into the Who’s Who of International Commercial Mediation from 2012-2021, and ranked by Chambers USA as one of the top 40 commercial mediators in the U.S. from 2018-2021.

Also a respected trainer, Mr. Berman founded the American Institute of Mediation after seven years as Director of Pepperdine Law School's Mediating the Litigated Case program (ranked #1 nationally).  The Southern California Mediation Association gave him their Randolph Lowry Award for his success in educating others.  He has trained mediators, judges, attorneys, and business leaders across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, and Europe, as well as in India, Dubai, Uzbekistan, Australia, and New Zealand.

Lee Jay has been interviewed on dozens of podcasts, published numerous articles on mediation, and the American Bar Association will be publishing two of his books in 2021 and 2022.

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