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We recognise 298 of the world’s leading commercial mediators, and each should be considered to be among of the outstanding experts in their jurisdiction. Our listing encompasses sole practitioners, barristers, boutique firms, former judges and non-lawyers.

We also select the 10 most highly regarded commercial mediators in the world.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Lawyer Firm
Bill Marsh Independent Mediators, London
Tony Willis Brick Court Chambers, London
Michel Kallipetis QC Independent Mediators, London
William Wood QC Brick Court Chambers, London
David Richbell David Richbell Partnership, Olney
Eric Green Resolutions, Boston
Alan Limbury Strategic Resolution, Woolloomooloo
Stephen Ruttle QC Brick Court Chambers, London
Colin Wall Mediation & Arbitration Services Ltd, Hong Kong
Geoff Sharp Sharp Commercial Mediation, Wellington / Brick Court Chambers, London

JAMS is once again identified as the pre-eminent provider of mediation services in our research with 21 experts selected for inclusion, and several more affiliated but listed here under their own names. Most are based in the US, where leaders are picked out across six states. In DC, Linda Singer is said to be “superb” and a “pioneer”, and served as a special master to the US District Court, SDNY. She is joined by Michael Lewis, who has mediated and arbitrated disputes from the business, public policy, employment, environment and governmental sectors. In New York Michael Young has conducted over 1,250 mediations and arbitrations in over 30 states and internationally, and is viewed as “the king of financial services mediation” according to admiring peers. Margaret Shaw is also very highly rated, and has participated in the resolution of thousands of disputes across the US. Robert Davidson was recommended to researchers for both his mediation and arbitration practices. Bruce Edwards is one of five California-based nominees in this edition and a founding partner of JAMS. “One of the pre-eminent figures in the history of the market,” he has mediated over 4,500 disputes throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. Zela Claiborne is “one of the most experienced mediators in the world, and one of the best”. Eric Van Loon in Boston is also held in very high esteem for his track record across a range of industries, while John Hinchey in Atlanta is among the foremost construction mediators in the world. Harvey Kirsh in Canada is similarly well known for his construction and engineering practice, and Manon Schonewille and Giuseppe De Palo are selected among the leading experts in the Netherlands and Italy respectively.

Independent Mediators proclaims itself as Europe’s only dedicated chambers of independent commercial mediators, and all seven of its members earn inclusion in this edition as leaders in the field. Bill Marsh received more recommendations than any other practitioner in our international research, with interviewees describing him as “fantastically skilled” and “a real thought leader in our profession”. He has worked with governments, public bodies, multinational businesses, professional firms and individuals and each have found him to be “calm, effective and impressive”. The “hugely popular” Michel Kallipetis QC also appears among the most highly regarded practitioners in our research, and respondents to our research “absolutely love him”. His expertise extends over partnership, banking, insurance, employment, negligence, construction and commercial disputes. Phillip Howell-Richardson has over 20 years of experience in this field and is said to be a “remarkable” mediator. He was also praised by researchers for his “valuable encouragement to the next generation of mediators”. Nicholas Pryor “always gives 110 per cent and goes the extra mile to secure a settlement”, according to satisfied clients, while Mark Lomas QC is said to be “always well prepared; he is patient, thoughtful and innovative.” Charles Dodson is commended for his work on multi-party, high value and international disputes and Jonathan Lloyd-Jones has over 20 years’ experience and a “first-class track record” on professional negligence, construction, property, partnership and employment disputes.

CEDR Chambers sees four of its mediators listed. Karl Mackie was awarded the CBE for his services to mediation in 2010, and “has been at the top of the profession for a long time”. He has mediated many high-profile cases including the first substantial Court of Appeal mediation, the Maxwell Pension Trusts, BCCI and the Alder Hey retained organs litigation. Heather Allen is a qualified barrister and head of CEDR’s mediator training faculty, and Tony Allen also scores very highly. Eileen Carroll is sought after by high-profile clients such as entrepreneurs, public sector organisations, celebrities, international businesses and sovereign states, and she has an “incredible mind which enables her to get the bottom of any issue; she is everything you would want in a mediator”. The “fantastic” Danny McFadden is one of the leading experts in Hong Kong, and is fluent in Mandarin and Indonesian.

Several members of the UK Bar stand out for the quality of their mediation practices, and Brick Court Chambers is home to some of the most highly rated practitioners in the world. Tony Willis is “part of the aristocracy” and a “premier league mediator”. Former managing partner of Clifford Chance, he is a three-time winner of our Mediator of the Year Award and has conducted more than a thousand mediations in relation to areas such as professional negligence, boardroom disputes, construction and insurance for clients such as corporates, individuals, government departments and regulators. William Wood QC is said to be “at the top of his game, absolutely superb”. Interviewees say he is “always well prepared, and inspires the confidence of solicitors and clients alike.” Stephen Ruttle QC is “first-rate” and has successfully mediated many hundreds of disputes, some of which involve billions of pounds. Clients would go to Geoff Sharp “10 times out of 10”. A door tenant at Brick Court, he has conducted over a thousand mediations in New Zealand and worldwide, and is one of the most highly rated individuals on our international research. John Sturrock QC of Core Solutions Group in Edinburgh was also announced as a Brick Court door tenant in May 2013, and is “internationally recognised as a major player in this area”.

Also in England, David Richbell is “very highly admired” by clients and peers alike, both for his construction related expertise and for his experience in a wider range disputes internationally. Jane Andrewartha at Clyde & Co is “probably the best analytical mediator in London” and all but unique in the upper reaches of our research in that she also maintains a full disputes practice at her firm alongside her mediation work. Mark Jackson-Stops from In Place of Strife is a qualified chartered surveyor and a mediator “of rare perception and effectiveness”. He has conducted well over 1,000 proceedings and is an acknowledged leader in the market. Alongside him, Lawrence Kershen QC is particularly well known for his effectiveness relating to cross-cultural issues, while Amanda Bucklow is “very very good”, recognised for her work in a range of commercial and employment disputes. Andrew Paton of Pinsent Masons in Birmingham stands out for his construction and professional negligence work, and the firm also offers highly rated experts in Beijing, including John Bishop and in Dubai, namely Björn Gehle.

Eric Green of Resolutions in Boston heads our US research and is “one of the most eminent figures in this field”. He has successfully mediated a range of very high-profile cases, including the United States v Microsoft antitrust case, the MasterCard/Visa merchants’ class action antitrust case and the Monsanto PCB cases in Alabama. In Texas, Eric Galton at the Lakeside Mediation Center is “hugely sought after”. A veteran of over 7,000 cases, he consistently maintains a 91 per cent settlement rate. Jonathan Marks of MarksADR in Maryland was described to researchers as “the best mediator in the Eastern US”, and his extensive experience in both resolution and training has earned him respect across the world. Jeff Kichaven in California is one of the foremost experts on the West Coast, described as “excellent” and “unbelievably effective”. Edna Sussman of Sussman ADR in New York continues to be among the most highly rated practitioners in the field, with clients and peers alike recognising her mediation and arbitration expertise.

Kenneth Feinberg is founding and managing partner of Feinberg Rozen in DC and “a real star”. He is well known for serving as special master of the federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001, and he is an “empathetic, effective mediator”. Jeffrey Krivis of First Mediation Corporation in California has over 20 years of experience in this sector, and has resolved thousands of disputes ranging from wage and hour class actions to entertainment, employment, insurance and wrongful death matters. Dwight Golann in Boston is a “definite inclusion on any list of the best” and is praised for his adaptability and persistence, while Paul Lurie of Schiff Hardin in Chicago is particularly fêted for his construction related work.

A number of outstanding experts stand out across Europe. In France, Thierry Garby of Lerins Avocats was described as a “genius” by impressed clients, a “fabulous mediator who has led the way in Paris”. Claude Amar is similarly well regarded, particularly for real estate and construction disputes and for his multiparty expertise. Renate Dendorfer at Heussen in Munich is “very highly respected for both her practice and her training”. Helena De Backer of DS De Backer & Bastin in Brussels is also recognised as one of the continent’s leading exponents, and Patrick Van Leynseele of Dal & Veldekens Law Firm comes very well recommended.

In Canada, Cliff Hendler of ADR Chambers is one of the finest mediators in North America, and has been retained in more than 3,000 matters since 1989. Australia has a particularly well-developed mediation market and is home to some of its foremost exponents worldwide. Alan Limbury at Strategic Resolution is “absolutely first class”, and has acted as sole mediator in more than 1,500 commercial and intellectual property disputes. Joanna Kalowski in Sydney is “very well known and respected in the market” for both her mediation practice and teaching. Ian Hanger AM QC in Brisbane was described as “stellar”, praised for both his mediation and arbitration skills.

Mediation is gaining significant traction in Asia and is home to the some of the area’s outstanding practitioners. Colin Wall of Commercial, Mediation & Arbitration Services is a past chairman of the Hong Kong Mediation Council and one of the most highly rated individuals in our research overall. He is rated as “one of the best in the world” and also considered to be a pre-eminent trainer. Nadja Alexander at the Institute for Conflict Engagement and Resolution is also based in Hong Kong and is similarly highly regarded for her “in-depth and very impressive” training, while Christopher To is “one of the finest ADR practitioners in the region” and praised for his mediation and arbitration expertise. 

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