Richard S. Weil
Attorney - Mediator
Richard S. Weil has mediated over 375 cases, primarily involving employment, business and real estate disputes, in his private practice and for Federal and State Courts in New York, New Jersey and California. He has also served as an arbitrator, early neutral evaluator, Special Master and Judge Pro Tem.
Mr. Weil’s interest in mediation grew from his long experience as a litigator and transactional attorney, first litigating employment discrimination cases in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department, then as a litigator and transactional attorney in private practice. He has litigated over 1,000 cases and tried more than 150.
In 1992 Mr. Weil added mediation to his practice, having gained an appreciation for its benefits to litigants - among them saving time and money, eliminating the risks of trial, providing a “day in court,” (less than 5% of cases go to trial) and avoiding negative publicity.
Mr. Weil became a full-time mediator when he moved to New York in 2006. In addition to his private practice, he mediates for Federal and State appellate and trial courts, the American Arbitration Association and the CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals.
Mr. Weil is an active member of the mediation community, serving on the Executive Committee of the State Bar Dispute Resolution Section, the City Bar ADR Committee and several court Mediation Advisory Committees. He spearheaded a survey of New York litigators’ views on mediation for the State and City Bars, chaired a CLE program on effective mediation advocacy and wrote a booklet about the benefits of mediation for businesses. His articles about mediation have been published in the ABA Dispute Resolution Journal, the New York Law Journal and CPR’s magazine “Alternatives.”
Mr. Weil’s litigation and transactional experience combined with his two decades of ADR experience give him a breadth of legal knowledge and an understanding of the human factors that underlie many conflicts. He is able to put people at ease and to understand and convey different points of view. Mr. Weil helps parties explore their cases’ strengths and weaknesses and assess the risks and costs of continued litigation. Above all, Rick Weil is committed to helping parties resolve their disputes.
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