Richard S. Weil
Attorney - Mediator
Richard Weil mediates business, employment and real estate disputes.
With four decades’ experience as an attorney representing clients in lawsuits and transactions and twenty-five years of ADR experience, Rick knows how to help attorneys and their clients achieve satisfactory, cost-effective outcomes to even the most intransigent disputes.
Rick’s experience has given him a breadth of legal knowledge and an understanding of the human factors that underlie many conflicts.
- He has mediated over 375 cases. In addition to his private practice, he has mediated for Federal and state appellate and trial courts in New York, New Jersey and California, the American Arbitration Association and CPR.
- He has served as an arbitrator, an early neutral evaluator, a court-appointed Special Master and a Judge Pro Tem.
- As an attorney, he has represented clients in mediations, arbitrations, judicial settlement conferences and settlement negotiations with other lawyers.
A key element of Rick’s process is working with counsel to design and conduct mediations in ways that best serve their clients, tailoring the process to reflect the amount at stake, the importance of the case to the clients and their budgets.
- Before the mediation, Rick holds a conference call with counsel to learn what the case is about, why it is important to their clients, who will attend the mediation and what information each party needs to prepare for settlement.
- He asks each party to submit a mediation statement summarizing the facts and critical law and requests counsel to explain how their claimed money damages are calculated. After reviewing the statements, Rick may contact counsel to clarify certain points, identify options for and obstacles to settlement and get their thoughts on how to make the mediation most productive.
- At the mediation, Rick is able to put people at ease and to understand and convey different points of view. He helps parties explore their cases’ strengths and weaknesses, assess the risks and costs of continued litigation and focus on what is most important to them.
- When agreement is reached, Rick encourages the parties to put it in writing so it is final, binding and enforceable.
- Rick is persistent. If the mediation sessions do not result in settlement, he continues to engage with the attorneys and their clients.
- Above all, Rick is a peacemaker and problem-solver who is committed to helping people resolve disputes.
Rick is also an active member of the New York mediation community, serving on the Executive Committee of the State Bar Dispute Resolution Section, the City Bar ADR Committee and the Mediation Advisory Committees of the Federal Southern District Court and the State Commercial Court. 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 on how mediation can benefit businesses. His articles about mediation have been published in the ABA Dispute Resolution Journal, the New York Law Journal and CPR’s magazine “Alternatives.”