Richard S. Weil
Attorney - Mediator
Richard S. Weil has mediated over 350 cases, primarily involving employment and business 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 began mediating in 1992, attracted by its benefits for litigants and the personal satisfaction it brings him. His interest in mediation grew from his long experience as a litigator and transactional attorney. Mr. Weil began his legal career in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department, where he litigated high impact employment discrimination cases. Subsequently, he established a litigation, transactional and counseling practice in San Francisco that focused on business, employment, real estate and family law. He has litigated over 1,000 cases and tried more than 150.
Since moving to New York in 2006, Mr. Weil has been a full-time mediator. He has also become a leader in the New York dispute resolution community. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar and the ADR Committee of the City Bar Association. Currently, he heads a State Bar Dispute Resolution Section Task Force aimed at encouraging the greater use of mediation. Previously, he spearheaded a survey of New York litigators’ views on mediation for the State and City Bars and chaired a City Bar CLE program on effective mediation advocacy. Mr. Weil trains mediators for the New York City Bar Association, the New York Commercial Court Mediation Program and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. His articles about mediation have been published in the ABA Dispute Resolution Journal, the New York Bar Association Dispute Resolution Journal and the New York Law Journal.
Mr. Weil’s extensive litigation and transactional experience, combined with his two decades of ADR service, give him a breadth of legal knowledge and an understanding of the human factors that underlie many conflicts. He is patient, persistent, creative and well-prepared. 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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