RECENT PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Founding member of Mediators+More
  • Founder and Chair of the first US branch of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce
  • President, Global Collaborative Law Council
  • First Chair upon formation by the Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association of the Collaborative Law and Negotiation Committees.
  • Present member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the New York City Bar Association after prior membership in the Arbitration Committee plus many others.
  • Member, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals

PARTIAL LIST OF PUBLICATIONS

  • BOOKS
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution, Matthew Bender
  • Using Arbitration in Commercial Disputes, Matthew Bender
  • The Internet and Dispute Resolution: Untangling the Web, N.Y. Law Journal Press
  • Sherrie Abney, Civil Collaborative Law: The Road Less Traveled (Trafford Publishing) (Chapter XVIII Med-Arb: What Is It and What Could It Have in Common With Collaborative Law?)
  • RECENT ARTICLES
  • Are You Sure You Can Still Tell Mediation and Arbitration Apart?” NY Dispute Resolution Lawyer
  • Step Back in Time: Curtailing Arbitrators’ Authority to Award Sanctions”, New York Law Journal,
  • Co-Authored with T.P. de Souza: “Med-Arb: A Viable Substitute For International Arbitration,” ABA India Law News,
  • “Responding to the Call for ADR; Teaching an Old Law Firm New Tricks”, ABA Business Law Today
  • Co-Authored with Lawrence Maxwell: Why a Uniform Collaborative Law Act?,NY Dispute Resolution Lawyer
  • Co-Authored with Pauline Tesler: “Neuroscience and Law: Is Neuro-Literacy Optional Any More?”, New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer

EDUCATION AND EARLY LEGAL TRAINING

  • Cornell University, B.A., Psychology major
  • Lieutenant, US Army – Legal Officer, Psychological Warfare Center/Special Forces (Prior to Law School as a result of enrolling in ROTC Training)
  • Columbia Law School LLB Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Law Review Editor
  • Associate: Rosenman, Goldmark, Colin & Kaye (after graduation from law school)
  • Law Secretary (Justice Charles D. Breitel)

Norman Solovay, Mediators + More

Norman Solovay

Founding Member, Mediators + More

NORMAN SOLOVAY’s present primary focus on alternative dispute resolution (ADR) initially seems at odds with his having spent the major part of his career forming and expanding the litigation department of Holtzmann, Wise & Shepard, a law firm, which, by virtue of serving as general counsel to Allen & Company and the Onassis interests, had an unusually large and varied litigation practice for its size. However, he presently describes himself as a “reformed litigator” and attributes this conversion not only to his experience with the sometimes horrors of drawn out court proceedings but also to his prior frequent involvement in long and costly arbitrations as a result of his firm’s senior partner’s position as Chair of the American Arbitration Association.

Solovay now believes that going to court and unnecessarily participating in lengthy arbitrations should be a very last resort. On the infrequent occasions when his designations as a “Litigation Superlawyer” and one of “New York’s Best Trial Lawyers” have forced him back there, he has continued to utilize his listing by the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals as one of New York’s best mediators in attempts wherever feasible, to settle even the most contentious ongoing litigations.

Solovay’s frequent service as a mediator and participation as counsel to parties in mediations had made him increasingly aware of the still growing need and demand for mediators with backgrounds, experience and specific substantive knowledge of the particular dispute at issue. While his shift to settling rather than litigating disputes had begun some time ago, it was only recently that he felt free to organize Mediators + More. Earlier, his growing ADR reputation had led to an invitation to form and chair the ADR Department of a well-regarded old line law firm. But trying to form an organization like Mediators + More to meet that demand at the same time as attempting the time-consuming and all too often unsuccessful job of trying to persuade one’s partners to try economic settlement proceedings prior to justifiable but profitable litigation made it difficult.

However, when, like many of his ADR colleagues, Solovay realized it made sense to form his own ADR oriented firm, more possibilities opened up: He was then able to organize and direct the affairs of Mediators + More in conjunction with his co-founder, Mark Maged, from offices retained in his former firm. This has conferred the added advantage of being able to continue working with former partners, including accepting previously unavailable mediations and other ADR assignments from them on a now conflict-free basis, as well as taking on matters that couldn’t be formerly handled there.

Solovay has also become well known in ADR circles as a pioneering promoter and user of Med-Arb – a now increasingly popular “hybrid” combination of mediation and arbitration – for situations where typical mediation is not appropriate. In his most recent of many programs on this subject, entitled “Med-Arb Is Here To Stay: Do You Know When & How To Use It?”, he pointed to its growing recognition as a useful impasse breaker in Collaborative Law matters, to its special value for resolving probate, partnership, entertainment and other disputes where a final resolution is essential but interest based settlement negotiations rather than costly contested proceedings are desired; and to its until recently ignored but now increasingly valued ability to obtain the arbitration award required for enforceability under the New York Convention at a fraction of the time and cost of the typically long running expensive international arbitrations previously thought to be essential for that purpose.

A full list of Solovay’s prior appointments, bar association committees and programs, professional associations and writings would be a long one. Listed adjacent are those principally related to his present ADR activities: