John P. DiBlasi

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorney in New York, NY

National Arbitration & Mediation
 | 122 East 42nd Street, Suite 803
New York, NY 10168
Phone: 646-737-1414
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
Attorney Profile

Judge DiBlasi was rated the Top Mediator in the United States for four consecutive years in the 2014, 2015,2016 & 2017 National Law Journal Annual Reader's Ranking. he has been repeatedly rated as a top mediatior in numerous categories in the New York Law Journal's Annual Reader's Survey. Based in New York City he provides arbitration and mediation services nationwide. John DiBlasi was formerly a Justice of the Commercial Division of New York State Supreme Court. He holds an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell* in the fields of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and litigation. This is an honor given to those who possess the highest ethical standards and professional ability. John DiBlasi has been rated the top mediator in the New York Law Journal Annual Reader's Survey in several categories and has been named as one on the top four mediators in other categories in the past four years. He is exclusively associated with National Arbitration and Mediation (NAM). His practice focuses on many different types of cases, including commercial, employment, construction, insurance, class action, civil rights/discrimination matters, professional malpractice and personal injury matters.

His ADR practice encompasses a wide and varied range of cases, inclusive of commercial, class actions, civil rights, corporate dissolution, employment, debtor/ creditor, investor fraud, libel and slander, legal malpractice breach of loyalty/fiduciary duty, usury as well as cases involving serious personal injuries..

Judge DiBlasi's many years of experience as a full-time arbitrator and mediator in commercial disputes are supplemented by his past tenure as a Presiding Justice of the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York. As the first Justice of the part in which he served he developed the rules for discovery practice and for the trial of commercial matters which are similar to those used in the Federal courts. His alternative dispute resolution practice, which, in many ways, mirrors his work as a jurist, draws upon his experience as a Justice of the Commercial Division, where he presided over and settled hundreds of matters. He created the Commercial Alternative Dispute Resolution Program used successfully by the court in which he presided.

Additionally, Judge DiBlasi's years of practice as a neutral and a jurist have encompassed the resolution of numerous seven- and eight-figure settlements in personal injury cases. Again, Judge DiBlasi's experience on the bench handling thousands of personal injury cases including toxic torts, products liability, medical malpractice and other areas of liability supports his extensive experience in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution in this area.

John DiBlasi received his B.A. from Syracuse University and his Juris Doctor degree from St. John's University. Judge DiBlasi began his career as an examining attorney with the New York City Department of Investigation. After many years, he entered into private practice as a trial attorney before being elected as a judge of the city court of Mount Vernon. He served in the United States Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General's Corps, and finally retired as a captain. He was also an adjunct professor of law at Pace University and St. John's University School of Law.

He has received much recognition and many honors over the course of his legal career. These include New York State Bar Association's Award for Outstanding Achievement in the field of law-related education, and the Pace Law School awards for Outstanding Adjunct Professor of the Year and for service to the community and the Bar.

He has lectured for the New York State Bar Association, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, New York State Judicial Institute, the Practicing Law Institute of New York and other bar association memberships. For legal needs regarding mediation and dispute resolution, New York clients turn to John DiBlasi for his professionalism and experience.

 
Practice Areas
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Alternative Dispute Resolution (100%): Arbitration, Mediation

Focus Areas

Arbitration, Mediation

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2018

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About John DiBlasi

Admitted: 1981, New York

Professional Webpage: http://www.jdiblasilaw.com/biography.html

Honors and Awards:

  • For the Fourth Year in a Row Ranked the Top Mediator in the United States in the 2017 National Law Journal Annual Rankings Survey, having previously received the same distinction in 2016, 2015 & 2014., Top Mediator in the United States, National Law Journal Annual Survey Rankings, 2017
  • Ranked Top Mediator in the United States , National Law Journal Annual Rankings Survey, 2014, 2015
  • Ranked Top Mediator in the United States , National Law Journal Annual Rankings Survey, 2014
  • Voted one of the top mediators and arbitrators in New York State for the fourth consecutive year., New York Law Journal Annual Survey, 2013
  • Arbitrator and Mediator, National Arbitration and Mediation (NAM), 2009 - Present
  • Arbitrator and Mediator, National Arbitration and Mediation (NAM), 2005 - 2006
  • NY State Bar Association, Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service in the Field of Law Related Education
  • Winner - Best Individual Mediator Category, New York Law Journal Reader Rankings Survey 2010
  • Top Ten - Best Individual Mediator Category, New York Law Journal Reader Rankings Survey 2011
  • Top Five - Best Financial Markets Mediator Category, New York Law Journal Reader Rankings Survey 2012
  • Winner - Best International Mediator Category, New York Law Journal Reader Rankings Survey 2012
  • Top Ten - Best Individual Mediator Category, New York Law Journal Reader Rankings Survey 2012
  • New York Law Journal Reader Rankings Survey voted Judge DiBlasi into the #1 spot in the "Best International Mediator" category, and into the top 5 "Best Financial Markets Mediator' category, 2012
  • Named by the New York Law Journal Reader Rankings as one of the top two mediators in New York State in 2010 - 2012
  • Pace Law School Awards as "Service to the Community and the Bar"
  • Pace Law School Awards as "Outstanding Adjunct Professor of the Year"
  • Recipient, New York State Bar Association's Award for Outstanding Achievement in the field of Law Related Education
  • Fellow, New York State Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • National Arbitration and Mediation (NAM)
  • AV Preeminent peer rating from Martindale-Hubbell, fields of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Litigation
  • Top Mediator, Multiple Categories in the New York Law Journal's Annual Survey

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certificate in Professional Human Resource Management from Villanova University

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Attendee New York State Bar Association Federal and State Commercial Litigation Conference in May at the Gideon Putnam Hotel;, 2013
  • U.S. District Court Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 1981
  • New York, 1981

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Lecturer and Panel Member speaking on the topic of effective mediation tactics,, Lecturer and Panel Member, New York County Lawyers, Bridge the Gap Program on Litigation, 2016
  • Lecturer and Panel Member on the Future of Mediation , Lecturer & Panel Member, New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2016
  • Moderator & Speaker, Mediation As A Tool To Resolve Complex E-Discovery Disputes, Sponsored by The Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Assoiation & NAM., Moderator & Speaker, 2015
  • International Arbitration Institute, New York, N.Y., 2014, Speaker & Panel Member, 2014
  • "Speaking to the Bereaved parent a Mediator's Perspective", New York State Trial Lawyer's Journal, 2014., Author, New York State Trial Lawyers, 2014
  • Getting the most out of your submission., Author, The Mediation Brief - Use it to your Advantage, NAM Perspectives - New York Law Journal On-Line, 2014
  • Advantages versus the disadvantages of the single arbitrator versus the tri-panel., Author, The Commercial Arbitration - Single versus Tri-Panel, NAM Perspectives - New York Law Journal On-Line, 2014
  • Common mistakes made during the mediation process and how to avoid them., Ten Mistakes to Avoid at the Mediation, NAM Perspectives - New York Law Journal On-Line, 2014
  • Getting the most out of the break-out session., Author, Making the Best Use of the Break-Out Session at Mediation, NAM Perspectives - New York Law Journal On-Line, 2014
  • Considerations re the ex-parte or exchanged mediation brief., Author, The Mediation Brief - Should it be Exchanged, NAM Perspectives - New York Law Journal On-Line, 2014
  • The joint session in the mediation process., Author, Making the Most of the Joint Session at Mediation, NAM Perspectives - New York Law Journal On-Line, 2014
  • Using the mediator in developing an evaluation of your case, Making the Most of the Evaluative Process, NAM Perspectives - New York Law Journal On-Line, 2014
  • Article Addressing Legal Issues and the Mediators Input, Author, Addressing Legal Issues with the Mediator, NAM Perspectives - New York Law Journal On-Line, 2014
  • Televised Lecture for CLE National Webcast, Maximizing Your Potential foe Success at Mediation, Law Line CLE National Webcast, 2014
  • Author, Seeking an Evaluation from the Mediator, NAM Perspectives - New York Law Journal On-Line, 2014
  • New York State Bar Association Commercial Litigation Academy:Panel Member/Speaker;Choice of Venue, Panelist, 2014
  • Guest Lecturer New York State Bar Association CLE Program - "Litigating the Products Liability Case: Law and Practice" - "Mediation -A Mediator's View & Nuances of the Product Mediation", Lecturer, 2013
  • CLE Instructor, Westchester Bar Association
  • CLE Instructor, New York State Trial Lawyers
  • CLE Instructor, New York State Bar Association
  • Instructor, New York State Judge's School
  • Nominated as a respected and objective leader in County Land Use to attend Land Use Alliance Training program in conjunction with Pace University School of Law, 2009
  • Center for Mediation in Law, Accredited Provider of CLE in the State of New York, 40 Hours, 36 CLE Credits
  • Completed Mediation Intensive Training, New York
  • CPR Institute Mediation Training, 2-day course, 14.5 Skills and 1.0 Ethics CLE Credits, January 13-14, 2010
  • Published articles on trial tactics in the New York State Bar Journal and Articles on Alternative Dispute Resolution in both the New York Law Journal and New York State Trial Lawyers Journal
  • "Preparing Your Witness For Trial," New York State Bar Journal, December, 1993
  • "The Felony Hearing Process-Taking A Second Look," New York State Bar Journal, September 1995, co-authored with Barry J. Skwiersky, Esq.
  • "Amending The Domestic Relations Law Enforcement Provisions: A Modest Proposal To Avoid Chaos In The Courts," Domestic Law Review, Family Law Section, Family Law Review, New York State Bar Journal, December 1996
  • "Winning Depositions A-Z," by the Trial Lawyers Section of the New York State Bar Association and Committee on Continuing Legal Education
  • "Deposition Practice and Practicalities in State and Federal Court," by the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Committee on Continuing Legal Education of the New York State Bar Association 2002
  • "The Use Of Depositions At Trial," New York State Bar Journal, October, 2001
  • "Thorough Trial Preparation Is Vital For Courtroom Success," New York State Bar Journal, June 2002
  • "Preparing An Expert Witness Is A Multi-Step Process," New York State Bar Journal, May 2003
  • "Maximize Your Potential For Success At Mediation," New York Law Journal, Special Section/Alternative Dispute Resolution, November 26, 2012
  • Selecting Your Mediator
  • Preparing For The Mediation
  • Lecture, New York State Bar Association, New York State Trial Lawyers, the New York State Judges' School, the Practicing Law Institute of New York, and other Bar Associations
  • Adjunct Professor, Law at Pace University and St. John's University Schools of Law
  • Alternative Commercial Dispute Resolution Program

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Settlement of employment discrimination case involving claims of unequal pay based on gender as well as claims of retaliation and harassment., 2015
  • Settlement of multi party commercial dispute involving complex insurance coverage issues., 2015
  • Settlement of multi party commercial dispute involving construction agreements., 2015
  • Served as a member of tri-party panel which rendered a judgnment in a complex commercial dispute involving issues pertaining to a joint business venture, claimed partnership and loss of profits., 2014
  • Settlement of 7 figure traumatic brain injury case involving teenager ejected from motor vehicle., 2013
  • Settlement of a 7 figure tarumatic brain injury case and the resultant fee dispute between three law firms., 2013
  • Settlement and workout of SBA loan default where the company was improperly dissolved by the CEO and investors had secured the loan with their personal assets and guarrantees., 2013
  • Settlement of dispute regarding corporate dissolution involving the distribution of assets and the formulation of an agreement re corporate governance during the wind down period., 2013
  • Settlement of 8 plaintiff case involving the failure to provide adequate security which resulted in a double homicide and the shooting of five others including two infants., 2013
  • 7 Figure resolution of products liability action involving the application of flammable substances which led to an explosion causing the death of two individuals and severe burn injuries to a third., 2013
  • Resolution of high 7 figure case involving the death of a worker crushed by a combine/irrigation device., 2013
  • Resolution of False Imprisonment/Malicious Prosecution Action involving the questionable use of a GPS tracking device attached to plaintiff's vehicle., 2013
  • Resolution of civil action alleging rape and sexual harassment that had resulted in a verdict which was appealed to the highest court of the state where the case was pending and had been remaded for re-trial., 2013
  • Resolution of complex 7 figure fee dispute involving multiple law firms., 2013
  • Settlement of Class Action involving the overcharge of taxes levied on commercial entities by a large municipality., 2013
  • Settlement of a 1983 Civil Rights Action - false arrest/malicious prosecution action brought by an individual who was imprisoned as a teenager for 17 years on charges of rape and murder. The settlement was the largest ever paid by the governmental entity involved., 2012
  • Settlement by negotiating an agreement for conversion to arbitration of in excess of 50 mediations to arbitration stemming from a massive fire loss so as to ensure court approval of the settlement and distribution of limited funds. Arbitrated all claims with all decisions being approved by the Supreme Court of the State of New York., 2012
  • Settlement of employment action involving breach of contract and FMLA violations., 2011
  • Settlement of Legal Malpractice action involving the resolution of same with a high/low agreement based upon the Appellate Courts decision on the lower court’s ruling denying summary judgment., 2011
  • Settlement by negotiating a conversion of the mediation to arbitration of an action for commercial libel and tortious interference involving an advertising contract involving a nationally known media figure., 2010

Educational Background:

  • Certificate in Human Resource Management, Villanova University, 2005
  • Judge Advocate Officer's Basic Course, 1990
  • Syracuse University, AB, 1977

Comments

  • “I have appeared before Retired Justice John DiBlasi on numerous occasions in a private mediation where he was acting as the mediator. I can say without question, he is one of the best, if not the best mediator in the ADR business.”
  • “Excellent mediator. Former judge. Among the best in the business.”
  • “John DiBlasi is a terrific Mediator. A former Supreme Court Judge, Mr. Diblasi is knowledgable, sharp and street smart. He was rated the top mediator in New York State in 2010 in the New York Law Journal's annual survey. He holds an AV Preeminent peer rating from Martindale-Hubbell in the fields of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Litigation—a distinction given to those who possess the highest ethical standards and professional ability.”
  • “Former Supreme Court Judge DiBlasi brings years of experience and an outstanding ability to get cases resolved to the satisfaction of all parties. His demeanor helps you and your client know that you are gettinbg the full attention of this former Judge. His success at ADR speaks volumes.”
  • “Hon. John P. DiBlasi was a consummate jurist and has an exceptional reputation as an ADR professional. He became a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York at the age of 39, one of the youngest in the history of the state. He was the first Presiding Justice of the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court, Westchester County, where he presided over complex commercial litigation involving contracts, employment disputes, real property/land use matters and environmental litigation. He also created the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program used successfully by this court. While on the bench, he developed extensive experience in the trial and settlement of complex commercial and personal injury matters. Since his departure, Judge DiBlasi has committed himself to a full-time ADR practice. He has quickly developed a reputation for settling even the most complex matters and is persistent in following up with parties weeks and sometimes months later (post-mediation), in an effort to assist the parties in reaching a resolution. His encompass a wide-variety of subject matter expertise; however, Judge DiBlasi can take on almost any subject matter that is brought before him as he is known to be well-prepared and adept at comprehending even the most challenging issues.”
  • “Hon. John DiBlasi, former Justice, New York State Supreme Court is now a mediator who mixes knowledge, compassion, logic and rationality in an exemplary manner.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

Office Location for John P. DiBlasi

122 East 42nd Street
Suite 803
New York, NY 10168

Phone: 646-737-1414

 

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Last Updated: 5/23/2018

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