Simeon H. Baum

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorney in New York, NY

Resolve Mediation Services, Inc.
1211 Avenue of the Americas, 40th Floor
New York, NY 10036-8704
Phone: 212-355-6527
Fax: 212-753-0396
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1983
Practice Areas: Alternative Dispute Resolution
Languages Spoken: English, Japanese, Spanish
Attorney Profile

Resolve Mediation Services, Inc.
1211 Avenue of the Americas, 40th Floor
New York, NY 10036-8704
(212) 355-6527 (tel.)
(212) 753-0396 (fax)
[email protected]
(www.mediators.com)

Simeon Baum, President of Resolve Mediation Services, Inc., has successfully mediated nearly 2,000 disputes. He has been active since 1992 as a neutral in dispute resolution, assuming the roles of mediator, neutral evaluator and arbitrator in a variety of cases, including the highly publicized mediation of the Studio Daniel Libeskind-Silverstein Properties dispute over architectural fees relating to the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site, Trump’s $ 1 billion suit over the West Side Hudson River development, and Archie Comics’ shareholder/CEO dispute. Since 2005, he has consistently been listed in “Best Lawyers” and “New York Super Lawyers”for ADR, was the Best Lawyers’ “Lawyer of the Year” for ADR in New York for 2011, 2014, 2018 and 2020; and in International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation Lawyers 2012-2021.
An attorney, with over 30 years’ experience as a litigator, Mr. Baum has served as a mediator or ADR neutral in a wide variety of matters involving claims concerning business disputes, financial services, securities industry disputes, reinsurance and insurance coverage, property damage and personal injury, malpractice, employment, ERISA benefits, accounting, civil rights, partnership, family business, real property, construction, surety bond defaults, unfair competition, fraud, bank fraud, bankruptcy, intellectual property, and commercial claims.
Mr. Baum has a longstanding involvement in Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR"). He has served as a neutral for the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York Mediation Panels; New Jersey Superior Court, Civil Part, Statewide; Commercial Division, New York State Supreme Court, New York & Westchester Counties; U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern & Eastern Districts of New York; the New York Stock Exchange; National Association of Securities Dealers; the U.S. Postal Service, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, CPR, AAA, and National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN), among others.
Mr. Baum’s peers have appointed him to many key posts: e.g., Member, ADR Advisory Group, Commercial Division, Supreme Court, New York County; ADR Advisory Group and Mediation Ethics Advisory Committee, N.Y. State Unified Court System. Founding Chair of the N.Y. State Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section, he was also subcommittee chair of the N.Y. State Bar Association’s ADR Committee; Legislative Tracking Subcommittee Chair of the ADR Committee of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association; Charter Member, ABA Dispute Resolution Section Corporate Liaison Committee; President, Federal Bar Association’s SDNY Chapter, and Chair of the FBA’s national ADR Section. He is past Chair of the New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA) Committee on Arbitration and ADR. Besides serving on the NYCLA’s Committee on Committees, he is past Chair of the Joint Committee on Fee Dispute and Conciliation (of NYCLA, ABC NY, and Bronx County Bar Associations), and is on the Board of Governors, NYS Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program. He is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is a Director for the New York NADN panel.
Mr. Baum has shared his enthusiasm for ADR through teaching, training, extensive writing and public speaking. He has taught ADR at NYU's School of Continuing and Professional Development, and he teaches Negotiation, and Processes of Dispute Resolution (focusing on Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration) at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He developed and conducts 3-day programs training mediators for the Commercial Division, Supreme Court, New York, Queens, and Westchester Counties. He has been a panelist, presenter and facilitator for numerous programs on mediation, arbitration, and ADR for Judges, attorneys, and other professionals. Mr. Baum is a graduate of Colgate University and the Fordham University School of Law.

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About Simeon H. Baum

Admitted: 1983

Professional Webpage: http://mediators.com/biography/

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Mr. Baum’s peers have appointed him to many key posts: e.g., Member, ADR Advisory Group, Commercial Division, Supreme Court, New YorkCounty; ADR Advisory Group and Mediation Ethics Advisory Committee, N.Y. State Unified Court System.  Founding Chair of the N.Y. State Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section, he was also subcommittee chair of the N.Y. State Bar Association’s ADR Committee; Legislative Tracking Subcommittee Chair of the ADR Committee of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association; Charter Member, ABA Dispute Resolution Section Corporate Liaison Committee; President, Federal Bar Association’s SDNY Chapter, and Chair of the FBA’s national ADR Section.  He is past Chair of the New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA) Committee on Arbitration and ADR.  Besides serving on the NYCLA’s Committee on Committees, he is past Chair of the Joint Committee on Fee Dispute and Conciliation (of NYCLA, ABC NY, and Bronx County Bar Associations), and is on the Board of Governors, NYS Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program.  He is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is a Director for the New York NADN panel.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Mr. Baum has shared his enthusiasm for ADR through teaching, training, extensive writing and public speaking.  He has taught ADR at NYU's School of Continuing and Professional Development, and he teaches Negotiation, and Processes of Dispute Resolution (focusing on Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration) at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.  He developed and conducts 3-day programs training mediators for the Commercial Division, Supreme Court, New York, Queens, and Westchester Counties. He has been a panelist, presenter and facilitator for numerous programs on mediation, arbitration, and ADR for Judges, attorneys, and other professionals. 

Educational Background

  • Fordham University School of Law, Commentary Editor, Fordham International Law Journal, 1982
  • Colgate University, B.A., cum laude, 1976
  • Colgate University, M.A. (with distinction) in Philosophy (Comparative Study of Religion), 1979

Videos

  • This audio webinar drawn from a New York City Bar Association panel discussion catalogs and addresses a number of ethics issues that can arise in mediation and settlement negotiations,  with a specific focus on confidentiality, conflicts of interest and related issues.  The program discusses ethical questions from the point of view of the mediator, the outside lawyer, and the client. It closes with a brief discussion on how to research ethics issues and how to get help from an ethics committee of lawyers, or mediators, when needed., Selected Ethics Issues in Mediation and Settlement Negotiations, Ethics, Mediation, Negotiators, Litigators, 2010
  • This audio webinar provides guidance on maximizing use of the mediation process and obtaining the greatest value for one's clients. To enhance the representative’s effectiveness, one must understand the mediation process – a facilitated negotiation – and the mediator’s role. Following an overview of process, role, and mediator selection, Simeon Baum gives tips on negotiation strategy and style, preparation for mediation, effective openings, information gathering and disclosure strategy, risk and transaction cost analysis, reality testing, commitment level, and flexibility.  There is a question-and-answer session at the end., Effective Representation in Mediation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Discovery & E-Discovery, Litigation & Appeals, Negotiation & Settlement, Trial Skills, 2011
  • Video CLE.  In order to help opposing parties resolve conflicts in the quickest and most effective way possible, mediators must be prepared to deal with a number of differing perspectives, personalities, and negotiation styles.  In this informative and instructive course, experienced mediator and attorney Simeon Baum provides a detailed overview of the role of the mediator and the basic stages of mediation. Focusing on the Fisher/Ury Model of Cooperative Negotiation, Mr. Baum furnishes guidance on effective communication, active listening, how to deal with emotional triggers, and what mediation practices to avoid. Mr. Baum also discusses the art of giving and getting information as well as how mediators can help attorneys determine whether and when it is best to settle, walk away, or prepare for an expensive and time consuming trial. After viewing this course, attorneys will be equipped with the essential skills to guide their clients through a mediation as well as those needed to become a successful mediator. Agenda:  I. Pre-Mediation; II. Mediator Functions & Roles; III. Fisher/Ury Model of Cooperative Negotiation; IV. Preparation; V. Opening Statements, Style & Strategies for Participating in Mediation Session; VI. Giving & Getting Information; VII. When to Settle, Walk Away, or Go to Trial; VIII. Attorney Role Summarized & 10 Things Not to Do in Mediation, Effective Representation in Mediation, Commercial Mediation And General Mediation, 2011

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Commercial Mediation Trainings developed by Mr. Baum, and presented for more than a decade with his colleague Steve Hochman, for mediators on the Commercial Division panels of the New York State Court, Supreme Court, New York, Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens counties have been approved under Part 146 of the Rules of the Chief Administrator, Office of Court Administration.  http://www.nycourts.gov/ip/adr/Part146_FAQs.shtml  Messrs. Baum and Hochman present three day Commercial mediation trainings, and two day "Advanced Commercial Mediation" trainings., 2013

Honors/Awards

  • http://www.bestlawyers.com/Lawyers/Simeon_H_Baum Best Lawyer's “Lawyer of the Year” for 2011 & 2014 in category of Alternative Dispute Resolution, for New York. Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. Received highest rating in this category for New York., Lawyer of the Year - ADR, New York, Best Lawyers, 2014
  • Selected for Alternative Dispute Resolution category for New York lawyers each year since formation of the list.  Best Lawyers Firm Profile, Best Lawyers - ADR List, New York, Best Lawyers, 2005
  • http://www.nadn.org/simeon-baumSelected for New York panel and on New York panel Advisory Board., Distinguished Neutral, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, 2011
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Office Location for Simeon H. Baum

1211 Avenue of the Americas
40th Floor
New York, NY 10036-8704

Last Updated: 5/20/2021

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