Top Mediator Mark Bunim Shares Experience, Secrets of Successful Mediation

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Leading New York and New Jersey Attorney-Mediator and Arbitrator, Mark Bunim, discusses his career, biggest challenges, and what he’s learned about being a leader in the alternate dispute resolution (ADR) field in new interview conducted by Amicus Mediation & Arbitration Group, Inc.

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I encourage parties to Listen; Understand; Be Nice; Be Positive; Look Forward; This is the Main Course; Do Not Hold Back; Do not Give Up; Be Flexible. —Mark Bunim

Mark Bunim recently sat down with Amicus Mediation & Arbitration Group, Inc. for a fascinating interview concerning his storied career in ADR and his tips and advice for successful mediation and arbitration. As an acknowledged industry expert in ADR, Bunim’s interview profound insights for other ADR professionals.

“I love helping parties reach a resolution,” Bunim says in the interview. “I was a litigator for 25 years and became increasingly frustrated with the court system and all of the delays and time-wasters inherently built into it. Mediation is efficient and thoughtful.”

Bunim also stressed the importance of training. “Training is essential... I personally have had more than 100 hours of training through various court programs... and do at least 20 hours per year. Ours is not a profession where one can walk in off the street or retire from the bench and simply ‛do it’.”

When asked about how he addresses the issue of adversarial postures in the mediation process, Bunim shares, “At the outset of the mediation I discuss my thoughts and the standards that we want to hold to during the mediation session.” He added, “I encourage parties to Listen; Understand; Be Nice; Be Positive; Look Forward; This is the Main Course; Do Not Hold Back; Do not Give Up; Be Flexible.”

He also shares the toolbox a mediator at his level brings to the table. When faced with contentious participants he “... will often review the concept of BATNA (Best Alternative To a Negotiated Agreement) with the parties and go through the time and cost of not reaching an agreement. This usually gets the parties back on track.”

Mark Bunim is a local attorney-mediator who specializes in mediating and arbitrating commercial cases, insurance coverage disputes and complex personal injury matters in New York and New Jersey. If you would like to schedule a case or obtain additional information on Mediator Bunim, please contact Amicus Mediation & Arbitration Group. Amicus’ corporate headquarters in Melville, N.Y, but the company also has offices in Manhattan, NY and St. Louis, Missouri.

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