Some interesting statistics from the latest ADR Report from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York:  Sixty four percent of the cases referred to the EDNY Mediation Program were settled in the year ending on June 30, 2017. This was a substantial increase from the settlement rate of 53.64% from the year ending 6/30/03, and the 51.47% settlement rate for the year ending 6/30/08.  This improvement occurred despite a 133% increase in the total number of cases referred to mediation in the Eastern District between 2008 and 2017. A further breakdown:

These latest numbers are an excellent indicator of just how successful the EDNY ADR program has become in providing a cost efficient and fast track path to settlement.

Joe DiBenedetto recently retired from Winston & Strawn LLP, after spending 46 years in its Manhattan office as a capital partner specializing in commercial litigation. He formed JDB Mediation LLC to further develop his mediation and arbitration practice, which is centered in Manhattan and its surrounding counties (including Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk). Joe DiBenedetto’s experience, training, and other credentials are more fully described at