new neutrals


William H. Groner, Esq.

William Groner, Esq

William H. Groner is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SSAM. Prior, Bill had 35+ years of experience in personal injury and construction law representing personal injury clients as well as insurance and surety companies. During those years Bill participated in hundreds of negotiations involving over One Billion dollars in settlements, with an extensive number of mediations and trials.

Bill handled the 9/11 mass tort litigation representing over 10,000 ground zero responders who were exposed to toxins and contaminants post 9/11. He was a principal negotiator in the decade long litigation which resulted in settlements in excess of $900,000,000.

During his career, Bill has lectured on topics ranging from mediation to ethics to law firm management. Bill has recently been an Adjunct Faculty member at Boston University School of Law teaching a course for 3 years on the Ground Zero mass tort. He has made numerous radio and TV appearances including 20/20 ABC News, CNN (Worldwide), Good Day NY, Fox, and CBS.

Bill has been repeatedly selected as a New York Super Lawyer, characterized as a ‘rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.’ Bill also enjoys the maximum rating available (AV-5.0) from Martindale-Hubbell, which denotes the “highest level of professional excellence.”



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Founder/CEO, SSAM Alternative Dispute Resolution (2016-present)

Hired/trained/supervised neutrals who have conducted 2,000+ mediations for SSAM

Moderator, “Mediation and Arbitration: Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts, Westchester County Bar Association, March 11, 2008

Panelist, “Best Practices for Mediation and Settlement”, New York State Trial Lawyers Institute, February 28, 2017

American Arbitration Association’s “Essential Mediation Skills” course certificate holder




– DeFacto Liaison Counsel (signator on Settlement Agreement) on “most complex mass tort in US history”

– Represented 10,000+ first responders, construction, municipal and utility workers exposed to Ground Zero dust during the rescue, recovery and clean-up operations post 9/11.

– Chief plaintiffs’ architect of points-based compensatory program utilizing millions of medical and causation data points

– Negotiated $900,000,000+ settlement during near decade long litigation




Lecturer in Law, Adjunct Faculty member: “Anatomy of a Mass Tort”
– 2013-2016

Guest Lecturer, “Ground Zero Litigation”
– December 4, 2017; November 18, 2014; November 25, 2013; December 5, 2012

Guest Lecturer, “The Hazardous Impact of Cleaning Up After September 11- Who Is At Fault?”
– March 19, 2007



Creator, Organizing Team Leader, TIER Talks series (Talks that Inspire, Educate and Resonate)

– October 18, 2014: “Rethinking Success: Thriving in the Modern World” series

– October 10, 2015: “Making Waves: Mind-Blowing Breakthroughs in Neuroscience”

–  September 24, 2016: Our Political System On Life Support

– October 7, 2017: Virtual and Augmented Reality: The Future is Now!

– October 6, 2018: The Heat is On: Exploring the Effects of Climate Change

Guest Speaker, Creativity & Innovation class, and Leadership class, School of Management

– October 2, 2014

Alumni Speaker, College in the Woods Commencement Ceremony (Residential College)

– May 6, 2014; May 17, 2008

Featured Speaker, Binghamton University Forum, “Ground Zero Dust, Its Mysterious Medical Consequences and the Resulting Epic First Responders Litigation”

– November 14, 2013

Speaker, College in the Woods, 40th Birthday Anniversary,

– October 14, 2012



Moderator, “Mediation and Arbitration: Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts, Westchester County Bar Association,
– March 11, 2008

Panelist, “Best Practices for Mediation and Settlement”, New York State Trial Lawyers Institute,
– February 28, 2017

Speaker, “Ground Zero Dust, Its Mysterious Medical Consequences and the Resulting Epic First Responders Litigation,” Pace University Law School,
– February 25, 2014

Speaker, “Trial Prep For A Personal Injury Case: 10 Mandatory Tasks For Plaintiff And Defense Litigators,” Westchester County Bar Association,
– April 11, 2007

Organizer and Speaker, “Who Wants to be a M(B)illionaire? Starting, Managing and Building Your Own
– Westchester Law Firm,” Pace University Law School, February, 28, 2007

Speaker, “Workers Compensation/Negligence Interplay,” Westchester County Bar Association,
– December 19, 2006

Organizer and Moderator, “The Top 10 Differences between State Court and Federal Court Practice for
– the Civil Litigator,” Westchester County Bar Association, November 28, 2006

Moderator, New York State Trial Lawyers Institute
– “Decisions Westchester County,” October 21, 2005; October 4, 2002; October 5, 2001

Speaker, New York State Trial Lawyers Institute
– “Decisions NYC,” September 30, 2005; October 15, 2004; October 3, 2003; September 15, 2000; September 18, 1999;
– “Decisions Westchester,” October 29, 2004; October 27, 2000; September 24, 1999
– “Decisions Long Island,” October 19, 2004
– “Trial Preparation Secrets,” January 12, 2000
– “Preparation of Auto Premises Liability Cases,” February 6, 1999

Organizer, Moderator and Speaker, “From The Top And From The Trenches: Does The Civil Jury System Still Work?”
– Westchester County Bar Association, March 24, 2004

Organizer, “Ethics: Setting Up A Conflict Of Interest System In Your Office,” Westchester County Bar
– Association, June 23, 2004

Organizer and Moderator, “Hot from the Judges: ‘Evidentiary Bloopers As Seen By The Gatekeepers,’”
– Westchester County Bar Association, October 22, 2003

Speaker, “Aiding Victims of the World Trade Center Disaster,”
– Pace University Law School, January 16, 2002

Organizer, New York State Trial Lawyers Institute
– “Technology And Law Office Management,” November 10, 1999
– “Motion Practice Do’s and Don’ts,” June 17, 1999
– “How to Handle it: Ethical Dilemmas for Litigators,” April 15, 1999



9/12: From Me to We

ABA Journal Modern Law Library Podcast: October 30, 2019
Legal Talk Network: October 30, 2019
Sirius XM- POTUS channel
Chip Franklin Show
WBAP News Talk
WOCA New Talk
The Jim Bohannin Show
KMOX Overnight America
Ross Kaminsky Show, Denver


Numerous- Available upon request



Co-Author: 9/12: The Epic Battle of the Ground Zero Responders (Potomac Books 2019)
(currently in development with Sony Pictures Television for TV limited series)

In re World Trade Center Disaster Site Litigation, 521 F.3d 169, (2008). On the brief.

In re World Trade Center Disaster Site Litigation, 456 F.Supp.2d 520, S.D.N.Y., (2006).On the brief.



Boston University School of Law, J.D. (1980)

Binghamton University, B.A. (1977)



Boston University School of Law: Annual Shapiro Lecture (forthcoming 2021)

Binghamton University Alumni Achievement Award (2019)

Binghamton University Alumni Association
– Board of Directors (2013- 2018)

New York State Trial Lawyers Association:
– Board of Directors (1990-2006)
– President/Founder of Westchester Chapter (1998-2006)

Westchester County Bar Association:
– Executive Committee (2005-2008)
– Board of Directors (2004-2009)
– Co-Chair, Trial Committee (2003-2011)
– Chair Membership Committee (2004-2006)

New York “Super Lawyers” list, (2009-2017)

American Trial Lawyers Association “Top 100 Trial Lawyers– New York” list, 2009

National Trial Lawyers “Top 100 Lawyers” list, 2008-2015

Million Dollar Advocates Forum: Member



1981, New York State Courts

1981, U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Michael Dixon, Esq.

Michael Dixon, Esq.

Upstate / Western New York

Michael Dixon is an experienced trial lawyer with over thirty years handling personal injury matters involving motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, false arrest and property damage. He has also developed considerable experience in matrimonial and family law, real estate, trusts and estates. Michael serves as “special counsel” to the firm. For the last fifteen years, acting as a mediator and arbitrator comprises most of his work.

He is one of only four attorneys in Buffalo that is a member of the New York Academy of Mediators and Arbitrators, a chapter of The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. The Academy is an invitation-only association whose membership consists of attorneys and judges distinguished by their hands-on experience in the field of civil/commercial conflict resolution and by their commitment to the practice of alternative dispute resolution.

Michael was born and raised in Western New York. He graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1979 and from Thomas Cooley Law School in 1985. Michael is a member of the Western New York Trial Lawyers Association and the Bar Association of Erie County. He is admitted to practice law in New York State, as well as in Federal Courts in the Northern and Western Districts of New York. Michael was named to Super Lawyers every year since 2006 for insurance defense litigation. He is also a former member of the Judiciary Committee, the select group that interviews and rates perspective judicial candidates.


Upstate / Western New York

Bob Dinerstein, Esq.

Bob Dinerstein, Esq.

Bob Dinerstein – a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Michigan Law School, is currently Chairman of Veracity Worldwide, a strategic risk advisory firm that counsels’ companies doing business in emerging markets. He was previously

  • Global co-chair of the financial institutions at Greenberg Traurig, a full-service international law firm.
  • Senior executive with UBS Investment Bank, having served as its Vice Chairman-Americas and Global General Counsel and a member of its management committee and board.
  • Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Shearson Lehman Brothers
  • Vice President and General Counsel of Citicorp’s Investment Bank.
  • He was also formerly an associate at the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton.

Bob had direct oversight of many major strategic transactions, litigation, and investigations. His public company board experience has included serving as chairman of the nominating committee and member of the audit and compensations committees, as well as a special investigations committee for a NASDAQ listed biopharmaceutical company. He is currently a member of the board and chairman of the enterprise risk oversight committee and member of the audit committee of Amalgamated Bank, a New York-based commercial bank, also listed on NASDAQ. He has spoken and lectured on issues relating to corporate governance, risk assessment and management, both in the U.S and abroad. Active in philanthropic activities, Bob is a member of the board of Sheltering Arms, a 150-year-old diversified social service organization helping at-risk children and their families. He is also the former Chairman of Everybody Wins, a literacy and mentoring organization in New York, Vice Chairman of Phipps Houses, a leading developer of affordable housing and a member of the board of the Red Cross of Greater New York.


  • Banking and Securities Regulation
  • International capital
  • Markets issues
  • Corporate governance
  • Risk management


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Chairman, Veracity Worldwide

Global Co-Chair, Financial Institutions Practice at Greenberg Traurig

Senior Executive, Vice Chairman-Americas, & Global General Counsel, UBS Investment Bank

Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Shearson Lehman Brothers

Vice President & General Counsel, Citicorp Investment Bank

Associate, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP



Harvard University

University of Michigan Law School



Audit Committee, Amalgamated Bank

Council, Foreign Relations

Trustee, Washington Institute for Middle East Policy

Advisory Committee, U.S. Export-Import Bank

Advisory Board, School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University

Dean’s Leadership Council, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Chairman, Crossbow Ventures

Executive Committee, Institute of International Bankers

Member, Board of Sheltering Arms

Chairman, Everybody Wins

Vice-Chairman, Phipps Houses

Member, Board of the Red Cross of Greater New York

Mark Bass, Esq

Mark Bass, Esq.

Mark Bass, Esq. is a founding member of the firm of Bass & Abrams, PC. The firm practices in the areas of personal injury litigation (plaintiff and defense) as well as in the areas of collaborative divorce, civil collaborative practice, mediation and other areas of general practice.

Mark has litigated many types of cases which include personal injury, wrongful death, civil rights violations, police brutality and false arrest, premises liability, products liability, property damage as well as auto, bus, and train accidents.

Bass & Abrams, PC, (formerly the law office of Mark K. Bass) has represented various New York State Public Authorities and Public Benefit Corporations since 1990 in their negligence defense litigation.

Mark has also handled plaintiff’s personal injury, both in his firm and as a trial attorney for the law office of Finkelstein, Levine, Gittelson and Tetenbaum in the 1990s (now known as Finkelstein and Partners) one of the largest plaintiff’s personal injury firms in the State of New York.

Mark began his legal career as an Assistant Corporation Counsel with the New York City Law Department, Office of the Corporation Counsel, Tort Division.


  • Personal Injury
  • Matrimonial


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Mark Bass is a highly skilled mediator. In addition to handling many mediation cases in his private practice, Mark is a mediator with the Westchester and Rockland Mediation Center. Mark was a mediator for the Storm Sandy Mediation Program administered by the American Arbitration Association. Mark also mediates personal injury cases for Amicus Mediation and Arbitration Group, Inc. and Settlement Services Arbitration and Mediation ADR (SSAM). He is a mediator on the 9th Judicial District Mediation panel in Westchester County (Surrogate’s Court, General Civil, Matrimonial), Dutchess County (Tort, Surrogate’s Court, and Matrimonial/Family), Putnam County (Tort, Surrogate’s Court, and Matrimonial/Family) Orange County (Tort, Surrogate’s Court, and Matrimonial/Family) and Rockland County (Torts, Surrogate’s Court, and Matrimonial/Family). Mark is also on the New York County Matrimonial Mediation Panel and the Bronx County Surrogate’s Court Mediation Panel.



Presenter: “Managing Communications and Increasing Inclusivity in Legal Practice” (Rockland County Bar Association, May 2019)

Presenter: “Mediation: Increasing Your Success at Resolving Legal Disputes (“Rockland County Bar Association, 2017).

Presenter: “How to Increase Your Effectiveness In Negotiations (“Rockland County Bar Associations, 2016).

Trainer: “Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce Training” (Collaborative Law Alliance of New Hampshire, 2014).

Presenter: “Negotiation Strategies For The Modern Lawyer” (Rockland County Bar Association, 2014).

Trainer: “Bomb Squad Training; Defusing the Ticking Time Bombs in Collaborative Cases” (Hudson Valley Training Consortium, 2014).

Trainer: “Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce Training” (Hudson Valley Collaborative Divorce & Dispute Resolution Association, 2013).

Trainer: “Streamlining the Collaborative Divorce Process: The Roadmap” (Maryland Collaborative Practice Council, 2013).

Co-author of “The Breakup of a Business Doesn’t Need to be Brutal! There is a Better Alternative: Collaborative Law” (2012).

Presenter: “Introduction to Collaborative Divorce and Civil Collaborative Practice” (Orange County, NY, CLE 2012).

Presenter: “Roadmap of the Collaborative Divorce Process” (IACP Forum, San Francisco California, 2011).

Trainer: “Basic Collaborative Divorce Interdisciplinary Training” (Hudson Valley Collaborative Divorce & Dispute Resolution Association, 2011).

Faculty member for IACP teleconference 2011 “Effective Practice Group Meetings, How to Keep Your Members Coming Back!”.

Co-author of the “Road Map of the Collaborative Divorce Process” (2009).

Author of “Creative Strategies for Enrolling the Reluctant Spouse in the Collaborative process, IACP Collaborative Review, Volume 9, Issue 5, Spring 2007.

Presenter: “The Reluctant Spouse: Solving the Problem and Expanding Collaborative Practice” (IACP Forum, Toronto Canada, 2007).

Presenter: “Marketing Collaborative Practice” (Hudson Valley Collaborative Divorce & Dispute Resolution Association, 2006).


Mediation in the Time of Coronavirus: How to Conduct an Effective Online Mediation (2020) by Simeon H. Baum, Esq.

Advanced Collaborative Practice Training: How Divorce Disrupts Kids at Different Ages/Stages (2019) by Joy Dryer, PhD., Allison Bell, PhD., Micki McWade, LCSW, and Maureen Talvi, LCSW.

Westchester Surrogate’s Court Mediation Training Program (2018) by Glen Parker, Esq., Nancy J. Rudolph, Esq., Viki Khazzam, Esq. and Taje Gaynor.

Advanced Collaborative Training: Relighting the Spark (2015) by Linda Solomon, LPC, LCDC, LMFT.

Advanced Mediation Training: Exploring Interests (2013) by Sequoia Stadler, Esq.

Advanced Mediation Training for Mediators (2013) by Richard M. Calkins, Esq.

Advanced Collaborative Practice Training: Interest-Based Negotiating (2013) by Kathryn Miller, Esq.

Advanced Mediation Training; Understanding Resistance and Moving Beyond Impasse (2012) by Nina Meierding, MS, JD.

Advanced Collaborative Practice Training: Exploring Collaborative Advocacy (2012) Sherri Goren Slovin, JD., Victoria Smith, JD, C. Med., cert CFM (FMC).

Advanced Collaborative Practice Training: One Coach Model: A Collaborative Practice Paradigm Shift for Mental Health Professionals, Attorneys and Financial Specialists (2010) by Linda Solomon, LPC, FMFT.

Advanced Collaborative Practice Training: Social Science Meets Family Law (2010) by Joan P. Kelly, Ph.D.

Advanced Collaborative Practice Training: Meeting the Unique Needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Transsexual (LGBT) Clients in the Collaborative Process (2010) by
Mariette Gelenhuys, Esq.

Basic Training in Divorce Mediation (2009) by Steven Abel, Esq.

Advanced Collaborative Practice Training: Collaborative Endgame Training (2009), by Kathryn Miller, Esq.

Advanced Collaborative Practice Training: Domestic Violence and the Collaborative Practitioner (2009) by Jane Aoyama-Martin, Esq., Tamara Mitchell, Esq., Deborah Hope Wayne, Esq., Gay French-French-Ottaviani, LCSW, CP, Jeffrey Steiger LCSW.

Advanced Mediation Training: Custody and Visitation Mediation (2008) Jenny Besch, BA, MS.

Advanced Collaborative Practice Training: Advanced Interdisciplinary Training (2008) Maria Alba-Fisch, Ph.D., Allison Bell, Ph.D., Micki McWade, LSCW, Patricia Thomas, Ph.D.

Basic Mediation Training (2007) Jenny Besch, BA, MS, Monica Rickenberg, Esq., Kathryn M. Keener, BA, MS.

Mediation Training for Collaborative Professionals (2005) Kathryn Lazar, Esq, Dan McCabe, Esq., Richard Mandel, Esq., Maria Alba-Fisch, Ph.D., Micki McWade, LCSW, Diane Drake, CDP.

Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce Training (2004) Kathryn Lazar, Esq., Dan McCabe, Esq., Richard Mandel, Esq., Maria Alba-Fisch, Ph.D., Micki McWade, LCSW, Diane Drake, CDP.

Basic Collaborative Law Training (2004) Kathryn Lazar, Esq., Dan McCabe, Esq., Richard Mandel, Esq., Maria Alba-Fisch, Ph.D., Micki McWade, LCSW, Diane Drake, CDP.

Alan Howard, Esq.

Alan Howard, Esq.

PARTNER | Perkins Coie LLP

Seasoned trial attorney Alan Howard represents clients in complex commercial disputes, cross-border litigation and international arbitration. Alan skillfully manages clients engaged in multiple proceedings in multiple jurisdictions, including companies involved in high stakes commercial contract disputes related to manufacturing, production and distribution of goods, technology and software issues, as well as domestic and global joint ventures.

Alan has successfully defended companies and individual directors in shareholder class actions in state and federal courts, most recently in Delaware, California, New York and Georgia. In addition, Alan has particular experience counseling financial institutions on anti-money laundering regulations and compliance.

With over three decades of experience trying cases at the state and federal level, Alan is also experienced in arbitration proceedings under the rules of the American Arbitration Association, JAMS and the International Chamber of Commerce. His international and domestic clients work in a range of industries, including financial services, transportation, manufacturing, agriculture, telecommunications, retail and consumer products.

Maintaining a robust pro bono practice, Alan has been recognized by the American Bar Association, Public Justice, The American Lawyer and the Financial Times for his service as lead counsel in an action involving claims of forced labor, trafficking in forced labor, civil RICO, discrimination and fraud brought on behalf of hundreds of skilled workers from India. He also worked on the prominent civil rights case involving the “Jena 6” in Louisiana.


  • Commercial Disputes
  • Contract
  • Intellectual Property
  • Corporate Governance
  • Fiduciary Duty
  • Securities Matters


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Secured an arbitration award for breach and repudiation of a 15-year coal transportation agreement, over the assertion of a force majeure defense, on behalf of railroad against an owner of coal-fired power generation plants.

Represented the owner of an environmental plant in a dispute with the plant operator over claims of force majeure.

Handled multiple domestic and international arbitrations involving technology and software development and licensing agreements.

Represented a private equity acquisition search firm in a dispute over a finder’s fee.

Represented the manufacturer of industrial equipment in a dispute over an exclusive output contract.

Successfully defended an international financial institution against fraud claims in New York.

Represented companies and individual directors in the successful defense of shareholder class actions in state and federal courts, including in Delaware, California, New York, and Georgia.

Prevailed on behalf of an automotive parts manufacturer in an ICC arbitration arising out of the sale of a division, and specifically involving claims related to manufacturing processes.

Mediated a dispute on behalf of a worldwide leader in the development and supply of agricultural products involving a biotech licensing agreement.

Achieved an arbitration award for a major telecommunications company to enforce an indemnification agreement.

Represented an international infrastructure company in litigation relating to road and water projects in Africa.

Prevailed at trial on behalf of a retailer charged with theft of trade secrets.

Represented a global financial institution in mass tort litigation in the U.S.

Achieved at arbitration an award in favor of international manufacturers of high-speed trains arising out of a development contract for a multibillion-dollar project in Asia.

Represented a manufacturer of high-speed trains in litigating and mediating its disputes with Amtrak relating to the construction of the Acela.

Arbitrated on behalf of an insurance company its dispute arising out of the termination of software contracts.

Resolved breach of contract and patent litigation claims in the United States on behalf of a German medical device manufacturer.

Achieved a verdict at trial in favor of a telecommunications company in a false advertising lawsuit.

Successfully represented at trial a sporting goods manufacturer against patent licensing claims.

Defended to verdict individual and third-party payor claims against a tobacco manufacturer in smoking and health litigation.

*Prior firm experience.



U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York



Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1987

Yale University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1984



Recognized by New York Super Lawyers as a “Super Lawyer”, 2018 – 2020

Awarded “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by Public Justice, 2015

Received “Global Pro Bono Dispute of the Year” and “Global Citizenship (Grand Prize Winner)” award from The American
Lawyer, 2015

Recognized as “Innovative Lawyer of the Year,” Social Responsibility-Pro Bono Cases category by Financial Times, 2015

Received “Pro Bono Publico Award” from ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono, 2014



Southern Poverty Law Center, Board of Directors, Former Chair

Mary Mihalakos Martuscello, Esq.

Mary Mihalakos Martuscello, Esq.

Mary Mihalakos Martuscello is a seasoned litigator with 35 years of experience, appearing extensively in all of the New York Metro Courts, as well as the surrounding suburban counties. Her career has spanned a variety of areas, including both plaintiff and defense practice in the negligence — personal injury arena.

Ms. Martuscello has a reputation for zealous but ethical representation of her clients and her collegial manner in an adversarial context has earned her the respect of the legal community. Her experience in all aspects of civil litigation gives her the ability to recognize the various considerations involved in the mediation process. She brings an energetic and balanced approach to ensure that each litigant’s position is fully heard and that compromises are fair.


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Law Offices of Mary Mihalakos Martuscello (1999 – Present)

Senior Associate I Trial Attorney, Bernstone, Goldman & Tecklin (1993 – 1999)

Trial Attorney, Pasternack, Popish & Reiff, P.C. (1993)

Litigation Associate, Mandelbaum, Schweiger & Conner (1989 – 1993)

Senior Associate I Trial Attorney, Lester, Schwab, Katz & Dwyer (1987 – 1989)

Associate, Kaplan, Oshman, Helfenstein & Matza (1984)



Pace University School of Law, Juris Doctor, Bates College, B.A. Mathematics and Psychology



New York State-Appellate Division, First Department (March 1984)

U.S. District Court, Southern & Eastern Districts of New York



Fluent in spoken and written Greek; working knowledge of French


Completed Basic Mediation Training: Conflict Resolution Theory and Techniques,
NYC Bar Course 26.5 hours

Participated as an attorney in numerous Mediations resulting in settlement of personal injury
and property damage claim

Hon. W. Gerard Asher

Hon. W. Gerard Asher

The Honorable W. Gerard Asher was elected to the Suffolk County District Court in November 2004 and has served as a District Court Trial Judge for four years and an acting County Court Judge for the last two years.

Asher earned a BA at Princeton University in 1963 and a J.D. at Cornell University in 1966. After law school, Judge Asher served for two years in the United States Army attaining the rank of Captain and is a lifetime member of V.F.W. Post 1469.

Judge Asher practiced at the law firm of John Toaz (a former President of the Suffolk County Bar Association) for five years and then became a sole practitioner for over thirty years with a general practice in real estate, surrogate matters and trial practice. He was a certified baseball agent for over twenty-six years and worked with Tony Attanasio. He represented several major league baseball players in arbitration cases heard in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Judge Asher is married to the former Sylvia Gazetsky and they will be celebrating their forty-seventh wedding anniversary this June. The Asher’s have two grown daughters,
Gigi and Lara.


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Acting County Court Judge, Riverhead, NY

Trial Judge of the District Court, Islip, NY

Trial practitioner in District, Family, County and Supreme Courts

Practiced Law for 35 years before being elected to the bench

Member New York State Bar Association

Member Suffolk County Bar Association – served on numerous committees including Pro Bono Foundation. Elected to Board of Directors (2008 – 2011)

Chairman of District Court Committee (2007 – 2009)

2-time Pro Bono recognition winner (1997 and 2004)

Huntington Lawyers Club, Past President (1982 – 1983)

Certified Major League Baseball Agent – by MLBPA affiliated for 26 years with ADA Financial Inc., Tony Attanasio, Pres.



Cornell University Law School, J.D. (1966)

Princeton University, BA (1963)



United States Army

Army Commendation Medal for Service (1968)

Commander of “A” Battery, 6th Battalion, 44th Artillery, Korea

Lifetime Member VFW post 1469

Zachary Fasman, Esq.

Zachary Fasman, Esq.

Zachary Fasman is a nationally known expert in labor and employment law. His career spans five decades and his expertise includes both employment discrimination law – where he served as National Co-Chair of Paul Hastings’ employment discrimination law practice – and labor law. He has substantial trial and appellate experience, including two successful arguments in the United States Supreme Court, and has been involved in hundreds of mediations and arbitrations. He is a long-time member of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers; an emeritus member of the Advisory Board of the New York University Law School’s Center for Labor and Employment law; has consistently been rated in Band One by Chambers USA; was elected to Lawdragon’s Hall of Fame for career achievement, and has written three books and published many articles on labor and employment law. He retired from Proskauer Rose in 2019 and has extensive training in mediation from the Straus Institute at Pepperdine School of Law and elsewhere.


  • Employment Law
  • Labor Law
  • Wrongful Termination Law
  • Wage-Hour Law


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Partner, Proskauer Rose, LLP; Partner, Paul Hastings LLP

Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP; Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP



University of Michigan Law School, J.D. with Honors, Order of the Coif, 1972

Northwestern University, B.A., 1969



State of Illinois (1972); District of Columbia (1977); State of New York (2000)

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, Fourth Circuit, Sixth Circuit, Seventh Circuit, Ninth
Circuit, Eleventh Circuit and District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. District Court, numerous districts



Chambers USA: New York: Labor & Employment (Band One) (Multiple years)

Chambers Global: USA: Labor & Employment (Band One) (Multiple years)

Top 100 New York Super Lawyers 2015

Best Lawyers in America (26 years)

New York Super Lawyers (2006 – 2018)

“New York Area’s Best Lawyers,” New York Magazine (2005 – 2018)

Martindale-Hubbell: AV-Rated (Preeminent) (25+ years)

Lawdragon Employment Law Hall of Fame, inducted 2014 (for career achievement)

Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys – Top 100” Human Resources Executive,
Lawdragon (2014 – 2015)

“America’s Top 100 Employment Law Attorneys,” Human Resource Executive, Lawdragon
(2010 – 2016)


MEMBERSHIPS: Numerous (listing by request)

Thomas P. Gorton, Esq.

Thomas P. Gorton, Esq.

A 1980 graduate of St. John’s Law School where he was awarded the Corpus Juris Secundum Award for Significant Legal Scholarship, Tom Gorton has more than 35 years of experience as a litigator.  During that time, he has tried untold cases throughout the metropolitan area as both a plaintiff and defendant and has appeared on numerous occasions arguing appeals in both the First and Second Departments.  Because of his varied experience, Tom is equally comfortable handing a complex labor law case with issues of sole proximate cause and indemnification, as he is an automobile intersection accident with issues of negligence and threshold, or a slip and fall with issues of notice and duty.

A member of CLM, as well as The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Tom regularly lectures at DANY as well as various Bar Associations and Claims Conferences.  He believes the keys to effective ADR are a knowledge of one’s file, a realistic understanding of the value of the injuries claimed and an open-minded willingness to discuss the practical, legal and evidentiary issues involved in the litigation.

Tom resides with his wife and son in Long Beach NY where he is active in the community coaching Baseball and Basketball.  He also enjoys an occasional round of golf whenever possible.


  • Personal Injury
  • Labor Law
  • Premises Liability
  • Automobile
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Wrongful Death


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Partner – Gorton & Gorton LLP

Partner – Conway Farrell Curtin & Kelly, PC



St. John’s Law School (1980)

Moot Court Board Member

Executive Director – Criminal Law Institute

Corpus Juris Secundum Award for Significant Legal Scholarship

Manhattan College (1977)

Varsity Baseball Team (1973 – 1977)



New York State



State of New York (1981)

United States District Court for Southern District of New York (1981)

United States District Court for Eastern District of New York (1981)



New York State Bar Association

American Bar Association

Nassau County Bar Association


Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Sam Rosmarin, Esq

You have to be enthusiastic about exploring and arriving at a common resolution. – Sam Rosmarin, Esq.

Sam Rosmarin, Esq.

Sam Rosmarin has enjoyed a stellar multi-decade career as a complex catastrophic personal injury litigator. Sam’s professional experience has been evenly divided. He has represented plaintiffs in a wide range of serious personal injury actions and he has also represented corporate defendants such as Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Hilton Hotels and Nationwide Insurance Companies. After completing the prestigious Harvard Law School mediation training program, Mr. Rosmarin has passionately devoted himself to the art and science of mediation and arbitration. In 2016, he was honored by being appointed as a Special Master of the Appellate Division, First Department where he provides mediation services for selected cases on appeal.


  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Catastrophic Damages
  • Wrongful Death
  • Product Liability


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Legal Experience

Founder and Managing Litigation Partner, Sam Rosmarin, PLLC, White Plains, NY (2006-Present)

Co-founder and Co-owner and Litigation Partner, Rock & Rosmarin, LLP White Plains, NY (1999-2006)

Partner and Chairman of Medical Malpractice Department, Barr & Rosenbaum, LLP, Spring Valley, NY (1995-1999)

Partner, Rochman, Platzer, Fallick, Rosmarin & Sternheim (1980-1995)


ADR Appointments and Training

Special Master, 1st. Dept., Appellate Division

Harvard Law School Negotiation Institute’s Mediation program

Pepperdine Law School’s Strauss Institute’s Advanced Mediation program

Cornell University’s Employment Law Mediation program



Boston University School of Law, J.D. (1980)

Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, B.S. (1977)



New York State: 1981, Second Department

United States District Court of New York: 1988 Southern District, Eastern District

United State Court of Appeals: 1988, 9th Circuit

United State Court of Federal Claims: 2008 Washington, D.C.

United States Supreme Court: 2016