“David’s sharp intelligence and keen insight into the parties’ concerns led to a resolution of what appeared to be an irreconcilable dispute between distrustful entities.“
David M. Brodsky, the principal of Brodsky ADR LLC, mediates and arbitrates complex commercial, employment, insurance, and financial instruments disputes. He brings to his practice more than four decades of experience as a prosecutor, private litigator, general counsel, and neutral. He was recognized by his peers as an outstanding trial lawyer when elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and as an outstanding mediator and arbitrator when elected as a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and of the New York Academy of Mediators and Arbitrators, and is consistently selected as one of the Top 100 of the Super Lawyers in New York, formerly as a trial lawyer and, since 2012, as an Alternate Dispute Resolution neutral.
As a mediator, David engages in intense pre-mediation preparation, including individual pre-mediation caucus sessions with counsel and parties, building the trust necessary to overcome obstacles to resolution. Thus informed, he then tailors the actual mediation sessions to the specific needs of the matter that he has identified in the pre-mediation process, diplomatically but persistently guiding the parties to mutually acceptable settlements.
David was described by one nationally-prominent trial lawyer as the “one of the most prepared mediators [he had ever] encountered” and “unique” in the lawyer’s long career. Another referred to him as “a highly effective mediator, well versed in the law and capable of grasping complicated fact issues … David’s flexible and creative suggestions for resolving the dispute help to foster productive mediation sessions.”
“bright, totally prepared, experienced”
As an arbitrator of complex cases, David combines his acknowledged expertise as a trial lawyer on issues of efficient discovery, burdens of proof, witness credibility, and measures of damages, with a full appreciation of the need for an arbitrator to work with counsel in a cost-conscious and creative manner so as to maximize the efficiency and fairness of the arbitral forum. As Chair of arbitration panels, he advocates for counsel to tailor discovery to the specific needs of the matter and routinely holds weekly status conferences during active discovery to deal with disputes quickly and efficiently. He has developed model arbitration scheduling and discovery orders that parties have adopted to streamline their pretrial work. As Chair, he has also encouraged the simultaneous or back-to-back examination of expert witnesses to allow immediate comparisons and examinations of contrasting opinions. In addition, he urges parties to adopt the time-saving device of offering direct examinations of all witnesses by affidavit or declaration circulated in advance of the testimony.
David has been retained by private firms to mediate or arbitrate accounting liability issues; software licensing disputes; liabilities arising out of the sale of RMBS and other debt instruments; alleged breaches of aircraft procurement contracts; enforceability of foreign arbitration awards; alleged breaches of fiduciary duty and violations of the duties of care and loyalty by officers and directors arising out of the setting of their compensation, administration of construction contracts, and conduct of a company in pre-insolvency stages; alleged violations of Federal Securities Laws concerning disclosures of a pharmaceutical drug’s side effects and costs of completing a computerized healthcare system; allegations of racial discrimination in employment; compensation disputes between hedge fund managers; breaches of employment agreements; fee disputes between advisors and principals; disputes concerning the effects of anti-dilution clauses in private placement agreements; and other complex controversies.
He is a member of the CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, its Hedge Fund, Banking and Financial Services, General Counsel, and New York Panels of Distinguished Neutrals, and a member of its Directors and Officers’ (D&O) Liability Insurance Committee, as well as a Special Master of New York’s Appellate Division, First Department, a member of Federal Arbitration, Inc., and a member of the Mediation Panels of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York and US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
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