Judith Meyer, Esq.

Commercial Dispute Solutions

150 Rose Lane
Haverford, Pennsylvania 19041


Commercial, Construction, Employment, Environmental, Franchise, Legal Malpractice, Personal Injury, Sexual Harassment

Judith Meyer, Esq. is recognized as one of the  country’s leading mediators and arbitrators. In the last 30 years, she has  resolved over 1200 commercial mediations and arbitrations involving contract,  environmental, employment, construction, tort and personal injury, professional liability, business and commercial, employment, environmental, intellectual property,  and insurance disputes. Ms. Meyer has served as a mediator or arbitrator on a number of high  profile ADR panels including the September 11 Victims’ Compensation Fund of  2001, American Arbitration Association Construction, Commercial, Complex  Claims, and Employment Panels, International Institute for Conflict Prevention  and Resolution, EEOC Mediation Services Panel, FINRA, U.S. International  Commerce Commission, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Bankruptcy  Court for the District of Delaware, Maryland District Court, New Jersey  Superior Courts, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, and Philadelphia Commerce  Court – as a Mediator and as a  Judge Pro  Tem. She is a Distinguished Fellow in the International Academy of Mediators, a  Fellow of the London-based Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Fellow in  the American College of Arbitrators and a member, American College of E-Neutrals.


A former litigation partner in a major California firm, and  a founder of her own litigation firm in Beverly Hills, Ms. Meyer was one of the  founders of the Philadelphia JAMS Dispute Resolution Center in 2004. She  is a Distinguished Fellow in the International Academy of Mediators and is  certified by the International Mediation Institute where she serves as Chair of  the Independent Standards Commission. Ms. Meyer brings a special skill set to  each mediation. She makes a total commitment to the parties and their counsel  to be their negotiation guide through first referral to final resolution. She  brings high energy and total commitment to a process that requires quick grasp  of the essential business and legal issues of a dispute, as well as astute  comprehension of the shifting dynamics between the parties – lawyers and their  clients. She parses and reframes complex issues and moves the parties from  positions to interests. One area where she is most sought after is in  “high-emotion” cases as she is known for her ability to “calm” a situation and  help the parties focus on a successful resolution.


Ms. Meyer currently teaches Negotiation and Mediation at  Cornell University Law School. She has also lectured to students on mediation  at the University of Pennsylvania, Dickinson, Temple, and Rutgers Law School.  For the last seven years, Ms. Meyer is named in Best Lawyers in America in the field of ADR, and is named as a Pennsylvania SuperLawyer in ADR. A  graduate of Barnard College, she received her law degree from Cornell  University Law School, where she won the E. E. Carey Award for Legal Brief  Writing Excellence, and served on the Moot Court Board.


Read what  clients are saying about Judith Meyer and the mediation service she provides.


I strongly believe that the parties to litigation are the  owners of their disputes. Although guided by wise counsel, ultimately a party  must make the final and tough decision of what to do with their dispute. More  than 98% of all cases resolve before trial, often on the courthouse steps, when  the risk of a third-party judge or jury deciding the outcome of the dispute  becomes uncomfortably real. The litigation process does not provide an  opportunity where counsel, clients, carriers and anyone else with a direct  interest in the outcome of a dispute, can gather in a "behind the  screen," confidential setting to discuss not just the rights and  obligations of the litigants, but also the interests and needs of the parties.  The mediator guides, but does not own, this conversation – holding to the oath  taken by doctors in a different setting of ‘doing no harm.’ I like to say to  counsel and their clients in a mediation setting that in all likelihood the  conversation “we will engage in will help them focus on what they need to put  this claim to bed and help them engage in creative ways of fulfilling that  need.” I believe that a dispute is a problem to be solved, not a battle to be  won. If a dispute does not settle in mediation, the parties will know clearly  what the stumbling block is and, with the help of the mediator, will know how  to clear it, if they so desire. Although I am a mediator, there are all kinds  of reasons, and not just monetary, why a case needs to be tried. I do not  believe in bludgeoning the parties into settlement.


Am I evaluative, facilitative or transformative? Do I  use joint caucusing or private caucusing? Do I reach out to counsel and the  parties before the mediation? Do I require pre-mediation briefing? To all of  those questions the answer is "it depends." It depends on the type  and complexity of the dispute. It depends on the needs and preferences of the  parties. It depends on the personalities of the participants, and the  relationships between parties and parties, parties and counsel, counsel and  counsel, and counsel and adjusters. One size does not fit all, and unlike  litigation, a hallmark of mediation is not just its confidentiality, but its  flexibility. As a mediator, I try to be responsive to the changing needs of the  parties in the mediation. A mediation that starts out facilitative may turn to  the evaluative at a late hour in the day. However, the evaluation, unless  specifically requested, is usually in the form of a "what if" or a  mediator's suggestion or a mediator's range, with continuing options that flow  from those. The mediator is the devil's advocate, the asker of hard questions,  the agent of reality, the thoughtful shaper of negotiations. The mediator, by  her questions, tries to shape and sharpen the reality of each party.


Our legal system, the best in the world, allows  everyone their day in court. But I have yet to meet a party who after the  emotional, financial and time cost of trial, combined with its uncertainty and  limited-remedy outcome, is eager to go that route again.



150 Rose Lane            


Haverford, PA 19041-1618         


TEL 215.563.1480


CELL 610.212.9877


FAX 646.375.4232


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