Localities Served: New York, Tri-State Area, Virtual Consultations and Mediation Sessions Anywhere.
ADAM J. HALPER, ESQ.
Adam J. Halper is a mediator and an attorney. He works with individuals, attorneys, and businesses to help them resolve disputes. He has represented clients in a variety of litigation and transactional areas and brings strong business, legal and interpersonal acumen to client issues and conflicts. He practices collaborative law and he is a parenting coordinator. Currently, in addition to his private law and mediation practice, he is on the roster of neutrals for the American Arbitration Association, several New York State Courts and and the District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Mr. Halper began his career representing domestic violence survivors at Legal Services-NYC, the nation’s largest public interest law firm. Prior to opening a private practice, he was the Director of the Legal Wellness Institute at The Family Center, a unique multidisciplinary organization that serves individuals and families affected by severe illness. There, he led a team of attorneys, paralegals, law students and pro bono volunteers in the representation of thousands of New Yorkers. He has written extensively about his work with vulnerable populations, access to justice and mediation.
MEDIATION PRACTICE AREAS
Civil Rights, 1983 Actions
Divorce (Matrimonial); Family Law
Trust and Estates
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS
April 10th, 2018
Speaker, How Mediation Skills Enhance Litigation Skills
Speaker, How Mediation Skills Enhance Litigation Skills, Judicial Institute, OATH, April 10th, 2018.
May 9th, 2018
Moderator / Speaker, The Litigative DNA
Moderator/Speaker, The Litigative DNA, Fordham Law School, May 9th, 2018.
Speaker, Advantages of Mediation in Resolving Wills, Trusts
Speaker, Advantages of Mediation in Resolving Wills, Trusts, Estates and Adult Guardianship Matters, Westchester County Bar Association, June, 2018.
Co-Author, The Crucial Prologue: Telling Your Story in the Pre-Mediation Statement, NYSBA Dispute Resolution Lawyer, Fall 2018, with Bart Eagle.
October 29th, 2018
Speaker, New York Law School
Speaker, Mediation Choices for Effective Representation and Advocacy, New York Law School, October 29th 2018.
November 15th, 2018
Speaker, Mediating Cases Under FLSA/NYLL
Speaker, Mediating Cases Under FLSA/NYLL, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, November 15th, 2018.
August 19th, 2019
Speaker, SDNY Mediation Program
Speaker, SDNY Mediation Program, Edson Queiroz Foundation Mediation Program - A unique joint program between Columbia Law School and Brazil’s Universidade de Fortaleza, August 19, 2019.
Sept. 26th -27th 2019
Coach for Mediation/Trainees
Coach for mediator/trainees, Westchester County Surrogate’s Court, Mediation Training, September 26th and 27th, 2019.
August 11th, 2020
How Do you Start When They Are Too Far Apart
Facilitator, How Do You Start When They Are Too Far Apart, SDNY Mediation Training, August 11th, 2020.
Co-Author, When the Numbers Are Not So High; Justice Nigh -- Seeking Justice from an Imperfect Justice System, NYSBA Dispute Resolution Lawyer, Summer, 2020, with Bart Eagle.
Make Online Mediation Work for You and Your Clients, WCBA Bar Journal, with Donna Erez Navot, Winter, 2020.
Coach for Mediators / Trainees
Coach for mediators/trainees, New York State Bar Association, Commercial Mediation Training, March, 2021.
The Hard Question: When to Bring Evaluation
The Hard Question: When to Bring Evaluation into the Mediation, ABA, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, with Bart Eagle, August, 2021.
November 22, 2021
Co-Author, The Hard Peace: Mediation in New York’s Med-NJ Program By Michele Kern-Rappy and Adam J. Halper, New York Law Journal.
October 18, 2021
Presenter, Changing Lanes: Mediating Outside the Comfort Zone
Presenter, Changing Lanes: Mediating Outside the Comfort Zone, New York State Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section, Mediation Committee.
Presenter, The Habits of Highly Effective Dispute Resolvers
Presenter, The Habits of Highly Effective Dispute Resolvers, New York State Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section Event.
March 5th, 2018
Speaker, The SDNY Mediation Program
Speaker, The SDNY Mediation Program, Quinn Emmanuel, LLP, March 5, 2018.
February 1st, 2018
Speaker, The Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York
Speaker, The Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, February 1st 2018.
Co-Author, Side-Bar Learning: Lawyering Teaches You How to Live Well, ABA Before the Bar, with Caroline Oppenheim, December, 2017.
Co-Author, How Mediation Changed Me as a Lawyer, New York State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Lawyer, with Caroline Oppenheim, October, 2017.
Coach for Mediators/Trainees
Coach for Mediators/Trainees: Coach for mediators/trainees, New York State Bar Association, Advanced Commercial Mediation Training, November, 2022.
Coach for Mediators/Trainees
Coach for Mediators/Trainees: Coach for mediators/trainees, New York's Ninth Judicial District, Rockland County, Basic Mediation Training, November, 2022.
Mentor: Law Student Mediation Clinic
Mentor: Law Student Mediation Clinic, Brooklyn Law School, Spring Semester, 2023.
September 22, 2017
Co-Author, 47 Million Clients, Every Lawyer's Dream, with Caroline Bersak.
September 6th, 2017
Co-Author, SideBar Learning, Lawyering Teaches you how to live well., American Bar Association, ABA for law Students, with Caroline Oppenheim.
February 6th, 2017
Co-Author, See You in H*ll: Preparing for Mediation
Co-Author, See You in H*ll: Preparing for Mediation, Mediate.com, with Lauren Groetch, February 6th, 2017.
June 1st, 2016
Recipient, New York City Bar Association Legal Services Award.
Recipient, New York City Bar Association Legal Services Award.
ADMISSIONS & EDUCATION
New York State Bar
United States District Court for the Southern of New York
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
United States Supreme Court
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, JD (1997)
New York University, BA (1994)
ASSOCIATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS
American Arbitration Association
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Westchester County Bar Association, Co-Chair ADR Committee
New York State Bar Association, Mediation Committee
Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York
New York State Council on Divorce Mediation
New York Association for Collaborative Professionals
Federal Bar Council
Louis D. Brandeis Law Society
New York City Bar Association, ADR Committee (Past)
Mediation Advisory Committee, SDNY (Past)
Adam has been a steady supporter and defender, providing counsel through two different challenging legal issues in the past few years. The divorce mediation process can seem overwhelming and confusing at first. Adam is committed to helping his clients understand the process and legalities involved. He is personable and treats his clients with the utmost respect. Adam provides steady support and instills confidence in his clients that they are signing a fair agreement. Adam is dedicated to his clients and always available when needed. His extensive knowledge and experience gave me confidence that I was making informed decisions. Adam will be the first attorney I consult should I need legal assistance in the future, and I would not hesitate to recommend him to a friend. - J.B.
Adam assisted our client with navigating and successfully resolving a complex and difficult litigation. Although the matter was referred to him as a commercial mediation, he immediately recognized the underlying relationship and emotional elements driving the dispute. His process and preparation set the stage for a successful mediation. When the parties met, he was patient and engaged, asked the right questions at the right time, and guided the litigants and their respective counsel to an excellent outcome. - K.G.
Adam, it’s always a pleasure working with you and I look forward to continuing our relationship in the future. I believe you routinely exceed my clients’ expectations and this case was no different. Thank you. - A.S.
Adam facilitated an exchange of both factual and legal arguments that allowed both parties to feel heard and understood. He guided the discussion to narrow down and highlight the actual issues that divided us without letting the mediation get stuck in the weeds. In breakout sessions, I knew I could trust him to listen to my client’s position with empathy and portray it in the most effective light to opposing counsel while providing the same service to opposing counsel. I would highly recommend using him as a mediator regardless of which side you represent. - G.B.
Adam is professional and knowledgeable. He cares for his clients and is dedicated to his trade. Adam was always able to diffuse intense conversations, and provide helpful insights to reach a solution. Thank you Adam, you are one of a kind - Y.R.
Adam is a true professional! He listened well, answered all my questions and addressed all my concerns. And he has great patience! I felt very confident making the changes needed to update my will and other documents. I highly recommend! - S.I.
Child custody is a very difficult thing. Adam was very easy to work with and helped us both find a common ground that worked for both of us. extremely professional and accommodating. - E.C.
We consulted with Mr. Halper to assist in transferring our mom's Medicaid benefits from NYC to upstate NY after my dad just passed away. It was a very challenging because both Medicaid offices were not being very cooperative. He provided frank, timely and highly relevant advice in helping us to resolve this matter. Thank you. - E.J.
Adam was personable, thoughtful, and patient with my husband and I as we worked through the details of our last will and testament and other estate documents. He offered great guidance and examples and entertained our many questions! In the end, we feel secure in the documents we created--and within a very rapidly changing landscape as well! Adam provided up to the minute guidance during the pandemic, which helped us to think clearly about possible implications of our documents in this new and different time. We highly recommend Adam! - B.M.
He was very clear and consistent and helpful with this process, thanks again Adam. - E.S.
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445 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 1102
White Plains, New York 10601
Mediation Services Anywhere
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