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Alaris

Alaris

Alaris ADR Services

711 North 11th Street
St. Louis, Missouri 63101
Email: ADR@alaris.us
Phone: (314) 754-7900
Fax: (314) 644-1334

Website

Message from the provider: Alaris ADR Services is a professional full-service ADR provider dedicated to providing a fair and impartial forum as an effective alternative to the courts. We have a distinguished panel of neutrals which consists of attorneys and retired judges as well as 7 office locations throughout Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas that can accommodate your mediation or arbitration.  Focusing on diversity has enabled us to attract men and women with a variety of legal backgrounds and experience to ensure our clients will find the right fit for their case.  Our client centric focus sets us apart; we handle every detail so the neutral and the clients can concentrate on the case.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Year the Provider entered the ADR field: 2010

SERVICES INFORMATION

Hours/Days of Week Available: Regular hours are Monday through Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. However, matters are scheduled based on the needs of the client.

Standard Hourly Rate: Our neutral’s hourly rates vary, please contact us for specifics.

Services Available: Mediations, Arbitrations, Special Master Proceedings, Mock Trials, Early Neutral Evaluations and Flat Fee mediations.

Areas of Emphasis: Alaris administers various types of cases that include product liability, professional malpractice, employment discrimination, fraud, copyright, premises liability, auto/trucking cases, construction, business and commercial claims, intellectual property, domestic relations, etc.

Geographic Areas Served: Alaris provides state-of-the-art, tastefully appointed offices in St. Louis (headquarters), Kansas City, Cape Girardeau, Columbia and Springfield, MO, Springfield, IL, and Little Rock, AR. We also partner with affiliates in 250 cities throughout the United States should the parties need facilities in other locales.

Primary Source of ADR Business: Attorney referrals, former client referrals and insurance company approved provider.

Amato Family Law

Amato Family Law

230 South Bemiston, Suite 510

St. Louis, Missouri 63105

Email: samato@amatofamilylaw.com

Phone: (314) 727-7122

Fax: (314) 727-6782

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Charles Atwell

Charles Atwell

Charles Atwell

Foland Wickens Eisfelder Roper & Hofer, P.C.
1200 Main Street, Suite 2200
Kansas City, MO 64105
Email: catwell@fwpclaw.com
Phone:  (816)460-2859

Website

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A message from the provider: Judge Atwell spent 16½ years on the bench. Charlie has tried virtually every kind of case that can be tried in the Circuit Court of Jackson County. He has mediated a wide range of cases including medical malpractice, complicated commercial cases, trucking cases and business disputes among others. He also has been an arbitrator in a variety of matters. Charlie also serves regularly as a special master for the courts. Since the time of his joining the firm in 2012 he has mediated well over 300 cases and has had great success.

Hours/days available: Monday – Friday. 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Will work nights and weekends, if necessary.

Areas of emphasis/specialties: Mediation, arbitration, special master, white collar criminal defense practice

Geographic areas served: Entire Kansas City Metro area, out of state Missouri and Kansas

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Education

  • University of Missouri – Kansas City, J.D. in 1978
  • Graduated with honors from UMKC Law School in 1978
  • Graduated with a BS degree in education from University of Kansas in 1972

Year the attorney or provider entered the ADR field: 2012 as a private mediator. Had mediation experience throughout my days on the bench.

Services available: Mediation, arbitration and special masters work

Total annual cases handled: Approximately 100

Percentage of mediation that reach settlement: 70%

Primary source of ADR/mediation business: Lawyer referrals

Standard hourly rate: $340 per hour for mediation; $350 per hour for arbitrations.

Other available fee arrangements: Any fees are subject to negotiations

Other pertinent information: We have an online portal for scheduling mediations.

As of December 1, 2020 Charles Atwell will be with Jay Daugherty Mediation & Arbitration, 4717 Grand Ave #830, Kansas City, MO 64112, (816) 931-6300.

Jack Bangert

Jack Bangert

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2300 Main Street, Suite 800
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
Phone: (816) 960-0090
Fax: (816) 960-0041
Email: jack.bangert@kutakrock.com

Jack BangertWebsite

A message from the provider: Jack Bangert takes a 360-degree objective approach to mediation. Limiting his mediation practice to two or three weekly cases assures each case gets the immediate and individualized attention it deserves. Jack has mediated over 500 cases. Jack comes highly recommended by all sides of the bar. This include judges and past presidents of both MATA and MODL. Jack utilizes his 40 years of civil litigation experience, coupled with a pragmatic approach, to resolve cases. Jack mediates all types of civil and commercial cases. He is a recognized expert in insurance law including coverage, bad faith and vexatious refusal. He has handled hundreds of cases which include vehicular negligence, trucking law, nursing home litigation, products liability and medical negligence, among others.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Education: Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, B.A., 1973; University of Missouri at Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri, J.D., with distinction, 1976

Year the attorney or provider entered the ADR field: 2007

SERVICES INFORMATION

Hours/days available: Monday – Friday 9:30 a.m. to ? (Saturdays and Sundays, if needed)

Standard hourly rate: $395-$445 per hour

Areas of emphasis: Alternative Dispute Resolution; Personal Injury: Auto, Retailer, Premises and Product Liability and Medical Negligence; Insurance: Coverage (Underinsured, Uninsured, Bad-Faith and Vexatious Refusal); Commercial; Construction; Employment

Geographic areas served: Missouri & Kansas

Total Cases Mediated: 500+

Percentage of mediations that reach settlement: Ultimately 90% settled

Primary source of ADR/mediation business: Referrals from attorneys

Other pertinent information:

  • Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law. (Co-coached National Moot Court Trial team.)
  • Has taught at numerous trial academies including the Missouri Judicial Trial College and the Missouri Bar Trial Academy (Basic and Advanced).
  • Past President of the American Board of Trial Advocates (comprised of Plaintiff’s and Defense attorneys) for the Western District of Missouri and Eastern District of Kansas.
  • Named to the “Best Lawyers” in America, Top 100 Super Lawyer for Missouri and Kansas and ”Best of the Bar,“ multiple times.
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated since 1996.

Thomas M. Blumenthal

Thomas M. Blumenthal

Thomas M. Blumenthal

Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, P.C.
165 North Meramec Ave, Ste 110
St. Louis, MO 63105
Email: tblumenthal@pcblawfirm.com
Phone: 314-244-3635

Website

Message from the provider: ONLINE DISPUTE RESOLUTION (ODR) IS HERE TO STAY. Your dispute can be mediated in a series of Zoom sessions, rather than one long 10 hour in- person meeting, or by a series of secure text exchanges through a mediation platform built to allow an ongoing discussion over a short but not continuous period of time. The availability of new processes is dependent only on your willingness to use them.

There is no reason you cannot settle any dispute you have, business or personal, through ODR. In the not-too-distant past, no one knew what Zoom was, texting didn’t exist, and many were reluctant to use mediation at all. All of these tools are now commonplace, but the way we use them will continue to evolve at the rapid pace of the electronic age. If you keep your mind open to these developments, they will make your life easier, save you money, and lessen the time you spend in dispute. Life is too short, as we are now painfully reminded.

ODR does not just encompass mediation, it can also be used for arbitration and early neutral evaluation. A neutral trained in the use of ODR, as I am, can offer you many different ways to approach a satisfying resolution to any situation. ODR is here to stay.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Education: Washington University (AB-1973); University of Missouri-Columbia (JD-1976); AAA Commercial Arbitrator Training Workshop, St. Louis, 2/1999, 16 hours;  CDR  Associates, Boulder, Mediator Training, 7/1995, 40 hours; various continuing education courses.

Certifications: International Mediation Institute Certified Mediator. Missouri Sup Ct Rule 17 Mediator Certification. United States District Court Eastern District of Missouri Local Rule 16-6.03 Neutral Certification. Certified Instructor, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 1981.

Year the attorney or provider entered the ADR field: 1995

SERVICES INFORMATION

Hours/days available: By Appointment

Areas of emphasis: Emphasis in business, commercial, intellectual property, employment and construction mediations and arbitrations.

Geographic areas served: Internationally certified and available

Primary source of ADR/mediation business: Attorney referral

Standard hourly rate: $430/hour, various rates for online mediation.

Other available fee arrangements: upon request

Other pertinent information:

  • Best Lawyers’ 2012, 2017, 2019, St. Louis Arbitration Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers’ 2016, 2018, St. Louis Mediation Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers in America – Alternate Dispute Resolution since 2007
  • Missouri/ Kansas Super Lawyers – Alternate Dispute Resolution since 2006
  • Developed and taught Arbitration Theory and Practice, Washington University School of Law, 2006-2010

Robert W. Cotter

Robert W. Cotter

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Dysart Taylor Cotter McMonigle & Montemore, P.C.

4420 Madison Avenue, Suite 200
Kansas City, Missouri 64111
Email: rcotter@dysarttaylor.com
Phone: (816) 931-2700
Fax: (816) 931-7377

Website

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Message from the provider: A reasonable and voluntary settlement today is better than
a costly and unknown result in the future. As a skilled mediator, I can help you and your client,
whether a plaintiff or a defendant, get your case settled.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Education: University of Missouri-Kansas City, J.D. with distinction, 1976

Year the Attorney or Provider entered the ADR field: 1995

SERVICES INFORMATION

Hours/Days of Week Available: All Weekdays, 9am to when concluded

Standard Hourly Rate: $350.00

Other Available Fee Arrangements: Will consider other arrangements for out-of-town mediations

Services Available: Mediation/Arbitration

Areas of Emphasis: Personal Injury / Professional Malpractice / Commercial / Business / Insurance / Reinsurance / Employment

Geographic Area Served: United States, with a focus in Missouri and Kansas

Total Cases Handled: 100+

Percentage of Mediations that Reach Settlement: 90%

Primary Source of ADR Business: Recommendations / Referrals from Attorneys / AAA

Other Pertinent Information: 40 years litigation / Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers / Kansas City Business Journal’s Best of the Bar / Panel Arbitrator – AAA

F. Coulter deVries

F. Coulter deVries

deVries & Associates, P.C.

3145 Broadway
Kansas City, MO 64111
Email: coult@devries-law-kc.com
Phone: 816.561.2555
Fax: 816.561.3939
Website

Jerome A. Diekemper

Jerome A. Diekemper

DiekemperJeromeJerome A. Diekemper, LLC

231 S. Bemiston, Suite 800

Clayton, MO 63105

Email:   Jerry@jadiekemperllc.com

Phone: (314) 606-0831

Website

Message from the provider:

Jerome A. Diekemper began mediating cases in 1993 and has been a full-time mediator and arbitrator since June, 2006. For the first 35 years of his practice he represented unions and individual employees. Approximately two-thirds of his mediations involve employment-related claims including discrimination, wrongful termination and employment / non-compete agreements. The other third includes business, professional liability and personal injury claims. Arbitration cases involve employment, business and labor-management disputes. Listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1983; listed in Missouri-Kansas Super Lawyers over 10 years.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Education: A.B. (1968), J.D. (1971), St. Louis, University

Certifications: Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers; Member, National Academy of Arbitrators; Workplace Mediation Advanced Practitioner, Association for Conflict Resolution.

Year the Attorney or provider entered the ADR field: Mediator since 1993, over 1500 mediations; Arbitrator since 2007, over 100 hearings.

Services:

Hours/Days available: Office hours Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Areas of emphasis: Civil litigation disputes with emphasis in employment, business professional liability and personal injury.

Geographic areas served: Missouri and Central U.S.

Primary source of ADR/mediation business: Mediations by direct appointment and from federal and state court panels as well as American Arbitration Association Mediation Panel; Arbitrations from FMCS and American Arbitration Association as well as by direct appointment.

Standard rates: $400.00 per hour, plus expenses; $1,250.00 per day for labor-management arbitration, plus expenses. Cancellation fees apply.

Peter Dunne

Peter Dunne

Pitzer Snodgrass, PC

100 South 4th Street, Suite 400

St. Louis, MO 63102

Email: dunne@pspclaw.com

Phone: (314)421-5545

Fax: (314)421-3144

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Joseph Eischens

Joseph Eischens

Eischens Mediation Services, LLC

Joseph Eischens

8013 Park Ridge Drive

Parkville, MO 64152

Email: joe@jkemediation.com

Phone: (816) 945-6393

Cell: (816) 210-5933

Website

EMS

Message from the provider: Eischens Mediation Services (EMS) provides fair, confidential and efficient mediation services in most types of civil cases nationwide. Led by Joe Eischens, an experienced and battle-tested trial attorney since 1992, EMS utilizes a strategic yet creative and cost-sensitive approach to problem solving and civil dispute resolution. Through 20+ years of tireless dedication to the litigation process, Joe Eischens brings the same rigorous energy and relentless commitment to his mediation practice. EMS recognizes the value of thoughtful, and oftentimes passionate, dialogue in resolving civil disputes and strives to both engage and challenge parties during the mediation sessions. EMS believes that opportunities for satisfactory resolutions of civil disputes are unlimited if all participants are willing to listen (to hear what is being said and not being said), to ask questions, and to readily exchange ideas for meaningful resolutions to contentious disputes.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Education: JD – William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN (1992)

Bar Admissions: Minnesota (1992), Missouri (1993), Kansas (1995), Kansas and Missouri Federal Courts

Certifications: Univ. of Missouri – Columbia Mediator Certification Program (2003)

Year the Attorney or Provider entered the ADR field: 2003

SERVICES INFORMATION

Hours/Days of Week Available: Any day, any time

Standard Hourly Rate: $400

Other Available Fee Arrangements: available on request

Services Available: Full service mediations

Areas of Emphasis: Employment disputes (state and federal discrimination, wrongful termination, FMLA, breach of contract, etc.), wage and hour disputes under state and federal law (FLSA), FCRA, personal injury (all negligence cases including auto, medical malpractice, product liability, intentional torts), shareholder disputes, most civil (but not domestic) matters

Geographic Areas Served: United States with a focus in Missouri and Kansas

Total Cases Handled: 1,000+

Percentage of Mediations that Reach Settlement: 80-90

Primary Source of ADR Business: Prior mediation lawyer participants

Leonard Frankel

Leonard Frankel

LeonardFrankelFrankel, Rubin, Bond, Dubin, Siegel & Klein, P.C.

231 S Bemiston Ave Ste 1111

Saint Louis, Missouri 63105

Phone: (314) 725-8000

Fax: (314) 726-5837

Email: lfrankel@frankelrubin.com

Website

Frankel Rubin

Message from the provider: The meditations include, employment cases (age, race & sexual discrimination, sex harassment, wrongful termination, equal pay, ERISA) involving both private and government employers, personal injury, general civil cases (trust & contract disputes, statutory remedies, disputes between business partners, breach of warranty, medical and legal malpractice, disputes between family members, landlord-tenant) and family mediation.
Background Information

Education: JD, Washington University School of Law

Year the Attorney or Provider entered the ADR field: 1994

Services Information

Services Available: Mediation, Arbitration, Special Master, Parent Coordinator

Other Pertinent Information: I serve on the ADR Advisory Committee for the U.S. District Court for the E.D. of Mo. I am co-author of “Why Cases Settle – Why Cases Don’t Settle” and author of “Presuit Mediation – A Missed Opportunity?” both published in The St. Louis Bar Journal. I taught mediation at Washington University as an Adjunct Professor for more than 10 years. Named by Best Lawyers in America as Family Law Mediator of the Year for 2012, 2014, 2018 & 2020 and St. Louis Mediator of the Year for 2013, 2015 & 2021.

Kim L. Kirn

Kim L. Kirn

Kim L. Kirn Mediator and Arbitrator

500 North Broadway, Suite 1800

St. Louis, Missouri 63102

Email: klkirn@gmail.com

Phone: (314) 231-4642

Blog: Mediation Under the Arch
kirnmediation.blogspot.com

Website

Message from the provider: The pandemic has changed the way mediations happen.  I have hosted +50 ZOOM mediations and feel quite confident in my technical skills to host virtual mediations.  I work hard to use the technology to its full potential while also making the clients, especially those who are not as technically proficient, feel comfortable.

I have no other legal practice outside of ADR. This allows me to focus completely on your case and get you on my calendar quickly. Part of my success comes from bringing a new voice of calm and reasonableness to the dispute.  I am persistent; even if we do not reach an agreement at the mediation, I follow up and keep the focus on settlement.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Education: Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude, May 1985, University of Notre Dame Law School

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, minor in Accounting, Cum Laude, May 1982, University of Missouri-Columbia

Certifications: National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, 2015 to present.

Year the attorney or provider entered the ADR field: 2007

SERVICES INFORMATION

Services available: Mediations through US A&M; Arbitrations through US A&M or AAA

Total annual cases handled: Varies between 60 and 80

Percentage of mediations that reach settlement: 80%-90% settlement rate

Primary source of ADR/mediation business: Both US A&M and AAA; however, I am an active FINRA arbitrator also

Standard hourly rate: $350 per hour

Other available fee arrangements: Flat fee is available for certain cases

Other pertinent information: I am one of the few women in the metropolitan area practicing ADR and that allows me work especially well with female parties.

Wesley T. Kozeny

Wesley T. Kozeny

Wesley T. Kozeny

USA&M

500 N. Broadway, Suite 1800

St. Louis, Missouri 63102

Email: wkozeny@mymediate.com

Phone: (314) 614-4716

Website

USA&M

Message from the provider: Wes Kozeny is an attorney and entrepreneur that bridges the divide between legal requirements and business exigencies. He is also an active mediator and participant in the joint landlord tenant mediation program sponsored by USA&M, EHOC and the St. Louis City and County Circuit Courts. He is a founding partner of Kozeny & McCubbin, LC and Insight Title Company as well as a technology company, KMC Information Systems, LC. In addition, he founded a national nonprofit organization, the American Legal & Financial Network (ALFN). Over his career, his law practice has included representation of both plaintiffs and defendants in litigation and different constituencies in non-litigation transactions and disputes.

Practice areas for Wes include banking and finance; commercial and residential real estate transactions, landlord tenant matters, construction and other disputes; title disputes and litigation; creditors rights; enforcement of mortgages and deeds of trust; bankruptcy and insolvency; business formation, governance and other matters; contract disputes; mergers and acquisitions; partner disputes; employment law; federal laws and regulations governing the manufacture and sale of firearms.

Wes served on the Board of Directors of ALFN from its founding in 2002 through 2016 and as its President/CEO from 2013-2015. The technology company which he founded developed a law firm practice management system (CaseAware) which was initially used by his firm and quickly established a nationwide customer base of law firms. Throughout his career, Wes has been a regular speaker and has published many articles directed to the mortgage banking industry. He has learned during his career that the law guides us and finesse is required to successfully apply the law to achieve practical and sometimes creative results.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Education: J.D. St. Louis University School of Law, 1987; B.A. St. Louis University, 1984

Certifications: State Courts – Missouri, 1987; Illinois, 1988; Nebraska, 2002; Iowa, 2002 (inactive); Kansas, 2012; New York, 2012; Oklahoma, 2013; Texas, 2013

United States District Courts – EDMO, WDMO, NDIL, CDIL, SDIL, District of Nebraska, NDIA, SDIA, District of Kansas, NDNY,SDNY,EDNY,WDNY, NDOK, WDTX,SDTX

Year the attorney or provider entered the ADR field: 2017 as a neutral, but decades of experience as an advocate

SERVICES INFORMATION

Services available: Mediation and arbitration

Standard hourly rate: $350

Areas of emphasis: Real estate, business disputes, bankruptcy

Primary source of ADR business: Word of mouth, other attorneys

Other pertinent information: Mr. Kozeny has handled hundreds of mediations

Scott Logan

Scott Logan

ScottLogan
loganLogan Logan & Watson, LC

 8340 Mission Road Suite 106

Prairie Village, Kansas 66206

Email: slogan@loganlaw.com

Phone: (913) 381-1121

Fax: (913) 381-6546

Website

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Education: Washburn University School of Law, Juris Doctorate 1980

Year the Attorney or Provider entered the ADR field: 2006

SERVICES INFORMATION

Hours/Days of Week Available: All weekdays, 8am to when concluded

Standard Hourly Rate: $325.00

Other Available Fee Arrangements: Will consider other arrangements for out of town mediations

Services Available: Mediation

Areas of Emphasis: Personal Injury/Professional Malpractice

Geographic Areas Served: State of Missouri Middle Part of State West to Kansas City; State of Kansas Middle Part of State East to Kansas City

Total Cases Handled: Annually – 25-30. Total for career – 150

Percentage of Mediations that Reach Settlement: 90%

Primary Source of ADR Business: Recommendations/Referrals From Attorneys

Other Pertinent Information: Fellow American College of Trial Lawyers, Since 2009. Fellow International Society of Barristers

Frank Neuner

Frank Neuner

Frank Neuner

Neuner Mediation & Dispute Resolution

120 S. Central Ave., Suite 1250

St. Louis, Missouri  63105

Email: frank@neunermediation.com

Phone: (314) 748-1680

Website

Message from the provider: Frank Neuner has a full-time mediation practice. He has mediated hundreds of cases, helping parties resolve disputes spanning a wide range of subject matters. He has a wealth of experience mediating not only bilateral disputes, but also multi-party cases, class actions and collective actions as well. Prior to opening his independent mediation office, Frank served as St. Louis Office Managing Partner for an AmLaw 200 law firm. His experience over nearly twenty-five years as a litigator—representing plaintiffs and defendants, individuals and companies—allows Frank to provide valuable insights to parties in mediation. Frank brings the knowledge and experience necessary to navigate complex issues, the temperament and credibility to handle emotionally-charged situations, the perspective and perseverance to break through impasse.

Areas of Emphasis: Employment/Workplace conflicts, including Wage & Hour collective and class actions; Business and Commercial disputes; Personal Injury and other Tort actions; School-related conflicts; Civil Rights controversies; Professional Malpractice claims; Blue Sky and Securities cases; Insurance Coverage disputes; and other civil actions.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Education: University of Michigan Law School (J.D.), magna cum laude; University of Chicago Law School (visiting student); University of Notre Dame (B.B.A.), magna cum laude

Certifications: Mediation Skills Training Program, Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies; Advanced Mediation Skills, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine School of Law; ADR Certified Neutrals Seminars, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri; Mediation & Assessment Program’s Annual CLE for Outside Mediators, United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri; Advanced Mediation Training, Association of Attorney-Mediators; Implicit Bias in Mediation Training – United States Arbitration & Mediation

Other pertinent information: Frank is currently the President-Elect of the national Association of Attorney-Mediators, and he serves as President of the St. Louis Chapter. Frank has also been selected for the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, an invitation-only association, whose members meet stringent practice criteria and are nominated by peers and litigation firms.  Frank is a frequent speaker on mediation advocacy.

David M. Remley

David M. Remley

David M. Remley The Remley Law Firm and Mediations

418 Themis Street, P O Box 1548

Cape Girardeau, MO 63702-1548

Email: dremley@remleylawfirm.com

Phone:  573-334-2079

Website

 

A message from the provider: Dave Remley believes that a litigant’s most precious right is the right of self-determination. Thus, if a litigant wants to predict the future for himself and for his cause, he has to build that future himself, and it is the mediator’s duty to help him do so.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Education: Dave Remley graduated cum laude from Westminster College in Fulton, MO in 1977. He received his JD degree in 1980 from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He received his mediator training from UM-C, arbitrator training from UMKC and domestic case training from MARCH. He continues to broaden his training and skills through ongoing CLE participation.

Certifications: Rule 17 certified and on the Accepted Neutral list of the United States District Court-Eastern Division

Year the attorney or provider entered the ADR field: 2005

SERVICES INFORMATION

Hours/days available: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Areas of mediation and arbitration emphasis/specialties: Personal injury cases of all kinds, including automobile, products liability and medical negligence; business, construction and real estate disputes; domestic relations including high asset and high conflict matters.

Geographic areas served: From St. Louis to Memphis, Tenn., and as far west as you care to go!

Percentage of mediations that reach settlement: Approximately 90%

Primary source of ADR/mediation business: Court appointment and the Bar

Standard hourly rate: $300 per hour

Other available fee arrangements: Travel and meal expenses as appropriate to the situation

Larry Rute

Larry Rute

Larry RuteAssociates in Dispute Resolution

212 SW 8th Avenue, Suite 207

Topeka, Kansas 66603

Email: info@adrmediate.com

Phone: (785) 357-1800

Fax: (785) 357-0002

Website

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Message from the provider: Larry R. Rute is partner and co-founder of Associates in Dispute Resolution, LLC, (ADR, LLC), with offices in Kansas City, Missouri, and in Lawrence and Topeka, Kansas. Larry established and administered the Kansas Human Rights Commissions Voluntary Employment Discrimination Mediation Program, the EEOC’s Employment Discrimination Mediation Program in Kansas and Western Missouri and the Kansas Supreme Court’s “Access to Justice” Family Mediation Program. ADR, LLC provides a wide-range of dispute resolution services including mediation, arbitration, special master and conflict resolution system design. ADR, LLC maintains a team of attorneys, former judges and business executives whose sole focus is settling disputes.

Areas of emphasis: He is currently a full-time dispute resolution professional who has successfully mediated more than 4,500 matters involving commercial law, consumer protection, employment law, FSLA, insurance bad faith, division of assets, personal injury, toxic torts, probate, and complex multi-party cases, including class and collective actions. He serves as an arbitrator on behalf of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), Forum, and FINRA Dispute Resolution. He is a mediator and Due Process Hearing Officer for the Kansas Department of Education.

Before founding Associates in Dispute Resolution, LLC, Larry served as lead trial counsel in multiple complex civil litigation matters, including multi-party civil rights class action matters in both state and federal court.

Geographic areas served: Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Illinois, Iowa (willing to mediate matters in other states outside the region upon request.)

Education: Washburn University (BBA; Washburn University School of Law (JD); University of Washington School of Law (LLM)

Certifications: Admitted to the Bar: Kansas and Missouri; U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; U.S. District Court: District of Kansas; Western District of Missouri; Kickapoo Tribal Court; Approved by Kansas Supreme Court as Mediation Trainer for Civil, Domestic, Parent Adolescent and Core Mediation. Adjunct Professor, Washburn University School of Law, Teaching Alternative Dispute Resolution; Chair, Kansas Supreme Court Dispute Resolution Council

Year the attorney entered the ADR field: 1989

SERVICES INFORMATION

Services available: Mediation; Arbitration; Training; Special Master; System Design Consultant

Hours/days of week available: Monday-Friday (weekend appointments are established through Larry Rute)

Total annual cases handled: 150

Percentage of mediations that reach settlement: 80%

Primary source of ADR/mediation business: Principal source of referrals are law firms, judges, businesses and administrative panels.

Standard hourly rate: Available upon request.

Other available fee arrangements: Half-day and full-day rates are available upon request.

Other pertinent information: Larry is a Distinguished Fellow and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Academy of Mediators; Charter Member, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals; Charter Member of Mediators Without Borders; a Past-President of the Kansas Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section (two terms); a member of several Sections and Committees of the American Bar Association; Past-Chair of the ABA’s Family Law Section Dispute Resolution Committee, International Mediation Institute; Missouri Bar Association, Kansas Bar Association; Heartland Mediator’s Association; Kickapoo Tribal Court; Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association; Topeka Bar Association; Kansas Appleseed; Past-Chair of the Kansas Supreme Court Advisory Council on Dispute Resolution. He has twice received the Kansas Bar Association’s Outstanding Service Award. He is a 2015-2020 Super Lawyers in Kansas and Missouri; Top Attorneys in Missouri and Kansas 2015-2020; Best Lawyers in America 2015-2020; U.S. News Best Lawyer/Best Law Firm; and International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation Lawyers 2015-2020.

Joseph J. Roper

Joseph J. Roper

Joseph J. RoperFoland, Wickens, Roper, Hofer & Crawford, P.C.

1200 Main, Suite 2200

Kansas City, Missouri 64105

Email: JRoper@fwpclaw.com

Phone: (816) 471-4325

Fax: (816) 472-6262

Website

Foland, Wickens, Roper, Hofer & Crawford, P.C.

Message from the provider: Joe Roper is a trial lawyer, with 30 years experience. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has tried a wide variety of cases, including
product liability, fraud, negligence and personal injury, construction defect and commercial disputes. He brings that jury trial experience to the mediation process, in the hopes of fostering a frank discussion of the positive and negative aspects of any type of litigation. Mediation experience has involved personal injury cases, fraud and professional liability of physicians, lawyers, architects, engineers and financial advisors, employment/discrimination cases, contract disputes, construction defect litigation and product liability.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Education: BS Finance and Economics, Northeastern University (Oklahoma), JD, University of Tulsa

Certifications: University of Missouri mediation training program

Year the attorney entered the ADR field: 2006

SERVICES INFORMATION

Availability: Flexible

Geographic areas: Missouri, Kansas

Services available: Mediation, Arbitration

Total annual cases handled: 20-30

Percentage of mediations that reach settlement: Approximately 75%

Primary source of ADR business: Attorney referrals

Standard hourly rate: $375/hr

Booker Shaw

Booker Shaw

Booker ShawThompson Coburn LLP

One US Bank Plaza

St. Louis, Missouri 63101

Email: bshaw@thompsoncoburn.com

Phone: (314) 552-6087

Fax: (314) 552-7087

Website

Message from the provider: Retired Judge Booker T. Shaw’s unique judicial background brings tremendous value to alternative dispute resolution proceedings. As a certified mediator, Judge Shaw’s decades of experience allow him to critically analyze the strengths and weaknesses of a broad range of claims, look critically at all facts and defenses, and lead parties to a successful resolution. At the trial court level, Judge Shaw’s patient and thoughtful approach enabled him to facilitate the settlement of many difficult and complex cases. Now his talents for problem solving and conflict resolution offer parties the opportunity to reach mutually beneficial solutions.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Education: J.D., Catholic University of America (1976); B.A., Southern Illinois University (1973); National Judicial College; American Academy of Judicial Education

Certifications: Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee for the U.S. District Court; Center for Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri; approved mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis and the Circuit Court of St. Louis County.

Year the Attorney or Provider entered the ADR field: 2009

SERVICES INFORMATION

Standard Hourly Rate: $500

Services Available: Mediation, arbitration, special master

Areas of Emphasis: administrative law, admiralty/maritime, consumer law, civil rights, contracts, employment, banking, business, labor, medical malpractice, personal injury, product liability, real estate/construction, trade secrets

Primary Source of ADR Business: Referrals

Other Pertinent Information: Judge Shaw served on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, for seven years, including one year as chief judge. He also served as a Special Visiting Judge of the Missouri Supreme Court. As a former trial judge in the 22nd Judicial Circuit, from 1983 until 2002, Judge Shaw presided over more than 500 trials.

E. Dudley Smith

E. Dudley Smith

Of Counsel, Fisher Patterson Sayler & Smith, LLP

51 Corporate Woods – Suite 300

9393 W. 110th Street

Overland Park, KS 66210

Email: dsmith@fisherpatterson.com

Phone: 913-339-6757

Fax: 913-339-6187

Website

United States Arbitration & Mediation

United States Arbitration & Mediation

United States Arbitration & Mediation

USA&M500 North Broadway-Suite 1800

St. Louis, Missouri 63102

Email: rlitz@usam.com

Phone: (314) 231-4642

Fax: (314) 231-0137

Website

Message from the provider: USA&M is a St. Louis-based, client-focused Alternative Dispute Resolution administrator providing a skilled panel of mediators and arbitrators to the legal, business and insurance community nationwide.

Due to COVID 19, the office staff, mediators and arbitrators are working remotely in order to protect the health of everyone involved.  Schedule online or call the office to book your mediation via Zoom video conferencing or via telephone.  After the office reopens, USA&M’s state of the art, well equipped conference center with 15 conference rooms allows the parties to focus on their case in a comfortable atmosphere conducive to settlement.

Our mission is to help contesting parties obtain resolution of their dispute through the use of an appropriate dispute resolution process. Our core values include honoring self-determination in the resolution process, a respect for people and belief in the importance of education.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Education: Our exclusive panel of mediators are specially selected and receive regular advanced training to hone and polish their skills.

Certifications: Missouri Lawyers Media 2020 Reader Ranking Best ADR Provider; National Law Journal – 2019 “Best of the Midwest” – ADR Provider; US News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” Rankings – St. Louis – Arbitration and Mediation. Many of our mediators and arbitrators have received individual honors as well.

Year the Attorney or Provider entered the ADR field: 1985

SERVICES INFORMATION

Hours/Days of Week Available: Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Time – Additional hours upon request

Standard Hourly Rate: $300 to $525 for St. Louis metropolitan area.

Other Available Fee Arrangements: 1. Flat fee mediation for two party claims with demands of $75,000 or less. $450 per party provides for 2 hours of mediation. Time exceeding 2 hours is charged at a discounted rate of $175 per hour, per party. 2. Consumer Arbitration claims under $25,000 administered for $150 fee to consumer and $150 to other party. Non-consumer pays arbitrator compensation. 3. Per diem mediation rates available upon request.

Services Available: Arbitration, mediation, special master, umpiring, mediated settlement days, early neutral evaluation and fact finding. USA&M offers arbitration training and consulting services to attorneys and their clients, including drafting considerations for arbitration provisions.

Areas of Emphasis: USA&M arbitrators and mediators resolve a wide variety of disputes, including, but not limited to, all areas of personal injury, business, employment, civil rights, subrogation claims, product and premises liability, financial services, franchise disputes, construction law, insurance policy disputes and umpiring, intellectual property, all areas of professional malpractice, FELA and admiralty claims, sexual misconduct (including Title IX), healthcare law, will and trust contests, complex and class action matters, and real estate.

Geographic Areas Served: Zoom mediations conducted nationwide. In person mediations primarily held in the Midwest. USA&M mediators will travel at the request of the parties. USA&M administers arbitrations nationwide.

Primary Source of ADR Business: Referrals from attorneys, judges, insurance representatives and former clients.

Other Pertinent Information:

Exclusive Mediator Panel currently includes:
Ms. Martha Brown, Mr. Terry Brown, Hon. Joan Burger, Mr. Kenneth M. Chackes, Hon. Robert S. Cohen, Hon. William Corrigan, Mr. Robert Danis, Mr. Kevin Dolley, Mr. George L. Fitzsimmons, Mr. Michael S. Geigerman, Hon. Richard P. Goldenhersh, Hon. John W. Grimm, Ms. Linda Hahn, Michael D. Hart, Hon. James R.  Hartenbach, Mr. Richard Hunsaker, Ms. Rebecca R. Jackson, Mr. Joe D. Jacobson, Hon. Michael Jamison, Ms. Colleen Jones, Mr. Don V. Kelly, Mr. Melvin Kennedy, Ms. Kim L. Kirn, Mr. Wesley T. Kozeny, Mr.  James Kutten, Mr. Paul Lee, Mr. E. Thomas Liese, Hon. Stephen Limbaugh, Sr. , Mr. Robert D. Litz, Mr. Mitchell A. Margo, Mr. George Marifian, Mr. John A. Michener, Mr. Joseph H. Mueller, Mr. Gerald Ortbals, Hon. Lawrence Permuter, Mr. Ted Perryman, Hon. Thomas J. Prebil, Mr. Keith Rabenberg, Mr. Jerry Raskas, Mr. Kurtis Reeg, Mr. James W. Reeves, Mr. Richard Reuben, Hon. Patricia Riehl, Mr. Russell K. Scott, Hon. Mark D. Seigel, Hon. Francis G. Slay, Mr. Gary Snodgrass, Mr. Stephen M. Strum, Mr. Paul N. Venker, Ms. Kathleen M. Whitby, Hon. Gael D. Wood and Ms. Mary Ann Wymore.

Senior Arbitrator Panel currently includes: Hon. Joan Burger, Hon. Robert Cohen, Hon. William Corrigan*, Hon. Stanwood Duval, George Fitzsimmons, Hon. Richard P. Goldenhersh, Hon. John W. Grimm, Michael D. Hart, Joe D. Jacobson, Kim L. Kirn, Wesley T. Kozeny, E. Thomas Liese, Hon. Stephen Limbaugh, Hon. Arthur Litz, Robert Litz, Mitchell A. Margo, John (Jay) McCauley, Gerald Ortbals, Christine Page, Susan Perin, Hon. Thomas J. Prebil, Hon. Patricia Riehl, Prof. Amy J. Schmitz, Russell Scott, Hon. Mark Seigel, Mr. Kenneth A. Slavens, Hon. Francis G. Slay, Gary Snodgrass and Hon. Gael D. Wood.

*3-panel arbitrations only

Thomas W. Wagstaff

Thomas W. Wagstaff

Thomas W. WagstaffWagstaff Mediations & Arbitrations, LLC

3507 W. 87th St.

Leawood, KS 66206

Email: wagstaff.adr@gmail.com

Phone: 816-305-3650

Message from the provider: During the 45 years of his active legal practice, Tom tried close to 100 cases to verdict. In October, 2017 he decided to be a full-time mediator. He has extensive experience in assessing how juries react to certain types of evidence and testimony. The emphasis of his work has been in medical malpractice and personal injury. He is experienced as well in evaluating business disputes. Tom has done over 100 mediations, the great majority of which have resulted in a settlement.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Education: BA – Williams College – 1968; JD -University of Kansas – School of Law – 1972

Certifications: Best Lawyers in America – 2002-2018; AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell; Super Lawyers; Best of Bar

Year the Attorney or Provider entered the ADR field: 2005

SERVICES INFORMATION

Standard Hourly Rate: $475 per hour

Services Available: Mediation and Arbitration

Areas of Emphasis: Tort and Business Law Disputes

Primary Source of ADR Business: Referring Attorneys

Other notable information: Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates; Fellow of American College of Trial Lawyers