Alternate Dispute Resolution

Increasingly, business interests are turning to Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) in order to avoid the high costs and time-consuming adversarial processes associated with traditional litigation. In situations where parties share a mutual objective to reach an agreement as expeditiously and efficiently as possible, Genova Burns offers a way to resolve disputes fairly, quickly and privately through mediation or arbitration led by neutral and seasoned professionals.

Our ADR Practice Group is led by seasoned veterans of the judiciary, government and business, who possess unique talents acquired from the bench, the bar and from government. Each are known for their skill at bringing matters to swift and fair resolution. Their extensive backgrounds in dispute resolution enable them to facilitate the negotiation of settlements emanating from a wide variety of circumstances.

Hon. Harvey Weissbard J.AD. (Retired) contributes almost four decades of experience, as an advocate and a judge at both the trial and appellate levels. Judge Weissbard served for 8 years as a Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, before retiring from the bench and, prior to that, served as a trial judge. Before his judicial appointment he tried numerous civil and criminal trials and argued appellate cases on both the state and federal levels.

Nicholas R. Amato’s career spans over thirty years in government, law and industry, where he developed the keen ability to lead disparate entities to productive resolutions of their differences. Before joining the firm, Mr. Amato was Senior VP and General Counsel for Colony/Resorts Hotels and Casinos, President of the New Jersey Casino Association, Executive Director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, Essex County Surrogate and Essex County Executive.

The 100th President of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Joseph A, Bottitta has twenty-five years of experience practicing law, providing comprehensive general representation for corporations and individuals and specializing in the representation of insurance and real estate clients.  He also has over thirteen years of business management experience; he led New Jersey Lawyer Services from 2000 to 2012, managing and directing all operations of this regional document delivery service. Mr. Bottitta has been selected to serve on the United States District Court, District of New Jersey Panel of Mediators as well as an Arbitrator for the United States District Court, District of New Jersey. Mr. Bottitta has also been appointed to the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Special Committee on Attorney Ethics and Admissions to review the recent American Bar Association (ABA) amendments to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct and standards for admission to practice law for attorneys from other jurisdictions.

Nicholas R. Amato, Esq., Joseph A. Bottitta, Esq. and Harvey Weissbard, Esq. are available for appointment to mediate private disputes and facilitate settlement, conduct private mediation, and arbitrate disputes.