The NC Academy is the local chapter of the National
Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN), a professional
association whose membership consists of attorneys
distinguished by their hands-on experience in the field
of civil & commercial conflict resolution and by
their commitment to the practice of alternative dispute
With over 900 members throughout the United States, the
NADN is the largest free public roster of experienced
ADR attorneys online. Membership is by invitation only
and limited to neutrals who have proven experience in
the resolution of commercial & civil disputes. All
members have been recognized for their accomplishments
through a peer-nomination and client review process.
For more about NADN, please watch our "Introduction to
NADN" YouTube video below...
About this Chapter Website
There is clear demand from attorneys, corporate counsel, adjusters and
parties to know more specific information about a given neutral: their
practice experience, qualifications, language skills, dispute areas in
which they have previously mediated, and so on. This website allows the
visitor to find the state's most experienced ADR professionals quickly
and easily. There is also the common difficulty of settling upon a
mutually agreed date for a mediation or arbitration - this website
serves as a daily scheduling aid to attorneys and staff.
Membership Membership in the NC Chapter is by invitation only.
Membership is limited to established mediators and arbitrators, each of
whom is confirmed to have met our nomination and experience
requirements, and to have established a solid reputation in their
2 Academy members are required to
sponsor/second an attorney for consideration.
Only NC Superior Court Mediators of
5+ years good standing are considered eligible
(waivers will be considered for retired judges and/or fulltime
All Members are professional
neutrals in civil/commercial mediation or arbitration practice
for a minimum of 5 years, with a minimum of 30% of their
professional efforts dedicated to civil/commercial ADR
practice. All members must receive remuneration for their ADR
practice at least 75 days annually.
Members identified as MEDIATORS
must have privately mediated a minimum of 200 civil disputes, excluding
pro bono and family law cases.
Members identified as ARBITRATORS
must have arbitrated to final award a minimum of 20 civil
cases. Exceptions may be made in the case of former
judges, where time on the bench & published decisions can
be considered towards these totals.
8 attorney client references
required on application (attorneys for whom neutral has
mediated/arbitrated civil-trial disputes in the
preceding 60-90 days. Each will be contacted and questioned as
to nominee's approach, effectiveness, professionalism and
reputation within the firm.
All nominees must provide attorney references (as described above)
before being considered for the NC Academy. The final decision
to approve/decline membership rests with the Academy's Exec. Director.
Executive Committee 2017-2018
The NC Committee is an appointed group of senior mediators who have been
instrumental in helping to identify, and nominate, those mediators of
repute across the state. The committee has also provided guidance in
matters relating to the business of our National Academy of
Distinguished Neutrals association, attending annual meetings when
available and assisting in matters relating to the advertising/promotion
of the roster to the wider litigation community. We are
grateful to the following NC Committee Members for their guidance and
National Academy Membership Fee : $60 per month (Preferred method of payment is
monthly charge to members' credit card, else annual
card payment of $720)
ALL NC CHAPTER ATTORNEYS ARE RECOGNIZED MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF
DISTINGUISHED NEUTRALS, SEE MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA AND DUES PAGE AT www.NADN.org/membership.html
In June 2013, NADN was confirmed as a partner to both the national
defense bar (www.DRI.org/Neutrals)
and the plaintiffs bar (www.Justice.org/Neutrals).
All NADN member profiles are now promoted to the more than 40,000 members
of these legal associations.