In this episode of the Perspectives podcast, sponsored by NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) and hosted on, we’ll hear highlights from the September 17th presentation titled, Arbitration and Mediation in the Workplace – Important Considerations for an ADR Program. 


Employers and employees may face workplace disputes involving an array of matter types, and there are a number of important reasons why an employer might choose to implement an arbitration program in the workplace. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods, such as arbitration and mediation, are often utilized to reduce the uncertainty and expenses of litigation, and can help reduce and resolve business and employment disputes.


The speakers in this webcast the Honorable Peter B. Skelos, Associate Justice, Appellate Division, 2nd Dept., Nassau; Rhonda Epstein, Employment Law / Co-op and Condo Law Specialist; David Feather, Employment Law Specialist; and Jacqueline Silvey, General Counsel, NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) lend insight into the ADR process and how to address the creation and implementation of an employment ADR program.


The full on-demand webcast can be found here:



Associate Justice, Appellate Division, 2nd Dept., Nassau

Honorable Peter B. Skelos’ illustrious career includes 11 years spent as an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court, Second Judicial Department where he served until his retirement in 2015. Judge Skelos’ judicial career began in 1995 when he was elected to the District Court, Nassau County.


Employment Law / Co-op and Condo Law Specialist

Rhonda L. Epstein, Esq. is a seasoned litigator with more than 35 years of wide-ranging experience in civil litigation. She concentrates her legal practice primarily in the areas of employment law and housing discrimination. Ms. Epstein is also experienced in various matters involving the directors and officers of cooperatives and condominiums, their Board of Directors, and property managers.


Employment Law Specialist

David S. Feather, Esq. has been engaged in the practice of law for nearly 25 years and is a seasoned litigator who has focused his legal practice on labor and employment law matters.  Representing both employees and employers/management, he practices in both the State and Federal Courts and regularly appears before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights and the United States and New York State Departments of Labor.


General Counsel, NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation)

Jacqueline Silvey, Esq. is General Counsel of NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation). She is involved in various management operations of the company including panel development, oversight and implementation of commercial and employment dispute resolution initiatives, the creation and implementation of various rules of procedure, and the general business affairs of the company. Ms. Silvey reports directly to NAM’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Roy Israel, and she works closely with NAM’s Sr. Vice-President of Finance, Patricia Giuliani-Rheaume, in the area of corporate governance. She also oversees neutral recruitment throughout the United States and internationally. Ms. Silvey joined NAM in January, 2007 as Staff Counsel.