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Bennett G. Picker | Senior Counsel


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Philadelphia, PA

Ben Picker has an active ADR practice, serving both as a mediator and arbitrator in business disputes and as a trainer in mediation and negotiations. He has successfully resolved several hundred domestic and international disputes with a cumulative value of several billion dollars. He has served as a mediator in complex business disputes in corporate and commercial transactions, asset/stock purchase agreements, securities, employment, environmental, ERISA, intellectual property, health care, real estate, products liability, bankruptcy, construction, class actions, professional liability, and shareholder and partnership disputes.

In 2010, Mr. Picker received the American Bar Association’s "Lawyer as Problem Solver Award." He was recognized for his unprecedented insight into new avenues of dispute resolution. The award is presented annually to an individual or institution that demonstrates profound creativity in problem solving.

Mr. Picker is a member of the National Panel of Distinguished Neutrals and the Employment Panel of the CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution; a member of the Commercial Mediation, Arbitration, International and National Class Action Panels of the American Arbitration Association; a fellow of both the American College of Civil Trial Mediators and the International Academy of Mediators and is certified by the International Mediation Institute. He is the author of Mediation Practice Guide – A Handbook for Resolving Business Disputes (Second Edition) published by the American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution, and has written numerous books and articles on mediation and arbitration.

Over several prior decades, Mr. Picker represented plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of commercial cases, including contract, securities, employment, UCC, product liability and complex commercial matters.

An active participant in the Philadelphia Bar Association, Mr. Picker served as the Association’s chancellor and as chairman of the Association’s board of governors, judiciary committee and appellate courts committee. He is a founder and advisory board member of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts and a former member of the Pennsylvania Trial Court Nominating Commission (First Judicial District).

Mr. Picker was also named one of the “Top 100 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers” from 2004 - 2014. In addition, he was selected from 2005 - 2015 to be included in the editions of The Best Lawyers in America, regarded as a definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States, and was named Best Lawyers’ 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Philadelphia Area ADR “Lawyer of the Year” based on an exhaustive peer-review of legal abilities of other lawyers in their specialties. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is honored as “Lawyer of the Year.” Mr. Picker was also was recognized as one of the world’s leading commercial mediators in the “International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation 2014.” The only Pennsylvania honoree, he was selected for providing “fantastic service.”

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Alternative Dispute Resolution
J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1966
Hague Academy of International Law, summer 1966
B.A., magna cum laude, Temple University, 1963
Distinguished Fellow, International Academy of Mediators
Fellow, American College of Civil Trial Mediators
Executive Advisory Committee and Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution
Member, Editorial Board, Dispute Resolution Magazine
Mediation and Arbitration Panels, American Arbitration Association
Advisory Council of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution of Pepperdine University School of Law
Advisory Board and Co-founder, Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts
Former Chancellor, Philadelphia Bar Association
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