Bennett G. Picker

Senior Counsel

Bennett Picker


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 and arbitrator 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.

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Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • J.D., Columbia University School of Law
  • International Law Program, Hague Academy of International Law
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Temple University


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  • Philadelphia Bar Association, “PNC Achievement Award”
  • National Law Journal, “ADR Champion,” 2017
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Sir Francis Bacon Alternative Dispute Resolution Award, 2017
  • The Legal Intelligencer, Lifetime Achievement Award for pioneering mediation and leading diversity and pro bono initiatives, 2015
  • Appointed by the International Mediation Institute as a representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, 2014 - 2017
  • American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution, “Lawyer as Problem Solver Award,” 2010
  • American Arbitration Association Outstanding Director Award, 2005
  • Meritas Grahovac Award for Vision and Leadership, 2006
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers annually since 2004
  • The Best Lawyers in America annually since 2005
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Philadelphia Mediation “Lawyer of the Year,” 2018
  • Best Lawyers' Philadelphia Area ADR “Lawyer of the Year,” 2012, 2013 and 2014
  • One of the “World’s Leading Commercial Mediators,”International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation, 2014 - 2017
  • Awards for service as:
    • Co-Founder of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, 1988 (Presented by Justice Harry Blackman)
    • Chairman of Federal Court Celebration of the Bicentennial Bill of Rights, 1987 (Presented by Chief Justice Warren Burger)
    • Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association and Co-Founder of the Bar’s pro bono program -
      “Philadelphia VIP,”1986 (Presented by Justice William Brennan)
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