Firm News

February 19, 2021 - "Of Pandemic and Perseverance: NYCLA’s ADR Committee Makes Lemonade Out of Lemons in 2020" - In an inspiring article published on mediate.com (printer-friendly version available here), the New York County Lawyers Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee's Co-Chair, TWLF Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb, Esq., Co-Chair, Christopher Fladgate, Esq., and Vice-Chair, Nelson E. Timken, Esq., recount the Committee's many activities, events, and programs run throughout 2020 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

January 4, 2021 - Best wishes for a blessed, happy, healthy, productive, prosperous, successful, and wonderful 2021 to all (and let's all hope and pray that the new year will certainly be better than 2020).  As a Jewish New Year greeting goes, "May last year and its curses end as the new year and its blessings begin!"  Stay strong and be safe! 

December 15, 2020 - Exciting news!  Capping off a blockbuster set of Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR") events for November and the first-half of December 2020 for TWLF, Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb, along with many other renowned ADR practitioners, the New York County Lawyer Association's ("NYCLA") ADR Committee, and NYCLA's incredible CLE staff, organizes and conducts a 15-CLE-credit inaugural combined arbitration and mediation training for NYCLA's Part 137 Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program ("FDRP").  Please see the recently-updated Resources and Articles page for Mr. Weinreb's comprehensive PowerPoint presentation, "The Basics of Post-Pandemic Part 137 Mediation", and "Perpetual Motions", an innovative combined master class and group roleplay exercise, which are both available for download there.  Mr. Weinreb and his NYCLA ADR Committee colleagues, Christopher Fladgate, Esq. and Nelson Timken, Esq., very much look forward to working with NYCLA's General Counsel, Anthe Maria Bova, Esq., and the rest of the NYCLA Part 137 FDRP staff in continuing to revitalize and revamp NYCLA's FDRP to adapt to the "new normal" of post-pandemic Part 137 ADR/ODR (Online Dispute Resolution).

December 7, 2020 -  Expert panelists Joseph Bambara, Esq.Jess Bunshaft, Esq.Theo Cheng, Esq.Greg Cookethe Hon. Marilyn K. Genoa, Esq.Jennifer Lupo, Esq.Charles M. Newman, Esq., and Michael Starr, Esq., conclude "Starting and Maintaining a Successful ADR Practice in the Age of COVID-19 . . . and Beyond", a phenomenal two-part CLE series sponsored by NYCLA’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.  Part 1 of this series, which "aired" on October 28, 2020, and which can be purchased here, focused on starting a post-pandemic ADR practice and covered, among other topics, qualifications/certification programs, incorporation, networking, mentoring, shadowing, accounting, and gaining experience.  Part 2 of the series, which "aired" on December 7, 2020, and which will be available for purchase from NYCLA in 2021, focused on maintaining an ADR practice and covered, among other topics, how COVID has changed ADR practice, confidentiality, cybersecurity, data security, insurance, and risk management.  The CLE materials for Parts 1 and 2 of this program can be downloaded here and here, respectively.

November 23, 2020 - In conjunction with other counsel, TWLF Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb settles a long-running civil litigation on behalf of a happy client involving parties physically located throughout the world and reaches for the first time in his life the Adobe Sign "ten signature" limit in preparing the various settlement documents.

November 12, 2020 - At an online/virtual meeting of NYCLA’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee led by Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb, the Committee members and invited guests—approximately 40 people—had the honor of hearing three prestigious speakers from NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation)—Jacqueline Silvey, Esq., General Counsel, the Hon. John P. DiBlasi, J.S.C. (Ret.), Justice of the Supreme Court, Presiding Justice of the Commercial Division, and Richard P. Byrne, Esq., Commercial Law Specialist—discuss NAM's New York and national operations in the age of COVID and more generally, ADR in the age of COVID-19, including a trip inside "the mind of the mediator."  The speakers' presentations were not only informative but entertaining, timely, and well-received by all.  Click here to view a videorecording of the meeting.

November 10, 2020 - NYCLA’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committeeled by Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb, puts on yet another groundbreaking CLE event: "Entrenchment Mediation Training: For Mediators in Court-Annexed Mediation Programs."   Introduced by Carol Swidler, Esq., Assistant Deputy Chief Appellate Court Attorney for the Appellate Division, Second Department, and Director of its Mandatory Mediation Program, an expert panel of six Appellate Division Special Masters--Mitchell Baker, Esq.Pierre F. de Ravel d'Esclapon, Esq.David A. Gallo, Esq.Philip Goldstein, Esq.Barbara M. Lerman, Esq., and Robyn D. Weisman, Esq.--discussed tips and techniques for handling entrenchment of parties and counsel in court-annexed mediation programs such as the Second Department's Mandatory Mediation Program, getting parties to invest in mediation from the beginning of the process and stay at the table, breaking the "90 minute barrier" to compensation established by some court-annexed programs, and getting past impasse to reach settlement.  The CLE materials for this program can be downloaded here.

October 15, 2020 - At an online/virtual meeting of NYCLA’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee led by Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb, the Committee members and invited guests—over 100 people—had the honor of hearing Jeffrey T. Zaino, Esq., Vice President of the Commercial Division of the American Arbitration Association ("AAA") discuss AAA operations in the age of COVID, arbitration and mediation opportunities in the New York metropolitan area, and what the AAA is looking for in prospective arbitrators and mediators seeking admission to its panels/rosters of neutrals.  His presentation was not only informative but entertaining and well-received.  Click here to view a videorecording of the meeting.

September 17, 2020 - Congratulations to Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb on having completed his first hybrid, online/virtual-in-person mediation out of upstate Goshen, New York.  Here's what one of the attorneys for the twelve parties involved in this complicated matter had to say about his experience:

It was a pleasure working with you in making this mediation happen.  We all realize it was a very difficult set of circumstances with the pandemic and the number of participants, as well as the necessity to resort to a virtual mediation environment.  Your efforts are greatly appreciated, and we thank you for your time and assistance.  I look forward to working with you in the future on other potential mediation matters.

August 14, 2020 - In his capacity as Co-Chair of the New York County Lawyers Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, TWLF Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb, along with other renowned dispute resolution professionals, bar association dispute resolution leaders, and NYCLA's Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Department finishes the last part of a triple-feature CLE summer consisting of these programs, all of which were well-attended and received. 

 

  • June 25, 2020 - "Anatomy of a Virtual Mediation" (Faculty) - Organized by the Nassau County Bar Association, this program spotlighted Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) for mediators and litigators.  Discussed topics included the benefits of mediation and best practices in the use of online mediation for attorneys, their clients, and mediators, with Mr. Weinreb playing the role of an embattled CEO in a demonstrative roleplay.  A videorecording of the presentation can be found here.
     
  • July 10 and 12, 2020 - "Part 146-Approved Advanced Divorce Mediation Training" (Organizer and Participant) - Mr. Weinreb assisted in organizing this all-day Friday and Sunday advanced online divorce mediation training course designed for attorneys previously trained as mediators wishing to expand their practice into the field of divorce mediation.  Led by Prof. Robert Kirkman Collins of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, the course covered the basics of New York divorce law and explored a systematic approach to applying forty specific mediation techniques to overcome challenges presented by divorcing couples.  In addition, the program covered how to aid these couples in reaching detailed consensus on issues regarding the parenting of their children, equitable distribution of property and liabilities, division of retirement assets, responsibilities for basic and extraordinary child expenses, spousal assistance, health insurance coverage, tax questions, the strategic timing of divorce, drafting settlement agreements, and how to obtain an uncontested divorce decree.  Please click here to view Mr. Weinreb's Certificate of Completion.
     
  • August 11, 12, and 14, 2020 - "Employment and Wage & Hour Mediation Training Program" (Organizer and Faculty) - This three half-day comprehensive CLE program, which is now available for purchase and on-demand viewing, involving over thirty-five separate speakers associated with renowned law firms and long-established ADR providers such as the American Arbitration Association and JAMS, provided attendees with substantive information and techniques needed to manage and resolve employment-related disputes.  In addition to providing significant assistance organizing the All-Star faculty, Mr. Weinreb joined this prestigious group on August 12, 2020, when he and three other panelists presented a program segment entitled "Virtual Mediation: Key Issues and Considerations."  Please click here to view this segment.

July 23, 2020 - TWLF Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb marks his fifth (and first double-feature) appearance on "Law You Should Know", a weekly Nassau Community College radio (WHPC 90.3 FM)  program hosted by attorney Kenneth J. Landau, Esq., in discussing Online Dispute Resolution in the Age of COVID-19   The broadcasts of the two shows, which aired on August 5 and 12, 2020, respectively, are available on TWLF's YouTube channel (click here).

July 8, 2020 - By invitation of Beth Polner Abrahams, Co-Chair of the New York State Bar Association's Mediation Committee of the Elder Law and Special Needs Section,  TWLF Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb delivers a well-received presentation on "Opportunities in Online Mediation."

June 12, 2020 - GROUNDBREAKING VIDEO ON THE MECHANICS OF ONLINE DISPUTE RESOLUTION - In his capacity as Co-Chair of the New York County Lawyers Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, TWLF Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb, along with other renowned dispute resolution professionals, bar association dispute resolution leaders, and NYCLA's Continuing Legal Education Department, has produced a groundbreaking video on the mechanics of online dispute resolution featuring a mock online commercial mediation.  What distinguishes this video from many others is its focus and detailed illustration of Zoom videoconferencing features that are specifically used in online dispute resolution such as breakout room setups and sharing of mediator screens/applications.  

Click HERE to view the video, and special thanks to NYCLA for granting TWLF permission to make it publicly available.

March 23, 2020 - Congratulations to Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb on successfully conducting his first inter-state online commercial mediation session via Zoom videoconferencing software.

March 16, 2020 - Congratulations to Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb on conducting his first online teleconference commercial mediation session via freeconferencecall.com.

March 8, 2020 - UPDATE - A preview of the CLE program discussed below is now available on TWLF's YouTube Channel!  Click here to access it on TWLF's YouTube channel, and click here to purchase the program from NYCLA's "On Demand" CLE library.

 

February 4, 2020 - Congratulations to Manging Member Elan E. Weinreb on moderating, in conjunction with New York County Lawyers Association ("NYCLA") Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee Co-Chair Christopher Fladgate and Vice-Chair Nelson E. Timken, an interesting, likely unprecedented, and well-received NYCLA Continuing Legal Education program entitled Christian, Islamic, and Jewish Dispute Resolution in the New York Metropolitan Area.  The program should be available for "on demand" viewing in approximately three weeks. 

 

Congratulations are also in order to Manging Member Elan E. Weinreb for the following January 2020 accomplishments: (1) acting as a defense advocate, settling a National Arbitration and Mediation real estate sales commission arbitration; (2) acceptance to the New York State Unified Court System Part 146 Supreme Court, Nassau County Commercial Division Alternative Dispute Resolution Program Roster of Neutrals as a mediator; and (3) earning designation as a Special Master with the Appellate Division, Supreme Court of the State of New York, Second Judicial Department's Mandatory Civil Appeals Mediation Program ("MCAMP").

November 14, 2019 - Congratulations to Manging Member Elan E. Weinreb on having become a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) public arbitrator.

UPDATE - November 7, 2019 - Click here to enjoy the presentation described below on TWLF's YouTube channel.

 

October 10, 2019 - TWLF Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb, Esq. appears on the seventeenth episode of The LI Law Podcast, a popular podcast series, hosted by W. Zehava Schechter, Esq., to discuss alternative dispute resolution ("ADR") processes and options on Long Island with an emphasis on their many efficiencies over traditional litigation.  The show notes referenced in the podcast can be found by clicking here.

September 18, 2019 - President Stephen C. Lessard of the New York County Lawyers Association ("NYCLA") has appointed TWLF Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb, Esq. as co-Chair of NYCLA's Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR") Committee.  The committee has approximately 100 registered members and studies all matters affecting the field of arbitration, mediation, conciliation, and other forms of ADR.

July 10, 2019 - Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb discusses the Part 137 Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program on "Law You Should Know", a weekly Nassau Community College radio (WHPC 90.3 FM)  program hosted by attorney Kenneth J. Landau, Esq The broadcast is available on TWLF's YouTube channel (click here).

July 12, 2019 - TWLF Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb, Esq. and an incredibly determined and resolute client prevail in a post-appeal arbitration hearing that marked the final chapter in an almost year-long arbitration process managed by a distinguished New York professional association.

March 18, 2019 - Working with a team of defense attorneys from two other firms, TWLF Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb, Esq. successfully settles a contentious dispute for five-hundred dollars ($500.00) in which the firm's client was originally facing liability exposure of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000.00).

January 2, 2019 - The Weinreb Law Firm, PLLC wishes all a happy, healthy, productive, successful, and otherwise wonderful new year!  Serving as mediator, Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb has successfully resolved another NYCLA Part 137 attorney-client fee dispute, bringing the total amount of Part 137 claims he has mediated to date to $130,595.39.

October 18, 2018 - Congratulations to The Weinreb Law Firm, PLLC on having received a 2018 Avvo Clients' Choice Award!  This award is earned by Avvo attorneys who receive five or more 4+ star client reviews in a calendar year.

October 7, 2018 - Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb attends the annual West Hempstead street fair, sponsored by The West Hempstead Chamber of Commerce ("WH Chamber").  As of September 12, 2017, TWLF is a member of the WH Chamber, and its official business listing can be found here

 

UPDATE - July 17, 2018 - The program described below aired on July 11, 2018 on WHPC.  In addition to being available on TWLF's YouTube channel (click here), it is now available on Itunes (click here).

 

May 31, 2018 - Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb discusses making and breaking contracts on "Law You Should Know", a weekly Nassau Community College radio (WHPC 90.3 FM)  program hosted by attorney Kenneth J. Landau, Esq.  

March 26, 2018 - Congratulations to Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb on obtaining a substantial five-figure judgment for a firm client at the conclusion of trial in a drawn-out litigation.

January 8, 2018 - Happy New Year!  Serving as mediator, Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb successfully resolves once again a contentious NYCLA Part 137 attorney-client fee dispute, marking the sixth time that he has done so over approximately the past two years.

December 28, 2017 - Ruling in favor of a firm client, Supreme Court, Nassau County grants a motion for a default judgment on liability in a drawn-out litigation.

November 13, 2017 - Serving as mediator, Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb successfully resolves a contentious NYCLA Part 137 attorney-client fee dispute, marking the fifth time that he has done so over approximately the past two years.

October 1, 2017 - Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb attends the annual West Hempstead street fair, sponsored by The West Hempstead Chamber of Commerce ("WH Chamber").  As of September 12, 2017, TWLF is a member of the WH Chamber, and its official business listing can be found here

September 12, 2017 - TWLF joins The West Hempstead Chamber of Commerce and speaks on the basics of commercial mediation.  Click here or the button below to download the presentation.

UPDATE - July 13, 2017 - The program described below aired on July 5, 2017 on WHPC.  Click here to hear the broadcast on YouTube!

 

May 18, 2017 - Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb, in his capacity of co-Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Promotional Council of the Nassau County Bar Association (NCBA), and Anna K. Mitchell, Esq., co-Chair of the New York County Lawyers Association's ADR Committee, discuss arbitration agreements on "Law You Should Know", a weekly Nassau Community College radio (WHPC 90.3 FM)  program hosted by attorney Kenneth J. Landau, Esq.

May 2, 2017 - TWLF obtains partial relief from an injunction affecting the business operations of a large corporate client.

March 1, 2017 - TWLF obtains CPLR 3126 discovery sanctions on behalf of a client involved in contentious litigation.

February 3, 2017 - Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb, in his capacity of co-Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Promotional Council of the Nassau County Bar Association (NCBA), assists with authoring, editing, and publishing a new brochure describing the NCBA's Mediation and Arbitration Panels and the advantages of ADR.  Click here or on the button below to download the brochure:  

February 2, 2017 - Congratulations to Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb on a trial victory that resulted in thousands of dollars for a TWLF client!

January 8, 2017 - Happy New Year from The Weinreb Law Firm, PLLC!  Here's some good news to start out 2017: Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb has been certified as a New York Better Business Bureau (BBB) AUTO LINE arbitrator.  He looks forward to working with consumers, vehicle manufacturers, and regional BBB offices in resolving Lemon Law and vehicle warranty disputes covered by the AUTO LINE program.

October 27, 2016 - Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb and Donna-Marie Korth, Esq., Partner at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP, promote the Nassau County Bar Association's Arbitration and Mediation panels at an "Open House" / Free Legal Information Day arranged by the NCBA, Nassau / Suffolk Law Services, and The Safe Center, LI

September 20, 2016 - The Weinreb Law Firm, PLLC is pleased to announce the publication of the Summer 2016 edition of its official newsletter, TWLF News & Views.

July 27, 2016 - Ruling in favor of a firm client, Supreme Court, Nassau County grants a CPLR 3211 motion to dismiss counterclaims.

July 10, 2016 - The Weinreb Law Firm, PLLC successfully resolves a commercial dispute involving a local vendor on behalf of an individual client.

June 14, 2016 - The Weinreb Law Firm, PLLC is pleased to announce the publication of the Spring 2016 edition of its official newsletter, TWLF News & Views.

June 9, 2016 - Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb publishes a brief video montage on TWLF's YouTube Channel explaining the differences between mediation and arbitration.

May 4, 2016 - Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb presents his online CLE course, "The Telemachian Law Practice", as an interactive CLE presentation before the New York County Lawyers' Association.

March 30, 2016 - Congratulations to Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb on successfully mediating a New York State Unified Court System Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program dispute over approximately $18,000.00 and facilitating its settlement.

March 15, 2016 - The Weinreb Law Firm, PLLC is pleased to announce the publication of Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb, Esq.'s article "One Size Does Not Fit All – Ten Reasons Why Commercial Litigators Should Consider Commercial Mediation" in Nassau Lawyer, the Journal of the Nassau County Bar Association.

February 16, 2016 - The Weinreb Law Firm, PLLC is pleased to announce the publication of the Winter 2016 edition of its official newsletter, TWLF News & Views.

January 14, 2016 - Congratulations to Managing Member Elan E. Weinreb on assuming the role of lead arbitrator (a/k/a "Chair") in a New York State Unified Court System Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program arbitration and facilitating the parties' resolution of their dispute over approximately $18,000.00.