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About Charles M. Newman Law, Mediation and Arbitration
Charles M. Newman
Admitted to practice in 1974, Mr. Newman has had his own law firm in Manhattan and has been "Of Counsel" to other highly qualified firms, since 1985. More recently, he has also turned some of his skills and approaches to an Alternative Dispute Resolution practice focusing on mediation and arbitration. Much (but not all) of his work is in the fields of commercial and real estate litigation; business transactions; divorce and family law; alternative dispute resolution; and information technology.
Mr. Newman began as a lawyer at the highly regarded Manhattan firm Fink Weinberger P.C. He started as an Associate in 1973, became a Partner in 1980, and left in 1985 to start his own firm. In addition to handling a full case load at the firm, he administered the litigation department and oversaw the research department and library.
With the enactment of sweeping divorce law changes in 1980, his litigation skills also served divorce clients well. He has handled both business and divorce litigation ever since.
Long before desktop computers, Mr. Newman created and implemented systems to track deadlines and obligations and to maintain dockets and files. He developed methods to provide lawyers in each department with timely updates on changes in their areas of expertise. He was an early adopter and trainer of computerized legal and other research, many years before the World Wide Web.
In 2000 and 2001, Mr. Newman was Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Metaserver, Inc., in New Haven. As a member of the senior management team and general counsel of a business process integration (Internet middleware) software and services company, Metaserver leveraged technology first conceived at Yale University. (Mr. Newman maintained a reduced New York City law practice while employed at Metaserver.)
As a mediator, Mr. Newman is a member of the Panel of Neutrals for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program of the New York State Supreme Court, New York County, Commercial Division. Manhattan’s Commercial Division is one of the most respected business courts in the country. Some of his other memberships are listed below.
Mr. Newman has been an arbitrator for the New York City Civil Court in Manhattan for many years.
As an educator, Mr. Newman taught at Cardozo Law School in 1980-1981.
Mr. Newman participates as a Competition Judge and Trainer for a variety of professional education programs. He has serve as facilitator or coach at various continuing legal education programs on mediation, including advanced trainings. He has been a volunteer judge of various law school and graduate school negotiation and dispute resolution competitions and examinations. The institutions include Cardozo School of Law, Fordham Law School, St. John’s School of Law, the New York University graduate program, New York State Bar Association, Association of the Bar of the City of New York (the New York City Bar) and the Commercial Division of New York State Supreme Court, New York County.
Mr. Newman has volunteered for numerous organizations, ranging from being president of his residential coop to mediating at the Staten Island Community Dispute Resolution Center, the New York Center for Interpersonal Development; from being an officer of his kids’ PTA’s to managing youth sports teams.
1974, New York State
1974, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
1974, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
1975, United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit
1979, United States Supreme Court
New York University School of Law, New York, New York, J.D. 1973. Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow.
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, B.A. magna cum laude, 1970.
Memberships and Affiliations
Columbia Law School: Teacher in the Pro Bono Scholars Program’s Clinic for U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission mediations (a new program under which third-year law students are permitted to take the Bar exam before graduation and practice under Law School supervision).
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Member of the first Panel of Mediators for a pilot program using non-Court personnel as neutrals.
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Member of the Panel of Mediators. Also, one of the evaluators in the Court’s mediator quality assessment pilot program.
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Member of the Panels for the Storm Sandy Mediation and Arbitration Programs.
New York State Supreme Court, New York County, Commercial Division. Member of the Panel of Neutrals for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program. Mediate cases referred by a Judge in the Court’s specialized parts for large or complex business litigations.
New York City Civil Court, Arbitrator. Act as judge or referee at trials in a broad variety of small claims cases. Mediate cases referred by the Court Clerks.
American Arbitration Association. Member of the Panel of Mediators for Superstorm Sandy insurance mediation program set up by the New York State Department of Financial Services.
New York State Bar Association. Member of the Section on Dispute Resolution and Member of the Section’s Mediation Committee and Negotiation Committee. Member of the Section on Family Law. Member of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section; member of the Section’s Arbitration and ADR Committee; and member of the Section’s Committee on Intellectual Property (1991–2002; emphasis on computer and information technology law). Federal Constitution and Legislation Committee (Chair, 1991–1995; Member, 1978–2008). Special Presidential Task Force on Family Law (Member 1994–1996).
Association of the Bar of the City of New York (New York City Bar). Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution. Committee on State Legislation (Member, 1975–1978; Secretary 1976–1978; Editor, State Legislation Bulletin, 1976–1978). Committee on Civil Rights (Member, 1978–1981 and 1988–1991). Committee on State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction (Member, 1993–1996).
New York Center for Interpersonal Development. Certified mediator (volunteer) for the Staten Island Community Dispute Resolution Center, which provides dispute resolution services under contract with the New York State Office of Court Administration.
Association for Conflict Resolution — Greater New York Chapter. Member, Board of Directors.
New York State Council on Divorce Mediation. Member, Board of Directors. Co-Editor of NYSCDM’s former journal, The Report, and member of the Publications Committee.
Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York. Member, Committee on Continuing Education.