The ADR Office of Judge Layn Phillips

A relentless approach to resolution

While it’s true that some disputes must be litigated to conclusion, we believe such cases are far and away the exception.

Our experience, preparation and fierce commitment to neutrality significantly increase the likelihood of your matter reaching resolution. In less time. With greater satisfaction for everyone.

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Recent News

Virtual Mediation: A Viable Option For Class Action Litigants

Many courts across the country are essentially closed to class action litigants during this pandemic. The court closures result in a stalemate of critical disputed motions and perpetual uncertainty, but continued legal bills for the parties and carriers.

Some courts are commenting on the magnitude of the health crisis and its
impact on litigation, and encouraging litigants, particularly in complex
litigation, to turn to alternative dispute resolution as a valuable
resource.[1] Other courts, however, are all or partially dark, removing any
chance of an impetus from the court to get settlement talks going. This
circumstance may present a window for class action litigants to raise
mediation as an option where they otherwise would be concerned about the signal it was sending to the other side. Continue Reading

A Covid-19 Message from Layn

Dear Valued Clients, Colleagues, and Friends:

In light of the impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we hope that you are staying safe and healthy.

At PADRE, supporting your unique ADR needs is a priority. We remain committed to assisting you in obtaining certainty with your resolution outcomes in these uncertain times. We continue to have our virtual doors open to provide you with a variety of ADR options, supported by our customary advance preparation and follow-up communications.

To maintain our effective ADR process, one of our mediation options is a full-service video-conferencing platform. This technology allows us to simultaneously utilize various virtual “rooms” such that the parties’ private separate caucus sessions, as well as their joint sessions, can proceed with our trademark candid questioning, and evaluations traditionally associated with a PADRE mediation. Continue Reading

Phillips ADR Welcomes Greg Danilow

I am pleased to announce that Greg Danilow has agreed to join our outstanding team of neutrals.

Greg is joining Phillips ADR after a 40-year career litigating high-stakes securities class actions, fiduciary duty cases, and complex commercial disputes in federal, state and bankruptcy courts. After clerking for John Cannella in the SDNY, Greg joined Kramer Levin, where he became a partner in 1981. At Kramer he litigated numerous hostile takeover battles in the 70’s and 80’s, often on the side of the raider.

In 1988, Greg moved his practice to the Securities Litigation Group at Weil Gotshal & Manges and became co-head of the Group in 1998. Continue Reading

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