Since joining JAMS as a full-time neutral in 1989, Michael D. Young, Esq. has conducted approximately 2000 complex or multi-party mediations and arbitrations in over thirty states (as well as in Puerto Rico) and abroad (such as in Rome, Madrid and Zurich), including approximately 300 arbitrations, appraisals or other binding dispute resolution proceedings.
Mr. Young has mediated and arbitrated all types of disputes, and he currently focuses his practice on the mediation and arbitration of cross-border commercial cases and insurance coverage matters.
Mr. Young has been recognized by various publications and members of the legal community as one of the most skilled and widely respected mediators and arbitrators in the United States. Specifically, in each edition during the 2016-2021 period of Chambers and Partners has identified Mr. Young as one of the seven mediators in the United States recognized in Band One. Chambers has noted “his deft, subtle handling of mediations…” and that he is recognized as “very talented yet very humble” mediator who “enjoys a strong reputation for his expert understanding of complex insurance and class action disputes, as well as a wide range of other matters." In addition, Best Lawyers chose him as “Mediator of the Year” for New York City for 2018-2019 and “Arbitrator of the Year” for New York City for 2020-2021. He has also been, since 2014 recognized in both the International Who’s Who in Commercial Mediation ("receives praise internationally as a standout practitioner," and "… is recognized for his conciliatory and diplomatic approach to disputes”) and in the International Who’s Who in Insurance and Reinsurance. Finally, he is an elected fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators.