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Richard Mason

I am a highly experienced mediator and arbitrator, specializing in insurance and reinsurance matters.  I am a member of the roster of neutrals for both teh American Arbitration Association (AAA) as well as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

I am able to offer a more effective and satisfactory mediation experience by limiting the number of engagements I accept and by drawing upon my 30 years of experience in litigating and mediating complex insurance and reinsurance matters. My mediation clients receive my full dedication and responsiveness to their matter. My experience extends to all insurance and reinsurance matters, with a concentration on Directors & Officers, Professional Liability, Construction, and Long-Tail Casualty claims. With regard to reinsurance matters, I specialize in Life, Accident & Health, and Disability disputes. I have been recognized by my peers, as recognized by Best Lawyers, as a leading attorney in the field of Reinsurance (most recently, for 2022-23).


MasonADR, LLC: January 2021-present;

Cozen O’Connor, PC: Shareholder, June 1996 – December 2020;

Palmer, Biezup & Henderson: Associate attorney: June 1991 – June 1996

ADR Experience

1. As a court-appointed judge pro tempore in the Commerce Court, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, I conduct settlement conferences of the Court’s most complex commercial lawsuits.
2. As a litigator for nearly 30 years, I participated as an advocate in numerous mediations of high-stakes, complex commercial disputes.
3. As counsel for ceding and assuming reinsurers, I arbitrated to verdict high stakes disputes, as first chair.
4. As an arbitrator, I have been appointed by clients to determine their disputes by way of commercial arbitration.  I am a member of the roster of arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and for the Financial Institutions Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

Approach

I am able to provide a more effective and less expensive mediation experience by, among other things, concentrating on my area of specialty (insurance and reinsurance), limiting myself to scheduling no more than one mediation per week, and offering a flat fee option. My style as mediator is to draw upon my 30 years of experience in insurance and reinsurance to provide evaluative guidance so that all parties are aided in reaching a realistic assessment of their respective cases, facilitating resolution.

Education

J.D. (with honors), University of Maryland School of Law (1991)

B.A., Loyola University, Maryland (1987)

Areas Of Practice

  • Accidents
  • Appellate
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • General
  • Insurance
  • Online Mediation
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Securities
  • Sexual Harrassment

Additional Services

  • Arbitrator
  • Counselor
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Online Arbitrator
  • Representational Lawyer

Mediations

150

Fees and Provisos

Mediation:

Hourly rate of $425, or flat fee of $5,500 for mediation completed within one week.

Legal Consulting: hourly rate of $425.

Expert witness: hourly rate of $550.

Arbitrator: hourly rate of $550

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

ADR Training

  • Financial Institutions Regulaatory Authority Arbitrator Training (October 2021)
  • American Arbitration Association Arbitrator Training (February 2024)
  • American Arbitration Association Award Writing Program (January 2024)

Professional Associations

  • ABA DR - ABA Section of DR
  • FINRA - Financial Industry Regulatory Auth.
  • American Arbitration Association
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