Professional Details

Norman Solovay

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260 Madison Avenue 15th floor
New York , NY 10016
646 278 4295
Fax: 212 448 0066


Description of Practice

Norman Solovay: a "reformed litigator," converted to settling disputes through mediation where possible as well as through the use of other increasingly-popular settlement techniques. He has become particularly known for promoting the use of Med-Arb, a "hybrid" combination of mediation and arbitration particularly suitable for resolving disputes where interest based settlement negotiations are preferred but a final resolution is essential and for obtaining internationally enforceable arbitration awards at a fraction of the time and cost of typical international arbitrations.

Professional Background

  • Founding member of Mediators+More
  • Founder and Chair of the first US branch of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce
  • President, Global Collaborative Law Council
  • First Chair upon formation by the Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association of the Collaborative Law and Negotiation Committees.
  • Present member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the New York City Bar Association after prior membership in the Arbitration Committee plus many others.
  • Member, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals


  • Cornell University, B.A., Psychology major
  • Lieutenant, US Army – Legal Officer, Psychological Warfare Center/Special Forces (Prior to Law School as a result of enrolling in ROTC Training)
  • Columbia Law School LLB Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Law Review Editor
  • Associate: Rosenman, Goldmark, Colin & Kaye (after graduation from law school) Law Secretary (Justice Charles D. Breitel)


Norman Solovay's present primary focus on alternative dispute resolution (ADR) initially seems at odds with his having spent the major part of his career forming and expanding the litigation department of Holtzmann, Wise & Shepard, a law firm, which, by virtue of serving as general counsel to Allen & Company and the Onassis interests, had an unusually large and varied litigation practice for its size. However, he presently describes himself as a “reformed litigator” and attributes this conversion not only to his experience with the sometimes horrors of drawn out court proceedings but also to his prior frequent involvement in long and costly arbitrations as a result of his firm’s senior partner’s position as Chair of the American Arbitration Association.

Solovay now believes that going to court and unnecessarily participating in lengthy arbitrations should be a very last resort. On the infrequent occasions when his designations as a “Litigation Superlawyer” and one of “New York’s Best Trial Lawyers” have forced him back there, he has continued to utilize his listing by the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals as one of New York’s best mediators in attempts wherever feasible, to settle even the most contentious ongoing litigations.

Areas of Practice

  • Accidents
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Copyright
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Employment
  • Entertainment
  • Environmental
  • Estate Planning
  • General
  • Government
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Non Profits
  • Prenuptial
  • Probate
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Tax
  • Trust Management

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Arbitrator