Richard M. Shusterman


Shusterman Arbitration and Mediation Services, 1044 Beaumont Rd.
Berwyn, Pa. 19312

Richard M. Shusterman, a long time participant in the mediation process, is a ReMedi certified mediator, an ARIAS certified arbitrator and mediator, a member of the CPR Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution’s Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, a Judge Pro Tempore for the Court of Common Pleas Philadelphia County, a certified mediator and arbitrator for the U.S. Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and a member of the Pennsylvania and New York Bars. He has been a longtime advocate of the use of mediation as a party controlled, cost effective, private, confidential, creative and flexible alternative process for resolving commercial, insurance and reinsurance disputes. He has spoken about mediation and mediation skills before a number of professional organizations. He has served as a Vice President of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel and chaired its ADR, Insurance Coverage and Technology Substantive Law Sections and its Publication Committee. He spent 40 years practicing with a major Philadelphia law firm. During his legal career as partner of his firm, he served in various administrative capacities including Chair of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Department and its national Insurance, Reinsurance and ADR practice groups and a member of the firm’s Executive and Compensation committees. He has been involved in many mediations, both as an advocate representing parties and as a neutral mediator. Beginning in January 2008 (after retirement from his firm) he has limited his private practice to serving as a mediator, arbitrator and umpire. As Judge Pro Tempore for the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, he mediates cases that have been listed for trial in an effort to resolve the disputes without the necessity of trial. He was trained as a mediator by attending a program sponsored by the United States District Court for the Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania and served as a court appointed mediator for that court until the court deactivated that program. His long time involvement with CPR (including his service as a member of CPR’s Insurance Committee) has provided him with a unique exposure to the nation’s leading mediation ADR scholars and practitioners.