About Adam J. Berner
With 20 years of experience in family law and mediation, Adam Berner expertly guides clients through the difficult situation of divorce to reach the best possible resolutions. A leading attorney-mediator in New York and New Jersey, Adam utilizes his extensive training in mediation and collaborative law to help families that do not wish to escalate their conflicts find respectful solutions.
Adam’s practice places clients first, recognizing that divorce has many dimensions—legal, emotional, psychological, and parental when children are involved. His practice creates a trusting environment that facilitates conversation between divorcing spouses, encouraging them to understand the facts of their situation, address each other’s priorities, and take charge of shaping their futures.
Drawing on his legal experience and training in mediation and collaborative law, Adam offers clients an array of conflict resolution tools, and can direct them to the divorce process that best suits their needs.
Adam is committed to helping clients settle their divorces out of court, believing that collaboration and mediation are effective even in the most complex cases because they allow for creative problem-solving and carefully informed decision making. Adam’s practice serves a wide range of clients, from those seeking a simple divorce to the most complex of cases.
Adam is recognized as one of the most active and established attorney-mediators in his area. He is Past President of the Family & Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York, Founding President of the North Jersey Collaborative Law Group, and Founding Member of the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals.
In addition to his private mediation and collaborative law practice, Adam is an experienced and sought after trainer, speaker and workshop leader in mediation, collaborative law, and conflict resolution, having trained attorneys, court personnel, schools, clergy and corporate staff throughout the New York and New Jersey area. He is an Adjunct Professorat Cardozo School of Law where he teaches Divorce Mediation and Collaborative Family Law classes in addition to having taught family law at the law school. Adam also served as the Director of Training at the New York Center for Interpersonal Developments' (NYCID) Mediation & Conflict Resolution Training Institute.
ADDITIONAL ORGANIZATIONAL AFFILIATIONS INCLUDE:
•Advanced Practitioner Member of the Association of Conflict Resolution (formerly Academy of Family Mediators)
•Accredited Member of the NYS Council on Divorce Mediation
•Accredited Mediator of the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators (NJAPM)
•International Association of Collaborative Practitioners (IACP)
•Member of the Board of the Family & Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York, where he also chaired the Continuing Education Committee and was a regular contributor to the council's newsletter
•New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Section, and
•New York Collaborative Law Group, Founding Member
Association of the Bar of the City of New York, ADR Committee
•Charter member of the Center for Mediation in the Law (East Coast Division) where he co-chaired the Professional Education Committee.
Adam frequently serves as a presenter and trainer for other mediators and collaborative attorneys. Recent presentations include:
•NJ Institute of Continuing Legal Education—presentations on mediation, advance mediation and collaborative law
•Association of the Bar of the City of New York—presentations on mediation and collaborative law and representing clients in divorce mediation
•Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York—presentations on mediation practice, substantive law and mediation ethics
•New York State Council on Divorce Mediation—advanced mediation workshop
•New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators—mediation skills workshops
•North Jersey Collaborative Law Group—advanced collaborative skill training
•New York Association of Collaborative Professionals—basic collaborative practice trainer
•Israel Bar Association—presentation on collaborative law.