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About Adam Berner

                         With more than 20 years of experience in family law, 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. The 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. Adam’s practice serves a wide range of clients, from those seeking a simple divorce to the most complicated cases.

                         In addition to his private mediation and collaborative law practice, Adam is an experienced and sought after trainer, speaker and workshop leader in mediation 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 Professor at 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.


                        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.



                        •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

                        •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 Association of Professional Members (NJAPM)

                        •New Jersey State Bar Association, Family Section, and

                        •New York Collaborative Law Group, Founding Member

                        •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 workshop

                        •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.


About Amelia Nickles  

Amelia graduated from Columbia University School of Law in 1989 and practiced litigation at firms in New York City through 2002.  Amelia left the practice of litigation in 2002 as a partner in one of the leading matrimonial law firms in New York City, in the Family Law Department at Morrison, Cohen, Singer & Weinstein, LLP, having worked for the previous five years exclusively in the area of matrimonial litigation to pursue her passion in Mediation.  She has worked in the field of family mediation in both New York and New Jersey since 2005.  Amelia is also trained in the practice of Collaborative Law and has completed advanced trainings in the fields of both mediation and Collaborative Law. 

Amelia’s first-hand knowledge of the litigation of family disputes informs her passion that these issues are best resolved in a collaborative setting.  In addition, Amelia’s extensive knowledge of family law, gained from a litigation perspective, allows for a balanced and realistic view of the landscape facing her mediation clients.  Amelia’s practice of mediation utilizes the understanding based approach, relying on the firm belief that the parties are in the best position to make decisions about their life and their families based on an understanding of their own, as well as their partner’s, needs and values.

Some of the organizations Amelia is actively a member of are:

  • The Center for Understanding in Conflict (formerly the Center for Mediation and Law) including ongoing professional development and training. 
  • New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators (NJAPM),
  • New York State Council for Divorce Mediation (NYSCDM),
  •  The Family Law Section of the New York State Bar.


Convenient Offices with flexible scheduling in Manhattan, New York and Hackensack, New Jersey (Bergen County)


For further information or to schedule an appointment please contact Adam J. Berner at:

 (212)721-7555  or  (201)836-0777, or

via email at Adam@Mediationoffices.com


New Jersey Office
One University Plaza
Suite 214
Hackensack, NJ 07601
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New York Office
260 Madison Avenue
22nd Floor
New York, NY 10016
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