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Description of Practice
As a mediator, James Keneally uses over thirty years of litigation experience to help parties resolve complex and emotional litigation matters. Mr. Keneally’s mediation experience includes commercial matters; employment matters; FLSA and New York State Labor Law litigations; federal employment discrimination matters; and consumer complaint and fraud matters.Mr. Keneally serves as a court appointed mediator in the Commercial Divisions of the New York State Supreme Courts in New York, Queens and Nassau Counties. He also serves on the mediation panel of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, the Nassau County Bar Association’s mediation panel, and as a volunteer mediator with the Better Business Bureau. Additionally, Mr. Keneally is a FINRA arbitrator and mediator. Mr. Keneally’s abilities as a neutral are a result of the breadth and depth of his experience as a litigator, and from his formal mediation training. Mr. Keneally is known for obtaining outstanding results in high-stakes real estate, corporate, securities and employment cases in federal and state court.
Partner, Harris, St. Laurent & Chaudhry LLP, 2013-Present Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, 2007-2013 Associate and Partner, Buchwald & Kaufman, 1988-2007 Associate, Summit Rovins & Feldesman, 1986-1988 Associate, Law Offices of Michael J. Siris, 1984-1986
Mr. Keneally has extensive experience in commercial, employment, financial, real estate and construction disputes.
NY Center for Interpersonal Development, Basic Mediation Training
Multiple seminars and programs through the bar assoicaitions
NY City Bar Association, Advanced Commercial Mediation
Mediation Approach & Philosophy
My role as a mediator is to help the parties understand that ultimately their dispute will be translated into, and resolved by, a monetary value. To accomplish this, I start by encouraging the parties to lay out their positions before one another, and to probe the emotional underpinnings of those positions. After the parties have had a sufficient opportunity to be heard, I caucus with them separately so that we can have frank discussions regarding the strength s and weaknesses of the parties' positions.
Representative Cases Handled as a Mediator
Mr. Keneally has successfully resolved: a dispute between a leasing analysis and audit company and a large healthcare entity; a lawsuit between a printing and media company and an independent sales agent; a construction dispute between a general contractor and subcontractor; and numerous employer-employee disputes.
$250/hour minimum; fixed fees and other arrangements are negotiable
From the scheduling conference with counsel through the actual mediation session and post-mediation communications, Jim handled the matter fairly and even-handedly. He was always readily available to address issues as they arose. By his gracious tone and friendly manner, he instilled confidence in counsel and the parties that he was "hearing" their positions and understood them. He quickly grasped both the law and facts involved, and picked up very astutely on the "personal dynamics" of the party principals. Given my very positive experience with Mr. Keneally, I would not hesitate to select him as a mediator on my next case.This testimonial was reported by James Keneally on behalf of Howard J. Burns, Esq. ., 2018
I recently represented the plaintiff in a New York State Supreme Court matter. This was a case of an employer seeking repayment for advances made to an independent salesman. Mr. Keneally was both amiable and professional in arranging dates, explaining procedures and setting down guidelines for submission of papers and documents. At the actual hearing he demonstrated the highest quality negotiation and settlement skills in helping us reach a settlement. Both the setting and the support that he provided at this hearing were superior.This testimonial was reported by James Keneally on behalf of Kenneth Sugarman, Esq.., 2018
I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Keneally when he mediated a matter wherein I represented the defendant in a commercial litigation. From the outset Mr. Keneally was the consummate professional. Mr. Keneally worked to insure that the parties made incremental progress towards a resolution during our first mediation conference. And he was successful in mediating the matter to a disposition that each party could be satisfied with at the first mediation conference.This testimonial was reported by James Keneally on behalf of Patrick Foster, Esq.., 2018
James did a tremendous job helping to resolve an FLSA case where there was tremendous hostility between the parties, b/c of counterclaims alleging theft from the employer's store. James did an admirable job calming tensions, and moving the parties towards a resolution. He was also patient and willing to listen to both side. I highly recommend.Darren Rumack , 2018