Bennett G. Picker, Esq.
2005 Market Street
One Commerce Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
One Commerce Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP – Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP (Full-time Neutral), 2008 – Present; Partner in firm, 1996 – 2007; Chair, Stradley Ronon ADR Practice Group, 1996 – 2006; Partner and Chairman, Bolger Picker Hankin & Tannenbaum, 1971 – 1996; Partner/Associate, Tate & Ervin, 1966 – 1971.
Served as mediator in numerous complex business disputes including following representative cases: nine figure claim by public company against major accounting firm in connection with its audit; claims by state insurance commissioner against national law firm for alleged breaches of fiduciary duties; dispute between two healthcare institutions involving alleged breaches of affiliation agreement (mediation resolved dispute and also permitted parties to dissolve a joint medical practice); dispute arising out of employment termination of key executives of public company; alleged breach of asset purchase and continuing supply agreements; nine figure claim by trustee in a bankruptcy against multiple parties involving claims of breaches of fiduciary duties, fraud and equitable subordination; claim by manufacturing company against manufacturer of component parts which were recalled worldwide; dispute arising out of purchase of computer software licenses alleging fraud, breach of warranties and breach of contract; nine figure claim against numerous insurance companies from North America and Europe for insurance coverage by owners of satellite which exploded in space; numerous claims against accounting firms in connection with audits (including claims for breaches of fiduciary duties and violations of GAAP and GAAS); claims by trustee of public company in bankruptcy against officers and directors and company's accounting firm for damages arising from "deepening insolvency," claims by minority shareholders of corporation against majority shareholders for breaches of fiduciary duties and "minority oppression;" numerous shareholder, partnership and real estate disputes involving competing arguments on valuation issues; dispute over worldwide distribution of patent royalties involving two pharmaceutical companies which jointly developed and marketed the product; claims of wrongful termination, employment discrimination and contract right to tenure by university professor; copyright infringement claim against author by competing publication; claims by limited partners in real estate investments against general partner for misallocation of profits from pooled sale of properties; claim against national law firm for damages arising from alleged conflicts of interest and failure to disclose certain relationships and large eight figure claim against national law firm for alleged inadequate due diligence in an acquisition. Many of these mediations involved multiple days and some required continuing involvement at conclusion of mediation sessions.
Admitted to the Bar: Pennsylvania (1966); U.S. District Court: Eastern District of Pennsylvania (1967); U.S. Court of Appeals: Third (1968) and Fourth (1980) Circuits; U.S. Supreme Court (1976).
Representative of International Mediation Institute to United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC); American College of Civil Trial Mediators (Fellow); International Academy of Mediators (Distinguished Fellow); Certified Mediator, International Mediation Institute (IMI); American Arbitration Association (Past Member, Board of Directors; Executive Committee; National Mediation Committee, Past Co-Chair); Member, AAA Master Mediation Panel, CPR Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (Executive Advisory Committee); National Task Force on Diversity in ADR); CPR, Member, National Panel of Distinguished Neutrals; Member, Mediation Panels of Singapore and Florence International Mediation Institutes; Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law (Advisory Board Member); Philadelphia Bar Association (Past Chancellor; Board of Governors, Past Chair); Pennsylvania Bar Association (Past House of Delegates); American Bar Association (Dispute Resolution Section); U.S. District Court Historical Society (Board Member; Past Vice President); U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Bicentennial Celebration, Chair); Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts (Advisory Board Member and Co-Founder); Regional Chamber of Commerce (Past Board Member); Pennsylvania Trial Court Nominating Commission, First Judicial District, (Past Member and Secretary); Former Member, Editorial Board, Dispute Resolution Magazine of American Bar Association.
Columbia University (JD, Executive Editor, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law-1966); Temple University (BA, magna cum laude-1963).
$675 Per Hour
United States of America
The AAA provides mediators to parties on cases administered by the AAA under AAA mediation procedures. Mediations that proceed without AAA administration are not considered AAA mediations, even where parties select a mediator who is a member of an AAA mediation roster.