ADR Systems

Neutrals

Dwight L. Wassong, Esq.

New Jersey

Dwight L. Wassong, Esq. is a skilled mediator and arbitrator who has settled more than 1,600 cases as a neutral. As a former general counsel, Mr. Wassong brings to each case years of business experience in a wide range of commercial matters. He has extensive knowledge of tax law and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Mr. Wassong has several advanced degrees in tax, business, and law. With his ability to fit the appropriate form of mediation style to the unique needs of each case, Mr. Wassong helps parties focus on the issues necessary for resolution.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • Antitrust
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Dissolution
  • Construction
  • Contract
  • Copyright
  • Discrimination
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • Finance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
  • Non-Compete
  • Tax
  • Trademark

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • 22-year legal career including, Arbitrator and Mediator, Law Offices of D.L. Wassong, 1998-present and Senior Tax and ERISA Counsel, J.M. Huber Corporation, 1996-1998
  • Commercial work experience includes General Counsel/Tax Labor, ERISA and Litigation Director, Butterick Company, Inc., 1984-1996; Corporate Accounting and Tax Planning Director, American Express Co. and American Express; International Bank, 1980-1984; Manager, Mergers & Acquisitions, Ryder System Inc., 1979-1980; Senior Tax Analyst, Becton Dickinson Co., 1977-1979; Certified Public Accountant, Haskins & Sells, CPAs, 1974-1977; Field Agent, Internal Revenue Service, 1971-1974
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA)

Representative Cases

  • Mediated more than 1,400 cases relating to insurance disputes
  • Mediated more than 100 cases for the EEOC; disputes were between employees and employers in discrimination suits, parties ranged from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies
  • Mediated more than 100 cases through the New Jersey Court System, Presumptive Mediation Program; disputes were between contractors, employee/employer, business to business and New Jersey State agencies
  • Mediated a Department of Labor case between transportation provider and the DOL
  • Designated as a Mediator Mentor by the New Jersey Court Mediation System
  • Mediated several international mediations and large complex commercial cases
  • Construction cases mediated have included issues such as valuation of properties, interpretation of construction contracts, delay damages, faulty performance, notice provisions of contracts and regulations, environmental remediation and state law preemption of contract provisions
  • Business acquisitions cases mediated have included issues such as valuation of business properties, interpretation of various contract and financing provisions including earn-out clauses, escrow payments, indemnity provisions, good faith performance, party interference, royalty provisions, tax effects and results, international law provisions and due diligence provisions
  • Employment related cases mediated have included issues such as Title VII claims, executive compensation and benefits provisions, international employee postings, ERISA related claims and severance packages
  • Accounting and law firm cases have included issues such as non-compete covenants, contract interpretation, buyout provisions, good faith performance, valuation of assets and liabilities and professional firm breakups
  • Insurance related cases have involved contract interpretation, product misrepresentation, failure to pay for representation, coverage issues in casualty products, health insurance coverage, good faith performance, disputes between health care providers and insurer/administrators

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Adjunct Professor, Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Adjunct Professor, Seton Hall University
  • Fellow, Professional Associations College of Commercial Arbitrators
  • Member, International Foundation for Employee Benefits
  • Member, New York State Bar Association; Labor and Employment Law Section; Tax Section
  • Member, American Bar Association; Labor and Employment Law Section; Tax Section; Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • Member, New York County Lawyers Association; Labor and Employment Section; Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • Member, Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Member, Industrial Relations Research Association
  • Member, New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Training CCA Regional Meeting
  • College of Commercial Arbitrators, Annual Meeting
  • Union County/New Jersey Courts, Mediator Training
  • AAA Chairing an Arbitration Panel: Managing Procedures, Process & Dynamics (ACEOOS)
  • AAA Dealing with Delay Tactics in Arbitration (ACE004)
  • AAA Arbitrator Ethics & Disclosure (ACE003)
  • AAA Annual Arbitrator Update
  • AAA Commercial Arbitrator II Training: Advanced Case Management Issues
  • Appointed Mediator Training, New Jersey Court
  • Arbitrator Training Course, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
  • Advanced Mediation Skills Course, Society for Professionals in Dispute Resolution
  • New York City Bar Association, Mediation of Tax Disputes
  • AAA Commercial Arbitrator Training Workshop
  • Mediation Training Course, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, New York Region
  • Advanced Mediation Training Course, City University of New York
  • Arbitration and Grievance Resolution Training, Rutgers University

Education

  • MLER (Masters of Labor and Employment Relations), Rutgers University
  • LL.M., New York University
  • J.D., New York Law School, cum laude
    •  Kalter Award in Taxation
  • MS, Columbia University
  • MBA, TaxationPace University
  • B.S., St. Peters College, magna cum laude
    • Dineen Medal for Excellence in Accountancy

Admissions

  • New York State Bar
  • New Jersey State Bar

I was extremely pleased with a recent mediation at ADR Systems. The mediators constitute a veritable "who's who" of top-notch practitioners and former jurists with a wealth of experience across the legal spectrum.  I strongly recommend ADR Systems for even the most complex and contentious of cases.

Hillard M. Sterling, Esq.Sterling Tech Law | Waveland Law Group, LLC