Richard Brewster

ADR Training
Basic mediation training (40 hours) at both Straus Institute, Pepperdine Law School (2016), and New York Peace Institute (2017), followed by 10-week Peace Institute apprenticeship program; Commercial Mediation Training (24 hours), NYS Bar Association (2016); Advanced Mediation Training at both Peace Institute (2017) and Cardozo Law School (2018); New York State Civil Court Mediation Training Program (2017). Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) training by EDNY ADR Department (7 hours), June 2016; Best Practices Program for Mediators and Counsel in FLSA Mediations (2 hours), Association of the Bar of the City of New York, June 2018.

Professional Training
Harvard Law School, L.L.B. and J.D. 1967

Professional Experience
Following 5 years of corporate and securities transactional experience as an associate at Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy (1968-74), I began a litigation career (1974-79) at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, where I became Chief of the Criminal Division. My litigation career included twenty years of complex commercial litigation experience and an equal period of time in the criminal justice area, as a federal prosecutor, criminal defense lawyer and defensive Section 1983 litigation on behalf of New York State's criminal justice agencies (Corrections, Parole and State Police) at the NYS Attorney General's Office. As a commercial litigator, both as a partner of Moses & Singer and in my own private practice, I represented banks, brokerage firms, entertainment companies, general business corporations and entrepreneurs, primarily in cases involving breach of contract, fraud and other commercial torts. I retired from litigation practice in 2016 after serving as lead attorney at the NYS Attorney General's Office in the litigation and settlement of landmark prison reform cases, involving mental health and solitary confinement. The complex collaborative negotiations in these prison reform cases were a significant factor in my interest in alternative dispute resolution and commencement of an ADR practice in 2016.

ADR Experience
I have mediated over 60 cases (as of July 1, 2018), primarily breach of contract claims, in Civil Court in New York and Kings County and am a certified mediator with the New York Peace Institute. I am a member of the Commercial Division Panel of Neutrals, Supreme Court, State of New York, New York County. I mediate in the Community Mediation Centers in both New York and Kings County.

Other Information
I have a ongoing interest in criminal justice reform issues and in promoting mediation-based programs for those impacted by the criminal justice system, whether incarcerated, in re-entry or diversion programs.