John G. Bickerman
Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Phone : 202-289-3330
Fax : 202-499-4770
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John G Bickerman


John Bickerman is an internationally recognized neutral, specializing in complex, multi-party insurance coverage and general commercial disputes.  In the last twenty years, he logged over 25,000 hours and resolved more than three billion dollars in claims in more than thirty-five states.  He has been retained by dozens of Fortune 500 companies and all of the major American insurers.  He also has special expertise in the Bermuda insurance market. He has facilitated the resolution of major natural resource and environmental disputes between the Federal government, tribes and states, including four major water allocation or water diversion conflicts throughout the country. He presently teaches negotiation and mediation courses at Cornell University has been an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center.  Mr. Bickerman has repeatedly been selected by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America, regarded as a definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States and has also been included in the Superlawyers listing for Washington, DC since the inception of this listing.  He is a past Chair of the American Bar Association’s, Section on Dispute Resolution.  He has BS and MS degrees in economics from Cornell University and is a magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center.  He clerked for Judge William B. Bryant on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. 

John is a member of the National Panel of Distinguished Neutrals of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (“CPR”), the International Academy of Mediators, the original panel of mediators for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and one of the original members of the United States Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution roster. Mr. Bickerman has written numerous articles on alternative dispute resolution and frequently lectures and trains judges, public officials, attorneys and claims adjusters. Topics include the representation of clients in mediation, trends in corporate use of ADR, and the mediation of construction and insurance disputes.

John Bickerman CV

Published Works

ADR: Giving Mediation Clients What They Want, National Law Journal, 16 November, 2009
The Mediator's Role: As Little as Possible but as Much as Necessary, ACResolution, Winter, Vol. 6, issue 2, 2007
Don't Guess Who's Coming to the Table: Organizing The Mediation Process, FDCC Quarterly, Spring, Vol. 55, No. 3, 2005
Court-Annexed Mediation: Critical Perspectives on Selected State and Federal Programs , Eds., Edward J. Bergman and John G. Bickerman, 1988
Use of ADR Increases in America's Largest Corporations, The Legal Times, December 5, 1997
How to Choose a Mediator "Picking the Right Stuff,", The Legal Times, September 11, 1995


Former, Adjunct Professor of Law, Courses on Negotiation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Georgetown University Law Center
Adjunct Faculty, Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Courses on Negotiation, Mediation and ADR

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution , Past-Chair

American Arbitration Association, Master Mediation Panel, Arbitration Panel, Large Complex Case Roster, Member

Roster of Neutrals, American College of Civil Trial Mediators, Member

CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, Member, National Panel of Distinguished Neutrals

The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, Washington DC Panel

Roster of Neutrals, United States Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, Member
International Academy of Mediators, Distinguished Fellow
Board of Advisors, Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution, Cornell University, ILR School, MemberPanel of Neutrals, United States District Court For The District Of Columbia, Member

Areas of Practice

Commercial Law
Insurance Law
Public Policy
Construction Law
Water Rights

Bar Admissions

New York, 1989 (resigned 2005)

New Jersey, 1989 (resigned 2014)

Maryland, 1989

District of Columbia, 1990

U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 1990

U.S. District Court District of Maryland, 1993

U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1992

Pro Bono Activities

United States District Court Mediation Panel, 1989 - Present
Voluntarily mediated cases involving human trafficking without compensation, 2011 - Present


Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
J.D. magna cum laude - 1988
Honors: Order of the Coif, Jessup Moot Court Champion
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
M.S., Master of Science - 1979
Major: Labor Economics and Collective Bargaining
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
B.S., Bachelor of Science - 1978
Major: Industrial and Labor Relations

Past Employment Positions

Kaye Scholer, LLP, Attorney
Senior United States District Court Judge William B. Bryant, Clerk