About Me

I am fully trained and experienced in mediating in person and online dispute resolution (ODR) using the Zoom platform.

Many so-called alternative dispute resolution (ADR) professionals claim to have “over 20 years of experience,” but they don’t say what exactly that entailed, other than hanging out a shingle, and convincing various institutional ADR providers  to place them on their panels to enable them to get business, often due to their friendships and connections.  By comparison, for 28 plus years, I helped attorneys, businesses and individuals negotiate and settle lawsuits as a Court Attorney to judges in Civil and Supreme Court.  I did this by conferencing and actively negotiating thousands of cases over my long career within the court system, in many different areas of the law, including commercial, consumer,  personal injury, business, contract, real estate, foreclosure, wages and employment.  Also during that time, for four years, I trained diligently and extensively in the art of mediation and arbitration.  I went to Fordham Law School for a Masters Degree (LLM) in laws, and apprenticed as a mediator and as an arbitrator in community, commercial and business matters, and matrimonial, wage and employment matters so that I had the proper training to handle a variety of different and complex factual situations. I participated in training programs to teach others how to properly function as a dispute resolution specialist.

Meet Nelson Timken
Your In-Person and Online Mediator

Hello and thanks for visiting my website. for 27+ years, I helped attorneys, businesses and individuals negotiate and settle lawsuits as a Court Attorney to judges in Civil and Supreme Court.  I did this by conferencing and actively negotiating thousands of cases over my long career within the court system, in many different areas of the law, including commercial, consumer,  personal injury, business,  contract, real estate, foreclosure, wages and employment


Why Choose Me To Be Your Mediator?

My mediation style is that I am primarily a facilitative mediator; that is, I use techniques to help the parties to find effective ways to communicate and hear each other, to separate emotions from financial decisions, to make informed and fair settlement decisions in light of the law, and to understand their interests in order to identify options that may work to resolve their dispute.

I am a mediator and arbitrator on the Part 137 Panel of the Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Program.

I am an arbitrator for broker-investor disputes with FINRA since 2017.

I am a mediator with Community Mediation Services.

I am the Vice-Chair of the New York County Lawyers ADR Committee since 2019.

I am fully trained and experienced in online dispute resolution (ODR) using the Zoom platform. I was a small-claims court arbitrator for over 20 years. I am the Vice-Chair of the New York County Lawyers Association ADR Committee. I am also pursuing an LLM degree in International Dispute Resolution at Fordham Law School.

My Resume


80-41 230th Street, Bellerose Manor, NY 11427 (917) 533-8080 ● nelson.timken@verizon.net

Dynamic decision-maker with 33 plus years’ experience, 27 years as a judicial law clerk deciding consumer, contract, arbitration, commercial division, business divorce, real estate, construction, negligence, no-fault and foreclosure cases. Four years as a Mediator and Arbitrator mediating diverse types of disputes for various panels, and arbitrating attorney-client fee disputes in the Part 137 fee-dispute arbitration program. Extremely hardworking, ethical, well-prepared, and very quick to learn the acts and arguments of cases. Fully Computer and Online Dispute Resolution literate. Conversational in Spanish, re-learning French. Currently studying for an LLM in International Dispute Resolution at Fordham Law.


NY (’88); Southern & Eastern Districts of NY (’89); Second Circuit Court of Appeals ‘(90).


  • New York State Unified Court System

Court Attorney & Principal Law Clerk; Feb 1994 – December 2020 (27 years) Successfully negotiated thousands of cases and drafted decisions for dispositive motions involving commercial contract, real estate, business litigation, personal injury, medical malpractice, credit agreement and foreclosure matters in IAS and Commercial Division parts.

●  Public Service Mutual Insurance Company

Claims Attorney Jan 1992 – Feb 1994 (2 years)

Managed a large number of claims against owners of properties, which included negligence, security, labor law, lead paint, and directors’ and officers’ claims. Supervised in-house and outside counsel defending policyholders in these actions.

●  Lester Schwab Katz & Dwyer

Associate Feb 1989 – Sep 1991

Conducted discovery and took depositions in products-liability cases.

●  Wilson Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker

Associate Architects & Engineers Aug 1988 – Feb 1989

Defended architects and engineers in professional liability matters.


  • Part 137 NYS Unified Court System & NY County Lawyers Association

Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Arbitrator & Mediator; Nov 2017 – Present

Arbitrate & Mediate fee disputes between clients and attorneys to resolve the issue of the propriety of the fees charged.


Arbitrator of investor-broker disputes; November 2017-Present

●  CPR Institute

Mediator and Arbitrator, Pathway to Employment Panel; May 2020-Present

●  American Arbitration Association

Commercial Mediation Roster & Consumer Arbitration Panels, May 2021 to Present

●  Community Mediation Services (a Community Dispute Resolution Center)

Mediator; June 2019 – Present Mediate community disputes


Route to Fellowship- International Law- CiArb- Reiman-June 2021

International Arbitration Practicum, Hanessian and Sicard-Mirabal – Fordham Law (LLM)- Spring 2021 Commercial Arbitration, G. Friedman- Fordham Law (LLM)- Spring 2021

International Commercial Arbitration – Hanessian and Halket – Fordham Law (LLM) – Fall 2020 Alternative Dispute Resolution – Masucci – Fordham Law (LLM) – Fall 2020

Advanced Mediation & Advocacy Skills for Global Commerce – von Kumberg, – AAA- Oct 2020 Wage Employment Advanced Mediation Training – Fagazy, Pechman, McKenna NYCLA Aug 2020 Part 146 Approved Divorce Mediation Training – Professor Robert Collins NYCLA, July 2020

Basic & Advanced Part 146 Commercial Mediation Training – Baum, Hochman, NYSBA- June 2020 Mediation Apprenticeship – JoAn Pangilinan-Taylor, Community Mediation Services- Oct 2019 Basics of Mediation in Surrogates Court – JoAn Pangilinan-Taylor, CMS- Sept 2019

Adv Med Training: Managing the Dynamics of a Multi-Party Case – Carmichael, AAA –Oct 2019 Advanced Commercial Mediator Training- Jansenson, Roberts, NY City Bar Assn – Jun 2019 Mediation Advocacy Training – Robyn Weinstein, USDC, Eastern District of NY – Sept 2019 Advanced Mediator Training – Nassau, New York Peace Institute – Feb 2019

FINRA Arbitrator Training – Online, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority – Jun 2018

Basic Mediator Training – Sequoia Stalder, NY Center for Interpersonal Development – Mar 2018 Part 137 Attorney Fee Dispute Arb. Training – Dan Weitz, NYS Unified Court System – Nov 2017 Commercial Arbitrator Training – Charles Moxley, NYSBA Dispute Resolution Section – Jun 2017


Fordham University School of Law, NY, NY – August 2020 – LLM, International Dispute Resolution, (Expected Sept. 2022)

St. John’s University School of Law, Queens, NY – June 1988 – JD, Top 1/3

Queens College, City University of NY, Flushing, NY – February 1985 – BA, cum laude, Poli-Sci


  • New York County Lawyers Association:

Vice-Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee

  • New York State Bar Association: Dispute Resolution Section; Commercial & Federal Litigation Section
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Associate member
  • Nassau County Bar Association: Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee



From Queens County, New York. Child actor and singer in commercials, voice-overs, off-Broadway theater, the children’s chorus of the Metropolitan Opera. Married 30 plus years to Elizabeth, also a law clerk; 3 children. Hobbies: woodworking, antique clocks, metalworking.

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