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Alternative/Litigation Dispute Resolution

With the ever increasing cost of litigation, parties are turning at ever increasing rates to Alternative/Litigation Dispute Resolution processes to fairly settle their disputes in a cost effective way. GPFF offers two of the regions most respected Resolution Specialists with proven abilities to help the litigants resolve their cases both fairly and expeditiously.

Peter F. Vaira, Esquire is one of our country’s preeminent lawyers and he now serves as Special Counsel to Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt & Flores, LLC (GPFF). During Mr. Vaira’s over 50 years of practice he has handled the most complex criminal and civil matters in state and federal court, having earned him a well-known reputation as one of the most respected attorneys in the region. Mr. Vaira is also a widely sought after arbitrator, mediator, special master, and independent hearing officer with numerous years of experience in the field of litigation dispute resolution. Mr. Vaira is a member of the Pennsylvania, Illinois, and District of Columbia Bars and he is a certified national and international arbitrator who serves as a Special Master in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Commerce Court program and who previously acted as the Independent Hearing Officer for the Laborers’ International Union of North America. Mr. Vaira has heard over 200 labor style arbitrations as the Independent Hearing Officer of the Laborer’s International union of North America, a post created by the Department of Justice and the union to set up a democratic method of dealing with trusteeships, internal discipline, and election protests. Many of the arbitrations lasted a week of hearing days, with both sides represented by major law firms. He is also a Chartered Arbitrator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, dealing with mediation and arbitrations before international arbitral organizations. He is also a Chartered Arbitrator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, dealing with mediation and arbitrations before international arbitral organizations.

Peter Vaira has acted as a discovery master, mediator, arbitrator, fact finder, receiver ad litem, and a receiver in liquidation for litigants in the Commerce Court Program of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. As a special hearing master, whose fees are shared by the parties, Mr. Vaira has handled discovery disputes involving privileged documents, disqualification of counsel issues, disputes over the failure to respond to document production, inadvertent disclosures of privileged material, and motions for sanctions. Mr. Vaira will respond quickly to requests for relief and will schedule hearings to suit the specific needs of the parties.

Recently, Mr. Vaira was appointed by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter to serve as the Executive Director of a Commission formed to investigate the Department of Licenses and Inspections subsequent to a tragic building collapse in Center City Philadelphia. Mr. Vaira also has served as a court appointed arbitrator in the Fen Phen Diet Drug Class Action settlement in Philadelphia, and he is a certified mediator for the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Mr. Vaira is the author of Eastern District Federal Practice Rules, published annually by Gann Law Books.

Irvin J. Snyder, J.S.C (Ret), serves as Special Counsel at Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt, and Flores, LLC in the firm’s Haddonfield office, where he offers Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services to attorneys throughout New Jersey. Irv Snyder served as a Judge in the Superior Court of New Jersey for over 20 years, where he presided over thousands of civil and criminal cases. Judge Snyder recently retired from the Superior Court of NJ, the state’s highest Trial Court, and now utilizes that experience to aid litigants and their attorneys in resolving cases in an expeditious fashion without suffering the inherent delays occasioned with, and inherent in, the traditional trial process. In his 21 distinquished years on the bench Judge Snyder served in all divisions of the Court, including Family, Civil and Criminal, and he had the reputation of being a fair and user friendly Judge who utilized his wide ranging experience to bring about hundreds of settlements over the course of his career. Judge Snyder brings those same qualities to GPFF’s Alternative/Litigation Dispute Resolution practice group.

Judge Snyder’s commitment to the Administration of Justice was recognized many times by the Supreme Court of NJ where he had the honor of serving on several Supreme Court Committees, including the Committees of Special Civil Part Supervising Judges, Wellness, Education, Capital Punishment, Ad Hoc Speedy Trial, and Presiding Drug Court Judges committees. Judge Snyder has also served as a seminar lecturer for both lawyers and Judges alike, and he has mentored many currently seated jurists.

Judge Snyder is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of PA, State of New Jersey, U.S. District Courts for NJ and the Eastern District of PA, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and The Supreme Court of the United States. Prior to his elevation to the bench Judge Snyder had wide ranging experience as a successful private practitioner. Judge Snyder was a trial lawyer whose practice included Personal Injury and Contract Litigation, Criminal Defense, Municipal Land Use and at one point in his career he represented a multitude of insurance carriers. In the field of Personal Injury he has the wide ranging experience that allows him to thoroughly understand the position and motivation of each litigant to aid in the effectuation of resolutions. During his practice career his expertise was recognized by multiple governmental entities who appointed him to serve as the Prosecutor of the Boroughs of Clementon and Magnolia and as a solicitor to various Boards in Cherry Hill, Voorhees and Palmyra.

Judge Snyder can serve as a discovery master, mediator, arbitrator, fact finder, receiver ad litem, and a receiver in liquidation for litigants throughout New Jersey. Judge Snyder can handled discovery disputes involving privileged documents, disqualification of counsel issues, disputes over the failure to respond to document production, inadvertent disclosures of privileged material, motions for sanctions and a myriad of other issues that arise in all forms of complex litigation. Judge Snyder responds quickly to requests for relief and will schedule hearings to suit the specific needs of the parties. The diversity of Judge Snyder’s successful career makes him not only the perfect choice to aid in the expeditious resolution of your disputes, but also lends itself to providing Litigation support for a variety of complex legal matters.

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