Marvin L. Schuldiner, MBA, APM

  • Marvin SchuldinerMediation Experience
    • Commercial mediator since 2004, divorce mediator since 2005
    • Accredited Professional Mediator (APM) by the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators
    • Member of three rosters of mediators for the Superior Court of New Jersey
      • Civil, General Equity and Probate Cases
      • Foreclosure Mediation Program
      • Economic Aspects of Family Law Cases
    • Member of non-court mediation rosters:
      • American Arbitration Association Storm Sandy mediation roster
      • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
      • Public Employee Grievance Mediation program
      • New Jersey Early Intervention System
      • Executive Mediator Services
      • Spectrum Resolution Group (co-founder)
    • Former mediator for or at:
      • New York Unified Court System
      • Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Metropolitan New York
      • Community Associations Institute (CAI), New Jersey Chapter
  • Arbitration Experience
    • Commercial arbitrator since 2006
    • Member of roster of arbitrators for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), which was formerly the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Dispute Resolution
      • Chairman and panelist
    • Former arbitrator for the New York Unified Court System Part 137 program
  • Education and Training
    • Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance from Michigan State University
    • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Engineering from Rutgers University
    • Mediation Training:
      • Certificate in Conflict and Dispute Resolution from New York University
      • Divorce mediation training from the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators
      • Divorce and transformative mediation training from co-founder Robert Baruch Bush at the Institute for the Study Conflict Transformation (Hofstra Law School)
      • Elder mediation training from Montgomery County (PA) Mediation Center
    • Arbitration Training:
      • National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD, now FINRA)
      • New York Unified Court System
      • Construction Dispute Resolution Services
    • Additional trainings:
      • General Business Law from Michigan State University
      • Employment Law from Rutgers University
      • Nuts and Bolts of Elder Law from NJICLE
      • Mediating General Equity Cases from NJAPM
  • Prior Professional Experience
    • Toyota Logistics Services, Inc. — 7 years
      • Logistics Planning Manager (for finished vehicle network)
      • Kaizen and Planning Administrator (for manufacturing parts)
      • Finance Administrator (for manufacturing parts)
      • Transport Analyst (for in-house trucking company)
    • Tibbett & Britten Group Americas — 5 years
      • Business Development Manager (for a global “third party” supply chain company)
        • Clients were largely global Fortune 500 type companies
        • Included consulting projects for the largest consumer goods company in Mexico and a regional snack food manufacturer in the U.S.
  • Affiliations and Professional Memberships
    • New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators
      • Immediate Past President
      • Civil Mediation Training Director
      • Chair, Mediator Quality Committee
    • Beta Gamma Sigma business honors society
    • Law School Mediation Competition Judge
      • International Chamber of Commerce (Paris, France)
      • ABA Representation in Mediation Competition (Seton Hall Law School)
  • Training, Lectures, Presentations and Publications
    • Basic Civil Mediation Training
    • Civil Mediation Apprenticeship
    • Case Management Training for Presumptive Roster Mediators
    • Co-editor and co-moderator of the NJ Superior Court published Mediator’s Tool Box: An FAQ Case Management Guide for Presumptive Roster Mediators
    • Mentor mediation students for the NJ Superior Court and Rutgers Newark Law School students
    • Marketing Your Mediation Practice (at NJ ADR Day and NYSDRA Annual Conference)
  • Personal
    • Former President of the Board of Trustees, Franklin Township Public Library Board
    • Trustee for Homeowner’s Association
    • Former Volunteer reader and session director for the Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (now Learning Ally)
    • Former manager of partnerships for harness horse racing and breeding

 

Statement:

I generally take a different approach to mediation than most mediators.  My crystal ball is no better or worse than other mediators (the reality is, no one has a good crystal ball).  My undergraduate education is in engineering.  Engineering is applied problem solving.  My graduate degree is in business and finance.  Finance is about risk assessment and management.  When clients typically enter mediation, they are seeking clarity and possibly a different way to view their conflict.  My problem solving and risk management skills are useful in mediations to help clients find their own solutions, not ones imposed on them or someone’s best guess at a very variable outcome (trials are empirically a roughly 50-50 crapshoot and studies show most litigants are wrong in their assessments of their own cases).

As an arbitrator, I look towards fairness and equity.  Certainly the law has a place in an arbitrator’s decision making process, but the law cannot address everything in life.  All sides get the opportunity to fully present their case.