Professional Licenses and Certifications: Attorney | Certified Mediator 

About John

John H. Drucker has been a practicing attorney, admitted in New York State, and to practie before various federal courts and the United States Supreme Court,  for over 30 years and mediator for over 20. He received a Certificate of Mediation Skills Training issued by the Institute for Conflict Management, Inc., Program  in June 1995, and a Certification in Negotiation and Mediation from the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation in 2007. He participates on a regular basis in mediation skills development training in diverse areas including advanced employment law mediation training, employment discrimination, FLSA, civil rights violations, bankruptcy and commercial dispute mediation. He has built up his experience in a diverse variety of ways, including serving on a variety of important mediation panels.

Mediation is the non- litigation road to resolution, and, as a mediator, John is the guide. As every journey is different, so is every mediation.  His exact role as a mediator- be it facilitative, evaluative, or transformative—is itself guided by the terrain. This includes the nature and substance of the dispute as well as the voluntary, contractual, or court-mandated origins of the process. He pays close attention to all personalities and elements involved so the best possible conclusion can be reached.

With years of experience and training, John H. Drucker is fully prepared to keep mediation on track, expediting the process where applicable without hurrying anyone along. He is an entirely trustworthy, always neutral individual with whom both parties can fully disclose their concerns. He is a perpetually attentive individual who strives to discover the most productive path in any dispute, directing the discourse in such a way that an amicable, cost-effective resolution can come to pass.


General Experience

John currently has an active mediation practice. He has mediated bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy related matters, including those in connection with preference and fraudulent conveyance litigation, business and commercial disputes, and employment and landlord-tenant disputes. He was appointed by the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York to the approved panel of mediators in the Borders Group, Inc. chapter 11 case and was appointed by the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware to mediate preference claim avoidance actions. John was party selected and thereafter court appointed by the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York to mediate a multi-party FLSA and bankruptcy claims dispute.

John has been appointed by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York to serve as a mediator in a number of diverse matters, including employment disputes, such as those under the FLSA statutes and other employment disputes concerning discrimination, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and matters under 42. U.S.C § 1983—actions alleging the use of excessive force, false arrest, or malicious prosecution by employees of the New York Police Department. In addition, John has served as a party-appointed neutral arbitrator under the American Arbitration Association rules for large, complex commercial disputes.

John's legal practice concentration has been primarily on corporate, bankruptcy, and other insolvency, business, and commercial disputes. Not only has he worked with parties involved in sophisticated Chapter 11 proceedings and non-judicial corporate restructuring, he has also regularly represented domestic and international businesses in a similarly diverse array of matters, including commercial disputes.


Work History

  • Shareholder of Cole Schotz P.C.  (2006-2017)
  • Shareholder of Angel & Frankel P.C. (1985-2006)
  • Associate of Angel & Frankel P.C. (1981-1985)
  • Private Practice and General Counsel to Ronko Sports, Inc, Whose Primary Business Was the Ownership & Operation Of a Ski, Sports & Recreation Resort (1979-1981)

Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America in Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law (2007-2018)
  • New York Super Lawyer in Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights (2008-2018)
  • AV Rated By Martindale-Hubble, the highest possible rating for skills and ethics by the premier directory of legal professionals.