AcumenADR is home to experienced arbitrators and mediators Noah Hanft and Richard Ziegler. As former general counsels of global companies, they each bring deep commercial understanding to business disputes and a track record of successful resolutions and solutions.

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Noah J. Hanft

Noah is a former General Counsel of MasterCard Worldwide, and more recently was Chief Executive Officer of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (“CPR”) in New York. He is a co-founder of AcumenADR LLC, a dispute prevention and resolution platform. Noah serves as both an arbitrator and mediator, consults with companies on dispute resolution and litigation settlement strategy, handles expert witness assignments, and provides executive coaching services. He has successfuly mediated well over 100 disputes and arbitrated more than 50 domestic and international arbitrations.

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Richard F. Ziegler

Richard is a former General Counsel of the 3M Company in St. Paul, MN, litigation partner at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and Co-Chair of the International Arbitration Practice at Jenner & Block in New York. Since co-founding AcumenADR LLC in 2019 he has been appointed to serve as arbitrator in more than 80 matters, roughly evenly divided between domestic and international proceedings. The Chambers USA Guide for 2024 (and prior years) lists him in Band 1 for US-based international arbitrators, describing him as "a phenomenal commercial arbitrator."

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Richard and Noah’s experience as senior executives, in-house counsel and outside counsel provides them the requisite skill set, insight and perspective to manage complex arbitration proceedings and mediate disputes effectively. Each is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, an accredited mediator of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, a CPR Distinguished Neutral and a member of AAA panels.

And Noah and Richard share at least one other attribute: they don't take themselves nearly as seriously as they take the matters entrusted to them.