The Iowa Academy is the local chapter of the National
Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, a professional
association whose membership consists of attorneys
distinguished by their hands-on experience in the field
of civil & commercial conflict resolution and by
their commitment to the practice of alternative dispute
With over 900 members throughout the United States, the
NADN is the largest free public roster of experienced
ADR attorneys online. Membership is by invitation only
and limited to neutrals who have proven experience in
the resolution of commercial & civil disputes. All
members have been recognized for their accomplishments
through a peer-nomination and client review process.
For more about NADN, please watch our "Introduction to
NADN" YouTube video below...
About our Iowa Chapter Website There is clear demand from attorneys, corporate counsel,
adjusters and parties to know more specific information about a given
neutral: their practice experience, qualifications, language skills,
dispute areas in which they have previously mediated, and so on. This
website allows the visitor to find the state's most experienced ADR
professionals quickly and easily. There is also the common difficulty of
settling upon a mutually agreed date for a mediation or arbitration -
this website serves as a daily scheduling aid to attorneys and staff.
Membership Membership in the Iowa Academy is by invitation only.
Membership is limited to established mediators and arbitrators, each of
whom is confirmed to have met our nomination and experience
requirements, and to have established a solid reputation in their
2 Academy members are required to
sponsor/second an attorney for consideration.
Only members of the State Bar of
Iowa of 5+ years good standing are considered eligible.
All Members are professional
neutrals in civil/commercial mediation or arbitration practice
for a minimum of 5 years, with a minimum of 30% of their
professional efforts dedicated to civil/commercial ADR
practice. All members must receive remuneration for ADR
practice at least 90 days annually.
Members identified as MEDIATORS
must have privately mediated a minimum of 200 civil disputes, excluding
pro bono and family law cases.
Members identified as ARBITRATORS
must have arbitrated to final award a minimum of 20 civil
cases. Exceptions may be made in the case of former
judges, where time on the bench & published decisions can
be considered towards these totals.
8 attorney client references
required on application (attorneys for whom neutral has
mediated/arbitrated civil-trial disputes in the
preceding 60-90 days. Each will be contacted and questioned as
to nominee's approach, effectiveness, professionalism and
reputation within the firm.
All nominees must provide attorney references (as described above)
before being considered for the Academy. The final decision
to approve/decline membership rests with Executive Director of NADN.
The Advisory Committee is an appointed committee of fulltime
ADR professionals who have been instrumental
in helping to identify, and nominate, neutrals of
repute across Iowa. They have also
given advice as to suitable membership criteria, and
suggestions/improvements that have led to the current version of this, the
We are grateful to the following
distinguished 2015-18 Committee Members:
National Academy Membership Fee : $70 per month (Preferred method of payment is monthly
charge to members' credit card, else annual card payment of
ALL IOWA CHAPTER MEMBERS ARE RECOGNIZED BY THE
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF DISTINGUISHED NEUTRALS, SEE MEMBERSHIP
CRITERIA AND DUES DETAILS AT www.NADN.org/membership.html
In June 2013, NADN was confirmed as a partner to both the
national defense bar (www.DRI.org/Neutrals)
and the plaintiffs bar (www.Justice.org/Neutrals).
All NADN member profiles are now promoted to the more than
40,000 members of these legal associations.