About
Philosophy
Conflict resolution has intrigued Pat Westerkamp ever since the First Grade when he broke-up a fight between two Third Graders.
After college, Pat joined the American Arbitration Association eventually becoming its NJ State Director. He next practiced labor/employment law, taught ADR as an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall Law School, and served the community as a pro bono mediator.
Since 2005, he has been a full-time arbitrator and mediator of workplace disputes.

Alternative Dispute Resolution is a vocation to which some fortunate persons are called. Beyond adhering to ethical standards, arbitrators and mediators of employment conflicts must know the rules, and realities of world of work.

Patrick Westerkamp
ON ARBITRATION:

“To give a satisfactory decision it is necessary to be rather an arbitrator than a party to the dispute.”


  - Aristotle


ON MEDIATION:

“Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser---in fees, expenses, andwaste of time.”

The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume II
EXPERIENCE
Tribunal Clerk, New York Office, American Arbitration Association (1967--68)
Prepared lists of proposed commercial arbitrators, assisted with scheduling hearings, prepared confirming correspondence, and attended hearings as a clerk assisting with ministerial tasks

Tribunal Supervisor, New York Office, American Arbitration Association (1968)
Supervised the administration of arbitrations for the General Arbitration Council of the Textile Industry

Assistant Regional Director, Chicago Office, American Arbitration Association (1968--1971)
Ran two operating departments of the AAA’s Chicago Office, which served six Midwestern states. Duties included planning and implementation of education and training programs pertaining to grievance resolution, and insurance claims. Also, planned and administered union officer elections, and public sector unit certification elections.

New Jersey Regional Manager/Director, American Arbitration Association (1971--78)
Opened and managed AAA’s New Jersey Regional Office. Responsible for a staff of 15 persons who administer labor, insurance claims, and commercial arbitrations, as well as overseeing elections for labor organizations. Chaired AAA’s Long Range Planning Committee. Conducted dispute settlement training programs.

Arbitrator/Mediator (1978--1982)
Labor Arbitration & Mediation Arbitrated contract interpretation, discipline, and discharge grievances in the private sector including pharmaceutical, health care, chemical, transportation, and machine tool industries. Served as a mediator impasse disputes for the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission.

Commercial Arbitration 
Arbitrated a range of commercial disputes including disputes involving: purchase agreements; franchises; financing; construction; homeowners’ warranties; real estate; employment contracts; equipment leasing; and brokerage.

Epstein, Becker & Green, Associate (1983--1988)
Assigned to the firm’s New York City and New Jersey Offices representing corporations with respect to fair employment practices, employment torts, wage & hour issues, and NLRB charges. Although precluded as a management advocate from arbitrating labor case, I served as an arbitrator of business disputes.

PSE&G, Associate Labor/Employment Attorney (1988-2005)
Represented utility in employment and labor relations litigation including presenting contract interpretation, discharge, and discipline cases to labor arbitrators. Presented more than 100 grievance arbitrations, and counseled corporate representatives on the LMRA’s application to collective bargaining.

Adjunct Professor
At Seton Hall School of Law (1988--1994), taught dispute resolution including negotiations, mediation, and arbitration. In prior years, taught collective bargaining on the adjunct faculties of Rutgers University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Seton Hall University.

Current Services
Since 2005 my practice is restricted to serving as a neutral in all areas of employment and labor dispute resolution, and occasional commercial claims

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PANELS AND ROSTERS
3020-a Upper New York State Panel

American Arbitration Association

    - Labor Panel (NY, NJ, & Philadelphia)
    - Employment Mediation Panel (East Coast)
    - Employment Arbitration Panel (East Coast)

AFGE/SSA – New York City, Northern, NJ & Central, NJ Panel

District Court, New Jersey - Mediator

EEOC (Newark & Philadelphia)—Mediator (private sector disputes)

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

FINRA Arbitration Panel—Philadelphia & New York City panels

FINRA Mediation Panel—East Coast

IBT, Local 125/Coca-Cola – Expedited Discharge Panel

New Jersey State Board of Mediation

New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission

    - Mediation Panel
    - Arbitration Panel

New Jersey Appointee to the NY/NJ Port Authority Employee Relations Panel

Pennsylvania State Board of Mediation

R. 1:40 Mediator (NJ Superior Court)

R. 1:40 Arbitrator (NJ Superior Court, Monmouth Vicinage)

U. S. Postal Service REDRESS Mediation Panel

U.S. Veterans Administration Mediator 
BAR ADMISSIONS
Superior Court of the State of New Jersey, admitted December 1981

United States District Court for New Jersey, admitted December 1981

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, admitted April 1986

Supreme Court of the United States of America, admitted September 1987
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS 
American Bar Association—Dispute Resolution Section

Association for Conflict Resolution—Advanced Workplace Practitioner

Labor and Employment Relations Association—National Organization & NJ Chapter

New Jersey State Bar Association—Labor and Employment, & Dispute Resolution Sections

New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators—Former Chair Civil Mediation Training Committee

Reitman Inn of Court, Barrister

Society of Federal Labor and Employment Relations Professionals