National Mediation, Arbitration, & Dispute Management Services



Our commitment to diversity and to building a different ADR landscape is inscribed in our name. Derived from the Latin alter, meaning ‘other,’ Alterity is a constant reminder that we are in the business of embracing different parties and perspectives and that our panel of neutrals must not only reflect but also actively promote the diversity of the world we all share.

We know ADR isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Our neutrals, tools, and processes resolve your national and international disputes economically and efficiently.


Transforming ADR Culture

Julie Jun

Arbitrator | Mediator

In addition to her work as a neutral, Julie is a partner in the Atlanta office of Hawkins Parnell & Young LLP. In private practice, she has focused primarily on complex product liability and mass tort litigation, serving as a core member of national coordinating and trial counsel teams for both privately-held and multi-national corporations.

Over her career, Julie has represented large manufacturers and distributors of various automotive parts, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices. She also has experience litigating cases involving false advertising, nursing homes, construction equipment, professional liability, premises liability, and other general liability claims.

Arbitrator | Mediator

Justice Robert Young Jr. is the former Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court appointed to that Court in 1999. Justice Young was then elected in 2000 and 2002 and again won reelection in 2010 for a term ending in 2019. Justice Young was elected Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court on January 5, 2011, where he served with distinction by improving the service and performance of the Michigan judiciary. In acknowledgment of his extensive knowledge and fair application of state, federal, and constitutional law, in May 2016, Young was selected to be...

Arbitrator | Mediator

Hon. Leah Ward Sears (Ret.) is an arbitrator and mediator with extensive ADR, trial and appellate experience in the fields of contracts, torts, construction, eminent domain, local government law, products liability, professional malpractice, public utilities, title to land, torts, and wills. She is a partner at Smith, Gambrell & Russell, and member of the Law Firm’s Executive Committee. Sears previously worked at Schiff Hardin LLP from 2009 – 2016, where she was also a partner. She was the first woman to hold a position on the Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia. In 1992, was appointed to Georgia’s Supreme Court as the first woman and...

Arbitrator | Mediator

Linda Klein’s practice includes most types of business dispute prevention and resolution, internal investigations, contract law, professional liability, and risk and crisis management. She has worked extensively with clients in the construction, higher education and pharmaceutical industries. Linda is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Who’s Who in America and Chambers USA. She is regularly named to the Super Lawyers top 100 lawyers in Georgia and is also regularly named one of the top 50 female lawyers in Georgia by Super Lawyers. In 2021 she was recognized as “Lawyer of the Year in Arbitration” by The Best Lawyers in America®. In...

Arbitrator | Mediator

Former Chief Justice Carol Hunstein is an arbitrator and mediator with more than 40 years of experience. She was appointed to the Georgia Supreme Court in November 1992 by then Governor Zell Miller. Hunstein is the second woman in history to serve as a permanent member of the Court. In 1984 Justice Hunstein won election to the Superior Court of DeKalb County. Prior to serving on the bench, Justice Hunstein was in private practice. She has been a member of the Georgia Bar since 1976. As a superior court judge, she was active at...

International Arbitrator | Mediator

Richard Lorenzo focuses on international commercial litigation and arbitration for foreign and domestic clients with interests throughout the United States, Latin America, and Europe. Using creative and nuanced strategies, Richard resolves his clients’ complex cross-border disputes which are often precedent-setting. Whether it’s a dispute in English or Spanish, or before any of the most important tribunals or institutions – including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), and others – Richard effectively analyzes the matter and collaborates with clients...

Arbitrator | Mediator

In addition to serving as an arbitrator and mediator, Chaka Patterson is a Partner at Alston & Bird. He previously served as a senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary at a global education corporation. Chaka guided the business development and M&A transactions, corporate governance, risk and compliance, and litigation functions. Chaka also served as Vice President, Treasury & Investor Relations at a Fortune 100 company, where he managed the company’s balance sheet, cash, bond offerings, and relationships with external stakeholders. Chaka was the chief of the Civil Actions Bureau for Cook County’s State’s Attorney in Illinois where he managed a team of 100 lawyers in...

We Think Differently



Diverse teams lead to inclusive environments and superior results. Our resolutions reflect the diversity of our clients.

We leverage diversity in the broadest sense -- experiences, skills, beliefs, education, age, race, ethnicity, varying physical abilities, gender, sexuality, citizenship status, upbringing, culture, background. Our distinguished panel of diverse neutrals is well informed, highly empathetic, and poised to collaborate in an ADR design that is more likely to instill confidence in both the process and outcome.

Human-Centric Design

Customer-centered resolution processes are imperative. We lead with empathy and welcome all parties into the ADR design.

Parties looking to resolve disputes need confidence in the ADR process. What does it take to earn that confidence? That question is at the heart of what we call a human-centered design to dispute resolution. Your needs guide what we do.


We are committed to pioneering technologies and data solutions that impact ADR.

At Alterity we understand that businesses are undergoing digital transformation. We embrace and develop technologies to optimize operational efficiencies, enhance user experiences, augment neutral preparedness, and deliver equitable results.

Excellence + Learning

We are committed to training and supporting the broader community of national and international neutrals to enhance the future of ADR.

Our commitment to learning extends to the broader community. We aspire to diversify the ADR landscape by investing in dispute resolution training and community-based education initiatives.

"Peace can not be achieved by force, it can be achieved by understanding."

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