Alterity ADR’s Founding Panel of Neutrals


Our neutrals represent a diverse cross section of varying backgrounds and expertise. They are leading professionals in their respective fields and offer the necessary experience and cultural competence to work with all parties to resolve complex legal and business disputes.

Learn more about our founding panel:

Tara Adyanthaya, Mediator

Alterity ADR Headshot of Tara Adyanthaya Image

Tara handles complex mediation in areas of bioEthics and healthcare. She has significant experience working with hospital systems, physician practice groups, and other healthcare providers in a range of regulatory and business matters.

Hon. Carol Hunstein (Ret.), Arbitrator and Mediator

Alterity ADR Headshot of Carol Hunstein Image

With more than 45 years of legal and judicial experience, Justice Hunstein handles complex mediation and arbitration in areas of professional liability, family law, personal injury, and business and commercial matters. She was the second woman to serve on the Georgia Supreme Court and the first woman to serve as the President of the Council of Superior Court Judges.

Julie Jun, Arbitrator and Mediator

Alterity ADR Headshot of Julie Jun Image

Julie has significant experience handling complex product liability and mass tort litigation. She also mediates and arbitrates cases involving false advertising, nursing homes, construction equipment, professional liability, premises liability, and other general liability claims.

Chong Kim, Special Master

Special Master Chong Kim

Chong is actively helping clients as a special master in Georgia. She has represented 10k+ clients in her 29 years of practice in state and federal courts and has broken barriers as one of the first Asian American women to serve on the bench in metro Atlanta.

Linda Klein, Arbitrator and Mediator

Mediator and arbitrator Linda Kline

As a sought-after mediator and arbitrator, Linda has worked extensively in areas of construction, higher education, mass torts, internal investigations, contracts, professional liability, labor and employment, real estate, and risk and crisis management. She was the first woman to serve as president of the State Bar of Georgia and is a past president of the American Bar Association.

Richard Lorenzo, International Arbitrator and Mediator

Arbitrator and mediator Richard Lorenzo

Richard has extensive experience handling complex cross-border disputes for foreign and domestic clients with interests throughout the United States, Latin American, and Europe.

Vincent Napoleon, Arbitrator, and Mediator

Arbitrator Vincent Napolean

With decades of business and legal experience, Vincent offers clients a unique perspective when mediating and arbitrating complex commercial matters. He has served as a general counsel, C-suite executive, and law firm partner, helping clients in areas of aerospace, technology, heavy industry, professional services, and life sciences.

Chaka Patterson, Arbitrator and Mediator

Alterity ADR Headshot of Chaka Patterson Image

Chaka’s extensive private practice, public service, and in-house experience allow him to help clients across various industries and sectors. He handles disputes in areas of business, commercial, insurance, securities, government and internal investigations, class action, education, and labor and employment.

Shalanna Pirtle, Mediator

Mediator Shalanna Pirtle

Shalanna is a respected labor and employment mediator with experience conducting workplace investigations and managing a range of disputes. She has helped clients with matters involving wrongful discharge claims and wage and hour issues. She is well-versed in the ADA, FLSA, ADEA, Title VII, Section 1981, and numerous other employment-related statutes, and she also has extensive experience with proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. 

Hon. Victoria Platzer, Arbitrator and Mediator

Mediator and arbitrator Victoria Platzer

As a mediator, arbitrator, and private judge, Judge Platzer has mediated and arbitrated thousands of cases to resolution. She handles complex commercial, employment, insurance, family, real estate, medical malpractice, and personal injury disputes.

Hon. Leah Ward Sears (Ret.), Arbitrator and Mediator

Alterity ADR Headshot of Leah Sears Image

Justice Sears is a veteran neutral with 40+ years of judicial and litigation experience. She was the first black woman to serve on any state supreme court in the United States. While serving on the Supreme Court, she participated in the resolution of over 26,000 disputes, most of them civil disputes, resulting in over 1,000 published opinions.

Robert Shives, International Arbitrator and Mediator

Alterity ADR Headshot of Robert Shives Image

With 35+ years of experience, Robert combines deep law firm and in-house expertise to help clients throughout the U.S. and internationally. He handles complex commercial disputes and offers significant subject matter expertise in domestic and multinational technology, transactions, general commercial contracts, and labor and employment matters.

Sterling Spainhour, Arbitrator and Mediator

Alterity ADR Headshot of Sterling Spainhour Image

Sterling is a veteran neutral with cross-functional experience working in-house and in private practice. He specializes in complex commercial, contracts, employment, and technology disputes.

Audrey Tolson, Arbitrator and Mediator

Audrey Tolson

As a veteran attorney and neutral, Audrey handles complex medical malpractice, wrongful death, and catastrophic injury cases, including premises liability and trucking cases. She has been appointed as special master to several high-profile matters and has served as mediator and settlement administrator for large multi-party cases after resolution.

Nigel Wright, International Arbitrator and Mediator

Mediator and arbitrator Nigel Wright

Nigel offers 30+ years of litigation and dispute resolution experience. His expertise extends from international specialty insurance liability claims to complex business, commercial, and reinsurance disputes. 

For additional information about out founding panel:

Please contact our Director of ADR Services, Natasha Richardson: | 888-258-1237.

We use cookies and similar technologies to enable services and functionality on our site and to understand your interaction with our service. By clicking on accept, you agree to our use of such technologies for marketing and analytics. See Privacy Policy