Peter Scarpato

International Arbitrator | Mediator


Peter Scarpato is an experienced alternative dispute resolution professional, who has served in hundreds of cases as either arbitrator or mediator. He began his career as a lawyer licensed to practice in New Jersey and New York, and moved into the corporate sector, where his work required negotiation of hundreds of complex commercial disputes and settlements involving both insurance and noninsurance matters. His career ADR practice covers all forms of civil, commercial, contract, construction, and insurance disputes, with a specific expertise in property/casualty insurance and reinsurance, run-off (legacy) business, FINRA securities claims, surety, and automobile and other types of warranties.

He wore many hats in his 40-plus year career: served as outside and in-house counsel, senior profit center executive managing business and related litigation, senior executive for the collection and negotiation of reinsurance balances, and arbitrator or mediator successfully resolving disputes. This unique background gives him a “global view” of effective, efficient ADR. 

With five decades of experience, Peter is qualified to offer a comprehensive perspective on the proper and reasonable resolution of all types of disputes.

He has discovered that applying some form of ADR produces cheaper, faster, and more sustainable settlements than aggressive, costly, and lengthy litigation. Though adversarial proceedings are occasionally necessary, it is always better to open a line of communication with your counterparty, and to approach any dispute with curiosity and a true desire to listen and acknowledge the other side before trying to negotiate a resolution.

In his free time, Peter enjoys writing (he’s currently co-authoring a book), reading, singing choral music, and spending quality time with his wife, Paula Weiss; children Rachel (and her wife, Jenna) and Aaron; grandson Adrian; and dog Millie.

  • B.A. Rutgers University, 1978
  • J.D. Rutgers School of Law, 1981
  • Court Admissions
  • New Jersey
  • Affiliations
    Arbitrator and Mediator for Demars ADR CAP Program
    Arbitrator and Mediator for New Era ADR
    Certified Arbitrator and Neutral for ARIAS-US
    Publications & Speaking Engagements
  • Frequent lecturer on ADR, insurance, and reinsurance issues at industry-related and continuing legal education seminars, including programs sponsored by The Insurance Society of Philadelphia, AIRROC, American Conference Institute, ARIAS-U.S., Marcus Evans, LexisNexis Mealey’s, the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education and New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators (NJAPM).
  • Published articles in HarrisMartin’s Reinsurance Report, The New Jersey Law Journal, JTW News and Mealey’s Litigation Report: Reinsurance.
  • Frequent instructor for ARIAS-US’ arbitrator training workshops and also volunteered time to participate in mock mediation training sessions at NYU School of Law in New York City.
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