Since joining JAMS as a full-time neutral in 1989, Mr. Young has conducted over 1,750 complex or multi-party mediations and arbitrations in over thirty states and abroad, and has been appointed as a mediator or special master (for discovery management or settlement implementation purposes) by various federal, state and bankruptcy courts.
Mr. Young has mediated hundreds of individual employment claims, as well as multiple class, collective or multi-employee matters. Many of the employment cases Mr. Young has mediated have involved sensitive personal dynamics as well as difficult business, legal, and fact issues. He has been successful in settling these cases both by facilitating delicate interactions and negotiations and by evaluating risk. Some of the cases have required extensive follow-up efforts in order to reach closure. Many of these cases have involved employers who have "employment practices liability" insurance; in some of these cases, he has had to mediate between the employer and insurer. Mr. Young has also arbitrated various employment disputes, including cases involving contract and discrimination allegations.
Mr. Young speaks Spanish and mediated a sexual harassment claim in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He has also conducted an executive-level employment dispute in Zurich, Switzerland. He was the only private neutral asked by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to mediate, on a pro bono basis, pro-se employment cases as part of a pilot program.
Mr. Young is a "neutral" member of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers. In addition, he has spoken about employment dispute resolution at the 1994, 2000, and 2002 New York University Conferences on Labor; 1991, 1996, and 2001 American Bar Association Annual Conferences; and various continuing legal education programs, including those sponsored by the American Law Institute-American Bar Association. He has also published articles about employment dispute resolution in the National Law Journal and the Metropolitan Corporate Counsel. Finally, Mr. Young is a member of the CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution Panel of Distinguished Neutrals and is an elected fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators.
Mr. Young has been recognized by various publications and members of the legal community in New York, and more broadly, as a skilled and widely respected mediator and arbitrator. For example, in 2017, Chambers and Partners identified Mr. Young as one of the seven mediators in the United States recognized in Band One and noted “his deft, subtle handling of mediations…”
- Class actions, including multiple “wage and hour” actions, one against a major utility alleging racial discrimination in promotions, and another brought by the EEOC alleging age discrimination in the termination of employees, as well as similar claims brought by organized groups of individuals against a particular employer
- Executive or partner-level compensation or equity valuation disputes as well as bonus claims involving, for example, accounting firms, brokerage houses, investment banking firms, and law firms
- Hundreds of individual age, gender, disability, and race discrimination claims with respect to terminations, promotions, and pay, as well as sexual and other harassment claims, under both federal and state law and involving employees in the academic, financial, and professional services sectors, as well as in various types of retail, technology, health care, and manufacturing businesses
- Multiple claims of violations of non-compete and non-solicitation clauses by companies against former high-level employees and the companies that subsequently hired them
- Negotiations between the State of Connecticut and eleven unions relating to pay equity issues, and contract negotiations between the University of Connecticut and the union representing its non-faculty professional employees
- Non-binding valuation of assets being transferred to a pension fund as part of the settlement of breach of fiduciary duty claims brought against the trustees and others
- Whistleblower cases involving multinational and other large corporations, including a number which involved the general counsel of the company as plaintiff