John Wilkinson Arbitration
John H. Wilkinson ADR,
144 Red Cedar Lane
Kiawah Island, SC 29455
Tel. 843-768-1769
Cell 914-980-6433


Class Actions
Computer Systems
Employment Executive
Financial Markets
General Commercial
Hedge Funds
Intellectual Property
Joint Ventures
Mergers and Acquisitions

Real Estate, Commercial




Wilkinson has been a long time instructor of mediators. Best Lawyers has just named him as 2021 Lawyer of the Year, NYC, in the field of mediation. He has represented the AAA (along with its General Counsel) on a 6 person committee that revised the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators. He has served as Co-Chair of the Mediation Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Section on Dispute Resolution (2008-09, 2015-16). He is on the mediation panels of the United States District Court, Southern District of New York; the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York; and the New York Supreme Court, Commercial Division, New York County. Also: (i) he is a Special Master in the N.Y. Appellate Division, First Department; (ii) he is an AAA Master Mediator (1 of 9 in N.Y. State); and (iii) he is the named recipient of the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators. He has been the mediator in hundreds of complex commercial cases, some examples of which are set forth below:

  • Claim that a power company’s negligence caused a blackout that damaged and shut down a large factory.
  • Disputes surrounding the dissolution of a substantial accounting firm.
  • Claim that a large office building in Manhattan was structurally unsound.
  • Allegedly wrongful termination of a contract to distribute a major news publication throughout New York City.
  • Insurance dispute over the value of jewels and artifacts that had been stolen from a church.
  • Alleged deception in connection with sales of large numbers of corporate-owned life insurance policies.
  • Allegedly wrongful termination of a renowned fashion designer.
  • Asserted breach of contract to manufacture and deliver 500 rapid transit cars.
  • Reorganization of a computer software company in light of serious differences among the principals.
  • Alleged breach of a joint venture to manufacture and sell pickup trucks in Argentina.
  • Allegedly wrongful termination of an exclusive contract to market a well-known line of perfume.
  • Significant differences among members of a high profile singing group.
  • Claim that a partner of a large Hong Kong recruiting firm wrongfully took a large part of the business to a competitor.
  • Claim that a large distributor of medical supplies fraudulently procured rebates from its supplier.
  • Dispute over monies due from a large construction company to the daughter of a principal owner upon the owners death.
  • Disagreement between a well-known fashion designer and his agent concerning the splitting of fees.
  • Dispute as to whether there had been a consummated joint venture transaction which would have given rise to a large structuring fee for claimant.
  • Claims arising from the crash of a commercial helicopter in the Gulf of Finland.
© 2021 John H. Wilkinson, Esq.

John Wilkinson, arbitrator and mediator, has served in hundreds of domestic and international cases in the past 25 years.