David Albalah, Esq. Mediator David has served as a party-selected and court-appointed mediator for nearly 30 years as both a partner at AmLaw 200 law firms, and in private practice. During that time he has mediated a wide variety of business disputes for clients that have included Fortune 500 corporations, venture-backed startups, and entertainment celebrities.
Before embarking on his mediation career, David was a Senior Partner at Bracewell LLP. At Bracewell, David headed up the firm's Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) practice. Prior to that, David was a Capital Partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, and before that, an associate at Kaye Scholer LLP. Since 1993, David has also served as a mediator on the register of mediators of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
David received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law. Before attending law school, David practiced as a CPA at Ernst & Young LLP. He also founded and built two successful small businesses. David's business accounting and entrepreneurial background provides critical expertise when mediating business disputes involving complex financial issues.
Joshua E. Fruchter, Esq. Mediator Josh brings a diverse background and toolkit to the table as a mediator – 28 years of negotiating settlements as a litigator, 17 years as the principal of a family-owned business, and advanced commercial mediation training.
After graduating from New York University School of Law, Josh honed his dispute resolution skills as a bankruptcy litigator at Kaye Scholer LLP (now Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP). During his six years at the firm, Josh regularly helped resolve disputes between debtors and their creditors.
More recently, as a partner at the class action firm of Wohl & Fruchter LLP, Josh has participated in the negotiation of over $335 million in class action settlements, frequently through mediation. Before founding his firm, Josh founded and operated eLawMarketing, an online marketing agency for law firms, where he gained insight into the dynamics of entrepreneurial family-owned businesses, including strategies for resolving conflicts related to ownership and management.