ADR Chambers: Panel Members

Cliff Hendler

Cliff Hendler is one of North America’s foremost commercial mediators.

From 1990 through 2010, he was the founder and president of DRS Dispute Resolution Services LP. In 2010 he merged that firm with ADR Chambers, Canada’s largest provider of alternative dispute resolution processes and training.

Cliff has established many of the benchmarks for dispute resolution in Canada.

Since 1989, he has been retained in excess of 4000 matters and is regarded as an individual who is able to assist in the resolution of the most difficult and hotly debated cases.

His primary areas are insurance litigation, professional malpractice, class actions, defamation, sexual assault/abuse, workplace disputes, and community based conflicts. His cases have included very high profile and delicate litigation matters that have been successfully resolved away from the public eye.

Along with his substantial experience in mediation, Cliff has extensive experience in mediation advocacy training. He has been an international guest lecturer/speaker at many universities, organizations and public forums across North America and Europe. He co-managed the development of a mediation advocacy program for the American Bar Association National Institute, which has since been taught to more than 1000 lawyers and mediators throughout North America.

In 2004, while co-chair of the American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section's Mediation Section, Cliff helped was instrumental in launching the inaugural International Chamber of Commerce Commercial Mediation Competition in Paris, France for national and international law school.

In 2008, Cliff co-founded the Canadian National Mediation Advocacy Competition and in 2010, the subsequent International Mediation Advocacy Competition both of which were designed to encourage law schools throughout the world to teach enhanced skills for students who will be representing clients in mediation.
Cliff is a Founder, Past President and Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, past Chair of the ABA National Institute on Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Training.
In 2012 and 2013, Cliff was named as a "highly recommended and leading practitioner of Commercial Mediation".

In 2013, Cliff was named Chair of the Youthdale Treatment Centre Foundation. Youthdale provides comprehensive, integrated mental health services to troubled children and their families.

Booking Information

Home City:

Toronto, Ontario



To book Cliff Hendler
(416) 362-8555