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Eight Members of The McCammon Group selected as Virginia Business’ “2009 Legal Elite”

For Immediate Release
December 3, 2009
For more information contact:
Rich Huffman
Direct Dial: (804) 433-2242

The McCammon Group is pleased to congratulate eight of its Professionals who were included in Virginia Business magazine’s “2009 Legal Elite” for Alternative Dispute Resolution:

  • Hon. John E. Clarkson (Ret.)
  • Grayson P. Hanes, Esq.
  • Michael E. Harman, Esq.
  • Hon. Robert L. Harris, Sr. (Ret.)
  • Hon. Joseph A. Leafe (Ret.)
  • John B. McCammon, Esq.
  • John H. OBrion, Jr., Esq.
  • Hon. Diane M. Strickland (Ret.)

Honorable Diane M. Strickland (Ret.) was highlighted with an in depth interview in the publication.  The full page profile dedicated to her achievements and work in Alternative Dispute Resolution can be viewed at

Since 2000 Virginia Business has worked with the Virginia Bar Association in preparing the Legal Elite, an annual list of top lawyers in fifteen specialties as voted by their peers.  This year, new electronic ballots were offered to the legal community and only about 7,000 paper ballots were mailed out to lawyers in the state, which did not seem to have an impact on the response rate from 2008.   There was, however, a 7 percent increase in the number of lawyers included in the voting process, which increased the scores needed to be included and the competition level.


The McCammon Group provides alternative dispute resolution services (ADR) including mediation, arbitration, neutral evaluation, special master, private judging, as well as related training and consulting services.  It consists of seventy professionals including retired judges and practicing attorneys located throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.  Since its founding in 1995, The McCammon Group has handled more than 11,000 disputes, with a mediation settlement rate of approximately 85%.  The McCammon Group is committed to the proposition that ADR processes provide individuals, as well as public and private entities, with many substantial benefits including effective and prompt resolution of disputes, self determination, cost savings, timeliness, flexibility, and confidentiality.

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  • "The mediator was essential to injecting reality into discussions."

  • "A truly excellent job; patient, thorough and helpful in evaluating options."

  • "Scheduling was easy, prompt and efficient."

  • "The mediator was extremely prepared, compassionate, and determined to assist the parties with reaching a resolution."

  • "We were able to settle a highly contentious case after years of litigation just a few weeks before trial."

  • "Great communication and easy to deal with. Excellent all around."

  • "The mediator was fair and understood how to convey the weakness of a case without being judgmental."

  • "I have always been favorably impressed by the Neutrals at The McCammon Group."

  • "The mediator handled a very difficult mediation with patience and humor."

  • "Extraordinary skill and persistence in successfully mediating a very difficult case."

  • "Very efficient and courteous."

  • "Sometimes the human side of these cases leaves the practical side and they seem impossible to settle. Your "never give up" attitude carried the day."

  • "You have rendered invaluable service to me and my clients in the past, and we will continue to call upon you in the future when the need for a highly-skilled professional mediator arises."

  • "The depth and quality of the available mediators is exceptional."

  • "It is always great to use McCammon instead of litigation!"

  • "The quality of your panel members allows choice and comfort in the knowledge that your matter will be fully and fairly heard and resolved."