Steven Boyd Menack, Esq., APM
- Founding President, New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators
- National Vice President, Professional Mediation Board of Standards
- Board of Directors, Founding Member, and National Committee Chair, Academy of Professional Family Mediators
- National Liaison to All State, Regional and Local Professional Mediation Organizations Throughout the United States
Steven Boyd Menack is the Founding President of the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators (NJAPM), as well as the Vice President of the nationally acclaimed Professional Mediation Board of Standards (PMBS) responsible for designing and implementing standards for the certification of all professional divorce and family mediators throughout the United States, and also a Founding Member and Member of the Board of Directors of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM), and currently serves as Chair of the Academy’s Committee responsible for uniting the various national, regional, state and local professional mediation organizations throughout the United States.
A graduate of Columbia University School of Law, Mr. Menack also holds an undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Arizona, and a Master in Public Administration degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (which included specialized coursework in Law and Psychology, and successful techniques for separation and divorce mediation back in 1983, when the fields of divorce and separation mediation were at their inception).
Involved in the field of legal separation and divorce mediation since 1983, Mr. Menack, whose background spans law, psychology, financial and tax concerns, has trained numerous attorneys, mental health practitioners, financial planners and accounts in the professional practice of divorce and separation mediation through Rutgers University in the middle 1990s and as a guest lecturer and moderator for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE). Having performed countless mediations over the past quarter century of professional practice, Mr. Menack is a renowned practitioner, presenter and promoter of mediation both within and outside of New Jersey. He has been recognized by Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World. Mr. Menack has contributed significantly to professional publications, he has been quoted in the printed press on the subject of divorce and separation mediation since the middle 1990s, and has appeared as a guest speaker to promote the alternatives of separation and divorce mediation on various national and regional live and taped television shows and radio programs.
Nationally established as an advocate and proponent for the professional practice of mediation, Mr. Menack also is the recipient of a Distinguished Service Award from the NJAPM for his leadership as Founding President of the Association and for his tireless service in the field of mediation, as well as the recipient of an Award for Outstanding Service to the Bar of the State of New Jersey by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.
In 2013, Mr. Menack was selected to serve as Chair of the Certification Committee of the nationally acclaimed Academy of Professional Family Mediators, in which capacity he spearheaded the process for developing and promulgating standards for a national professional Certification in divorce and family mediation. In 2014, Mr. Menack was unanimously selected by his peers to serve as Vice President of the nationally prominent Professional Mediator Board of Standards and to lead the field in developing and administering a national examination in divorce and family mediation that will result in the implementation and establishment of a national professional Certification in divorce and family mediation for professional divorce and family mediators throughout the United States. In 2016, Mr. Menack was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators, where he presently serves as National Liaison between the Academy and all of the professional mediation associations both within and outside of the United States.
Mr. Menack is the principal of his long standing mediation practice, A Better Solution — Quality Mediation, Arbitration & Dispute Resolution Services, Inc. and A Bright Idea Divorce, Separation, Business and Family Mediation Services, with offices throughout New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Mr. Menack additionally is the principal of a separation, divorce and family law practice with offices in both New Jersey and New York.
In his practice, Mr. Menack promotes a non-combative process where both spouses are directly involved in the decision-making. Divorce mediation keeps the lines of communication from becoming permanently separated. This helps reduce the likelihood of costly, counter-productive litigation following divorce as well. As a result, mediation generally is a far more sensible solution for the couple, and especially for any minor children of the marriage, than long, costly, stressful litigation.