Josh Hoch

Josh Hoch

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Mediator, Ombuds, Director

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Josh Hoch is a mediator, ombuds, instructor, and is Director of Mediation & Ombuds Services at MWI. Josh has been an active mediator for over 20 years and currently mediates a variety of cases including divorce, workplace, and housing disputes. In addition to his mediation work, Josh is a member of MWI’s training faculty and leads advanced mediation training programs and workshops. As Director of Mediation & Ombuds Services, Josh manages mediations and arbitrations in the areas of family law, consumer automotive, real estate, land use, construction, and workplace/employment. His current ombuds responsibilities include overseeing MWI’s Outsourced Ombuds Panel, serving as an organizational ombuds for CVS Health, and traveling to MWI’s ombuds client sites to educate employees about the role of an ombuds and how to access the benefit. Josh also serves as MWI’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) liaison where he triages employment and higher education referrals for MWI’s mediators and trainers. He is a member of the International Ombuds Association (IOA), the Massachusetts Counsel on Family Mediation (MCFM), and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC).

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Focus Areas

  • Organizational Ombuds
  • Divorce – Massachusetts Divorces
    • High conflict divorce and family cases
    • Impact of COVID-19 on separated or separating families
    • Post-Divorce disputes or modifications
  • Housing and Eviction
  • Workplace and employment matters

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Ombuds, CVS Health Ombuds Team Member and Program Director (March 2022 – present)
  • Director of Ombuds at MWI (September 2021 – present)
  • Member of the International Ombudsman Association (IOA) (September 2021 – present)
  • World Mediators Alliance on Climate Change Green Pledge (July 2021 – present)
  • Designed and administered a court-approved Parent Education Program for the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court Department, (2016 – August 2021)
  • Speaker, New England Association of Conflict Resolution, (April 2021)
  • Designed and supervised a mediation program at the Norfolk Probate and Family Court, (September 2013 – 2020)
  • Served on the Assistant Judicial Case Manger (AJCM) Transition Working Group for the Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court, 2019
  • Served on the ADR Education Subcommittee for the Massachusetts Trial Court, 2019
  • Received recognition for outstanding performance and lasting contributions to the MA AFCC Chapter
  • Served for 7 years on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Chapter of AFCC
  • Member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
  • Organizational Member of the New England Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Served as Treasurer for an annual fundraiser for Jimmy Fund Clinic patients and their families helping to raise over $500,000

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

  • Understanding the Ombuds Resource, On-site at three client locations, (October 2021 – present)
  • Advanced Divorce Mediation Training Instructor, (April 2005 – present)
  • Provide individual mentoring to mediators looking to increase their effectiveness as mediators, (2003 – present)
  • Advanced Mediation Skill Building Trainer for a Community Mediation Program, (January 2022)
  • Facilitator, Implicit Bias Workshop, (May 2021)
  • Trainer, Basic Mediation Training Program for the Housing Court Department of the Massachusetts Trial Court, (October 2021)
  • Trainer, Advanced Dispute Resolution Training for Probation Officers of the Probate and Family Court, (March & June 2021)
  • Trainer, Juvenile Mediation Training, 2-day Advanced Mediation Training Program, (March 2021)
  • Presenter, Bringing Mediation Online: Lessons Learned So Far, Massachusetts Council for Family Mediation (February 2021)
  • Trainer, Housing and Eviction Mediation Training for five Massachusetts Community Mediation Centers, (December 2020 – January 2021)
  • Presenter, Mediating Cases Remotely (Online), Roundtable Event, (November 2020)
  • Designed and serves as an instructor for an Advanced Dispute Resolution Training Program for Probation Officers of the Probate and Family Court. (May 2019 – June 2021)
  • Norfolk Probate and Family Court Department, mediation program mentor and supervisor, (2013 – 2020)
  • AFCC’s 54th Annual Conference: Turning the Kaleidoscope of Family Conflict into a Prism of Harmony, Conference Presenter (May 2017)
  • Community Dispute Settlement Center (CDSC), Housing Mediation Trainer, (February 2017)
  • International Academic Institute of Mediation, Conference Presenter, Divorce Mediation in the Courts, (September 2015)
  • Advanced Refresher Mediation Skills Training Program, Presenter, (2015 – 2016)
  • New England Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution Biennial Regional Conference, Presenter, “I’m a Trained Mediator, Now What do I Do?”, (June 2015)
  • Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Presenter, On-site mediation project in the Norfolk Probate and Family Court Department, (2014)
  • Emerson College, Guest Speaker, (2014 – 2016)
  • New England Law | Boston, Ethical Standards, Presenter, (2005 – 2013)
  • Liaison for Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy Mediation Practicum, (2001 – 2011)
  • A Child’s Voice in Court: How to Get It, How to Interpret It and How to Use It, Panel Speaker, (2008)
  • Coca-Cola Enterprise Inc., Trainer. Trained over 950 employees dispute resolution and communication skills and educated over 1700 employees through briefings, (Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, New York, Vermont), (2004 – 2006)
  • Harvard Law School, Intern Fair, Cambridge, MA, Presenter, (2005)
  • Simmons College Graduate School of Social Work, Guest Lecturer, Parent – Teen Mediation (2004)
  • Boston University Law School, Court Connected ADR, Guest Speaker, (2003 – 2008)
  • Hale and Dorr Legal Services Center, Divorce Mediation Presenter, (2003 – 2004)
  • Newton and Lexington Community Education, Presenter: Divorce Information You Want to Know, (2003 – 2005)
  • Germaine Lawrence, Family Communication Workshop, Facilitator, (2001 – 2005)
  • Southern New England School of Law, Mediation Trainer and Coach (2001 – 2004)
  • Northeastern University, undergraduate class, Guest Speaker, (2001 – 2002)

Background and Education

  • Director of Ombuds, MWI, September 2021 – Present
  • Organizational Ombuds Training, IOA, October 2021
  • Divorce Mediator, MWI, Boston, MA, 2001 – Present
  • Director of Mediation Services, MWI, Boston, MA, 2001 – Present
  • Divorce Mediator, CLC Inc., Granite Bay, CA, 2004 – Present
  • Court & Divorce Mediator, Cambridge, MA, 2001 – 2012
  • Boston Municipal Court Mediator, Boston, MA, 2004 – 2007
  • Prisoner Disputes Mediator, Middlesex Multi-Door Courthouse, Cambridge, MA, 2003 – 2005
  • District Court Mediator, Middlesex Mediation Program, Lowell, MA, 2000 – 2001
  • Staff Member, Academy of Family Mediators, 2000
  • B.A. University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1998
  • Mediation Training, L. Wing Mediation Consulting, 1996

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