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MWI has over 300 mediators located around the country who are available to work with parties to resolve disputes from multiple industries and practice areas. Please click on a photo of a select mediator below to learn more.


Auto & Franchise Mediators (click on photo for bio)

  • Chuck Doran
    Chuck Doran
  • John Wofford
    John Wofford
  • Kim Stamatelos
    Kim Stamatelos
  • Denise Madigan
    Denise Madigan
Chuck Doran

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Mediating Franchise and Workplace Matters | Mediation Trainer | Negotiation Trainer
Phone: 617-895-4026  | Email: cdoran@mwi.org

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Charles “Chuck” Doran is an experienced mediator specializing in the resolution of workplace, franchise and commercial disputes. A mediator since 1992, he is a member of the CPR Dispute Resolution Panel of Distinguished Neutrals and has provided mediation and other ADR services to a variety of clients including AT&T, Bose, BMW of North America, Coca-Cola, General Motors, Oxfam America, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), and the USPS REDRESS I and REDRESS II Mediation Panels. In 1993, Chuck completed a Specialization in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. In 1994, Chuck founded MWI, a nationally recognized dispute resolution service and training organization based in Boston, MA that provides individual and corporate clients with mediation services, negotiation consulting and training, and mediation training. Chuck served as a member of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution and was Chair of the Qualifications Subcommittee. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Advisory Group and is a past president of the Association for Conflict Resolution, New England Chapter. He is also a Distinguished Fellow with the International Academy of Mediators (IAM) and the Vice President of IAM’s Board of Governors.


Representative Matters

  • General Motors:  Serves as a national mediator for disputes between Dealers and GM involving audit, incentive programs and fleet sales matters;  Designed and led the GM Mediation and Arbitration Training Program which provided training to hundreds of GM Dealer and Corporate Mediators;  Responsible for oversight and design improvements of national mediation and arbitration program managed by MWI for General Motors;
  • BMW of North America:  Mediator for variety of matters involving BMW Motor Cars and Motorcycles.  Responsible for oversight and design improvements of national mediation and arbitration program managed by MWI for BMW of North America;
  • USPS and EEOC:   Contract workplace and employment mediator with the United States Postal Service and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission mediating federal discrimination, termination, and other matters relating to the workplace;
  • 7-Eleven Incorporated:  Franchise mediator for matters emanating from the franchise agreement which may result in rehabilitation agreements, terminations, or succession planning.  Responsible for oversight and design improvements of the national mediation program managed by MWI for 7-Eleven;

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Distinguished Fellow and Executive Committee Board Member (Vice President), Board of Governors – The International Academy of Mediators (IAM) (2013 – Present);
  • Appointed to serve as a member of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution and was Chair of the Qualifications Subcommittee (1999-2003);
  • President and Director of the Association for Conflict Resolution, New England Chapter (NE-ACR) (formerly the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution – SPIDR). Elected to serve as President and former President-Elect and Director of the six state regional chapter of ACR International (1997-2004);
  • Chair, Massachusetts Budget Coalition. Led statewide collaborative effort with 15 mediation providers across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to secure over $950,000 in legislative funding for court-connected mediation services (1997-2000).
  • Arbitrator with the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Fee Arbitration Board (1996 to present);

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

  • Mediation Trainer. Designed and served as lead trainer for over seventy-five 20 to 40 hour basic and advanced training programs, totaling over 2250 hours since 1994. Mediation training clients include Coca-Cola, Bose Corporation, MWI, Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy and the Harvard Mediation Program at Harvard Law School.
  • Negotiation Instructor and Presenter. Chuck has worked nationally and internationally with top sales, procurement, and delivery professionals to diagnose and resolve negotiation challenges across multiple industries including financial/consulting, healthcare, and high tech. Served as a negotiation instructor for the internationally attended “Program of Instruction for Lawyers” Negotiation Workshop at Harvard Law School as a teaching assistant to Professor Roger Fisher on multiple occasions.

Background and Education

  • Graduate: Completed a Specialization in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, at the Program On Negotiation, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA (1993)
  • Undergraduate: B.A., Philosophy, Binghamton University, SUNY, Binghamton, NY; President Philosophy Club / Tenure Committee (1989)

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John Wofford

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Mediating & Arbitrating Franchise, Land Use, Real Estate, and Construction Cases
617-895-4028 | Case Manager: Josh Hoch

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Jack Wofford, a long-time member of MWI’s mediation and arbitration panels, has broad experience in arbitration, mediation, facilitation, consensus-building and other forms of dispute resolution in a wide range of areas, including commercial, employment, environment, family-owned and other closely held business, insurance, organizations, personal injury, public policy, and complex development, real estate, construction and transportation projects. In 1999, President Clinton appointed Jack to a seat on the Federal Service Impasses Panel, which resolves disputes in negotiations between the Federal Government and its unionized employees.

His experience as a mediator in construction and real estate matters includes disputes among landlords and tenants, co-tenants, owners, developers, lenders, partners, contractors, architects and engineers, subcontractors, condominium associations, government agencies and insurance carriers, including professional, title and liability insurers and bonding companies. Issues have included renovations and new construction, from single-family homes (condominiums and detached) to subdivisions, shopping centers, multi-family, office, university and major public infrastructure construction projects.

A lawyer, Jack has done solely neutral work since 1987. In the 1970’s, Jack served in both state and federal government in transportation positions, including director of long-range transportation planning for the Boston area, Associate Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public works, and Deputy General Counsel of the US Department of Transportation. As an attorney in the real estate area (until 1986), Jack represented a variety of perspectives, including developers, builders, owners, partners, landlords, tenants, architects, lenders, and public funding sources. He has drafted and negotiated the full range of documents, including development agreements, loan documents, leases, ground leases, eminent domain findings, construction and management contracts. Projects included: renovation of Commonwealth Pier into Boston’s World Trade Center (for Massachusetts Port Authority); redevelopment of the East Cambridge riverfront (for City of Cambridge); development of research and office space on 24-acre site (for MIT); affordable housing project at Copley Square, Boston (for neighborhood corporation); redevelopment of historic mill in Vermont into market rate residential and commercial space (for private developer).


Representative Matters

Sample projects handled by Jack as mediator and arbitrator of disputes in the construction and real estate area include:

  • Disputes between owners and contractors over renovations (residential, commercial)
  • Lease between national drug chain and major shopping center owner
  • Disputes between general contractor and major subs – in construction of residential subdivision and in construction of New York Subway system
  • Construction of student center for public university
  • Dispute among insurers over contamination of Woburn/WR Grace Superfund site
  • Liability of surveyor’s professional liability insurance company for damages from errors in layout of major planned residential subdivision
  • Special Master of dispute between contractor and two Massachusetts towns over construction of waste-water treatment facility
  • Allocation of financial responsibility for clean-up of Superfund site from industrial contamination of town water supply involving municipality and four alleged polluters
  • Facilitation of advisory committee overseeing clean-up of Massachusetts Military Reservation Superfund site from multiple contaminated plumes affecting four towns
  • Mediation of disputes over highway plans in CT, NH, NJ, MA
  • Facilitation of 42-person advisory committee charged with recommending improvements in proposed bridge over Charles River as part of Boston’s Big Dig project, leading to widely-praised Zakim-Bunker Hill Bridge

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Member of the Bars of Massachusetts, New York, and District of Columbia (DC inactive)
  • Former Member, Federal Service Impasses Panel (1999-2002 – Presidential appointment)
  • Member, Association of Conflict Resolution (International and New England)
  • Author of numerous articles on conflict management and consensus building
  • Recipient of “Spirit of Mediation” award from community mediation program for his 16 years service on its board of directors and his 40 years of consensus-building (2010)
  • Recipient of “History Makers Award: Innovations in Historic City-Building” for civic participation in resolution of major transportation controversies (2004)
  • Roster of Facilitators of the US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution
  • Former Co-Chair, Boston Bar Association Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Section of Labor & Employment Law (1997-99)

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

Jack has conducted trainings in conflict management, consensus building, mediation and negotiation for the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association, US Department of Justice, Massachusetts Office of Dispute Resolution, New England chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution, Boston and Massachusetts Bar Associations, Family Firm Institute, and a number of corporations, universities and groups.


Background and Education

  • LLB, Harvard Law School (1962)
  • BA, MA, Oxford University (1959) (Rhodes Scholar)
  • BA cum laude, Harvard College (1957)
  • Former Member, Federal Service Impasses Panel (Presidential appointment) (1999-2002)
  • Senior Consultant and Mediator, Endispute, Inc., Boston, MA (1987-93), conducting wide range of mediations and consulting to corporations and government agencies on cost-effective legal management
  • Real Estate Department, Csaplar & Bok, Boston, MA (associate 1979-81; partner 81-86)
  • Deputy General Counsel, US Department of Transportation, Washington, DC (1977-79)
  • Director, Central Transportation Planning Staff, Boston, MA (1974-77)
  • Associate Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Public Works (1972-74)
  • Director, Boston Transportation Planning Review (1971-73)
  • Associate Director and Fellow, Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School (1966-69)
  • Project Director and Research Associate, Harvard Law School (1966-70)
  • Staff Assistant, Community Action Program, US Office of Economic Opportunity (1964-66)
  • Law Clerk, US District Judge for the District of Columbia, Washington, DC (1962-64)

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Kim Stamatelos

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Mediating Auto & Retail Franchise Matters with MWI
Phone: 617-895-4029 | Email: kstamatelos@mwi.org

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Kimberly Stamatelos has been a practicing mediator since 1986. She was a pioneer in mediation in the mid to late 80’s making presentations around the country to businesses, courts and lawyers on topics related to conflict resolution. Kim has taught mediation, negotiation and related topics at the law school level, and in numerous private trainings throughout the country. Through a grant from the State Justice Institute in Alexandria, Virginia, she went around the state of Iowa educating courts and judges in effective settlement techniques and mediation. She conducted two statewide trainings for Iowa Judges in settlement techniques and also led similar judicial workshops in Arizona and California. She mediates cases around the country in all types of areas including civil, business, family, employment and franchise, disability accessibility, and she is a member of the panel of mediators set up through the Department of Justice Americans With Disabilities Act. She also facilitates meetings between groups and organizations.


Representative Matters

  • Alleged breach of franchise agreements or proposed franchise terminations with national franchising companies;
  • Disputes between national distributor and owners of distributorships throughout the country involving hundreds of thousands of dollars in controversy;
  • Allegations of violations of Americans With Disabilities Act by persons with disabilities against national companies and with small private businesses;
  • Meeting facilitation between not-for-profit organizations with similar mission statements resulting in friction pertaining to RFPs , solicitation of funds, public distinction of the groups, and potential collaboration vs. competition for resources;
  • Family law disputes of all types involving high levels of conflict surrounding parenting, custody, child support, contempt of court allegations.

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Award for Outstanding Contribution to ADR in Arizona, Arizona Dispute Resolution Association
  • Americans with Disabilities Act Mediation Panel, Department of Justice
  • Bar Admissions: Iowa, 1982, Texas, 1983 (license in Texas no longer maintained)
  • Professional Associations and Memberships: American Academy of ADR Attorneys; Association of Conflict Resolution; International Academy of Collaborative Professionals; Women in Mediation; Iowa Association of Mediators; Iowa Bar Association; Polk County Bar Association
  • Public Service Activities: Polk County Bar Association: Volunteer Lawyers Project, Volunteer Attorney and Mediator; Des Moines Public Schools Success Program: Mentor to At-Risk Students; Drake University Law School: Former Member, Board of Governors

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

  • Drake University Law School: Former Adjunct Professor of Mediation and Negotiation Former Coach, Negotiations Team
  • Arizona State University Law School, Mediation Clinic: Former Adjunct Professor of Mediation
  • University of Phoenix: Former Adjunct Professor of Business Law and Business Ethics Judicial Workshops in Iowa, California, Illinois and Arizona (Mediation Training – Sponsored by State Justice Institute)
  • Numerous seminars on issues related to mediation and conflict resolution

Background and Education

  • Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa, Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1981
  • Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, 1978
  • Numerous continuing education seminars in topics ranging to legal developments, conflict resolution, grief, special needs children, negotiation, managing emotions, high conflict parents, etc.

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Denise Madigan

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Mediating Auto & Retail Franchise Matters with MWI
Phone: 617-895-4029 | Email: dmadigan@mwi.org

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Denise Madigan began her career as a professional mediator in the early 1980’s, when she served as the Associate Director for the Harvard-MIT Public Disputes Program based at Harvard Law School. There she mediated multi-party public policy disputes involving state and local government officials, business groups, and citizen advocacy groups. During her career, Denise has mediated cases involving issues in both the public and private sectors, including: manufacturer/dealer/distributor; franchiser/franchisee; employment; intellectual property; unfair competition; commercial contracts & licensing; construction defect; discrimination; and product liability. For over twenty years, Denise has designed and taught courses in negotiation, mediation and ADR for law firms, Fortune 500 companies, insurance companies, trade associations, government entities, and courts nationwide. She has also taught mediation at City University of Hong Kong School of Law, California Judicial Education and Research (CJER), and at Hong Kong University. She has been admitted to the California (active), New York, Massachusetts, and Washington, DC bars and has clerked at major commercial law firms overseas in Sydney and Tokyo as well.


Representative Matters

Over the past 20 years, Denise has mediated a wide range of cases. The following is just a sampling:

  • Bankruptcy of a major national retailer, involving hundreds of millions of dollars.
  • Commercial contract disputes involving the provision of computer hardware and software systems.
  • A $200 million settlement between a large transportation agency and its primary contractor, related to liability surrounding one of the most serious train accidents in California history. Settlement approved by the federal court.
  • 25 wrongful death and personal injury cases arising out of a single, massive accident, totaling in excess of $25 million.
  • The reorganization of operations and assets (worth over one billion dollars) among thirty utility cooperatives.
  • Shareholder/directors’ suit involving medical computer technology that was among the most sophisticated in its market.
  • Patent infringement dispute involving high-tech and major entertainment companies.
  • Multi-party trade dress, false advertising dispute involving millions of dollars in disputed revenues/damages.
  • Complex family business disputes involving enterprises worth over tens of millions of dollars.
  • Superfund (CERCLA) allocation dispute involving over thirty municipal and industry PRP’s.
  • Will contest involving complex family and business issues in an estate worth tens of millions of dollars.
  • A wide range of injury cases under the Federal Employers’ Labor Act (FELA).
  • Insurance coverage disputes under a variety of policies, and under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
  • The U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the U.S. Resolution Trust Corporation (USFDIC/RTC) suits against Boards of Directors related to failed savings and loan entities.
  • Reimbursement disputes between insurance companies and major healthcare providers.
  • Employment disputes, both pre-litigation and in litigation, and both union and non-union settings.

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Distinguished Fellow, International Academy of Mediators
  • Mediation Committee, Center for Public Resources
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • SuperLawyers (Southern California)
  • Hollywood Reporter “Power Mediator”

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

Denise Madigan is part of the Visiting Faculty at Shantou University in Shantou, China, where she has been teaching mediation the past three years. Prior to that, Denise spent several years teaching mediation at City University of Hong Kong School of Law and later at Hong Kong University School of Law. Denise is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at Pepperdine Law School, where she is affiliated with the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. She teaches semester courses in Mediation and ADR, as well as in-service training programs for sitting and former judges and practicing attorneys from across the United States and around the globe. Over the years, Denise has been called upon by corporations, government agencies, law firms and other organizations to assist them in designing and delivering special seminars, training programs and training materials in negotiation, arbitration, and mediation including, Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and a variety of Fortune 500 companies and Am Law 100 law firms. Denise also has substantial experience teaching professionals from all over the world, including judges, attorneys, and government officials from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Americas. This includes teaching economics to Mason Fellows (a special program for government officials from emerging nations) at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in the early 1980’s.


Background and Education

  • J.D. – Harvard Law School, cum laude; Editor, Harvard Law Review;
  • M.P.P. – Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University;
  • B.A. – Northwestern University, Phi Beta Kappa, Best Thesis in Economics.

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Divorce Mediators (click on photo for bio)

  • Josh Hoch
    Josh Hoch
  • Nnena Odim
    Nnena Odim
  • Patrick Morris
    Patrick Morris
  • Mary Anne Johnson
    Mary Anne Johnson
Josh Hoch

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Mediating Divorce and Family Cases with MWI in Boston (Financial District)
617-895-4028 | jhoch@mwi.org

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Josh Hoch is a mediator, instructor, and is Director of Mediation Services at MWI. A mediator since 1996, Josh mediates family, divorce, parenting, child support, never married parents, and housing cases. In addition to his mediation work, Josh is also a member of MWI’s training faculty and leads advanced mediation training programs in areas of divorce and housing/eviction. As Director of Mediation Services at MWI, Josh manages mediations and arbitrations in the areas of family law, consumer automotive, real estate, land use, and construction. Additionally, Josh coordinates monthly workshops for parents seeking divorce and serves as a mentor to mediators looking to expand their practice to include divorce mediation. Josh is a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), and served on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Chapter of AFCC from 2005 to 2012. Josh has been featured in the Boston Globe and on the award-winning New England newsmagazine television show “Chronicle” where he provided information about marriage, divorce, and the use of divorce and family mediation in Massachusetts.


Representative Matters

Josh Hoch has mediated over 700 cases including:

  • Divorce Mediation – short and long term marriages
  • Never married parents – separation, parenting plans, and child support
  • Physical separation, asset & liability division, and property division
  • Same-sex divorce
  • Custody disputes
  • Parenting plans
  • Parents who want to stay married
  • Pro se and with counsel present
  • Post-Divorce
  • Several cases mediated with a Spanish translator
  • High conflict cases
  • Cases involving bipolar disorder, substance abuse, and domestic violence

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Designed and currently oversees a mediation program where divorce and family mediation services are provided to the Trial Court. (September 2013 – present)
  • Received recognition for outstanding performance and lasting contributions to the MA AFCC Chapter, an organization working to assist families in conflict through education, research and services.
  • Served on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Chapter of AFCC (2005 – 2012)
  • Member 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
  • Appeared on the award winning New England newsmagazine television show “Chronicle” where he provided information about marriage, divorce and the use of divorce and family mediation in MA
  • Featured as a mediator in a Boston Globe article
  • Served as Treasurer for an annual fundraiser for Jimmy Fund Clinic patients and their families, (2003 – 2015)

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

  • 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)
  • Provide individual mentoring to mediators looking to increase their effectiveness as mediators, (2003 – present)
  • 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)
  • Advanced Divorce Mediation Training Instructor, (April 2005 – present)
  • 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)
  • Norfolk Probate and Family Court Department, mediation program supervisor, (2013 – present)
  • 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

  • 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
  • Mediator for Prisoner Disputes, Middlesex Multi-Door Courthouse, Cambridge, MA, 2003 – 2005
  • District Court Mediator, Middlesex Mediation Program, Lowell, MA, 2000 – 2001
  • Staff Member, Academy of Family Mediators, Jan. 2000 – Dec. 2000
  • B.A. University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1998
  • Mediation Training, L. Wing Mediation Consulting, 1996

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Nnena Odim

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Mediating Divorce & Family Matters with MWI in Jamaica Plain and Boston
617-895-4028 | divorce@mwi.org

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Nnena Odim is a mediator, trainer, attorney, and consultant. She has been mediating since 1997 and has mediated disputes involving issues such as employment, housing, business, consumer, and specializes in mediating the full range of family/domestic relations (elder care, adoption, care and protection, CHINS, divorce, grandparent visitation, and LGBTQ issues, etc.). Nnena also designed and/or led numerous conflict management trainings for several local and national businesses and agencies, including Coca Cola Enterprises, the Boston Public Schools, and the Massachusetts Housing Authority. In addition to her mediation and conflict resolution training background, Nnena is the Associate Director and Senior Clinical Instructor of the Family/Domestic Violence Law Clinic at The Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School. She provides experiential training to law students as she teaches them how to become effective and ethical attorneys.  Nnena has also worked with the Harvard Mediation Program and Harvard Program on Negotiation to provide trainings for students and various community members and to supervise Harvard Law School students in their mediation and negotiation studies. Nnena has mediated personal, academic, and administrative issues between students and faculty in higher education settings and served as a coach of mediation skills for trainings at MIT, Suffolk and Boston College Law Schools, and New England School of Law. In 2013, Nnena was a Top Women in the Law award recipient from Mass. Lawyers Weekly.  In 2015, she received the Harvard Law School Dean’s Award for Excellence.


Representative Matters

  • Worked with over 100 same-sex couples in both mediation and litigation, on a variety of legal scenarios, such as 2nd parent adoptions, divorce (with and without children), paternity, business dissolution, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and donor agreements for sperm donation
  • Drafted over 100 post-mediation Settlement Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding
  • Guardian ad Litem, appointed by Suffolk and Middlesex County Family and Probate Courts

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Top Women in the Law award recipient, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 2013
  • Member, Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

  • Training faculty for MWI’s annual Advanced Divorce Training
  • Guest lecturer for Suffolk and Boston College Law Schools’ mediation courses

Background and Education

  • J.D., Northeastern University School of Law (1997)
  • M.S., University of Massachusetts/Amherst (1991)
  • B.S., University of Pittsburgh (1985)

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Patrick Morris

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Mediating Divorce & Family Matters with MWI in Sandwich and around Cape Cod
617-895-4028 | divorce@mwi.org

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Patrick Morris has been involved in family law litigation and mediation since 1994. His practice at one time included bankruptcy law, but for the most part he has specialized in family matters. During his career he has represented clients in approximately 2000 divorces and other family law matters, including child support, alimony, parenting plans- everything related to family law. He learned early in his career that settling a case is preferable to taking a case to trial. It is not wise to allow a judge who knows very little about the client’s family to make decisions for the family which will seriously impact the lives of all family members. As a result of this belief he has advised countless clients to settle a case on terms which were agreeable to them as opposed to taking a case to trial. This mindset carries over to mediation. During his career it was quite common for prospective clients to ask if there was a better way to achieve a divorce. The simple answer is yes- mediation. To this end many divorces which may have otherwise been litigated have been settled in his office with mediation. He estimates he has mediated over 100 divorces during his career.


Representative Matters

  • Child support;
  • Legal and physical child custody;
  • Parenting time;
  • Alimony;
  • Tax deduction status for the children;
  • Division of assets;
  • Division of debt;
  • Health insurance issues;
  • How to handle the marital home;
  • Modification of prior court orders: child support; parenting time; alimony; college expenses, and many others;
  • Health Insurance;

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Barnstable Bar Association
  • Plymouth Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Council for Family Mediation
  • OCAC: Otis Civilian Advisory Council: a group of civilians who do volunteer work for members of the military and their families who live and work on Joint Base Cape Cod
  • Lawyer of the day: Barnstable Probate and Family Court
  • Associate member of “We Can”- a group which provides pro se legal advice to indigent women

 

Background and Education

  • Bachelor’s degree: LeMoyne College, Syracuse N.Y.  graduated 1976
  • Worked as professional sales representative in the electrical components industry from 1976-2005.  Self-employed manufacturer’s representative. Territories included upstate NY, Massachusetts, Ontario, and Quebec
  • JD: New England School of Law: night student: attended 4 years: graduated 1994- while continuing to work as manufacturer’s representative.
  • Passed bar exam on first try: sworn in January 1995. Licensed to practice in Massachusetts State Courts and Federal Bankruptcy Court.
  • Opened my practice in February of 1995; have concentrated in family law since that time.
  • Been mediating since 1996

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Mary Anne Johnson

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Mediating with MWI in Norwell & Boston
617-895-4028 | divorce@mwi.org

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Mary Anne Chardo Johnson is an experienced divorce mediator, attorney, and teacher. A cum laude graduate of Boston College, Mary Anne holds a B.A. in education and a J.D. from Southern New England School of Law. Mary Anne’s private practice focuses on non-adversarial family law in addition to divorce and family mediation. Mary Anne also provides counsel for a number of individual clients on a wide range of interpersonal and family matters. In her private practice and as a member of the MWI Panel of Divorce and Marital Mediators, Mary Anne has successfully mediated hundreds of disputes associated with separation, divorce, and post-divorce modifications. Mary Anne has helped even high-conflict divorcing, divorced and never-married clients create workable, mutually satisfactory separation agreements, modifications and parenting plans. Mary Anne is the former Program Coordinator of the Probate and Family Court’s Access and Visitation Project, a court-based parent education program for never-married parents. As Coordinator, Mary Anne presented the program weekly to the mostly unrepresented (pro se) litigants in the Suffolk and Middlesex divisions and contributed to the development of written educational materials and updates on court procedures and practices relating to custody, parenting, and child support.


Representative Matters

  • Divorce Mediation
  • Post-Divorce Modification Mediation
  • Never-Married Parents Mediation

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • President, Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers
  • Member, Justinian Law Society of Massachusetts
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, Women Attorneys Network of the South Shore
  • Member, Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
  • Member, MWI Panel of Divorce and Family Mediators
  • Member, First District Eastern Middlesex Bar Association
  • Member, Middlesex County Probate Court Conciliation Program

Background and Education

  • Mediator, MWI Divorce and Family Mediation Panel, Boston, MA, 2003-present
  • Owner, Law Office of MaryAnne Johnson, Esq., Weymouth, MA, 2005-present
  • Freelance editor Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) 2005-2008
  • Peer Mediation Program Coordinator, Boston Community Leadership Academy, 2002-2005
  • Program Coordinator, Access and Visitation Program, Probate and Family Court, Middlesex and Suffolk Divisions, 2002
  • Juris Doctor, Southern New England School of Law
  • B.A., cum laude, Boston College

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  • Joseph Vrabel
    Joseph Vrabel
  • Joel Reck
    Joel Reck
  • Howard Gorney
    Howard Gorney
  • John Wofford
    John Wofford
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Dispute Resolution Experience

Joseph Vrabel joined MWI’s Real Estate and Construction Mediation & Arbitration Panel in 2014. His mediation and arbitration experience includes land use, business, real property, municipal and commercial disputes.  Mr. Vrabel currently serves as General Counsel to BlaisCo, LLC. He is also a Trustee of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Inc. (MCLE), where he served as its recent President, as well as the President of its Board of Overseers.

Mr. Vrabel is the author of numerous publications and a requested speaker before a variety of legal and non-legal groups. Additionally, Mr. Vrabel is a frequent speaker on Business Law, Commercial Finance, Land Use Planning, Development and Zoning, and Municipal Law topics. Mr. Vrabel currently teaches Public Law at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in the School of Government Master of Public Administration Program. As an adjunct faculty member, Mr. Vrabel also teaches the business law course at Babson College and has also taught the Business Law course in the Babson College MBA program.


Representative Matters

  • Land Use, Development and Zoning.
  • Commercial finance and commercial real estate, corporate governance, the formation of business entities and general corporate law.
  • Extensive experience in all varieties of commercial bank loans, bonds financings, health care financings, private placements, workout situations, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and all types of business transactions.
  • Other areas of practice include general corporate representation, particularly situations including investment strategies, and business planning.

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Member, American Arbitration Association Panel of Arbitrators
  • Member, American Arbitration Panel of Mediators
  • Past President, Massachusetts Bar Association, 2002 – 2003
  • Trustee and Life Member, Massachusetts Bar Foundation, 2009 – 2012
  • Secretary, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.
  • Member, American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Education
  • Past President, Massachusetts City Solicitors and Town Counsel Association, 1989 – 1990
  • Board of Directors, Dispute Resolution Committee, Co-Chair, Massachusetts Conveyancers Association

Lectures and Publications

  • Municipal Law Manual” for MCLE: 2000 – 2002
  • Author, monthly “Legal Affairs” column for American Planning Association
  • Newsletter, Massachusetts and Rhode Island chapters; 1996 – 2006
  • Editor, Crocker’s Notes on Common Forms: Chapter on Foreclosure
  • Author, “Regulatory Takings: The case of Daddario v. Cape Cod Commission”, New
    England Real Estate Journal; October 1997
  • Author, “Zoning Freezes: Heritage Park v. Town of Southbridge”, Massachusetts
  • Conveyancers Association Publication, The Conveyancer; Fall 1997, Vol. 16, No. 4.
  • “Municipal Law Update” – MCLE; Yearly Programs from 1990 – 2000 – Chairman;
    Speaker on Land Use and Zoning Update
  • “Land Use & Zoning Update” – Annual Meeting of City Solicitors and Town Counsel
    Association, Yearly Programs from 1985 – 2000
  • “Land Use and Zoning Case Law Update” – Annual meeting of Massachusetts
  • Association of Planning Directors, Yearly Programs from 1990 – 2000
  • LLP’s and LLC’s: Practical Advice – MCLE; November 26, 1995 – Chairman

Background and Education

  • B.A., Lake Forest College, 1970
  • J.D., Boston College Law School, 1973
  • Mediator Certification, Harvard Law School, 1997
  • Adjunct Professor of Business Law, Babson College, Graduate – MBA Program, Wellesley, MA, 1987 – Present
  • Professor, University of North Carolina, School of Government Master of Public Administration Program, Chapel Hill, NC

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Joel M. Reck is an arbitrator and mediator with MWI and is a retired partner from Brown Rudnick LLP and is the former Chair of its Real Estate Department. His practice consisted of structuring, managing and closing sophisticated commercial real estate transactions throughout the United States. Currently, Mr. Reck conducts a varied mediation and arbitration practice, principally involving real estate and commercial disputes, but also involving personal injury and professional malpractice matters. He also serves as an expert witness in cases involving transactional practice standards and real estate legal issues.


Representative Matters

Joel has several years of varied arbitration and mediation experience including:

  • Real estate and commercial disputes
  • Condominium disputes between condominium associations and original developers and between condominium associations and developers of adjacent properties
  • Control and ownership disputes among several owners of contiguous parcels comprising an integrated shopping center
  • Disputes among family members regarding financial and control issues with family owned property
  • Workout and foreclosure disputes
  • Abutter disputes regarding property lines, easements and use.

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the specialties of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Real Estate Law
  • Listed as one of the “Nation’s Top 10 Real Estate Lawyers” published by the United States Lawyer Rankings guide
  • Named as a leading individual in real estate law in Massachusetts by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Served as Chair of the Real Estate Section and as President of the Boston Bar Association and of the Boston Bar Foundation
  • Served on the governing boards of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Real Estate Bar Association, the American Bar Association and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education
  • Member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and its Leasing Committee
  • Served as Chair of the Boston Harbor Island Alliance and former chair and board member of many other non-profit organizations
  • Recipient of the Richard B. Johnson Award, the Real Estate Bar Association’s highest award
  • Appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to the Massachusetts Foreclosure Impacts Task Force

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

  • Adjunct Professor at Boston College Law School
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education faculty member for real estate and mediation

Background and Education

  • J.D., Harvard University Law School
  • B.A., Bowdoin College

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Howard Gorney

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Howard Gorney combines over forty years as a commercial attorney with his mediation and arbitration skills to assist parties in reaching resolution of land use and construction disputes. He has mediated over 150 commercial matters since becoming a mediator in 2006. In addition, Mr.Gorney’s mediation and arbitration experience ranges from resolution of complex business issues to matters involving construction, general real estate disputes, franchise and bankruptcy in amounts extending into multi-millions of dollars. He has served on the MWI mediation and arbitration panels for the resolution of franchise contract disputes, including several for General Motors LLC and BMW of North America. Mr. Gorney has arbitrated over 40 construction cases for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and presently serves as an arbitrator for FINRA, the regulatory arm of the financial services industry pertaining to allegations of broker misconduct. Drawing upon his vast experience as a commercial and bankruptcy attorney, he also mediates cases involving complex Chapter 11 cases in both the New York and Delaware bankruptcy courts, as well as the recently-formed mediation program in the Massachusetts bankruptcy court, which Mr. Gorney helped to formulate. A lecturer and author of many articles on bankruptcy, commercial law and franchising, Mr. Gorney received a Bachelor’s Degree from the U. of Vermont, a Master’s Degree from U. of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Suffolk U. Law School, MA. He is admitted to the Bar in Massachusetts; U.S. District Court (District of MA); United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit, and The United States Supreme Court.


Representative Matters

  • Mediator, General Motors Dealer/Factory Disputes involving, among other issues SFE, bonus disputes, sale for resale and franchise termination.
  • Arbitrator, Construction Disputes, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. Disputes include allegations of faulty construction, change orders and overcharges.
  • Arbitrator, FINRA (formerly known as NASD), disputes include allegations of broker misconduct, churning of accounts and unauthorized investment.

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Law Firm of Nixon Peabody LLP, Boston, MA 1988‐2006
  • Partner 1988‐2004
  • Senior Counsel 2003‐2006
  • Chairman of Commercial Law Dept. 1996‐1998
  • Chairman and Member of Executive Committee 1992‐1999
  • Executive Director, Home Builders Assoc. of Greater Lowell, Lowell, MA 1974‐1976

Background and Education

  • Member, Mediation Panels: U. S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of NY,
  • Panel Arbitrator, Mass. Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation
  • Suffolk University, Boston, MA, Juris Doctor 1974
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, Master of Arts 1965
  • University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, Bachelor of Arts 1964

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Jack Wofford, a long-time member of MWI’s mediation and arbitration panels, has broad experience in arbitration, mediation, facilitation, consensus-building and other forms of dispute resolution in a wide range of areas, including commercial, employment, environment, family-owned and other closely held business, insurance, organizations, personal injury, public policy, and complex development, real estate, construction and transportation projects. In 1999, President Clinton appointed Jack to a seat on the Federal Service Impasses Panel, which resolves disputes in negotiations between the Federal Government and its unionized employees.

His experience as a mediator in construction and real estate matters includes disputes among landlords and tenants, co-tenants, owners, developers, lenders, partners, contractors, architects and engineers, subcontractors, condominium associations, government agencies and insurance carriers, including professional, title and liability insurers and bonding companies. Issues have included renovations and new construction, from single-family homes (condominiums and detached) to subdivisions, shopping centers, multi-family, office, university and major public infrastructure construction projects.

A lawyer, Jack has done solely neutral work since 1987. In the 1970’s, Jack served in both state and federal government in transportation positions, including director of long-range transportation planning for the Boston area, Associate Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public works, and Deputy General Counsel of the US Department of Transportation. As an attorney in the real estate area (until 1986), Jack represented a variety of perspectives, including developers, builders, owners, partners, landlords, tenants, architects, lenders, and public funding sources. He has drafted and negotiated the full range of documents, including development agreements, loan documents, leases, ground leases, eminent domain findings, construction and management contracts. Projects included: renovation of Commonwealth Pier into Boston’s World Trade Center (for Massachusetts Port Authority); redevelopment of the East Cambridge riverfront (for City of Cambridge); development of research and office space on 24-acre site (for MIT); affordable housing project at Copley Square, Boston (for neighborhood corporation); redevelopment of historic mill in Vermont into market rate residential and commercial space (for private developer).


Representative Matters

Sample projects handled by Jack as mediator and arbitrator of disputes in the construction and real estate area include:

  • Disputes between owners and contractors over renovations (residential, commercial)
  • Lease between national drug chain and major shopping center owner
  • Disputes between general contractor and major subs – in construction of residential subdivision and in construction of New York Subway system
  • Construction of student center for public university
  • Dispute among insurers over contamination of Woburn/WR Grace Superfund site
  • Liability of surveyor’s professional liability insurance company for damages from errors in layout of major planned residential subdivision
  • Special Master of dispute between contractor and two Massachusetts towns over construction of waste-water treatment facility
  • Allocation of financial responsibility for clean-up of Superfund site from industrial contamination of town water supply involving municipality and four alleged polluters
  • Facilitation of advisory committee overseeing clean-up of Massachusetts Military Reservation Superfund site from multiple contaminated plumes affecting four towns
  • Mediation of disputes over highway plans in CT, NH, NJ, MA
  • Facilitation of 42-person advisory committee charged with recommending improvements in proposed bridge over Charles River as part of Boston’s Big Dig project, leading to widely-praised Zakim-Bunker Hill Bridge

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Member of the Bars of Massachusetts, New York, and District of Columbia (DC inactive)
  • Former Member, Federal Service Impasses Panel (1999-2002 – Presidential appointment)
  • Member, Association of Conflict Resolution (International and New England)
  • Author of numerous articles on conflict management and consensus building
  • Recipient of “Spirit of Mediation” award from community mediation program for his 16 years service on its board of directors and his 40 years of consensus-building (2010)
  • Recipient of “History Makers Award: Innovations in Historic City-Building” for civic participation in resolution of major transportation controversies (2004)
  • Roster of Facilitators of the US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution
  • Former Co-Chair, Boston Bar Association Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Section of Labor & Employment Law (1997-99)

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

Jack has conducted trainings in conflict management, consensus building, mediation and negotiation for the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association, US Department of Justice, Massachusetts Office of Dispute Resolution, New England chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution, Boston and Massachusetts Bar Associations, Family Firm Institute, and a number of corporations, universities and groups.


Background and Education

  • LLB, Harvard Law School (1962)
  • BA, MA, Oxford University (1959) (Rhodes Scholar)
  • BA cum laude, Harvard College (1957)
  • Former Member, Federal Service Impasses Panel (Presidential appointment) (1999-2002)
  • Senior Consultant and Mediator, Endispute, Inc., Boston, MA (1987-93), conducting wide range of mediations and consulting to corporations and government agencies on cost-effective legal management
  • Real Estate Department, Csaplar & Bok, Boston, MA (associate 1979-81; partner 81-86)
  • Deputy General Counsel, US Department of Transportation, Washington, DC (1977-79)
  • Director, Central Transportation Planning Staff, Boston, MA (1974-77)
  • Associate Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Public Works (1972-74)
  • Director, Boston Transportation Planning Review (1971-73)
  • Associate Director and Fellow, Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School (1966-69)
  • Project Director and Research Associate, Harvard Law School (1966-70)
  • Staff Assistant, Community Action Program, US Office of Economic Opportunity (1964-66)
  • Law Clerk, US District Judge for the District of Columbia, Washington, DC (1962-64)

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  • Chuck Doran
    Chuck Doran
  • Audrey Lee
    Audrey Lee
  • Marvin Johnson
    Marvin Johnson
  • John Ford
    John Ford
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Dispute Resolution Experience

Charles “Chuck” Doran is an experienced mediator specializing in the resolution of workplace, franchise and commercial disputes. A mediator since 1992, he is a member of the CPR Dispute Resolution Panel of Distinguished Neutrals and has provided mediation and other ADR services to a variety of clients including AT&T, Bose, BMW of North America, Coca-Cola, General Motors, Oxfam America, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), and the USPS REDRESS I and REDRESS II Mediation Panels. In 1993, Chuck completed a Specialization in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. In 1994, Chuck founded MWI, a nationally recognized dispute resolution service and training organization based in Boston, MA that provides individual and corporate clients with mediation services, negotiation consulting and training, and mediation training. Chuck served as a member of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution and was Chair of the Qualifications Subcommittee. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Advisory Group and is a past president of the Association for Conflict Resolution, New England Chapter. He is also a Distinguished Fellow with the International Academy of Mediators (IAM) and the Vice President of IAM’s Board of Governors.


Representative Matters

  • General Motors:  Serves as a national mediator for disputes between Dealers and GM involving audit, incentive programs and fleet sales matters;  Designed and led the GM Mediation and Arbitration Training Program which provided training to hundreds of GM Dealer and Corporate Mediators;  Responsible for oversight and design improvements of national mediation and arbitration program managed by MWI for General Motors;
  • BMW of North America:  Mediator for variety of matters involving BMW Motor Cars and Motorcycles.  Responsible for oversight and design improvements of national mediation and arbitration program managed by MWI for BMW of North America;
  • USPS and EEOC:   Contract workplace and employment mediator with the United States Postal Service and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission mediating federal discrimination, termination, and other matters relating to the workplace;
  • 7-Eleven Incorporated:  Franchise mediator for matters emanating from the franchise agreement which may result in rehabilitation agreements, terminations, or succession planning.  Responsible for oversight and design improvements of the national mediation program managed by MWI for 7-Eleven;

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Distinguished Fellow and Executive Committee Board Member (Vice President), Board of Governors – The International Academy of Mediators (IAM) (2013 – Present);
  • Appointed to serve as a member of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution and was Chair of the Qualifications Subcommittee (1999-2003);
  • President and Director of the Association for Conflict Resolution, New England Chapter (NE-ACR) (formerly the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution – SPIDR). Elected to serve as President and former President-Elect and Director of the six state regional chapter of ACR International (1997-2004);
  • Chair, Massachusetts Budget Coalition. Led statewide collaborative effort with 15 mediation providers across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to secure over $950,000 in legislative funding for court-connected mediation services (1997-2000).
  • Arbitrator with the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Fee Arbitration Board (1996 to present);

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

  • Mediation Trainer. Designed and served as lead trainer for over seventy-five 20 to 40 hour basic and advanced training programs, totaling over 2250 hours since 1994. Mediation training clients include Coca-Cola, Bose Corporation, MWI, Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy and the Harvard Mediation Program at Harvard Law School.
  • Negotiation Instructor and Presenter. Chuck has worked nationally and internationally with top sales, procurement, and delivery professionals to diagnose and resolve negotiation challenges across multiple industries including financial/consulting, healthcare, and high tech. Served as a negotiation instructor for the internationally attended “Program of Instruction for Lawyers” Negotiation Workshop at Harvard Law School as a teaching assistant to Professor Roger Fisher on multiple occasions.

Background and Education

  • Graduate: Completed a Specialization in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, at the Program On Negotiation, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA (1993)
  • Undergraduate: B.A., Philosophy, Binghamton University, SUNY, Binghamton, NY; President Philosophy Club / Tenure Committee (1989)

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Audrey Lee is a Mediation Trainer for MWI, Senior Mediator at Boston Law Collaborative, LLP and the founding Principal of Perspectiva LLC. She is also Executive Director of the BLC Institute, a non-profit dedicated to providing education and training in all areas of dispute resolution. In addition to mediating at MWI, Audrey chairs BLC’s ADR Panel, and is a member of the EEOC Mediation Panel and a pool of Title IX Adjudicators for Harvard Law School. Previously, Audrey served as a mediator for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination where she mediated harassment, disability, age, race, and gender discrimination cases. A frequent lecturer and coach for mediation skills trainings, Audrey has trained scores of attorneys, law students, social workers, and other professionals. Since 2004, Audrey has facilitated executive education programs at the Harvard Negotiation Institute at Harvard Law School, currently as faculty for the Advanced Mediation Workshop: Mediating Complex Disputes. Audrey has also been on the faculty of Northwestern University School of Law, DePaul University College of Law, and the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass Boston as a Negotiations Professor. Prior to becoming a mediator and trainer, Audrey practiced law as an intellectual property and litigation attorney at Winston & Strawn in Chicago and Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York.


Representative Matters

  • Audrey has led mediation and mediation advocacy trainings for law firms, community mediation centers and several law schools.
  • Mediator, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
  • Mediator, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Mediation Panel
  • Mediator and Chair, Boston Law Collaborative ADR Panel

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Co-Chair, 2015 MCLE ADR and the Law Conference
  • Member, Women’s Bar Association, ADR Committee
  • Member, NE-ACR
  • Harvard Law School Women’s Alliance of Boston, Past Founding Co-Chair
  • Association for Conflict Resolution – Chicago Chapter, Past President
  • Trainer of the Year, Center for Conflict Resolution in Chicago
  • Harvard Law School Hewlett Law and Negotiation Research Fellowship

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

  • Diversity Issues in Mediation, Guest Lecturer, Harvard Law School Mediation Course
  • “Mediation Process & Skills,” Cook County Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program
  • “Interest-Based Negotiation Skills for Mediators,” Loyola University Chicago Law School

Publications


Background and Education

  • Harvard Law School, J.D.
  • Harvard University, A.B. magna cum laude in Government
  • Mediator Training, Harvard Mediation Program (Cambridge, MA)
  • Mediator Training, Center for Conflict Resolution (Chicago, IL)
  • Family Law Mediator Training, MCLE (Boston, MA)

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Marvin E. Johnson is a nationally recognized mediator, arbitrator and trainer with over 25 years of dispute resolution experience in public and private disputes. Marvin provides diversity and dispute resolution training and lectures extensively on the subject of conflict management. He has mediated over 2,000 cases involving employment, labor-management, consumer, business, real estate and community issues and has arbitrated more than 500 labor-management and employment contract disputes. Marvin has trained over 10,000 people in various forms of dispute resolution including mediation, joint problem solving, arbitration, facilitation and interest-based bargaining. Two Presidents of the United States, the Secretary of the United States Department of State, the Governor of Maryland, and the Chief Judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals have recognized Marvin’s dispute resolution expertise by appointing him to the Federal Service Impasses Panel, the Foreign Service Grievance Board, Maryland State Labor Relations Board, and the Maryland Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission (now the Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office or MACRO), respectively.


Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

ADR Awards

  • Maryland State Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution’s Chief Judge Robert M. Bell Award for Outstanding Contribution to ADR in Maryland (2010)
  • New York State Dispute Resolution Association’s Andrew Thomas PeaceBuilder Award for advocating peaceful means for resolving conflict (2009)
  • The Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) Institute’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity in Alternative Dispute Resolution (2009)
  • Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) announced the creation of the Marvin E. Johnson Diversity and Equity Award, as a tribute to Mr. Johnson’s diversity efforts within Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR) and ACR and throughout the dispute resolution field (2007)
  • Catholic University, Columbus School of Law honored him with the Black Law Students Association Alumni Achievement Award (2007)
  • American College of Civil Trial Mediators’ “2006 Lifetime Achievement Award” for his major contributions to the ADR field (2006)
  • Named by Mediate.com as one of the thirty-one “best known and most experienced mediators in the world” (The Mediators: Views from the Eye of the Storm, Volume 1, DVD-2005)

Memberships (Professional Organizations)

  • American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution (former Council Member)
  • American Bar Association, Commission on Racial & Ethnic Diversity in the Profession
  • American College of Civil Trial Mediators
  • International Academy of Mediators (former Board Member)
  • Association for Conflict Resolution (former Board Member)
  • Society of Federal Labor Relations Professionals (former Board Member)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

ADR Panel Member

  • Federal Service Impasses Panel (September 2009- present)
  • CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution Employment and Fair Housing
  • Foreign Service Grievance Board (2005-2007)
  • Maryland State Labor Relations Board (2002-2003)
  • Foreign Service Impasse Disputes Panel (2000-2002)
  • Federal Service Impasses Panel (1999-2002)
  • US Postal REDRESS (1998-present)
  • Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (1984-present)
  • American Arbitration Association National Rosters of Neutrals (1984-present)

Publications

  • Author of many articles on ADR and diversity, including “ADR Techniques and Procedures Flowing Through Porous Boundaries: Flooding the ADR Landscape and Confusing the Public” (Practical Dispute Resolution, Volume 5, No. 1, 2010); “The Gated Community – Risk Aversion, Race, and the Lack of Diversity in Mediation in the Top Ranks” (Dispute Resolution Magazine , Spring 2009); “Racial Profiling in America: The Problem and the Challenge” (ACR Resolution Magazine, Fall 2003); “Adjusting to Changing Priorities” (2002); and “Emotionally Intelligent Mediation: Four Key Competencies” (Dispute Resolution Alert, Volume 5, No. 3, 2005; Practical Dispute Resolution, Volume 2 , No. 2, 2001)

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

  • Skill-Based Mediation Training–40 Hours (1984 to 2011)
  • Assessing Our Internal GPS (Global Positioning System) When Navigating Cultural Diversity and Conflict (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
  • Advanced Mediation Training (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008,2009)
  • How Diversity and Culture Add to Successful Resolution (ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, Annual Conference, April 2011)
  • The Challenge of Maintaining Our Equilibrium (FEMA, May 2011)
  • Racial and Ethnic Underrepresented Groups in the Dispute Resolution Field: Barriers, Promises and Challenges for ADR Professionals (National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts, April 29, 2010)
  • Critical Settlement Skills – An Introduction to Interest Based Bargaining Techniques (FLRA, March 2010, April 2010, May 2010)
  • Navigating Transitions through Conflict (NYDRA, Annual Conference, October 2009)
  • Arbitration Advocacy Workshop (NEA, July 2005-2011)
  • Help or Hinder: Attorney Techniques That Will Affect Your Client at the Mediation Table (ABA Section of Dispute Resolution (ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, Annual Spring Conference, April 2007)
  • Culture, Conflict and Diversity: A Barrier To or an Opportunity for Success (Coalition University-NACCHO, November 2007)
  • Conflict Resolution Training (Montgomery County ECC, December 15, 2006)
  • ADR – What is it? How to use it. What’s your role? (NACVA Maryland State Chapter, Fall 2006)
  • Arbitration Skills Training (NTEU, 2006)
  • Mediation Advocacy (Arnold and Porter, 2006)
  • Increasing Our Market Share: Promoting Mediation at the Micro- and Macro-Levels (ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, Annual Conference, April 2005)
  • Grievance Review Board Training (Academy for Educational Development, October 2005)
  • Managing Conflict in the Workplace (MACRO, October 2005)
  • Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills (ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, Annual Conference, 2004)
  • Breaking Impasse: Techniques Mediators Use to Avoid or Break an Impasse (ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, Annual Conference, April 2004)
  • Representing Clients in Mediation (National Bar Association, 2002)
  • Effective Dispute Resolution in Negotiation and Advocacy (Maryland State- Attorney General’s Office, 2001)

Background and Education

  • Mediator, Arbitrator, and Trainer, Accormend Associates, 1984-present
  • Executive Director, Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution, 1986-present
  • Associate Professor, Labor Relations, Law, and Dispute Resolution, Bowie State University, 1983-2000
  • Director of Legal Programs, National Academy of Conciliators, 1983-1984
  • Assistant Counsel, National Treasury Employees Union, 1981-1983
  • Attorney, Federal Labor Relations Authority, Office of the General Counsel, 1980-1981
  • Law Clerk, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, Office of the General Counsel, 1979-1980
  • Legal Research Assistant, National Football League Players Association, Legal Department, 1978-1979
  • Federal Labor Relations Specialist, Dept. of Labor-Management Services Administration, Office of Federal Labor-Management Relations, 1974-1978
  • Labor Economist, Department of Labor, Labor-Management Services Administration, 1974
  • Catholic University Law School, J.D., 1980
  • University of Wisconsin, M.S. Industrial Relations, 1974
  • Kent State University, B.B.A., 1972

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Dispute Resolution Experience

John Ford is an experienced workplace mediator based in California who has successfully mediated hundreds of workplace disputes, including in healthcare, since 1996. In addition, John has provided training to thousands of employees at all levels in the workplace, across a wide range of industries. John teaches negotiation at UC Hastings School of Law, mediation to graduate Business and Psychology students at Golden Gate University, and organizational collaboration online through Creighton University. He is a past president of the Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California (ADRNC), and was the managing editor of www.mediate.com from 2000 to 2011. Currently, he is a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution and the ADRNC. John is the current trainer of a two-day Mastering Workplace Mediation seminar for members of the Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA). He also teaches a longer version of this class through The HR Mediation Academy.


Focus Areas

  • Workplace
  • Employment
  • Healthcare

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Founder, the HR Mediation Academy
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, U.C. Berekely and U.C. Hastings Schools of Law
  • Faculty, Werner Institute for Dispute Resolution and Negotiation
  • Adjunct Faculty, Golden Gate University
  • Managing Editor, Mediate.com, 2000-2011
  • Member of the Society for Human Resource Management, Northern California Human Resource Association, Association for Conflict Resolution, and Association For Dispute Resolution of Northern California

Background and Education

  • A., University of Cape Town, 1984
  • B. (Bachelor of Laws), University of Cape Town, 1987

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Please contact Chuck Doran, Executive Director, at cdoran@mwi.org or 617-895-4026.