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Current CV (download here)

Credentials

Past Director of Dispute Resolution for the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. I observed and coached retired judges and senior attorneys in thousands of mediations and settlement conferences. Over my career, I have personally conducted over 1,500 mediation & settlement conferences in the following areas:  

  • Catastrophic injuries, medical negligence, and wrongful death

  • Professional malpractice

  • Interpersonal conflict such as partnership dissolution, employment, family business disputes, contested guardianships, and domestic disputes

  • Real property & commercial leases

  • Premises liability

  • Construction & design defects

  • Municipality & law enforcement liability

I have helped parties resolve disputes outside of the subject matter areas listed above. Here’s how:

The mediator’s subject matter expertise, by itself, doesn’t generate movement. Yes, in some circumstances, expertise is important. But desire usually matters more than rationale - people need to want to change. Disputes are resolved when psychological perceptions and emotional reactions are re-framed and redirected.

Awards, training, professional affiliations

  • Recipient of the Paul A. Dorf award from the Bar Association of Baltimore City, for “substantial contributions to the furtherance of the goals of alternative dispute resolution to resolve legal conflicts in the Baltimore Metropolitan Area.”

  • Over 400 hours of professional training, including online mediation instruction from cutting-edge leaders in the field. 

  • LL.M candidate (2020) at the top-ranked Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine School of Law. 

  • Early member of the Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence.

  • Writer and presenter of educational programs on mediation and negotiation.

  • Member of the International Academy of Mediators & American Arbitration Association - Employment Panel, Mid-Atlantic Region & Affiliate Mediator. 

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Testimonials

See what some of my past contacts have to say:

I’ve worked with Jeff many times -he is always well-prepared and does a great job of working with both sides to cut through any issues that may be impacting potential settlement and get results. He is also wonderful at following up and does not rest until the case is resolved one way or the other.
— Plaintiffs' counsel
Jeff has a knack for identifying the hurdles early on, and determining which issues can be problems and which ones ultimately don’t need to be fought over. He cuts through the unproductive noise in a manner that saves time for everyone.
— Defense counsel
Jeff was able to identity the issues most important to resolution and help us get to the settlement promptly and effectively
— REAL ESTATE COUNSEL
Let me say that I was quite impressed by your work. Recall that you also helped resolve two other difficult cases of mine. In all the cases, parties were highly adversarial; I’m amazed how well you assisted them. Do you teach any mediation training?
— PUBLIC INTEREST ATTORNEY
Thank you again! I can once again report you were 4 for 4.
— Defense Counsel in a multi-case mediation
Excellent work. Your transformative education worked well with the family member. Glad we got it done.
— Plaintiffs' counsel
. . . Nothing short of extraordinary
— Labor & Employment Defense Lawyer
We used Jeff to mediate a hotly contested motor vehicle accident. He went above and beyond to get the case resolved. Even when issues came up in dealing with the release, Jeff’s assistance was invaluable to having a successful resolution. I will be calling Jeff for all future mediations.
— Plaintiffs' counsel
Thank you for your outstanding work yesterday. We did not expect this case to settle. That we did resolve it is a testament to your hard work - particularly since we got it done well after 7:00 pm!
— REAL ESTATE COUNSEL
One of the best ‘actually try to reach a fair settlement’ guys.
— Toxic tort attorney