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John G. Wofford
John G. Wofford, Esq.

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13 Cottage Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
USA
617-661-3200
Fax: 617-661-3201

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Description of Practice

Mediation, arbitration, facilitation, special master, case evaluation, organizational consulting and other dispute resolution services in a wide range of subject areas, including banking, commercial, construction, development, employment, environment, estate, family business and other family enterprises, insurance, intellectual property, organizations (within, between and among), personal injury, public policy, real estate, title, transportation and workouts. Both two-party and multi-party. Use all tools of facilitation, coaching, evaluation, directive mediation. On dispute resolution panels of Mediation Works, Inc., Boston (MWI); Boston Law Collaborative - Employment Panel, Boston (BLC); Real Estate Bar Association Dispute Resolution, Boston (REBA-DR); MA Office of Public Collaboration (MOPC), Boston; US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, Tucson AZ. Recipient in 2010 of “Spirit of Mediation” Award from community mediation program for 16 years on its board of directors and over 40 years of consensus-building in Boston. Recipient in 2004 of “History Makers Award, Innovation in Historic City-Building” for civic participation in major development issues. Co-chair in 2009, 2010, and 2011 of MA Continuing Legal Education “Annual Conference on ADR and the Law.”

Professional Background

Law clerk, US District Court for the District of Columbia (1962-64); Staff Assistant, Community Action Program, US Office of Economic Opportunity (1964-66); Fellow and Associate Director, Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School (1966-69); Director, Boston Transportation Planning Review (1970-73); Associate Commissioner, MA Dept of Public Works (1972-74); Director, Central Transportation Planning Staff for the Boston Region (1974-77); Deputy General Counsel, US Dept of Transportation (1977-79); Associate and Partner, real estate department, Csaplar & Bok, Boston (1979-86); Senior mediator, Endispute In, Boston. (1987-93); independent dispute resolution practitioner, Cambridge, MA (1993-present).

Experience

Have resolved over 500 matters in mediation, arbitration and facilitation in a wide range of types of disputes (see section on Areas of Practice) from 1987 to the present. Mediation, arbitration, facilitation, special master, case evaluation, organizational consulting and other dispute resolution services in a wide range of subject areas, including banking, commercial, construction, development, employment, environment, estate, family business and other family enterprises, insurance, intellectual property, malpractice, organizations (within, between and among), personal injury, public policy, real estate, title, transportation and workouts. Both two-party and multi-party. Use all tools of facilitation, coaching, evaluation, directive mediation. On dispute resolution panels of Mediation Works, Inc., Boston (MWI); Boston Law Collaborative - Employment Panel, Boston (BLC); Real Estate Bar Association Dispute Resolution, Boston (REBA-DR); MA Office of Public Collaboration (MOPC), Boston. Recipient in 2010 of “Spirit of Mediation” Award from community mediation program for 16 years on its board of directors and over 40 years of consensus-building in Boston. Recipient in 2004 of “History Makers Award, Innovation in Historic City-Building” for civic participation in major development issues. Co-chair in 2009, 2010, and 2011 of MA Continuing Legal Education “Annual Conference on ADR and the Law.”

Degrees

BA Harvard College; LL.B Harvard Law School; BA and MA, Oxford University, England (Rhodes Scholar).

Training

Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
1995    MA Office of Dispute Resolution    General Mediation training 30 hrs
1996 est    MA Office of Dispute Resolution    Environmental mediation 30 hrs
1990 est    Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School    Executive Negotiation training 20 hrs
1995 est    MA Dept of Natural Resources    Wetlands Negotiation training 8 hrs
2004    Harvard Graduate School of Design    Negotiation and Conflict Resolution 4 hrs
1994-present    Family Firm Institute    Issues in Family Owned Business 100+ hrs
1994-2000    Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprise    Issues in Family-Held Enterprise 50+hrs

Approach

My approach as a mediator is to use a variety of tools to help the parties settle – facilitation, coaching, evaluation, risk analysis, development of new options and realistically confronting choices. My approach as an arbitrator is to decide the case impartially and expeditiously. Disputes I handle tend to be highly charged and/or complex, including both two-party and multi-party. I draw on my past positions as partner in a law firm, administrator in state and federal government and university, board member of non-profit organizations, and consensus builder in public policy arenas for nearly 40 years.

Fees

Available on request.

Other Information

Have served on boards of directors of a number of non-profit organizations in the Boston area, including Greater Boston Legal Services, Community Dispute Settlement Center, Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, and Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders.

Areas of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Art
  • Automotive
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Congregational
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Copyright
  • Cross Cultural
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Elder
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Entertainment
  • Environmental
  • Estate Planning
  • Family
  • Foreclosure
  • Franchise
  • General
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Labor - Management
  • Land Use
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • LGBT
  • Natural Resources
  • Organizational
  • Partnership
  • Patent
  • Personal Injury
  • Police
  • Postal Service
  • Probate
  • Professional Fees
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Technology
  • Trademark
  • Trust Management
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Systems Designer
  • Fact-Finder
  • Arbitrator
  • Facilitator
  • Mediator-Arbitrator

References available upon request.

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