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Why wouldn’t you work together to solve your legal problem?

Collaborate. Collaboration. Collaborative. In the business world, in medicine, high technology, healthcare, engineering, education, aeronautics, manufacturing, public service, first responders, military defense, invention – in just about every field of endeavor, we see this word popping up over and over again. Pick up a copy of Fast Company magazine and browse it and you will see that word in some …

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Why I believe in Dispute Resolution Alternatives

I believe in the value of Dispute Resolution Alternatives (DRA) for clients that are in disputes. I believe in them because I have used them, seen them work well, and because they make so much sense. I believe in them because they are not adversarial by nature. They do not divide, separate and drive people apart; instead they work to …

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Is an adversarial process our best and highest good? The case for early mediation

Disputes are a part of life.  On all levels, in most relationships, we disagree about things. Disputes come up between spouses, siblings, parents & children, business partners, political parties/views, employers & employees, economic classes, races, genders, age groups, ethnic groups, religious denominations, and on and on.  Unless we are mindless clones or in a controlled society, conflict is normal and …

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Family Business Succession: The Joys and Challenges

Family business succession can be joyous when there is a succession plan. But when there’s no plan in place, it can be anything but joyous. It is a familiar scenario for a family.  Husband and wife build a family business, take pride in its growth and achievements while it provides for the family and then some. The goal is to …

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MBA Member Spotlight features Michael Zeytoonian

The Massachusetts Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section featured the following “Member Spotlight” on lawyer and mediator Michael Zeytoonian in November, 2017. Click here to read the article.   Photo credit: tian2992 

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How will the way we resolve our workplace and family business disputes impact our Thanksgiving meal?

I think a lot about my chosen areas of the law – both my areas of practices – employment and business law and the disputes that arise in the workplace – as well as the ways in which we resolve these disputes. In workplace disputes, I represent both employers and employees, largely to be able to see the issues from …

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Now More Than Ever – The Growing Need For Dispute Resolution

Last week (October 16-20), lawyers and dispute resolution professionals around the country celebrated Conflict Resolution Week. In Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Bar Association, through its Dispute Resolution Section, presented five different events, one each day, each in a different part of the state and each with a different focus. Over 400 people attended these state-wide events, including judges, lawyers, mediators, arbitrators, …

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Why do I need a primary care lawyer?

Here is how to resolve a legal dispute.  Approach it the way you make your medical decisions.  Start with consulting your “primary care lawyer”, just as you would first see your primary care physician. Your primary care lawyer will give you good advice about what options you have for resolving your dispute.  Your primary care lawyer is probably not a …

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Early Dispute Resolution – an Emerging Trend – Focus of MCLE Conference

The Annual ADR (alternative dispute resolution) and the Law Conference, held on September 23 at the MCLE (Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education) office in Boston, may have been called ADR for the last time.  Today’s trends of dispute resolution include the steady rise of mediation, now considered the dispute resolution process of choice, the continued use of arbitration in many business …

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Early Dispute Resolution – an Emerging Trend – Focus of MCLE Conference

The Annual ADR (alternative dispute resolution) and the Law Conference, held on September 23 at the MCLE (Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education) office in Boston, may have been called ADR for the last time.  Today’s trends of dispute resolution include the steady rise of mediation, now considered the dispute resolution process of choice, the continued use of arbitration in many business …

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