ADR and Workplace Conflict: a US Perspective with David .A. Hoffman

Chinwe Umegbolu

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I interviewed David Hoffman on Expert Views on ADR (EVA) Podcast show. He is a renowned mediator, arbitrator, and attorney. David teaches courses on collaborative law and mediation at Harvard Law School. He also serves on the faculty of the Program on Negotiation’s Harvard Negotiation Institute, where he teaches the Advanced Mediation Workshop “Mediating Complex Disputes.” David is the founder of Boston Law Collaborative LLC (BLC); he has handled more than a thousand commercial, family, employment, construction, personal injury, insurance, and other business cases.

BLC was the 2009 recipient of the American Bar Association’s annual Lawyer as Problem Solver Award and the 2010 recipient of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution’s annual Law Firm Award for Excellence in ADR. In 2004, Hoffman was chosen as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers” in Massachusetts in Boston magazine’s Super Lawyers Directory and has been consistently named a New England Super Lawyer since the listing began. He has also won several awards for his work as a mediator, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Civil Trial Mediators and the highest award given by the American Bar Association’s Section of Dispute Resolution, the D’ Alemberte-Raven Award.
His research interests are Mediation, negotiation, and dispute resolution. He also has several publications to his name. It is imperative to mention that since 2008, David has taught the Mediation course previously taught by Prof Frank Sander (Founder of the Multi-Door Court House). Education: A.B., Princeton University M.A., Cornell University J.D. and Harvard Law School.
In this episode, we analysed the following questions:
1) Whether or not employees or workers in the US are aware of ADR options regarding disputes or conflicts that might arise between them and their employers?
2) Why is ADR more prevalent or popular in the more complex societies (US) than in the less complex societies?
3) To what extent are employees in the US encouraged to use ADR to settle discrimination or bullying and harassment in the workplace?
4) What is the way forward for mass advocacy or awareness of the benefits of utilising ADR in settling disputes or conflicts in the workplace?
5) How about the Court-Connected ADR (Multi-Door Courthouse-MDC) in Nigeria?
6) What is your advice for people pursuing a career in ADR?
7) Can you tell me more about the ADR programme you do or carry out at Harvard Law School and Boston Law Collaborative LLC?
Original languageEnglish
TypeADR and Workplace Conflict
Media of outputPodcast / Blogpost
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2022


  • ADR
  • Workplace conflict
  • Access to Justice
  • Industrial relations
  • Human resource management
  • US
  • India
  • UK


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