My professional journey in collaborative conflict resolution and education began in 2001, when I transitioned from legal practice to one focused on mediation. Since then, I've been independently mediating disputes arising from commercial activities, employment, land use, divorce, and family matters. I've also been contracted for thirteen years with the Vermont Agency of Education to mediate special education matters, and with the Vermont Attorney General’s Office to mediate employment discrimination cases.
Along the way, at the intersection of passion and interest, I began teaching professional workshops. And for seven years, beginning in 2011, as visiting faculty at Bennington College, I taught courses of my own design in conflict engagement skills, mediation, negotiation, litigation, and multiparty dispute resolution process. My work at Bennington was instrumental in helping me refine the style and content of my Conflict Confident workshops.
Prior to mediating and teaching, I practiced law in Vermont and, before that, in New York, including service as an assistant district attorney. I earned my law degree from Boston College Law School, and my BA in economics from Lafayette College.
At home, I have the great fortune to live with one of the best communicators and problem solvers I know, my wife, Diana. Together, we recently launched our two children who are making their way in the world, no doubt impressing others with their ability to engage conflict constructively.
In my community, I've enjoyed the opportunity to serve for more than eighteen years in a variety of volunteer and elected positions, including Chair of both the Planning Commission and Policing Committee, and as a member of the Select Board. I also enjoy coaching youth lacrosse and have for many years.
Finally, in reference to the photo on this page, with a mediator's passion for possibility, I enjoy a good puzzle. Especially one that involves stacking Vermont field stone with my son, the muscles of the operation. This is our version of an “inuksuk”— dry-stacked stones in human form used by Inuit people as a landmark or commemorative sign. Ours has a prominent heart, and stands in the Y of a footpath pointing both directions—encouraging multiple perspectives.