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I am a former civil litigator and for the past twenty years a law professor and legal mediator. I have taught mediation in the US and around the world.

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IMI Certified Mediator
United States
Commercial, Contract, Employment, Insurance, International
English, French
Mediation Profile

Dwight Golann is one of the most respected neutrals in the United States. He

  • Is Professor of Law at Suffolk University in Boston, a Visiting Professor at Pepperdine University Law School, and Senior Mediator with Resolutionsllc.
  • Has successfully resolved disputes involving contract, tort, real estate, corporate, insurance, employment, construction, intellectual property, franchise, personal injury, class action, securities and other issues.
  • Repeatedly been named one of the Best Lawyers in America in mediation and an Honorary Member of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators and the International Academy of Mediators.
  • Serves on the Panel of Distinguished Neutrals of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR Institute), Resolutionsllc, and other leading institutions.
  • Has represented individual and corporate clients in private practice and, as Chief of the Government Bureau and Trial Division for the Attorney General of Massachusetts, supervised all litigation involving state agencies. He has extensive jury trial experience, and has argued at every level of the American court system.
  • Has trained mediators for courts, state and national bar associations, the Department of Justice, the European Union, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center, Chambers of Commerce in Italy and Brazil, and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade and taught negotiation in the United States, Europe, Africa, South America and Asia.

Examples of the hundreds of legal mediations conducted by Professor Golann include: Litigation arising from the sale of businesses and real estate; disputes between international firms over employee hiring, contract performance, software development, lending contracts, and distribution agreements: software development disputes between high tech companies and consultants; employment discrimination and harassment claims against businesses and universities; disputes arising from the construction of public buildings, condominiums and residences; cases involving shareholder and business partner claims against internet companies; malpractice actions involving estate plans, foundations, investment advice and real estate projects, and partnership disputes between lawyers, accountants and other professionals.

The essence of a good mediator is impartiality, persistence and adaptability. No single approach works with all people or all cases, and an experienced mediator will change tactics and style to match the needs of individual clients. I talk with each lawyer and, if they wish, with clients before the mediation to learn about legal issues, personal dynamics and non-legal obstacles to settlement. If necessary I work before the mediation session to facilitate exchanges of information or obtain the presence of key decisionmakers. Many of the cases that come to me present complex legal, personal, and business issues. In order to settle them I may manage hard bargaining, deal with sharp disagreements over the merits and confront strong feelings. I investigate facts, ask hard questions, press for offers, advise bargainers, predict litigation outcomes, make proposals, and deal with other obstacles as needed in each case. I am willing to use unorthodox tactics in the service of settlement. With the assent of counsel I may, for example, set up direct discussions among principals or meet offsite with a litigant. If a case does not settle at mediation I will follow up with counsel. An article in the ABA's Dispute Resolution Magazine titled “Nearing the Finish Line: Dealing with Impasse in Commercial Mediation,” describes my approach to bargaining impasses. I take it as a personal challenge to settle every case. My approach is also described in a book, Mediating Legal Disputes, published by the American Bar Association.

Commercial, contract, employment, business tort, product liability, partnership, professional malpractice, personal injury, insurance, intellectual property, real estate, environmental, construction and securities cases.

My rate varies by the type of case and location of the mediation. For a quotation, please contact

Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School. Member of the Executive Committee; Distinguished Neutral, International Institute of Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR Institute), New York City; Honorary Member and Scholar in Residence, International Academy of Mediators; Member, Boston and American Bar Associations.

General references are included in the IMI certification process. References in specific areas of practice will be provided on request.

Training and Education

I received basic and continuing mediation training at J.A.M.S., Endispute and other mediation organizations. 

Basic and Advanced Mediation Skills: U.S. District Courts (Los Angeles, W.D.Michigan, Oklahoma, S.D.N.Y.); U.S.-China Business Mediation Center (Beijing); CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution; European Union Programme Civil Justice; J.A.M.S.; Hong Kong International Arbitration Center; Chambers of Commerce of Milan, Barcelona, Venice, Sao Paulo and Rio di Janiero; International Mediation Institute of East Africa (Nairobi); Judicial Academy of Sweden; Court-Related Dispute Resolution Conference of the Netherlands; Pepperdine, Oregon and Penn State Law Schools.

Mediation Advocacy: ABA Sections of Litigation and Dispute Resolution; GE Capital; Gillette Corp.; Covington and Burling; Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (London); GlaxoSmithKlein Pharmaceuticals; General Electric; Wilmer Hale; Herbert Smith; Goodwin Proctor

I have presented programs at the Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association's Dispute Resolution Section every year since 2001. In 2006 and 2019, I was asked to present the plenary program for the ABA. I have also presented at the Annual ADR Conferences of  the Bar Associations of Michigan, Kentucky, New York, New Jersey, Minnesota, Utah and Georgia and other conferences in the US and abroad.


Books written or co-written by Dwight Golann include: Mediating Legal Disputes: Effective Strategies for Lawyers and Mediators (ABA) (co-winner, CPR Institute Book Prize); Mediation: The Role of the Lawyer and of the Neutral (co-author) (WoltersKluwer); Lawyer Negotiation (co-author) (WoltersKluwer) Resolving Disputes: Law, Theory and Practice, (co-author) (WoltersKluwer); Manuale del Conciliatore Professionista (Guiffre Editore) (co-author) and Sharing a Mediator's Powers (ABA)


IMI Code of Professional Conduct For examples of how I would recommend responding to specific ethical dilemmas, see D. Golann, Mediating Legal Disputes (ABA), Chapter 10.

IMI Professional Conduct Assessment Process

I am insured through Resolutionsllc.

Dwight Golann
Senior Mediator
01 617 573 3086
United States
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