1 Panel of Neutrals PROFESSIONAL PROFILES THE HON. CHRISTOPHER J. ARMSTRONG (RET.) Before joining REBA Dispute Resolution, Judge Armstrong served on the Massachusetts Appeals Court bench from 1972 until his retirement in July of 2006-over 30 years. From 2000 to 2006 he served as the Court s Chief Justice and was instrumental in expanding the Court s bench from 14 to 25 judges, eliminating the Court s case backlog for the first time in 16 years. He served as the first Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Court's Committee on Judicial Ethics from 1988 until He was also a member of the Executive Committee of the Chief Judges Council of the National Center of State Courts for five years until his retirement as Chief Justice of the Appeals Court. Prior to joining the Appeals Court Judge Armstrong served in the administration of Governor John Volpe. He was an Assistant Attorney General under Elliot Richardson. He also served as Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Francis W. Sargent from 1969 to 1971 and as Undersecretary of Administration until his appointment to the Appeals Court in Judge Armstrong graduated from Yale College in 1958 and Yale Law School in WARREN FITZGERALD, ESQ. Warren Fitzgerald is a full time mediator with a wide range of experience settling cases in many areas of the law including easements, condominium disputes, environmental contamination, construction, premises liability, business disputes, contracts, insurance coverage, labor and employment, intellectual property, product liability, fires and explosions, professional and medical malpractice, property damage, admiralty, estates and consumer class actions. Mr. Fitzgerald has more than 30 years experience as a trial lawyer and negotiator representing both plaintiffs and defendants in business, commercial, municipal and personal injury litigation. He was an associate with the firms of Hutchins & Wheeler and Parker, Coulter, Daley & White and was a partner at Meehan, Boyle & Cohen for 22 years. He began mediating cases at the request of fellow trial lawyers in the 1980 s and participated in several court supported mediation programs before starting Fitzgerald Dispute Resolution LLC at which he is also presently a mediator. A past president of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, Mr. Fitzgerald has lectured many times on topics relating to trial practice and ADR for MCLE and numerous law schools and bar associations. He was chair of the MBA ADR committee from 2007 to 2009 and has been a member of the Massachusetts Trial Court Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution since Mr. Fitzgerald has been selected as a Massachusetts and a New England Super Lawyer each year since publication began. He was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates in He graduated from Boston University, magna cum laude with distinction, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and Boston University School of Law, where he was an editor of the Law Review. Case Evaluator 50 Congress Street, Suite 600, Boston, MA Tel: Fax:
2 ROBERT W. FOSTER, PE, PLS Mr. Foster is a Registered Professional Surveyor and Registered Professional Engineer (Civil) with over 35 years experience in the planning and design of residential, commercial and industrial land uses, including the design of road systems and their infrastructure. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Vermont in He provides consulting services in engineering and surveying and reviews the construction of road and infrastructure systems for the Towns of Hopkinton and Hopedale; he offers professional consulting services nationally in arbitration, dispute resolution and litigation involving civil engineering and surveying issues. Mr. Foster is President of the International Federation of Surveyors (IFG), Past President of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), and has served on the Board of Trustees of The Engineering Center Education Trust (Boston). He is also a member of the Boston Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, New England Land Title Association, Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers (MALSCE), and is Chairman of the Hopkinton Zoning Board of Appeals. He has received several awards and citations from MALSCE, ACSM, American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing and The Engineering Center. Mr. Foster has provided testimony in litigation involving property disputes, appeals for permit denials, eminent domain proceedings, and professional negligence. He has testified before the United States Congress and the Massachusetts Legislature on pending legislation and budgetary matters. He participated in rewriting Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys adopted by the American Land Title Association and ACSM in He conducted a study on the operations and functions of the Engineering Department of the Massachusetts Land Court for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He has conducted numerous seminars on the subjects of planning and zoning, professional practice issues and ethics, and professional standards. For several years he conducted refresher courses for candidates for licensure as professional engineer and as professional surveyor. Mr. Foster is author of The Liability Environment, a compendium of his columns appearing in the ACSM Bulletin. He has written several papers and articles on Global Positioning System (GPS), ethics, professional practice, public relations, mapping the wetlands of Massachusetts, and the need for a Land Data System in New England. Mr. Foster has written a column regularly for the monthly Civil Engineering News and is a Contributing Editor for P.O. B. Magazine, a publication of Business News Publishing Company. ROBERT T. GILL, ESQ. Over the last 30 years, Bob Gill has handled a wide range of complex litigation matters. He is a versatile and dynamic lawyer. His litigation practice is now concentrated in the areas of professional liability, real estate, commercial and business litigation. Mr. Gill represents both plaintiffs and defendants. In the course of his professional liability practice, Mr. Gill has represented hundreds of professionals. He has represented lawyers, accountants, investment advisors, bankers, insurance professionals, educators, town officials and officers and directors of corporations. Mr. Gill has recently successfully represented a law firm in what is believed to be the longest malpractice trial in Massachusetts. He has also represented the lawyer in the largest defalcation case ever reported in Massachusetts and has also defended a number of intellectual property and patent law firms in malpractice suits. Mr. Gill handles insurance coverage cases. In his commercial litigation practice, Mr. Gill represents a wide variety of corporations and partnerships in business, commercial and real estate related litigation. He has handled matters including MGLA 93A (the Massachusetts unfair competition statute), fraud, misrepresentation, employment, share holder litigation in both public and closely held corporations, breach of fiduciary duty, partnership disputes, securities issues, breach of contract, business torts, ERISA, trademark and other intellectual property issues. In addition, Mr. Gill has a variety of software and web-based companies as clients. In November 2004, and again in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009, Mr. Gill was selected as one of the State's "Super Lawyers" in a joint survey conducted by the publishers of Law & Politics magazine and Boston magazine as part of a special publication titled "The Top Attorneys in Massachusetts." Massachusetts Super Lawyers were chosen through an extensive process of polling, research and screening. Mr. Gill also has had an AV rating by Martindale Hubbell for many years. Mr. Gill understands that mediation is a voluntary process. He believes in a merits-based approach. Nevertheless, in many cases one or more of the parties is emotionally invested and needs help in working through the process that will allow him/her to come to a resolution that is satisfactory to all. He encourages the parties to exchange mediation memoranda prior to the hearing. If the matter does not settle at the mediation, Mr. Gill will follow up with the parties and continue his efforts to resolve the matter. Mr. Gill has been a member of the American Arbitration Association Panel of Arbitrators and has been a hearing committee member of the Board of Bar Overseers. Mr. Gill graduated from Union College in 1969; Boston College Law School (JD) in 1973; and Boston College Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (MA Sociology) in 1973.
3 THE HON. MEL L. GREENBERG (RET.) Judge Greenberg served on the Appeals Court bench from 1990 to 2007 after many years of experience on the Trial Court bench. He served on the District Court bench from 1977 to 1983, in the District Court s Appellate Division from 1980 to 1983 and on the Superior Court bench from 1983 to Prior to 1977 he practiced law in Worcester. A magna cum laude graduate of Clark University, he received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law and served in the Judge Advocate General Staff of the U.S. Army Reserve. Judge Greenberg is a member of the Massachusetts Judges Conference, the American Law Institute (ALI) and the New England Appellate Judges Conference. He has also served as chair of the BBA s Bench Bar Committee and as a faculty member of the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. MICHAEL P. HEALY, ESQ. Mr. Healy practices law in the areas of business and corporate, probate and administration, residential and commercial real estate, environmental, zoning and municipal law matters. In private practice since 1971, Mr. Healy contributes to many professional and civic organizations. As a member of the American Bar Association, he has served on the Business, Property and Tax Sections. He served as a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association s Board of Delegates and the Association s Business, Property and Real Estate Sections. He is a past president of the Real Estate Bar Association, a past member of its Title, Forms and Practice Standards Committees and a past chair of the Association s Nominating Committee. Mr. Healy received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and earned his Juris Doctor at Suffolk Law School. Mr. Healy is a respected author and lecturer and has participated in numerous educational programs relating to various aspects of real estate law practice. Some of his recent works published in Lawyers Weekly, Banker & Tradesman and The Conveyancer (respectively) include Public Service Corporations vs. Municipal Zoning, IRS Targets Real Estate Attorneys, The Proposed Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act, Real Estate Broker Commission Law Clarified, and Selected Tax Issues Concerning Commercial Real Estate. He has lectured on subjects ranging from mortgage loan inspections to estate and investment planning.
4 THE HON. HERBERT H. HODOS (RET.) Judge Hodos served on the Massachusetts District Court bench as an associate justice and then First Justice of the Greenfield District Court from 1993 until his retirement in In 2008 he was awarded the judicial excellence award for the District Court by the Massachusetts Judges Conference. After his retirement he served as a board member of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine from He served as Vice-Chair of the Board and Chair of the Complaint Committee. He practiced law as a general practitioner in Springfield with the law firm of Robinson and Dibble from and from 1968 until 1993 he practiced with the law firm of Levy, Winer where he was a partner. He also served as a part time district prosecutor in Franklin and Hampshire counties. He has a breadth of experience as a general practitioner and concentrated in real estate, land use and probate law in his later years of practice. Judge Hodos has served on many civic, religious and charitable organizations over the years including presidency of the Franklin County Bar Association, delegate and executive committee of the Massachusetts Bar Association. He is currently a board member of Community Legal Aid, the legal services organization that covers western and central Massachusetts. Judge Hodos received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and his law degree from Boston College Law School. THE HON. RUDOLPH KASS (RET.) Judge Kass served as a justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court from 1979 (with a one year hiatus when mediating for REBA Dispute Resolution) until his retirement as a recall judge on the Appeals Court bench in During that period he authored close to 2000 opinions, many in real estaterelated fields. Prior to his appointment to the Appeals Court, Kass was a partner in the Boston firm of Brown, Rudnick, Freed & Gesmer, known today as Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels LLP, where his field of concentration was real estate law-related with an emphasis on government-assisted housing. Having participated in a Boston Bar Association committee that drafted and lobbied for a condominium enabling statute, Kass became an authority on condominium law. In 1965 Kass served as counsel to a special legislative committee that drafted the statute creating the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency, now known as MassHousing. Kass has lectured frequently in continuing legal education settings on real estate-related subjects and appellate practice. He is the editor/author of an MCLE publication, Legal Chowder. Judge Kass received his Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College and his law degree from Harvard Law School.
5 THE HON. PETER W. KILBORN (RET.) Judge Kilborn served as Chief of Justice of the Land Court from 1996 until his retirement in February He served as an Associate Justice of the court from 1989 to While serving as a judge, he chaired the Supreme Judicial Court s Committee to Review the Rules of Judicial Conduct and appeared many times as a faculty member on forums sponsored by bar associations and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education relating to zoning, subdivision and other real estaterelated matters. Judge Kilborn graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1955, served two years in the United States Army and graduated from Harvard Law School in He was admitted to the bar in He practiced law at the Boston firms of Tyler & Reynolds and Mintz, Levin & Cohn, and then from 1968, until appointed to the Land Court, at Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster in Boston. He became a partner in that firm in 1972 and served for many years as its Managing Director. His practice as a lawyer was concentrated in all aspects of real estate law, including title-related issues, leasing, mortgage and bond financing, subdivision, zoning, environmental, and other regulatory matters, including work for major educational and medical institutions in the Boston area. Judge Kilborn has been a member of the Real Estate Bar Association and The Abstract Club for many years. He has served as a member of the Association s Title Standards Committee. Arbitrator ARTHUR P. KREIGER, ESQ. Mr. Kreiger, co-founder of Anderson & Kreiger LLP, has more than 25 years of experience practicing environmental and land use law as a litigator, advocate, counselor and mediator. His areas of expertise include oil and hazardous material contamination, wetlands protection, permitting, environmental impact review, environment insurance, zoning (including agriculture, religious and educational uses and day care), subdivision control and other local permitting and regulation, and other environmental and land use matters. For nearly 20 years, Art has successfully mediated cases through DEP, court panels, the Massachusetts Office of Dispute Resolution and privately. He has taught Advanced Environmental Law, addressed Massachusetts judges on the management of complex environmental cases for the Flaschner Judicial Institute, and written and lectured extensively to the legal and business audiences on a variety of topics. He co-chaired the Steering Committee and the Litigation Committee of the Boston Bar Association s Environmental Law Section, and co-chaired REBA s Environmental Committee. A cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Art earned his JD with honors from Columbia Law School. Over the past several years, he has been consistently recognized by his colleagues as a Super Lawyer (Boston Magazine), a Leader in his Field (Chambers USA) and a Best Lawyer in America (Best Lawyer).
6 THE HON. KENNETH LAURENCE (RET.) Judge Laurence served as an associate justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court from 1990 until Prior to his appointment to the bench he was a partner in the Boston law firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart with a practice concentrating in banking, antitrust, health care and environmental litigation and administrative proceedings. He also represented bondholders of independent public authorities in litigation and financings and served on the American Arbitration Association s commercial panel of arbitrators in Boston. Admitted to the Federal and State bars in Maine and New York as well as Massachusetts, Laurence is a member of the Boston Bar Association (BBA), the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA), the American Law Institute (ALI) and the American Judicature Society. Judge Laurence has been an adjunct professor at Northeastern University School of Law and has authored numerous articles and professional treatises, particularly in the areas of legal malpractice, the ethical practice of law, and the public trust doctrine. He is a graduate of Harvard College, magna cum laude (1958) and Harvard University School of Law, cum laude (1962). He also holds degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science (Fulbright Fellow) and Oxford University. THE HON. LEON J. LOMBARDI (RET.) Judge Lombardi served as an Associate Justice of the Land Court Department from 1995 to He is a graduate of Tufts University in 1971 and received his law degree from Boston University School of Law in Judge Lombardi was an associate in the Law Offices of Robert I. Kalis in Foxborough from 1974 to Between January 1977 and January 1983, Judge Lombardi served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives representing the towns of Easton, Mansfield, and Norton. After leaving the legislature, Judge Lombardi practiced law with Warner & Stackpole in Boston until Judge Lombardi co-chaired a committee consisting of court personnel, private attorneys, and surveyors that drafted the Manual of Instructions for the Survey of Lands and Preparation of Plans, which became effective on January 2, He has participated as a faculty member in numerous seminars pertaining to Massachusetts easement law. For many years, Judge Lombardi was a member of the Real Estate Bar of Massachusetts and an ex-officio member of The Abstract Club. He received his mediation training from Mediation Works Incorporated. Prior to his service on the bench, Judge Lombardi was a member of the boards of Suffield Academy; the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (commonly known as Amtrak); Brockton Hospital, Inc.; North Easton Savings Bank; and the Natural Resources Trust of Easton, Inc.
7 EDWARD W. MCINTYRE, ESQ. Mr. McIntyre has been a trial lawyer practicing in the field of negligence law since His trial practice has concentrated in the area of serious and life-alternating injuries and has involved trials in the Superior Court and the United States District Court for Massachusetts. Mr. McIntyre has also represented parties in land disputes, commercial landlord-tenant disagreements, premises liability cases, defective products, construction site accidents, business partnership breakups, fee arbitration, professional malpractice, trademark infringement, will contests, non-compete agreements, condominium owners association conflicts and municipal grievances. Mr. McIntyre also has a diverse mediation background, principally involving business-2-business disputes and partnership dissolutions. He has had principal involvement in several hundred mediated negligent-based cases. Mr. McIntyre is a past president of the Massachusetts Bar Association and a past president of the Worcester County Bar Association. He is a member of the American Bar Association s Dispute Resolution Section. J.D. from New England School of Law; M.A. Assumption College; B.A. Saint Bonaventure University. Trained and certified as a mediator Mediation Works Incorporated, Boston, MA. THE HON. DAVID A. MILLS (RET.) The Hon. David A. Mills (ret.) was a justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court from 2001 to During his service on the Appeals Court bench Judge Mills authored 120 published opinions and 15 rescript opinions. Prior to joining the Appeals Court, Mills law practice focused on advocacy in zoning and land use matters before municipal, state and federal land use and regulatory agencies in more than 2,000 cases. During his years in private practice, Mills also served as a long-time faculty member on MCLE s zoning and land use programs, as well as constitutional law programs. A graduate of Boston College and Boston College Law School, Mills first served in the appellate sections of the Middlesex District Attorney and The Attorney General before going into private practice. He is a member of the Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations, as well as the Massachusetts LBGTQ Bar Association. He is a board member of the Salem Award Foundation and Mass Lawyers Weekly. A life-long resident of the town of Danvers, he was a town meeting member for 30 years, serving as town moderator in the late 1990s. A life-long resident of the Town of Danvers, he was a town meeting member for 30 years, serving as Town Moderator in the late 1990 s.
8 JOEL M. RECK, ESQ. Joel Reck is a retired partner from Brown Rudnick LLP and former Chair of its Real Estate Department. His practice consisted of structuring, managing and closing sophisticated commercial real estate transactions throughout the United States and has included several of the largest development projects and leases in the Greater Boston area. Mr. Reck has several years of varied mediation experience, principally involving real estate and commercial disputes, but also involving personal injury and professional malpractice matters. Many of these mediations have involved multiple parties. Real Estate - Development disputes between developers and abutters; Condominium disputes between condominium associations and the original developers and between condominium associations and developers of adjacent properties; Control and ownership disputes among several owners of contiguous parcels comprising an integrated shopping center; Disputes among family members regarding financial and control issues with family owned property; Workout and foreclosure disputes; Abutter disputes regarding property lines, easements and use. Commercial - Family business control and ownership disputes; Employment dispute involving fired CEO. Personal Injury - Passenger injury on cruise ship. Malpractice - Legal malpractice claims. Listed in the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the specialties of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Real Estate Law; listed as one of the Nation s Top 10 Real Estate Lawyers published by the United States Lawyer Rankings guide; named as a leading individual in real estate law in Massachusetts by Chambers USA: America s Leading Lawyers for Business; served as Chair of the Real Estate Section and as President of the Boston Bar Association and of the Boston Bar Foundation; served on the governing boards of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Real Estate Bar Association, the American Bar Association and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education; Member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and its Leasing Committee; Chair of the Boston Harbor Island Alliance and former chair and board member of many other non-profit organizations. Mr. Reck was the 2012 Recipient of REBA s Richard B. Johnson Award, the Association s highest honor. This lifetime achievement award recognizes the recipient s outstanding and selfless contributions to advancing the practice of real estate law. Mr. Reck is an Adjunct Professor at Boston College Law School; Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) faculty member to train and certify lawyers to be mediators; MCLE faculty member in Civil Mediation Workshop. Mr. Reck received his J.D. degree from Harvard University and B.A. degree from Bowdoin College. He is a trained and certified mediator. BETTE J. ROTH, ESQ. Bette Roth is a full-time mediator and arbitrator, and has handled more than 800 cases involving a wide range of commercial, employment, securities, construction, real estate, professional malpractice, and family business/real property ownership disputes. Among others, she has settled in mediation real property disputes involving breach of the purchase and sale agreement, adverse possession, easements, title, zoning, inspection, and variance disputes involving the city, family, and surrounding neighbors. Before 1992, Ms. Roth was a trial lawyer for several years in private practice and before that with the federal government. In addition to REBA Dispute Resolution, Inc., Ms. Roth mediates and arbitrates with American Arbitration Association (AAA), CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, FINRA, Resolute Systems, Inc., and Case Closed. She is certified by the International Mediation Institute in the Hague. Ms. Roth has spoken extensively on mediation and arbitration for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), the Boston Bar Association (where she served as co-chair of the ADR Committee of the Litigation Section), and ALI-ABA, and has trained arbitrators through MCLE and mediators through AAA. She has published numerous articles on dispute resolution with Mass. Lawyers Weekly, The Practical Lawyer (ALI-ABA), the Boston Bar Journal, PIABA, NSCP Currents, MCLE, CCLE, and on antitrust through The Antitrust Bulletin. Ms. Roth is the primary editor and contributing author of the national two-volume text, The Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Guide (copyright Thomson/West), a finalist for the 1994 CPR book award. This text is widely cited by litigants and judges, and has become a staple in most law libraries. Ms. Roth publishes its yearly updates, which has kept her on the forefront of ADR developments for the past 17 years. Recognized for her work in dispute resolution, Ms. Roth was named a "Super Lawyer" in the field of ADR by Boston Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine for each year since 2006, and in 2001, she received the John Dunlop Dispute Resolution Award from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for her work in mediation. Ms. Roth also teaches mediation at Boston University School of Law.
9 F. SYDNEY SYD SMITHERS, IV, ESQ. Mr. Smithers joined the firm of Cain Hibbard & Myers PC in Pittsfield in 1971, concentrating in all aspects of residential and commercial real estate. Mr. Smithers became a partner with the firm and has been directing the firm s Real Estate Department since Admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1970, the US District Court and the District Court of Massachusetts in 1971, he began his career serving as a law clerk to Judge Edward McPartlin in the Massachusetts Land Court. He was appointed a Land Court Examiner in Mr. Smithers graduated from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania and earned his JD from Boston University School of Law. He received his mediation training at Framingham Court Mediation Services in He is a long time member of the Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts, having served as a member of the Association s Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Chairman of the Continuing Education Committee, as well as the Association s President in Mr. Smithers was presented with the Association s Richard B. Johnson Award in May of He also has been a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Berkshire Bar Association, The Abstract Club, the New England Land Title Association, the American Land Title Association, the Massachusetts City Solicitors and Town Counsel Association and the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Real Estate Curriculum Advisory Committee. In 1998 Mr. Smithers was elected a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. In addition to being very active in his local community, he has served as trustee for The Trustees of Reservations for many years and recently completed his second term as Chairman of its Board of Directors. A respected author and lecturer, Mr. Smithers publications include Massachusetts Highway Law for Surveyors and contributions to Crocker s Notes on Common Forms (8th Ed., MCLE 1995, Supp., 1997, 2000), Massachusetts Municipal Law (MCLE, 2002) and Real Estate Title Practice in Massachusetts (MCLE, 2003). THE HON. J. OWEN TODD (RET.) Judge Todd served as an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court from 1988 until his resignation in During his judicial appointment, he presided over a variety of areas including construction, commercial real estate, commercial contract, land use and environmental law. Before his appointment, Judge Todd was a senior partner in the litigation department of Hale and Dorr, practicing in Massachusetts State and Federal Courts, including the Tax Court. Having returned to the practice of law, he concentrates on trials involving real estate, complex business litigation, intellectual property disputes, tax and corporate securities litigation. In addition, Judge Todd s extensive experience in mediation and arbitration includes matters of environmental issues, complex commercial litigation, employment discrimination and harassment, patent and copyright claims and divorce issues. Judge Todd graduated from Harvard University, and earned his JD at Boston College Law School. He was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in A respected author and lecturer, Judge Todd has served as President of the Massachusetts Trial Lawyers Association. He also holds memberships in the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Boston Bar Association. He was Sudbury s Town Moderator and has been the recipient of numerous educational trusteeships and fellowships. Arbitrator
10 JOSEPH P. J. VRABEL, ESQ. Mr. Vrabel is Vice President and General Counsel to Capital Risk Management, Inc. He is the Past- President of the Massachusetts Bar Association and is the current President of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Inc. (MCLE). He was a Senior Partner for 22 years at the law firm of Bowditch & Dewey, LLP, where he founded their Framingham office of approximately 25 attorneys. His expertise has been primarily in corporate governance, commercial finance and commercial real estate. He also has extensive experience in all varieties of commercial bank loans, bond financings, health care financings, private placements, workout situations, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and all types of business transactions. His other areas of practice have included general corporate representation, particularly situations including investment strategies, and business planning. He serves on numerous not-for-profit boards of directors, including Longfellow s Wayside Inn, the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, Framingham State College, and Crossroads Community Foundation, where he was a Founding Trustee. He is the current Massachusetts State Chair of the American Bar Foundation, serves on the American Bar Association s House of Delegates and on its Standing Committee for Continuing Legal Education. He is also a member of the ABA s International Law Section s Non-Governmental Organizations committee. Expert Witness and Arbitration/Mediation Experience: Law firms and governmental agencies frequently retain Mr. Vrabel as an expert witness on the ethical standards and legal duties of attorneys in corporate law, real estate and commercial finance issues and transactions. He is a mediator and an arbitrator of commercial, real estate, and business disputes, currently serves as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and as a mediator for the Real Estate Bar Association. He is the author of numerous publications and a requested speaker before a variety of legal and non-legal groups. Education: Lake Forest College (B.A., 1970); Boston College (J.D., 1973); Harvard Law School (Mediator Certification, 1997). Professional Associations: Massachusetts City Solicitors and Town Counsel Association (Past President); Massachusetts Bar Association (Past President); Massachusetts Bar Foundation (Trustee and Life Member); Equal Justice Coalition (Steering Committee); Massachusetts Conveyancers Association (Board of Directors, Dispute Resolution Committee, Co-Chair); Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (Current President and Trustee); New York Bar Association; Boston Bar Association; South Middlesex Bar Association; Worcester Bar Association; Worcester County Bar Foundation (Life Member); American Bar Association (Board of Delegates, Member). American Bar Foundation (State Chair); Framingham State College (Trustee). THE HON. CATHERINE A. WHITE (RET.) Judge White joined Cetrulo and Capone LLP in 2006 in an Of Counsel position after nearly two decades of service on the Superior Court. During her term on the bench, she served on the Court s Alternative Dispute Resolution subcommittee, as well as the advisory committee for the Judicial Institute. As a judge, she was honored in 2005 by the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA) with their Judge of the Year Award and in April of 2006 she was given the Judicial Excellence Award by the Massachusetts Judges Conference. Judge White holds an undergraduate degree from Trinity College, an M.A.T. from Yale University and a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law. She has been a member of the Northeastern University Board of Trustees since Arbitrator Case Evaluator
11 Emeriti STEPHEN P. BIK, ESQ. Mr. Bik concentrates his practice in conveyancing and real estate law. Mr. Bik is Managing Attorney for Worcester-based Taylor Abstract Company. Admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1971, he was formerly a partner with the law firm of Bowditch & Dewey. Mr. Bik is an approved agent for several title insurance companies and was appointed Land Court Examiner for the Massachusetts Land Court in He graduated from Saint Michael s College and earned his JD from Suffolk Law School, where he also received the American Jurisprudence Award. Mr. Bik is a past president of REBA, has served on the Association s Board of Directors and is a former chair of the Title Standards Committee. He also holds memberships in the Massachusetts Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the New England Land Title Association and the American Land Title Association. He also authored the chapter on Mortgages for Crocker s Notes on Common Forms and is a frequent panelist for seminars conducted by MCLE, MBA and the Worcester County Bar Association. MARK BOBROWSKI, ESQ. Mr. Bobrowski has been a professor at the New England School of law since 1986, where he teaches Land Use Law, Real Property, and Administrative Law. He is also a principal in the firm of Blatman, Bobrowski & Mead, LLC, with offices in Concord, Massachusetts. He is the author of the Handbook of Massachusetts Land Use and Planning Law, now in its second edition. The Handbook is frequently cited by the courts of the Commonwealth in their reported decisions regarding land use matters. Mr. Bobrowski has also written numerous articles on topics ranging from affordable housing to protection of the scenic landscape. Mr. Bobrowski s teaching and practice have focused his expertise to all aspects of zoning, subdivision control and affordable housing. He is frequently engaged by municipalities to assist with large projects, particularly those requiring complicated zoning changes or development agreements. He served as a mediator with the Massachusetts Office of Dispute Resolution in Ch. 40B affordable housing appeals to the Housing Appeals Committee. He has litigated dozens of land use cases before the Land Court and Superior Court and argued many times at the appellate level. Mr. Bobrowski has written zoning ordinances and by-laws for nearly 100 of the Commonwealth s cities and towns, and is a regular speaker at the conferences of the City Solicitor and Town Counsel Association of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Municipal Association, the Mass. Continuing Legal Education Program, and the Massachusetts Building Commissioners Association, among others. He served on Governor Romney s Task Force for Affordable Housing and now serves on Governor Patrick s Zoning Task Force, charged with reforming the Zoning Act. Arbitrator
12 Emeriti ROBERT J. HOFFMAN, ESQ. Mr. Hoffman has practiced law for over 50 years with experience in real estate, probate, wills and trusts, general business, corporations and civil litigation. Mr. Hoffman is an approved attorney for institutional mortgage lenders and an underwriting agent for several title insurance companies. He has served as an expert witness and consultant in real estate law and conveyancing matters. Admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1954, Mr. Hoffman also has practiced in the Federal Courts and has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Other professional experiences include his service as an Assistant US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, instructor in law at Babson College Summer School, Land Court Examiner and adjunct professor at Suffolk University School of Law. Mr. Hoffman graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, earned his JD at Harvard Law School and received his mediation training at Harvard Law School s Program of Instruction for Lawyers. A long time member and past president of the Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts, he served on its Executive Committee and chaired the Association s Ethics Committee. Mr. Hoffman also holds memberships in the Massachusetts Association of Bank Counsel, the Boston Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association and The Abstract Club. He is a Life Fellow of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation. JOHN G. JACK WOFFORD, ESQ. Mr. Wofford practices full time as a neutral, with an emphasis on mediation and arbitration. In the 1970 s, He served in both state and federal government- as Director of the Boston Transportation Planning Review, as Associate Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Works, as the first Director of the Central Transportation Planning Staff for the Boston region, and as Deputy General Counsel of the US Department of Transportation. Joining the law firm of Csaplar & Bok, he became a partner in 1981 and was a member of the firm s Real Estate Department, specializing in complex development projects. In 1987, Mr. Wofford joined Endispute, Inc., as a Senior Consultant providing dispute resolution and legal management consulting. In solo practice since 1993, he mediates a wide variety of disputes, including real estate, employment, environmental, commercial and family business matters, and disputes involving professional liability of lawyers, architects, engineers, surveyors and other professionals in construction, development and real estate matters. He has also worked with issues of title insurance companies for damages from alleged wrongful certification of title, of bonding companies for failures in construction and of tort liability insurers for environmental clean up and damages from hazardous waste. Mr. Wofford graduated from Harvard College and Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He earned his LLB at Harvard Law School and then served as law clerk to a US District Judge. He received mediation training at Endispute, the Massachusetts Office of Dispute Resolution, the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and the Cambridge Dispute Settlement Center. In 1999, President Clinton appointed Mr. Wofford to a term on the Federal Services Impasses Panel, a seven-member resolution panel on federal labor negotiation involving the federal government as employer and bargaining units representing federal employees. Arbitrator 50 Congress Street, Suite 600, Boston, MA Tel: Fax: