MITCHELL GORDON

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290 Turnpike Road
Suite 150-383
Westborough, MA 01581
USA
5086151654

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Description of Practice

I am a mediator, facilitator, negotiator, and trainer located in Central, MA and willing to travel to you or we meet at my office. I offer mediation for all sorts of disputes including ELDER mediation, divorce mediation, matrimonial mediation (mediation to stay married) and mediation before you get married, as well as family mediation, corporate mediation with a focus on nonprofit organizations, neighborhood disputes, and a focus on dealing with conflict and disputes and leadership transition in Synagogues and Jewish organizations and associations.

Professional Background

I received my training in collective bargaining and arbitration from Cornell's Labor Relations Institute more than twenty years ago and served for many years negotiating collective bargaining agreements. In 2003 I began working for and training with Roger Fisher (Getting to YES) at his Conflict Management Group in international dispute resolution working with the Israeli Palestinian Negotiating Partners program and training The World Bank, the UN's World Food Programme in Rome, and Fortune 500 companies such as Shell Oil Co. In 2005 I became a mediator in the Worcester Community Mediation program and later founded the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution and Training in Worcester. I spent many years mediating in Worcester, Dudley and Milford District Courts and evaluating more than 7,000 cases annually for mediation. I then founded Gesher: Building Bridges, a practice specializing in conflict in Jewish organizations and Synagogues. I was on the board of advisors to the Harvard Negotiating Insight Initiative, an advisor to the Abraham Path Initiative at the Harvard Program on Negotiation, and I am an occasional contributor to magazines and publications regarding dispute resolution, family issues, and other conflicts.

Experience

I have served as negotiator for collective bargaining agreements for management for many years for major and minor symphony orchestras as part of the AF of M for more than 20 years. I have mediated more than 100 cases annually and evaluated more than 7,000 cases annually when working with the district courts in Central MA since 2005. I have a special interest and skills in Elder mediation and three levels of matrimonial mediation - divorce, mediation to stay married, and mediation before marriage. I also created a specialty practice for working with conflict in Synagogue called Gesher: Building Bridges. I spent a number of years focused on international dispute and training negotiators from 2003. http://kavanah.wixsite.com/gesher

Degrees

I have taken courses at Harvard Graduate School of Education, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at Endicott College. Previously I had also studied education and psychology at UMASS Boston and at Kansai University of Foreign Studies in Osaka, Japan. I received advanced mediation training at the Harvard Program on Negotiation including coursework on Mindfulness in Mediation, Generative Change, and Conflict Resolution for Senior Executives. I also received specialized training elsewhere in ELDER meditation, divorce mediation and court based mediation. I received s'micha (rabbinic ordination) in 2013 through Reb Zalman and also focus on issues in Jewish settings as well as spiritual advisory work.

Approach

I consider myself a facilitative mediator. The parties engage me to help them have a more productive dialogue and to guide them through a process where we strive for resolution and understanding. I think mediation is a transformative process. That does not mean that the parties necessarily start out or end up as friends, rather it means that together we search for options towards resolution looking for ways to add value to arrangement rather than cast insults and aspersions against each other.

Fees

Fees vary based on many circumstances - usually ranging from $250-350 per hour plus all travel and expenses.

Other Information

Part of mediation is dialogue. In some cases simply opening up the stream of conversation can help any situation. Whether a client or parties are looking for a fully mediated agreement or may want to learn to sit and talk and discuss issues - I am there to help.

Areas of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Bullying
  • Community
  • Congregational
  • Cross Cultural
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Elder
  • Employment
  • Entertainment
  • Faith Based
  • Family
  • LGBTQ
  • Marital Mediation
  • Non Profits
  • Parent-Teen
  • Restorative (Criminal)
  • Restorative (Juvenile)
  • Small Claims
  • Special Education
  • Victim - Offender
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Ombud
  • Conflict Coach
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator
  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Counselor
  • Mediator-Arbitrator