Paula J. Trout, JD, MBA, MPA
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Description of Practice

This Mediator is Certified
Offices in Nevada, Arizona, California, Ohio and Alaska

Paula J. Trout is President and CEO of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Forums. She provides ADR services in mediation, negotiation, facilitation, conciliation, settlement conferences, fact finding (decisional and pre-decisional), early neutral evaluation (ENE), investigation and arbitration services: primarily in the areas of employment (& CBA) disputes, workers' compensation issues, domestic, interpersonal/relationship, civil, securities, construction, ADA,and business related disputes. Clients include (but not limited to): RPB Associates, Nationwide Insurance, Key Bridge Foundation, Ohio DOE (Education), EEOC, Postal Service, Raytheon, Resolute Systems, DeMars & Associates, DOE (Energy), EPA, DHLS (Homeland Security). She is trained and certified in Transformative Mediation and has mediated and arbitrated cases for the 8th Judicial District Court's Mediation Program. Ms. Trout provides training in advance negotiation and mediation skills, transformative mediation, and arbitration. She further provides coaching for UNLV Law School's and the Neighborhood Justice Center’s (NJC’s) mediation and training program(s).

Ms. Trout has mediated cases in seven (7) district offices of the EEOC and provided Mediation Training to United States Postal Service in its REDRESS Program (e.g., Resolving Employment Disputes Reaching Equitable Solutions Swiftly), in 1998.

Professional Background

Ms. Trout serves as Adjunct Professor ar DeVry University, Keller Graduate School of Management and the Art Institute (Las Vegas, NV). Subjects include (but are not limited to) Business Law; Business Policy; Legal, Political & Ethical Dimensions of Business; Intellectual Property; (e.g., Copyrights, Patents, Trademarks, Trade Secrets); Principles of Ethics; ADR Theory & Practice; Negotiation Skills; Critical Thinking; Managing Conflict in the Workplace; and Managing Organizational Change. Ms. Trout taught dispute resolution courses at Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and Conflict Management Services (1997-2000). She served as an arbitrator for the Common Pleas Court and Guardian ad Litem for the Family Court (1993-1997).

Additionally, Ms. Trout held the position as Commissioner for the Ohio Industrial Commission where she adjudicated workers' compensation claims, monitored and reviewed standards of practice of self-insured employers and conducted settlement conferences / hearings for permanent and total injured workers. As a member of the Ohio Industrial Commission, Ms. Trout represented the Public Member Constituency and held the swing vote ninety-two percent of the time.


Ms. Trout has been a private practitioner, trainer, facilitator and instructor in law and conflict resolution for more than twenty-five years, and a transformative mediator for over fifteen years. She has mediated well over 2,000 cases in her dispute resolution career. Ms. Trout is skilled in the various models of mediation. Shr can effectively combine the evaluative anf facilitative models for the clients and draws on her extensive experience as she works with the parties to assist them in resolving their dispute. Her national proven track record with resolving contentious litigation instills confidence in the parties during the mediation process.


J. D., Law, Capital University Law School, 1986
M. A., Business Administration, Central Michigan University, 1980
M. A., Public Administration, Central Michigan University, 1978
B. A., Psychology, Capital University, 1974
Certification in Transformative Mediation, ISCT, 2005
Supreme Court of the United States, 1992
United States Claims Court, 1992
United States Tax Court, 1992
United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1992
United States District Court, Northern District, 1992
Unites States District Court, Southern District, 1989
Supreme Court of Ohio, 1987


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
1989    UA WCC Instructors     Workers' Compensation System, Medical & Legal Issues
1991    Z Zumeta, C Schneider    Family & Divorce Mediation Training
1992    R Fisher, W Ury & Instructors    Harvard University, Program on Negotiation
1992    C Moore, B Mayer & Instructors    CDR Associates, Dispute Resolution Systems & Design
1992    NJC ADR Instructors    National Judicial College, Alternative Dispute Resolution
1994    R Mitchell, S Dewhirst, L Harbert    Capital University Law School, Mediation & Negotiation
1996, 1997    AAA ADR Instructors    Construction Mediation, Securities & Commercial Mediation
1997    B Bush, J Folger, D Noce & S Pope    Temple University & Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation
1998    M Bertty and CU EEO Instructors    Cornell University & U S EEOC Mediation Program, EEOC New York District Office
2001    S Lowery, L Martin, P Trout    Transformative Mediation & Advanced Mediation Skills & Techniques
2003    S Lowery, L Martin, P Trout    General & Divorce Mediation Training
2005    A DeMars-Fhir, A Koltz    CAP-RV Mediation & Arbitration Training
2005, 2007    Peter Merrill & Instructors    Construction Mediation, Arbitration & Review Boards
2006    S Press, T Wheeler, P Trout    Avoiding Mediation Missteps: Mediation Standards
2006, 2008    P Maida    Mediating Workplace and Financial Disputes
2007    C Cramer, M Powers, P Trout    Ethics in Mediation
2009    F Weatherspoon, B Jackson, D Leo    U S EEOC Discrimination Laws and ADR
2012    B Jackson    Mediating Employment Discrimination Disputes
2012    B Widgeon, P Trout    Fact Finding and Collective Bargaining Agreements
2012    E Brundige, D Collins    Fact Finding and Collective Bargaining Agreements
2016    Kenneth Cloke    Employment Mediation Training

Other Information

Ms. Trout is a Founding Member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators. She was appointed Arbitration Chairperson by the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. Formerly a member of the Panel of Arbitrators for the AAA, Ms. Trout held officer positions on the national board of directors of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR 2003-2009); the former Academy of Family Mediators and ACR's Los Angeles, California Chapter. Ms. Trout also chaired ACR's Ethics Committee and served on is Finance, Audit, D & E, Standards and Strategic Planning committees. Ms. Trout presented at ACR's international conference in Toronto(2001); ACR's Family Section Conferences in 2002-2003, and ACR's national conferences in 2003-2011; and the National Conference of Minority Professionals in Alternative Dispute Resolution at Capital University Law School in 2002-2012.

Ms. Trout has written several articles on Conflict Resolution and two of her keynote addresses were published in "Korean Americans, Conflict and Harmony" (Ho-Youn Kwon, Editor), and "Korean American Women Living in Two Cultures" (Young In Song and Ailee Moon). Ms. Trout was also commissioned by the National Council of Churches to co-facilitate "Peace Talks" between the African American and Korean American communities in the aftermath of the Rodney King incident. A recipient of the Peacemaker of the Year Award (1993, 2008) by Mediators of Southern Nevada, Ms. Trout also received distinguished honors in 2007 at the Conference of Minority Professionals in Dispute Resolution from Capital University Law School.

Areas of Practice

  • ADA
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • Family
  • Intellectual Property
  • Online Mediation
  • Personal Injury
  • Postal Service
  • Real Estate
  • Workers Comp
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Counselor
  • Fact-Finder
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Conflict Coach
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator

References available upon request.

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