Looney & Grossman has announced the
creation of its Alternative Dispute Resolution & Mediation Practice. Leading
the Practice will be partners Joe Berman and Pat Saint James.
Joe Berman is a qualified mediator,
having completed the Commonwealth of Massachusetts's requisite training, and a
member of the New England Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution
(NE-ACR). He mediates cases of all types including employment, commercial
contracts, real estate, insurance, and professional liability, taking a
practical and business-oriented approach to dispute resolution. With
twenty years of experience as a trial lawyer, he is able to quickly grasp the
central issue in dispute, using creative approaches to solve seemingly
intractable problems. Joe provides the litigants a unique perspective on how the
case may play out in court.
Joe has extensive experience in civil litigation. He represents
businesses and individuals in a wide range of commercial disputes, including
employment, contract and corporate matters. His practice also focuses on
the defense of lawyers and other professionals in malpractice and disciplinary
proceedings, as well as the defense of insurance companies in coverage and
statutory actions. In addition to an active trial practice, Joe has
briefed and argued numerous appeals in state and federal courts.
Pat Saint James has specialized in
the area of domestic relations for the past twenty-five years. She has
dealt with complex issues involving divorce, valuation of assets, custody
disputes, tax analysis and jurisdictional issues, as well as the drafting of
DivorceAgreements and Pre-Nuptial Agreements. Pat also has a diverse
transactional business practice. She has broad experience in divestiture
transactions, and in commercial and residential real estate projects.
Last year, Pat completed MCLE's four-day, thirty-hour family law mediation
workshop. This training enables her to serve as a domestic relations
mediator in compliance with the Commonwealth's requirements under Rule 8 of the
Uniform Rules of Dispute Resolution. Throughout her career, Pat has
provided her clients with the legal framework to resolve their disputes through
negotiation or mediation, utilizing litigation only as a last resort. Pat
brings that philosophy and her vast experience in family law and commercial
transactions to her mediation practice, helping parties reach an efficient and
practical resolution to divorce proceedings, custody disputes, paternity
actions, modification proceedings, removal cases, same-sex marriage, business
valuations and partnership issues.
Pat has been designated a "Super Lawyer" by Boston Magazine, and is
AV-rated® by the Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory, its highest rating for
legal ability and professional ethics. She has also been named a Readers'
Choice Top 10 Lawyer by the Boston Women's Business Journal. Pat is a
member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation.