Mediation Experience and Panel Appointments

Christopher Kauders.One of the region’s most experienced and effective mediators and arbitrators. Since 1987, has settled thousands of disputes involving practice areas including: banking, business, Chapter 93A, construction, disability, discrimination, divorce (Rule 8 certified), eminent domain, employment, family law, family financial disputes and will contests, family owned businesses, health care, insurance coverage, landlord/tenant, legal and other professional malpractice, personal injury, real property, securities (FINRA), sexual harassment, subrogation, and tort.

Over twenty-five years, mediation settlement rate in excess of 90%. Matters range from two party simple disputes that settle within three hours to complex multiparty disputes. Has reputation for tenaciously assisting parties reach settlements even after mediation session. Attempts to make process as enjoyable as possible for parties and counsel.

Available to serve throughout New England and nationwide.

Frequently serves on Mediation Panels created by the Mass. Trial Court for service statewide, and by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (formerly NASD). Served on the Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Panels of the American Arbitration Association, the FDIC/RTC and Johns/Manville Personal Injury Settlement Trust.

Appointed by Mass. Attorney General’s Office and several Fortune 500 companies to resolve consumer class actions. One publicized case involved facilitating resolution of 145 separate complaints by consumers against Citibank for alleged debt collection violations. Selected by the tobacco industry and Mass. A.G. to coordinate limited discovery issues.

Bar Association Appointments Presentations & Lectures

Frequent panelist and lecturer on topics involving mediation theory and effective practice. Presenter on MCLE’s “60 Minute Lawyer” cassette series – 1994. Panels ranged from the MCLE 1994 “Personal Injury Basics” to Mass. Bar and Boston Bar Association presentations in 2006 to 2012. Served as Chair of the ADR Committee of the Labor and Employment Section of the Boston Bar Association. Presently serving on the Steering Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section and as co-chair of the ADR Committee of the Litigation Section of the Boston Bar Association.

In 2008, co-chair of BBA seminar “Gender Issues in ADR and Trial.

In 2007 Chair of Boston Bar Association seminar “Maximizing Your Effectiveness In Mediation” and participant in BBA seminar on corporate compliance and resolving disability claims.

Legal Experience

1995 – Present President and full-time arbitrator and mediator – Pre-Trial Solutions, Inc.

1987 – 1996 E.V.P. full-time mediator and arbitrator U.S. Arbitration & Mediation of New England, Inc.

1985 – 1987 Attorney – Needham & Warren (Boston)

1981 – 1985 Associate Counsel – Law Office of Bank of Boston

For Profit & Volunteer Board Service

2002 – Present Frank J. Murray Inn of Court – An association of judges and lawyers designed to foster professionalism and ethics of the bench and bar.

2008 – Present Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination Advisory Board (Appointed by Governor Deval L. Patrick)

2000-2007 Freedom Scientific, Inc. (St. Petersburg, Fl.) Board of Directors. World’s leading provider of technology for the blind and partially sighted. $32 million in sales and no debt. Elected to Board by two venture capital firms.

1995 – 1998 ExpressPoint Technology Services, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN) Advisory Board.

1985-1987 President of a 34 unit condominium association on Beacon Hill.

1997- to 2011 The Seeing Eye, Inc. (Morristown, NJ) Board of Trustees (serves on Executive Committee) World’s premier dog guide school with $230 million endowment.

2002- to present Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Board of Trustees

2002 – 2005 The Chestnut Hill School (Brookline, MA). Board of Trustees

1997 – 1999 The University Club (Boston, MA). Board of Governors

Member of original Boards of Directors of:
President, Frank J. Murray Inn of Court
Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolutions, (NE Chapter)
Community Settlement Center (Cambridge)
Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (Cambridge recording studio)
Member, Frank J. Murray Inn of Court
Member, Mass. and Boston Bar Associations

Bar Admission

Massachusetts Bar Admitted: 1981