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Carolyn Laredo
Carolyn Laredo is the owner of Law & Mediation, PLLC. Ms. Laredo obtained her Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School and was admitted to practice law in New York 1995. She is an Administrative Law Judge, arbitrator, collaborative lawyer, and mediator as well as a trainer. Ms. Laredo engages in the practice of collaborative, civil and matrimonial law. By those who have worked with her it has been said that her ability to engage all parties and maintain their collaborative commitment to the process is among the best in the country.

Since 1994 she has mediated all types of disputes including divorce, family, business disputes and personal injury claims. She is well versed in utilizing various conflict resolution methods including transformative, evaluative and facilitative. She was a contract mediator for the Equal Opportunity Commission and mediated New York Storm Sandy claims in the American Arbitration Association (AAA) Disaster Recovery Claims Resolution Program. She continues to work for the New York State Public Employees Relations Board (PERB) mediating disputes between collective bargaining employees and municipalities in the State of New York including issues involving Taylor Laws, employment discrimination claims for the United States Postal Service Resolve Employee Disputes Reach Equitable Solutions Swiftly program and for Key Bridge Foundation mediating Americans with Disabilities Act complaints for the United States Department of Justice.

Separate from her private practice she serves as an Administrative Law Judge for New York State Liquor Authority conducting hearings and rendering decisions in accordance with Alcoholic Beverage Control Law and the Rules of the State Administrative Procedure Act and related statutes. She was nominated and continues to serve as an Arbitrator for the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board and for the American Arbitration Association rendering awards on workers compensation laws and health insurer match (HIMP) statutes.

Ms. Laredo has taught graduate classes at Brooklyn Law School, Baruch College and Manhattanville College on topics including employment laws for human resource professionals, mediation, negotiation and conflict management, She has conducted a wide range of professional services from continuing legal education courses, presentations, and trainings to mini-conferences for the Rockland County Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, New York State Department of Labor, Archdiocese of the State of New York among others. Ms. Laredo has authored numerous articles on topics including divorce, workplace disputes, family and aging-parent conflicts, and has co-hosted a radio talk show, The Conflict Negotiators.
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James Bell
James Bell a graduate of Edinburgh University’s Murray House School of Education has held many contracts with both state and local government to participate in training and regeneration programs. He is a full time mediator who has been mediating internationally since the 1990’s, as well as being a mediator for Law & Mediation. For the past seven years he has been a contract mediator with the United States Postal Service taking part in their Resolve Employee Disputes Reach Equitable Solutions Swiftly program mediating EEO discrimination and harassment claims and continues to participate as a roster mediator for the Westchester County Supreme Court’s Matrimonial Mediation Program. He has also served as mediator for New York Storm Sandy claims as part of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) Disaster Recovery Claims Resolution Program.

Alongside becoming a mediator for Law & Mediation, PLLC in 2006, his employment has included lecturing positions at Newbattle Abbey College, Telford College and in outreach and education centers for both NGO’s and government agencies. His background in education and specifically adult education combined with his ability to utilize different teaching paradigms and techniques alongside his mediation skills affords a deeper understanding and insight by disputing parties due to his ability in presenting situations from differing perspectives to aid their understanding.

He received advanced transformative mediation training with Robert A. Baruch Bush at Hofstra Law School and over the years he has developed the ability to practice transformative, evaluative and/or facilitative methods of mediation dependent on the needs and objectives of the parties. He has gained a reputation for his determination and perseverance coupled with his listening skills and at times his frankness.
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ABRAHMAM D. TAWIL, MBA, MA, MD, JD is a Graduate of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and The Kukin Center's nationally recognized program in Dispute Resolution. He has been an Adjunct Professor at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Dr. Tawil also holds a Masters of Arts in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law. Dr. Tawil is currently the Deputy Chair for the Department of Management at Baruch College. He has served as Baruch College’s chief human resource officer, Associate Dean for Professional Education/ Director of Continuing Studies at Baruch, and Executive Director of Hillel. Dr. Tawil also serves as an independent management consultant for several corporations and service organizations. He was an Associate Professor at New York University where he founded the Certificate in Conflict Management. Dr. Tawil is the founder of the nationally recognized Leadership in Law Program at Columbia University. Dr. Tawil is a pioneer member of the Medicare Beneficiary Protection Mediation Panel, having successfully mediated several of the first cases nationally. He is an ‘expert witness’ on human resource management standards as they relate to employment and labor law issues. Dr. Tawil has served on the Faculty Advisory Board for publishing companies including Houghton Mifflin and John Wiley & Co on textbooks in business, management, human resource management, and conflict management. Abe was the Assistant to the Commissioner of Health for the U.S. Virgin Islands where he served as Director of Medical Education and as a member of the Department of Medicine where he served as Director of Off Island Medical Evacuation. He was the Executive Director of Human Resources and Special Projects for a major retail company in New York City and was the Executive Vice President for Human Resources and Development and Chief Operating Officer for a regional retail chain.
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RONNY H. BERLIN, M.A. has worked extensively in consulting, organizational development, training, mediation, and coaching. She is a founding partner and President of Helix Consulting, LLC, and a founding director of RHB Conflict Resolution Services and Mediate Solutions. Ms. Berlin serves as adjunct faculty at Baruch College teaching Organizational Behavior and Conflict Management and Negotiation. Ms. Berlin also teaches at Hofstra University’s Scott Skodnek Business Development Center in their Executive Leadership Program and at Cornell University ILR teaching mediation skills. As a mediator, she serves on several panels including the Blue Ribbon Panel of the USPS, the EEOC (private and federal sectors), the Federal Aviation Administration and in private practice. In addition to her mediation practice, Ms. Berlin provides organizations with needs assessment and custom design of early dispute resolution systems. She facilitates seminars and workshops to private organizations in areas such as communication and conflict resolution skills, behavior styles, team building, time management, emotional intelligence, motivation, stress and coping management, anger management, project management and cultural competency. Ms. Berlin has been invited to present at the Nassau County Bar-ADR section, Hofstra University’s Downtown Seminar Series, Hillel’s Leadership Program, HR Council of Westchester Business Council, among others, and collaborative mediation training program for the Rockland County Bar Association.
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RODNEY L. BROWN, M.H.S. has a background in education, business, social work, mediation, arbitration, project management and training. He is the co-founder of Brown, Brown & Associates, Inc., a training and development firm. He is a founding partner of Helix Consulting, LLC. Mr. Brown is one of few certified trainers for the New York State Office of Court Administration and teaches Basic Mediation for Community Dispute Resolution Programs. He has also taught Mediation and Conflict Management at Touro Law School, Hofstra University, and at Baruch College negotiation skills and in Cornell University’s Certificate Program. Mr. Brown has served as a Mediator and Arbitrator in Labor Issues, Community issues and Educational Issues. Mr. Brown seeks, designs and implements training programs for organizations in the public and private sectors. He has managed major training projects for Consolidated Edison of New York, The Training and Upgrading Fund of 1199/SEIU, District Council 37, the County of Nassau, and many major hospitals in the New York Metropolitan area.
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