Boston Law Collaborative’s COVID-19 Policy

BLC’s COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Policy is to provide information and reassurance to help protect all of our clients, guests and employees.

To help protect BLC’s community, we have canceled all upcoming trainings, and will be sending updates once they have been rescheduled.

For those visiting our offices, we are taking precautions by washing our hands, offering hand sanitizer, implementing a “no-handshake policy,” are minimizing communal food, and suggest parties and attendees do not exchange business cards. We are also making sure that our meeting space is thoroughly cleaned before and after each use by wiping down the tables and chairs, and using Lysol spray on items.

For those who do not want to or are unable to make it to an in-person meeting, we have the capacity for videoconferencing or telephone sessions; and during this time period, we will be offering free cancellations.

BLC would like to remind everyone:

  • If you think you have been exposed to someone with the virus or are experiencing symptoms, please do not go out.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

BLC is continuing to monitor updates from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local officials, and will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions in the best interest of our clients and employees.

Mediation & Arbitration

"Thank you for the constructive role you played in mediating this dispute. I have been involved in a number of mediation sessions involving mediators, and none was managed more effectively than this one." - Former Client

Since its inception in 2003, BLC has been a leading provider of mediation and dispute resolution services. BLC is approved as a Massachusetts Superior Court ADR Provider and our practitioners regularly lead mediation trainings offered by MWI, MA Continuing Legal Education, and the Community Dispute Settlement Center. BLC’s David HoffmanJim Grumbach and Audrey Lee, are all trained, experienced mediators experienced in mediating commercial, workplace/employment, and other civil matters.

BLC Founder David Hoffman is also an experienced arbitrator. He has offered training in arbitration and has written extensively on the subject. David served as an arbitrator in approximately 180 Dalkon Shield cases, was designated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to provide arbitration services in construction disputes under M.G.L. ch. 142A, and has been arbitrating complex business and employment cases for the American Arbitration Association for more than ten years.

What is the difference between mediation and arbitration? Arbitration is a private form of adjudication. It is generally less formal than a trial in court. However, an arbitrator’s role is to decide the outcome of the case, and the arbitrator’s decision is binding. In mediation, the parties retain control of the outcome. They design their own settlement, which then becomes legally binding.

To learn more about mediation, click here for the mediation FAQs.

To learn more about arbitration, click here for the arbitration FAQs.

For a copy of our Agreement to Mediate, Arbitration Submission Agreement and related forms, click here.