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, Community Dispute Settlement Center and the MCLE. BLC’s David Hoffman, Michele Keratsis, Audrey J. Lee, and BLC affiliate Dr. Richard Wolman are all trained, experienced mediators in family matters.
BLC Founder David Hoffman is 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. David has also arbitrated cases involving the following issues:
- Business and business torts
- Child custody
- Consumer Protection (93A)
- Discrimination (disabilities, race, gender, age)
- Divorce and post-divorce
- Family Business
- Intellectual Property
- Parenting and co-parenting issues
- Partnership Issues
- Personal injury
- Real estate
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.