Audrey J. Lee is a Senior Mediator at Boston Law Collaborative, LLP and Executive Director of the BLC Institute, a non-profit dedicated to providing education and training in all areas of dispute resolution. She is also the founding Principal of Perspectiva LLC and faculty for the Harvard Negotiation Institute course, Advanced Mediation: Mediating Complex Disputes.
Audrey is the Chair of BLC’s ADR Panel and a frequent lecturer and coach for mediation skills trainings, including MWI’s flagship 40-hr Mediation Training Program. Audrey also serves on several neutral panels including the EEOC, MWI and TMG mediation panels, and as a member of a pool of Title IX Adjudicators for Harvard Law School. Prior to joining BLC, Audrey served as a mediator for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination where she mediated harassment, disability, age, race, and gender discrimination cases.
Since 2004, Audrey has facilitated executive education programs at the Harvard Negotiation Institute and is currently on faculty for the Advanced Mediation Workshop: Mediating Complex Disputes course. She has also taught Negotiation courses as Adjunct Faculty at Northwestern University School of Law, DePaul University College of Law, and U Mass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School’s Department of Conflict Resolution.
An experienced trainer, Audrey has worked with a broad range of clients to develop their negotiation and communication skills. Her clients include The Cambridge Group, Jenner & Block LLP, the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Exponent Failure Analysis Associates, Ropes & Gray LLP, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, Winston & Strawn LLP, and the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. Audrey has also worked with clients to equip course presenters with the skills necessary to facilitate interactive courses and has taught several Facilitation Workshops using the Train-the-Trainer approach.
In the diversity context, Audrey has partnered with the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession and the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program on the first coordinated study of law firm communication practices regarding diversity issues. She has also taught employment discrimination and harassment prevention courses for a range of audiences including ironworkers, mental health professionals, bank executives, social workers and teachers.
Audrey is featured in Harvard Business Review’s “Insights” series on Leadership and Managing People and has been a contributing commentator for the BBC Capital’s Work Ethic column. She has also published articles on employment discrimination, negotiation, interactive teaching methods, and managing diversity issues within firms: “‘What Would You Say?’ Giving Teeth to Diversity Programming,” Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession Review: The State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession (Spring 2013); “Effectively Negotiating Diversity Issues Within Law Firms: The Value of Applying Negotiation Pedagogy and Principles to Diversity CLE and Training,” NALP Bulletin (June 2009); Negotiating Part-Time Work at Elite Law Firms, 6 Pepp. Disp. Resol. L.J. 405 (2006); and Audrey J. Lee, Unconscious Bias Theory in Employment Discrimination Litigation, 40 Harv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 481 (2005).
Outside of mediating and teaching, Audrey is active in community and professional associations. She is an Advisory Board Member and founding Co-Chair of the Harvard Law School Women’s Alliance of Boston, Past President of the Association for Conflict Resolution Chicago Chapter, and an amateur violist.
Prior to becoming a mediator and trainer, Audrey practiced law as an intellectual property and litigation attorney at Winston & Strawn in Chicago and Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York. Audrey is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
*Admitted in NY and IL but retired (NY)/inactive (IL); not admitted in Massachusetts.