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.

Our Team

David A. Hoffman

Member

David A. Hoffman is the founding member of Boston Law Collaborative, LLC, where he serves as a mediator, arbitrator, and Collaborative Law attorney.  He also teaches three courses at Harvard Law School, where he is the John H. Watson, Jr. Lecturer on Law: Mediation; Diversity and Dispute Resolution; and Legal Profession: Collaborative Law.

David was named Boston’s “Lawyer of the Year” for 2020 in the field of Mediation by the book Best Lawyers in America and U.S. News & World Report, and also Boston’s “Lawyer of the Year” in Arbitration in 2018, in Mediation for 2016, and in “Collaborative Family Law” in 2014. David has been selected for the Massachusetts “Super Lawyer” list published in Boston Magazine every year since 2004, when the listing began. In 2014, the American College of Civil Trial Mediators gave David its Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2015, the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution gave David its highest honor, the D’Alermberte-Raven award.

David’s practice is focused on resolving conflict in business, family, and employment cases. He has served as mediator and/or arbitrator in more than two thousand commercial, family, employment, construction, personal injury, insurance, and other business cases.

David has published three books on the subject of dispute resolution: Mediation: A Practice Guide for Mediators, Lawyers, and Other Professionals (Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, 2013); Bringing Peace into the Room: How the Personal Qualities of the Mediator Impact the Process of Conflict Resolution (with Daniel Bowling) (Jossey-Bass 2003); and Massachusetts Alternative Dispute Resolution (with Prof. David Matz) (Butterworth Legal Publishers 1994, 2d ed. 1996).

David is the past chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution and a founding member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council. David is the former president of Kerem Shalom Congregation in Concord, Massachusetts, and a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators.

Before founding BLC, David was a litigation partner at Hill & Barlow where he practiced for seventeen years. Before that (in reverse chronological order), David clerked for then-Judge Stephen G. Breyer on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, graduated from Harvard Law School (while serving as a research assistant for Professor Larry Tribe and an editor on the Harvard Law Review), worked as a consultant for the U.S. Small Business Administration, established a woodworking business in upstate New York, and pursued American Studies as a graduate student at Cornell. David lives in a co-housing community in Acton, Massachusetts, and has three adult children and an adolescent cat.

Law Firms that have hired David for mediation and/or arbitration.

David’s Articles and Publications

David’s Audio and Video Links

Representative cases:

  • Mediates commercial and employment disputes, including recent dispute between hedge fund manager and investors, resulting in settlement of several million dollars.
  • Mediates family business cases, including recent dispute over allocation of trust holding $20 million worth of commercial real estate parcels.
  • Arbitrates business cases, and served as chair of three-person arbitration panel in Hancock-CNA Reinsurance dispute that resulted in post-hearing settlement of $250 million.
  • Mediates and arbitrates family law cases (e.g., divorce, separation, custody, property, support pre-nup and post-nup issues), including recent case involving the rights of married parties when one party sold his business for a nine-figure sum.
  • Serves as Collaborative Law counsel in family cases – i.e., representing the client solely for purposes of negotiation, such as in current divorce case in which the parties jointly own a chain of franchised stores.
  • Serves as “settlement counsel” in business and employment cases – i.e., representing the client solely for purposes of negotiation, including recent case in which three brothers were dividing proceeds from the sale of commercial real estate.
  • Served as arbitrator in 180 Dalkon Shield class-action product liability cases involving injuries suffered by women who used defective intrauterine contraceptive device.
  • Mediates probate and family property cases, including current case for a family that owns more than 10,000 acres of land in a family partnership.
  • Represented large non-profit in design of dispute resolution system for managing 210 claims asserted against the organization.
  • Serves as parenting coordinator in high-conflict divorce cases and post-divorce cases, in which parents need a ‘referee’ to manage disagreements over parenting issues.