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2 PerspectivesJune 11, 2012

Who Serves as Settlement Counsel? The (Updated) List

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As you may know from my last post, I’ve been working on a few settlement counsel projects this summer.  Along the way I’ve learned that it’s not always easy to determine who actually serves as settlement counsel.  This is my effort to fix that problem.

Subject to the caveats at the bottom of this post, this list includes all the active settlement counsel I have found, updated as new information arrives.  If you’re aware of additional settlement counsel out there, or if you believe the hyperlink to one of the folks listed below needs to be updated, please let me know.

List of Special Settlement Counsel

  1. Stephen D. “Steve” Altman – Washington, D.C.
  2. Trey Bergman – Houston, Texas
  3. Robert W. “Bob” Berliner, Jr. – Chicago, Illinois
  4. Julian W. Bodnar – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Canada)
  5. Monte Bond – Dallas, Texas
  6. Mark J. Bunim – New York, New York
  7. Mark A. Calhoun – Dallas, Texas
  8. Francis “Frank” Carling – New York, New York
  9. Francis L. Carter - Miami, Florida
  10. Jonathan M. Cohen – Washington, D.C.
  11. Robert F. “Bob” Copple – Scottsdale, Arizona
  12. Ralph Cuervo-Lorens – Toronto, Ontario (Canada)
  13. Ben Cunningham – Austin, Texas
  14. John DeGroote – Dallas, Texas
  15. Richard J. DeWitt – Coral Gables, Florida
  16. Daniel Preston Dozier – Bethesda, Maryland
  17. Eric O. English – Portland, Oregon
  18. Kenneth R. Feinberg – New York and Washington
  19. Warren Fitzgerald – Boston, Massachusetts
  20. Laura A. Frase – Dallas, Texas
  21. Eric Galton – Austin, Texas
  22. Scott D. Gilbert - Washington, D.C.
  23. Jim Golden – Chattanooga, Tennessee
  24. Lew Goldfarb – Morristown, New Jersey
  25. Michael P. Graff – New York, New York
  26. William K. “Bill” Hoskins – Boston, Massachusetts
  27. Lance Jones – Austin, Texas
  28. Jeff Jury – Austin, Texas
  29. Peter M. Kramer – Miami, Florida
  30. Rachel S. Kronowitz – Washington, D.C.
  31. Leigh Lasky – Chicago and New York
  32. Roger A. Lennenberg – Portland, Oregon
  33. James E. “Jim” McGuire – Boston, Massachusetts
  34. Joseph P. “Joe” McMahon Jr. – Denver, Colorado
  35. John V. McShane – Dallas, Texas
  36. Gregory T. “Greg” Meyer – Plano, Texas
  37. Charles E. Miller – New York, New York
  38. M.A. “Mickey” Mills – Houston, Texas
  39. Peter W. Morgan – Washington, D.C.
  40. Michael W. “Mike” Nelson – Farmington Hills, Michigan
  41. Patrick R. Nichols – Topeka, Kansas
  42. Christopher Nolland – Dallas, Texas
  43. Steven “Steve” O’Donnell – Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  44. J. Patrick “Pat” O’Malley – Portland, Oregon
  45. Miguel A. “Mike” Olivella, Jr. – Tallahassee, Florida
  46. Bette M. Orr – Washington, D.C.
  47. Michael A. Patterson – Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  48. Don Philbin – San Antonio, Texas
  49. Kami E. Quinn – Washington, D.C.
  50. William T. “Bill” Reid, IV – New York and Austin
  51. Douglas C. “Doug” Reynolds – Cambridge, Massachusetts
  52. Michael K. Rozen – New York and Washington
  53. Larry R. Rute – Topeka, Kansas
  54. Michael D. “Mike” Schafler – Toronto, Ontario (Canada)
  55. Michael “Mike” Schechter – Minneapolis, Minnesota
  56. Edward D. “Ed” Shapiro – Chicago, Illinois
  57. Richard Shore – Washington, D.C.
  58. David Stern – London (United Kingdom)
  59. Gordon L. “Gord” Tarnowsky – Calgary, Alberta (Canada)
  60. Roy Toulan – Boston, Massachusetts
  61. Scott Van Soye – Los Angeles, California
  62. Jerome F. “Jerry” Weiss – Cleveland, Ohio
  63. Mel Wolovits – Dallas, Texas
  64. Thomas R. “Tom” Woodrow – Chicago, Illinois
  65. Michael Zeytoonian – Boston, Massachusetts

Four Caveats

No list is perfect, and this one is no exception.  Caveats include:

  1. Who appears on this list. I tried to limit this list to the individuals — rather than the firms — who list “settlement counsel” on their websites, on their LinkedIn profiles, or on other promotional materials.  If you are aware of someone not on this list who practices as settlement counsel and holds himself or herself out as such in a verifiable way, please let me know.
  2. Where the hyperlinks go. I generally hyperlinked to the individual’s bio or other material that references the term “settlement counsel”.  This didn’t always make sense — hence the inconsistency in where the hyperlinks lead.
  3. General errors. Name misspellings, place misspellings, and nickname omissions happen.  Please speak up when you see them, and my apologies in advance.
  4. A matter of discretion. The inclusion or exclusion of names on this list ultimately requires discretion.  I have exercised that discretion here, and I plan to do so as this list is updated.

With all that said, take a look at who serves as settlement counsel.  You’ll be glad you did.

A special thanks to Spencer Guy for his assistance with this list and several other settlement counsel projects as he finished his final year of law school.

Categories: Miscellaneous,Negotiation,Settlement,Settlement Counsel

2 Perspectives:

Mark J. BunimThursday, February 21, 2013 3:51 pm

I have frequently served as settlement counsel [in addition to being a meediator and arbitrator] over at least a ten year period of time. I am in the process of doing it right now. It is a wonderful tool where at least one of the party’s is determined to resolve thier dispute and move on and bring an entirely new perspective to the discussions.

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