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David Hoffman
Last updated: 2018-06-04
David Hoffman
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Boston Law Collaborative, LLC
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  In addition to his mediation and arbitration practice at Boston Law Collaborative, LLC, David teaches three courses at Harvard Law School, where he is the John H. Watson, Jr. Lecturer on Law. Since 2008, he has taught the Mediation course previously taught by Prof. Frank Sander, and more recently he has begun teaching a course on Diversity and Dispute Resolution and a course entitled Legal Profession: Collaborative Law. Before founding Boston Law Collaborative, LLC, David was a litigation partner at Hill & Barlow, where he practiced for seventeen years. David has served as chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, president of the New England Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution, founding member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, and chair of the Boston Bar Association ADR Committee. David is the co-author of Massachusetts Alternative Dispute Resolution (with Prof. David Matz) (Michie 1994) and co-editor of Bringing Peace into the Room: How the Personal Qualities of the Mediator Impact the Process of Conflict Resolution (with Daniel Bowling) (Jossey-Bass 2003). David has lectured on mediation in Australia, Canada, Israel, Italy, New Zealand and throughout the United States. He provides mediation training for the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and has done mediation trainings for the American Bar Association and the American Arbitration Association.
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  Accident / Personal Injury, Arbitration, Civil, Collaborative Law, Commercial, Construction, Defamation, Divorce, Employment, Environmental/Public Policy, Family General, Financial Services, Franchise, Government, Home Owners Associations, Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Claims, Intellectual Property Rights, International, Landlord/Tenant, Patents, Products Liability, Professional Malpractice, Real Estate, Representational Legal Practice, Rights of Way, Boundaries and Adverse Possession, Securities, Shareholder Disputes, Taxation, Technology, Trainer, Wills, Trusts & Estates
  David Hoffman is a mediator, arbitrator, and attorney. David has mediated more than 1,000 cases involving every type of business, employment, family, and other disputes. In November 2004, David was chosen as one of the "Top 100 Lawyers" in Massachusetts in Boston Magazine's SuperLawyers Directory and has been consistently named a Massachusetts SuperLawyer since the listing began. David is also listed in the book The Best Lawyers in America in the categories of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Collaborative Family Law, and Family Law Mediation. David is rated A-V (highest rating) with Martindale-Hubbell. For case studies, publications, and David's resume, please visit
  B.A. 1970, Princeton University (summa cum laude); M.A., 1985, Cornell University (American Studies); J.D., 1984, Harvard Law School (magna cum laude)(editor, Harvard Law Review); Clerk for Hon. Stephen G. Breyer, U,S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (1984-85).
  $550/hour plus a one-time administrative fee for each party of $250. A typical day of mediation, including a pre-mediation conference call, reviewing pre-mediation memos, administrative fee, and a day of mediation, costs approximately $6,000. For divorce cases, the hourly rate is $500, and the administrative fee is $200 per party.