ADR Biographies

Cohen, James I.

Verrill Dana, LLP One Portland Square PO Box 586 Portland ME 04112-0586 207-253-4708 jcohen@verrilldana.com www.verrilldana.com/jcohen

A. EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
J.D. Columbia University (1991) A.B. Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs (1987)

B. CURRENT EMPLOYMENT AND EXPERIENCE
Partner, Verrill Dana, LLP – practice areas include public utilities, banking, government relations, mediation and facilitation; formerly served as Mayor of City of Portland (2006) and member of the Portland City Council (2002-08)

C. FORMAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION TRAINING
Certificate training in mediation; served on panels regarding mediation confidentiality rules. Former mediator through Maine Foreclosure Diversion Program and Community Mediation Services.

D. OTHER ADR PANELS AND ADR ROSTERS ON WHICH NEUTRAL SERVES
Maine Human Rights Commission

E. EXPERIENCE AS A NEUTRAL Foreclosure cases; mediated landlord-tenant and community disputes through Community Mediation Services; facilitated stakeholder meetings and public policy disputes before Maine Legislature, state agencies and local government.

F. FEES
$200/hour, split between/among parties, plus travel reimbursement at IRS rate

G. REFERENCES Nancy Markowitz, VOANNE Community Mediation Services 207-441-3076 nancy.markowitz@voanne.org

Peter Malia, Jr., Esq., Hastings Law Office 207-935-2061 pmalia@hastings-law.com

H. PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS Board of Governors, Maine Association of Mediators (2009-2010), Maine Bar Association, ADR Section, Consumer and Financial Institutions Section

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