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Sam Imperati, JD is the Executive Director of ICM.  He has been highly effective in resolving complex disputes, facilitating public policy issues, mediating multi-party cases, managing intense emotions, and training groups to help them navigate the intersection of logic and emotion.


  • 2006 through 2016 editions of The Best Lawyers in America for mediation.
  • Lezak award for excellence in mediation from the Oregon Mediation Association (OMA) and the Oregon State Bar (OSB). 
  • Attorney for over thirty-six years, enjoys Martindale-Hubbell’s highest lawyer rating (AV Preeminent)
  • Managed more than 2,500 disputes.  
  • Legal background includes plaintiff and defense work, management and labor, along with litigation and appeals.
  • Engaging and informative keynote speaker, who has written four law review articles on mediation. 
  • As a seasoned mediator/facilitator, Sam is accustomed to being a guest at the parties’ negotiation, working under deadlines, and collaboratively developing meaningful public involvement processes.  
  • Specific skills lie in his ability to organize a mass amount of information in a short period, synthesize it, present it clearly, and facilitate/mediate large, diverse groups of sophisticated and passionate stakeholders.
  • Displays a tireless work ethic, models impartiality, has boundless energy, and gets the job done.  
  • Executive Director of the Institute for Conflict Management (1992-present)
  • Adjunct Professor Lewis & Clark Law School (2012)
  • Adjunct Professor Willamette University MBA Program (2008-2013)
  • Assistant Corporate Counsel with Nike (1990-1992)
  • Judge Pro Tem (1987-1992)
  • Private Law Practice (1979-1990) 

  • Juris Doctorate: University of California at Davis – King Hall Law School, Law Review, Co-founder Environs
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities: University of Santa Clara (magna cum laude) 




Ursina Teuscher, PhD is an experienced decision coach and facilitator.  She helps organizations and individuals think more systematically and creatively about achieving their goals.  Ursina has extensive teaching and facilitation experience, particularly in the field of decision-making across a variety of settings and audiences (private, non-profit and academic).  She currently teaches Decision Making at Portland State University (PSU).  She facilitates strategic planning sessions at the Small Business Development Center at Portland Community College (CLIMB PCC), provides strategic planning and coaching to small businesses and non-profit organizations, and offers decision making workshops for professionals.

Ursina obtained her PhD in psychology from the University of Freiburg, Switzerland.  Ursina has co-authored the recent book, “Heart and Mind: Mastering the Art of Decision Making,” and has published numerous peer-reviewed research articles in the fields of cognitive psychology, neuroscience, decision-making, and coaching techniques.




JOSEPH CALLAHAN is an ADR Associate with ICM. He has an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Oregon and is currently in his fourth year in the evening program at Lewis & Clark Law School.

Joseph served as an editor on the Lewis & Clark Law Review for two years. He won the Davis Wright Tremaine International Law Writing Award in 2015 and is one of the top students in his class at Lewis & Clark Law School.


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