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<xTITLE>Video Presentation: 50 Ways to Break an Impasse: Tips, Tricks, Traps and Tools</xTITLE>

Video Presentation: 50 Ways to Break an Impasse: Tips, Tricks, Traps and Tools

by Sam Imperati
May 2015

Our thanks to the American Bar Association Section for Dispute Resolution for permission to post these videos.

Sam Imperati
Parties and advocates can flounder in the intersection of logic and emotion. What if the parties’ goals are “distributive” and their “interests” are legal arguments? What if the participants are aggressive, intransigent and obnoxious? A “transformative” mediation would involve an exorcism, but that seems a bit “evaluative.” A “facilitative” mediation would require a PhD. This program will focus on “nuts and bolts.” Learn tips to dispense “reality therapy” and reach closure in the face of apparent impasse. Explore the psychology of decision-making, and learn practical tools for resolution. Learn tricks to reach settlement.


50WaysToBreakImpasse.pdf 50 Ways To Break Impasse  (50WaysToBreakImpasse.pdf)


Sam Imperati, JD, is a North-West based, national provider of ADR services. Sam 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. 36-year attorney. Appears in 2006 through 2016 editions of Best Lawyers in America. OSB and OMA Lezak awards for mediation excellence. Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent rating. Served as a Judge Pro Tem, Chair of the OSB ADR Section, member of the OSB Ethics Committee, Executive Committee member of the Portland Neighborhood Mediation Center, and currently serves on OMA Standards and Practice Committee. Plaintiff and defense, trial and appellate experience. Nike Assistant Corporate Counsel and private practice. Four mediation law review articles and engaging keynote speaker. Taught at Willamette University’s Atkinson School of Management and Lewis & Clark Law School. Mediation, Negotiation, Ethics, and Decision-making. BA, magna cum laude, University of Santa Clara; JD, UC Davis. Law Review. Judicial Intern - Ninth Circuit. 

Sam has taught decision-making, negotiation, and leadership at Willamette’s MBA Program, and environmental dispute resolution at Lewis and Clark Law School. He has provided numerous interactive decision-making, mediator skills, advocacy, dispute resolution, and diversity trainings. He is also an 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. His 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. He displays a tireless work ethic, models impartiality, has boundless energy, and gets the job done.

Sam graduated magna cum laude from the University of Santa Clara, and from the University of California at Davis, where he was a law review, volume editor. He co-authored two law review articles on environmental issues, was co-founder/editor of Environs, and was a judicial intern.

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