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Married Mediators: Brad and Jane Honoroff

by Jane Honoroff, Brad Honoroff
November 2020

An interview with Brad and Jane Honoroff about their different conflict styles and the future of conflict resolution. Recorded and shared as part of the Mediation 2020 Conference.


Jane Honoroff, LICSW, MSW (Simmons), has been a practitioner in the mental health and social work field since 1969 and a mediator since 1984. She is a founding partner in The Mediation Group (TMG). Jane also conducts a private psychotherapy practice.   

Jane’s experience in the mental health field covers a broad range of delivery systems. She spent a number of years at the Somerville Mental Health Clinic working on a child abuse treatment team. In addition, she has worked in Boston area hospitals providing in-patient psychiatric and medical social work services. She continues to provide supervision to social work clinicians and BU Social Work graduate students and has conducted weekly consultations to advocates at Greater Boston Legal Services since 2000. In 1989 Jane completed a certificate training by Dr. Jeffrey Mitchell in "Critical Incident Stress Debriefing" and has participated in numerous debriefings.

As a principal of TMG,  Jane specializes in mediating family issues such as divorce, post-divorce, nontraditional family issues, family business, adult sibling disputes and estate settlement. She also handles most of the intakes for TMG’s family mediation program.

Jane also designs and conducts dispute resolution skills trainings. She has provided training for a variety of clients including a public school system, a medical school administration, health care professionals, the Middlesex Probate Court Clinic  and a number of area mental health clinics. She has made regular presentations to law students at Northeastern University and the Harvard Law School. In 2014, the Field Education Department at the Boston University School of Social Work selected Jane  as the recipient of an Excellence in Field Instruction award. 

Bringing skills from her clinical experience to mediation, Jane encourages parties to clarify their needs and interests, listen effectively and articulate feelings that bear on the case. In the process of reaching agreement, parties gain new perspective and establish respect for one another and themselves. This approach is especially useful in disputes where the long-term relationship of the parties must be maintained. 

Jane is a Diplomate with the National Association of Social Workers, a Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work with the American Board of Examiners and a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution. She received her M.S.W. from Simmons College Graduate School of Social Work in 1979.

Brad Honoroff, J.D., has extensive experience as a mediator, teacher and consultant.  He is one of three founding partners of The Mediation Group (TMG).

As a principal of TMG, Brad has mediated more than four thousand cases, including commercial, employment, sexual abuse and harassment, legal and medical malpractice, professional and partnership dissolutions, family business, environmental, toxic tort (including lead paint, asbestos and mold exposure), construction, condominium, product liability, wrongful death, health care, insurance, family, intellectual property and personal injury disputes.  He has particular expertise in mediating highly charged and complex, multi-party conflicts.  He serves on the Massachusetts Superior Court mediation panel as well as on several national panels. 

Brad’s consulting projects have included work with organizations in conflict as well as designing dispute resolution systems.  He has helped design such systems for the courts in Massachusetts, public agencies and most recently for health care organizations. In addition, Brad has designed and conducted numerous trainings on conflict resolution and negotiation skills for public and private sector clients including attorneys, federal and state agency officials, health care personnel, land use planners, university staff, teachers and school committee members and medical school administrators. 

Brad also has many years of experience as a teacher. He was a tenured professor at the University of Massachusetts/Boston with the Graduate Program in Dispute Resolution (1987 - 2002) and with the Law Center (1974 - 2002). In addition, he has been a regular guest lecturer and occasional instructor at Northeastern Law School since 1992. Brad received his B.A. from Harvard College, magna cum laude, in 1968 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School, cum laude, in 1973.