Gregg Relyea

Gregg Relyea

Since 1992, Gregg F. Relyea has served as a full-time private mediator, arbitrator, and mediation trainer. Mr. Relyea has recently co-authored a children's story book, Trouble at the Watering Hole," with Dr.. Joshua Weiss about conflict resolution skills.  It is aimed at children from 3- to 12-years-old and is available on the Harvard Program on Negotiation (PON) website and  The storybook is accompanied by a parent/teacher guide that is filled with games, activities, and conversation-starters.  Mr. Relyea has also authored a comprehensive skill-building text, "Negotiation, Mediation, and Dispute Resolution--Core Skills and Practices," that is accompanied by an integrated Power Point presentation and teacher's manual.

For the past 20 years, he has taught negotiation, mediation and ADR at the law school and university levels.  Teaching and practicing mediation have provided Mr. Relyea with a unique opportunity to observe the negotiating behaviors of lawyers, parties, and students.  In addition, Mr. Relyea provides neutral fact-finding services for employment matters, including sexual harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination. Facilitation services for large group issues and disputes also are available.  Mr. Relyea has been teaching and training professional mediators in the United States and abroad since 1995  He is available for private consultation, programs and conferences, and in-house law firm training programs as well.  Mr. Relyea has written numerous articles about mediation, negotiation, and alternative dispute resolution.


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Articles and Video:

Comparing Mediation And Lok Adalat: Toward An Integrated Approach To Dispute Resolution In India (09/20/19)
To resolve litigated disputes, Indian courts are using a variety of modern methods, including mediation, and traditional methods, including Lok Adalat, on a broad scale. Lok Adalat (the "people's court") is derived from the ancient panchayat system of justice, where panchas, village elders, helped people resolve their disputes.

Educating the Next Generation in Resolving Social Media Disputes (08/05/19)
Educating the next generation about conflict resolution skills--early in life--is essential on many levels.

Effectively Managing Communications With Employees Generally--And In Workplace Investigations (05/17/19)
Imagine this: As you are conducting an internal investigation of an employee complaint, you get the distinct impression that your conversation with the employee is not going well.

Core Negotiation Skills: Tools for Resolving Complex Political Disputes and Other Seemingly Intractable Disputes (03/21/19)
The attempted negotiation concerning the government shutdown and border security is viewed by many as a tragedy of historic proportion, serving up examples of hubris, ignorance of established negotiation practices, and brinksmanship.

Social Media-tion: A Bridge for Young Mediators to Enter--and Re-Define--The Profession? (04/05/18)
For years, a gap has existed between mediation training of young students and entry into the field as professional mediators.

Educating the Next Generation in Conflict Resolution: A Review of "Trouble at the Watering Hole: The Adventures of Emo and Chickie" - Book Review (09/08/17)
This article includes reviews by Dan Shapiro, Director, Harvard Law School, International Negotiation Program, and other notables, including Bill Ury and the Dalai Lama, of the children's book Educating the Next Generation in Conflict Resolution: A Review of "Trouble at the Watering Hole: The Adventures of Emo and Chickie" by Gregg Relyea and Joshua Weiss.

Paradox in Mediation: The Wall of Pin Stripes And the Power of Self-Determination (06/02/17)
This case of the "wall of pin stripes" provides an example of the paradox of mediation.

Mediating in the Shadow of Faith: Personal Beliefs, The BATNA Analysis, and Dealmaking (04/21/17)
This is a fictional story based on fact, teaching an example about mediation.

Managing Negative Personal Mannerisms in Negotiation and Mediation (06/10/16)
Carefully managing negative personal mannerisms can result in a more confident and competent negotiator who is aware of their own and others' negative personal mannerisms and who makes deliberate and conscious decisions about managing them.

From Gladiator To Mediator: The Challenges For Lawyers Who Become Mediators (01/19/16)
This article examines the challenges experienced by lawyers who are training to become mediators. Many of these challenges stem from deeply ingrained perspectives associated with legal training and experience.

ADR: A Day in the Real Life of a Practicing Civil Lawyer (05/24/14)
This article dramatizes the central role played by ADR in the everyday life of a civil law practitioner. The article is set in the context of a "day-in-the-life" of a hypothetical civil litigator. The purpose of the article is to focus on the pervasive and critical role played by ADR in civil law practice.

Cognitive Barriers To Success In Mediation: Irrational Attachments To Positions And Other Errors Of Perception That Impact Settlement Decisions (01/17/11)
When preparing for mediation, most parties establish benchmarks for settlement in advance of the process. In disputes primarily about money, after assessing the likely risks and costs of litigation, most parties identify settlement ranges and some establish tentative “bottom lines.” Often these assessments are unconsciously influenced by limitations in our five senses and the way information is processed, collectively called “cognitive barriers.”