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About Sam Imperati

Sam is the Executive Director of the Institute for Conflict Management, Inc. He has been highly effective in resolving complex disputes, facilitating public policy issues, mediating multi-party cases, managing matters where emotions run high, and training individuals and groups to help them navigate the intersection of logic and emotion.  His peers recently selected him for inclusion in the 2006 through 2016 editions of The Best Lawyers in America for mediation. He was also the recipient of the 2007 OMA, Sid Lezak Award of Excellence for Outstanding Service to the Profession of Mediation in Oregon. 

As a seasoned mediator, Mr. Imperati is accustomed to being a guest at the parties’ negotiation, working under deadlines, and collaboratively developing effective press relations, along with public involvement processes. His credibility rests solely on his ability to remain neutral and impartial. The codes of ethics to which he subscribes mandate, and his professionalism depends on, his strict adherence to these principles. His judicial and Bar ethics service underscore his reputation for competent fairness. 




  •  The Best Lawyers in America for mediation (2006-2016)
  • Oregon Mediation Association Sid Lezak Award of Excellence for Outstanding Service to the Profession of Mediation in Oregon (2007)
  • Oregon State Bar ADR Section, Lezak Award for mediation (2010)



  • Attorney for over thirty-six years
  • 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 (1989-1993)
  • Partner at Imperati, Barnett, Sherwood & Coon, P.C. (1984-1990)
  • Partner at Welch, Bruun & Green (1983-1984)
  • Associate at Wlech, Bruun & Green (1979-1983)



Mr. Imperati has served as:

  • Chair of the Oregon State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • Executive Committee member of the Portland Neighborhood Mediation Center Advisory Committee
  • Member of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR)
  • Member of the Oregon Mediation Association (OMA)
  • Member of the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2)
  • Committee member on the Oregon State Bar (OSB) Ethics Committee
  • Chair of the OSB Mulnomah Local Professional Responsibility Committee
  • Committee member on Oregon Mediation Association's Standards and Practices Committee


Bar Memberships:

  • United States Supreme Court (1/17/83)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (3/31/83)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Oregon (10/15/79)
  • Oregon Supreme Court (9/18/79)

Law Review Articles:

  • “Veils and Cloaks of Ignorance: Under-used Tools for Conflict Resolution,” 30 Ohio St. Journal of Dispute Resolution 45 (2014-15)
  • “Why Does Anyone Mediate if Mediation Risks Psychological Dissatisfaction, Extra Costs and Manipulation? Three Theories Reveal Paradoxes Resolved by Mediator Standards of Ethical Practice,” 29 Ohio St. Journal of Dispute Resolution 223 (2014)
  • “If Freud, Jung, Rogers and Beck Were Mediators, Who Would the Parties Pick and What are the Mediator’s Obligations,” 43 Idaho Law Review 3 (2007)
  • “Mediator Practice Models: The Intersection of Ethics & Stylistic Practices in Mediation,” 33 Willamette Law Review 703 (1997)



  • Juris Doctorate: University of California at Davis – King Hall Law School
  • Bachelor’s Degree: University of Santa Clara (magna cum laude)


Professional Activities (Present & Past)

  • Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR)
  • International Association of Public Participation (IAP2)
  • Multnomah Local Professional Responsibility Committee Chair
  • Oregon Court of Appeals Settlement Conference Panelist and Trainer
  • Oregon State Agency Mediator Roster
  • Oregon Mediation Association (OMA)
  • OMA’s Standards and Practices Committee and Work Group on Mediator Competencies
  • Oregon State Bar Ethics Committee (OSB)
  • OSB ADR Legislation Contact and OSB House of Delegates
  • Portland and East Portland Metropolitan Associations of Realtors: Panel of Mediators
  • Portland Civil Rights Mediation Program
  • Register of Mediators: U.S. Bankruptcy Courts (Southern District of New York & Oregon)
  • U.S. Dept. of Justice-U.S. Attorneys Offices (OR) Qualified Third-Party Neutral
  • U.S. General Services Administration Nationwide Source List ADR Provider


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