David Hoffman is a mediator, arbitrator and Collaborative Law attorney, at Boston Law Collaborative, LLC, which is a law and dispute resolution firm. He also teaches three courses (Mediation; Diversity and Dispute Resolution; and Legal Profession: Collaborative Law) at Harvard Law School, where he is the John H. Watson, Jr. Lecturer on Law. At BLC, David’s focus is to save our clients time, money, and the emotional upheaval produced by litigation. However, BLC lawyers will go to court – if necessary, in a non-Collaborative Law case. BLC was selected by the American Bar Association in 2009 to receive its annual Lawyer as Problem Solver Award. In 2010, BLC received the annual award for Law Firm Excellence in ADR from the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution. BLC has been chosen by U.S. News & World Report for its list of Best Law Firms.
Founder, Boston Law Collaborative, LLC (2003 – present); John H. Watson, Jr. Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, where he has taught the Mediation course since 2008.
Hill & Barlow (Boston)(associate 1985-92; partner 1992-2002); clerk, Hon. Stephen G. Breyer (1984-85); former chair, ABA Section of Dispute Resolution; past-president, New England chapter of ACR; founding member, Mass. Collaborative Law Council
David has mediated and arbitrated more than 2,000 cases involving every type of civil, business, and commercial dispute and virtually every type of family, divorce, and post-divorce case, including non-married and same-sex relationships. In complex cases, he sometimes co-mediates with colleagues at BLC. For case studies, please visit our web site, www.blc.law.
David begins most mediations with a facilitative approach, looking to the parties to (a) define the issues, (b) help diagnose the obstacles to settlement, and (c) build momentum toward settlement. He looks for opportunities to address underlying emotional issues, if they are present. If the parties are approaching impasse, he is willing to take a more evaluative/directive approach.
J.D., 1984, Harvard Law School (magna cum laude) (Harvard Law Review editor); M.A., 1974, Cornell (American Studies)(all but dissertation completed toward Ph.D.); B.A., 1970, Princeton University (summa cum laude)
$600/hour for divorce and family law mediations; $675/hour for all other mediations, arbitrations, case evaluation, facilitation. A $250 per party administrative fee is charged for commercial mediation cases, or $200 per party in divorce mediations. We charge for travel time, while in transit, at 50% of our ordinary hourly rate. Other mediators at BLC have rates that are posted on our website.