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When you need a resolution not just a settlement—

Sam Imperati, J.D., is the Executive Director of the Institute for Conflict Management, Inc. Sam brings insight, creativity, enthusiasm, humor, and a “Get It Done!” attitude to the table.

He has been highly effective in resolving complex disputes, managing matters where emotions run high, and training individuals and groups to help them navigate the intersection of logic and emotion.

Sam’s legal background includes plaintiff and defense work, management and labor, along with litigation and appeals. He was formerly Assistant Corporate Counsel with Nike, he has served as a Judge Pro Tem, and he served as Chair of the Oregon State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. He was on the Oregon State Bar (OSB) Ethics Committee, was Chair of the OSB Multnomah Local Professional Responsibility Committee, and serves on Oregon Mediation Association’s Standards and Practices Committee.

ADR Experience

Sam has been an attorney for over 36 years and a mediator for over 24, he is AV rated, and has managed more than 2,500 disputes. He has handled litigation and mediated everything from “Admiralty to Zoning.” His peers have selected him for inclusion in the in The Best Lawyers in America for mediation from 2006-2020. Number of Cases are Good-Faith Estimates.


Frequently, each party wants him to be “facilitative” with them and “evaluative” of the other side’s position. In response, he uses “result-oriented” processes, effective option generating, realistic risk analysis, numerous impasse-breaking techniques and diligent follow-up. Sam has been highly effective in resolving complex and controversial public policy issues.

Areas Of Practice

  • ADA
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Cross Cultural
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor - Management
  • Land Use
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Organizational
  • Partnership
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Fees
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Special Education
  • Technology
  • Trust Management
  • Workers Comp
  • Workplace

Additional Services

  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Arbitrator
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Conflict Coach
  • Facilitator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Online Arbitrator
  • Systems Designer

Fees and Provisos

Hourly, Half-Day, and Full-Day Rates Available Upon Request.

Professional Associations

  • OMA - Oregon Mediation Assoc.