Robert D. Lawson, AIF®, CFE®, RFC®, LUTCF
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Barrington Financial Consulting Group, Inc.
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3800 American Boulevard W.
Bloomington, MN 55431
Description of Practice
I help parties reach solutions collaboratively and respectively, without going to court. I listen to the facts very carefully and I provide the participants an opportunity to be fully heard, then ask the tough questions. My goal is to provide an affordable, less stressful alternative to litigation that will keep the parties in control of their own future. My approach ensures that everyone involved feels satisfied about every outcome. I advance respectful communication, self-determination and creative solutions to problems.
I act as a facilitator of the process and allow the parties to develop their own solutions based upon common needs or interests. I tend to avoid suggesting outcomes, believing that the best agreements are those crafted by the parties themselves. Such collaborative agreements are more likely to meet the parties’ substantive, procedural and psychological interests.
I am recognized by the Minnesota Supreme Court as a Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice as a Mediator and Arbitrator. This entitles me to moderate court appointed pre-settlement hearings.
* Hamline Law School - St. Paul, MN Arbitration Certificate
* Qualified through the National Arbitration and Mediation Committee
* Certified Fraud Examiner, CFE® Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
* Accredited Investment Fiduciary AIF®
* Registered Financial Consultant RFC®
* Life Underwriters Training Council Fellow (LUTCF) The American College
* Completed 8 FINRA Arbitration Courses - though FINRA
* Completed FINRA Arbitrator's Chairperson examination
* FINRA Registered Options Principal - Series 4
* FINRA General Securities Principal - Series 24
* FINRA Investment Adviser Combination Examination - Series 66
* NFA - Series 3 Examination - Futures and Commodities
|2011||Mitchell Hamline School of Law||Arbitration - 35 hours|
|2014||Mitchell Hamline School of Law||Mediation - 35 hours|
|2011||Hamline Law School||MN Rule 114 Training - to be a Quafified Neutral - 6 hours|
|2014||Association of Certified Fraud Examiners||CFE - 125 hours|
|2014||CMRS, Inc.||Restorative Justice Training - 8|
|2015||fi360||Accredited Investment Fiduciary - 40|
|2015||CMRS, Inc.||Mediation | Ethics | Confidentiality - 2|
|2009||Financial Industry Regulatory Authority||Qualfied through the National Arbitration and Mediation Committee as a FINRA Arbitrator|
|2017||AAA||Making the Most of Med-Arbitration - 1|
|2017||AAA||People Skills and Mediation - Avoiding Chaos - 1|
|2017||MN State Bar Association - ADR Section||Managing Values-Based Disputes - 1|
|2017||MN State Bar Association - ADR Section||Tips for Interacting with Diverse Humans -1|
|2017||MN State Bar Association - ADR Section||How to Avoid an Ethics Complaint as a Neutral -1|
|2017||National Future Association (||NFA Arbitration Chairperson Examination - 2|
|2017||MN State Bar Association - ADR Section||Keeping Your Cool When Clients Get Heated -1|
|2017||MN State Bar Association - ADR Section||Practice Tips for Mediation and Arbitration -1|
|2017||MN State Bar Association - ADR Section||Preparing for a Productive Mediation - 1|
|2017||MN State Bar Association - ADR Section||Best Practices in Conducting Arbitrations - 1|
|2017||MN State Bar Association - ADR Section||Is Arbitration Getting a Bad Name? - 1 (Presenter)|
|2017||AAA||The Preliminary Hearing - 1|
|2017||AAA||Recommendations from a Lifetime in Arbitration - 1|
|2017||National Futures Association||Conducting Pre-hearing Conference Calls - 1|
|2017||MN State Bar Association ADR Section||Handling Difficult Questions - 1|
|2017||MN State Bar Association ADR Section||8 Ways to Make the Most of Arbitration - 1|
|2017||FINRA||Request to Amend a Brokers CRD - 1|
|01/2018||MN State Bar Association - ADR Section||Cultural Considerations, Norms, and Expectations in Mediation|
|01/2018||American Institute of Mediation||It's Time for Heavy Metal Mediation - 1.5|
|01/2018||American Institute of Mediation||Mediation and the Challenges in Today’s World - 1|
|01/2018||American Institute of Mediation||Seeing and Hearing New Things in the Same Old Rooms - 1|
|01/2018||American Institute of Mediation||Rethinking the Mediator’s Opening - 1|
|02/2018||MN State Bar Association - ADR Section||Alternative Dispute Resolution and the IRS|
|03/2018||MN State Bar Association - ADR Section||How you can use ADR to help with your CBA's - 1|
|04/2018||MN State Bar Association - ADR Section||Comparative Mediation Processes: Civil, Community and Family|
|09/2018||MN State Bar Association - ADR Section||All Conflict is Relational - 1|
|10/2018||MN State Bar Association - ADR Section||ADR Career Paths in Law - 1|
As a skilled mediator with broad securities experience, I remain objective and impartial to assist the parties to evaluate their case from multiple perspectives. I promote a productive and respectful environment to aid in the resolution of the dispute. My extensive knowledge and experience of industry rules, regulations, and the FINRA Code of Mediation facilitates the process with a high degree of success. I am fully committed and engaged with both sides until the underlying matter is resolved. As a strong advocate of mediation, I believe parties will benefit from the process with the assistance of a skilled mediator who clearly understands FINRA arbitration process and the securities industry.
I offer a limited number of pro-bono mediation sessions without charge.
* Barrington Capital Management has been nominated twice by the Better Business Bureau for the Small Business Integrity Award.
Areas of Practice
- Business (12 mediated)
- Estate Planning
- Landlord - Tenant (5 mediated)
- Professional Fees
- Real Estate (1 mediated)
- Mediation Consultant
- Online Mediator
References available upon request.
This dispute resolution professional keeps liability insurance.
AttachmentsFINRA Essentials 2017.pdf
Robert Lawson Curriculum Vitae - 01-03-18.pdf
selling-away white paper September 2017.pdf