Professional Details

Sam Imperati, J.D.
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Institute for Conflict Management, Inc.

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11524 SW Vacuna Ct
Portland, OR 97219
Fax: 503-244-1038


Description of Practice

This Mediator is Certified
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.

Professional Background

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.


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.


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

Other Information

Mr. Imperati graduated magna cum laude from the University of Santa Clara, and from the University of California at Davis – King Hall Law School, where he was a law review, volume editor. He co-authored two articles on water law and worked at California’s State Water Resources Control Board. He was co-founder/editor of Environs, an environmental law and policy publication and did a judicial internship with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle.

Areas of Practice

  • ADA (5 mediated)
  • Business (200 mediated)
  • Civil (general) (200 mediated)
  • Commercial (200 mediated)
  • Community (10 mediated)
  • Construction (10 mediated)
  • Contracts (200 mediated)
  • Cross Cultural (10 mediated)
  • Education (2 mediated)
  • Employment (200 mediated)
  • Environmental (2 mediated)
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor - Management (5 mediated)
  • Land Use (4 mediated)
  • Legal Malpractice (3 mediated)
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Organizational (25 mediated)
  • Partnership (10 mediated)
  • Personal Injury (25 mediated)
  • Professional Fees (5 mediated)
  • Public Policy (15 mediated)
  • Real Estate (120 mediated)
  • Securities (5 mediated)
  • Special Education (1 mediated)
  • Technology (1 mediated)
  • Trust Management (1 mediated)
  • Workers Comp (5 mediated)
  • Workplace (20 mediated)

Professional Services

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