Christopher P. Kauders, Esq.
Massachusetts / New England
One of the region’s most experienced and effective mediators and arbitrators. Since 1987, has settled thousands of disputes involving practice areas including: banking, business, Chapter 93A, construction, disability, discrimination, divorce (Rule 8 certified), eminent domain, employment, family law, family financial disputes and will contests, family owned businesses, health care, insurance coverage, landlord/tenant, legal and other professional malpractice, personal injury, real property, securities (FINRA), sexual harassment, subrogation, and tort.
Over twenty-six years, mediation settlement rate in excess of 90%. Matters range from two party simple disputes that settle within three hours to complex multiparty disputes. Has reputation for tenaciously assisting parties reach settlements even after mediation session. Attempts to make process as enjoyable as possible for parties and counsel.
Available to serve throughout New England and nationwide.
Frequently serves on Mediation Panels created by the Mass. Trial Court for service statewide, and by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (formerly NASD). Served on the Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Panels of the American Arbitration Association, the FDIC/RTC and Johns/Manville Personal Injury Settlement Trust. Appointed by Mass.
Attorney General’s Office and several Fortune 500 companies to resolve consumer class actions. One publicized case involved facilitating resolution of 145 separate complaints by consumers against Citibank for alleged debt collection violations. Selected by the tobacco industry and Mass. A.G. to coordinate limited discovery issues.
Frequent panelist and lecturer on topics involving mediation theory and effective practice. Presenter on MCLE’s “60 Minute Lawyer” cassette series – 1994. Panels ranged from the MCLE 1994 “Personal Injury Basics” to Mass. Bar and Boston Bar Association presentations in 2006 to 2012. Served as Chair of the ADR Committee of the Labor and Employment Section of the Boston Bar Association. Presently serving on the Steering Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section and as co-chair of the ADR Committee of the Litigation Section of the Boston Bar Association.
In 2008, co-chair of BBA seminar “Gender Issues in ADR and Trial.
In 2007 Chair of Boston Bar Association seminar “Maximizing Your Effectiveness In Mediation” and participant in BBA seminar on corporate compliance and resolving disability claims.
Massachusetts / New England
President & full-time arbitrator and mediator, Pre-Trial Solutions, Inc. (1995 - Present)
E.V.P. & full-time mediator and arbitrator, U.S. Arbitration & Mediation of New England, Inc. (1987 – 1995)
Attorney, Needham & Warren (1985 – 1987)
Associate Counsel, Law Office of Bank of Boston (1981 – 1985)
Boston College Graduate School of Management, MBA (1986)
Boston College Law School, J.D. (1981)
Northwestern University, B.A., Political Science (1978)
FOR PROFIT & VOLUNTEER BOARD SERVICE
Frank J. Murray Inn of Court – An association of judges and lawyers designed to foster professionalism and ethics of the bench and bar. (2002 – Present)
Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination Advisory Board (Appointed by Governor Deval L. Patrick) (2008 – Present)
Freedom Scientific, Inc. (St. Petersburg, Fl.) Board of Directors. World’s leading provider of technology for the blind and partially sighted. $32 million in sales and no debt. Elected to Board by two venture capital firms. (2000 – 2007)
ExpressPoint Technology Services, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN) Advisory Board. (1995 – 1998)
President of a 34 unit condominium association on Beacon Hill (1985 – 1987)
The Seeing Eye, Inc. (Morristown, NJ) Board of Trustees (serves on Executive Committee) (1997 – 2011)
World’s premier dog guide school with $230 million endowment.
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Board of Trustees (2002 – Present)
The Chestnut Hill School (Brookline, MA). Board of Trustees (2002 – 2005)
The University Club (Boston, MA). Board of Governors (1997 – 1999)
MEMBER OF ORIGINAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President, Frank J. Murray Inn of Court
Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolutions, (NE Chapter)
Community Settlement Center (Cambridge)
Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (Cambridge recording studio)
Member, Frank J. Murray Inn of Court
Member, Mass. and Boston Bar Associations
Massachusetts Bar Admitted: 1981