Joseph Berman, Esq.
Mediation, Arbitration, Case Evaluation, Special Master Hearings
Joseph Berman became a Certified Mediator and arbitrator after practicing law for twenty five years as a trial and appellate lawyer. As a litigator, Joe tried dozens of jury and non-jury cases and argued over fifty appeals in Massachusetts courts. As a neutral, Joe focuses his efforts on complex commercial cases, including professional liability, employment disputes and business litigation. Having tried dozens of cases to verdict, Joe brings unique and extensive experience to mediation.
Joe began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard P. Matsch of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. He then associated with a white collar criminal defense and commercial litigation boutique law firm in Denver. In 1993, he joined the Boston law firm of Posternak, Blankstein & Lund where his practice focused on the defense of lawyers and other professionals in malpractice and ethics cases. In 1998, Joe formed a new law firm, Berman & Dowell, where he continued his work in professional liability defense and expanded the practice to include real estate, employment and insurance litigation. In 2007, he joined Looney & Grossman as a partner, where he continued his practice until 2015, when he devoted his energies full time to Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Joe has received many honors for his legal work. Since 2010, he has been named a Massachusetts “Super Lawyer” and was elected one of the 100 Best Lawyers in New England in 2013. He has received the President’s Award from the Boston Bar Association for his pro bono litigation and was also honored by the New England Region of the Anti-Defamation League with the David A. Rose Civil Rights Award and the Krupp Young Leadership Award.
He is a frequent lecturer and writer in the areas of litigation and trial practice. He has taught classes at the Boston Bar Association and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (“MCLE”). He is the author of numerous articles. He serves on the Massachusetts Trial Court’s Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution. He also serves on the Mediation Panel for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts.
Joe is an active member of his community. He is a member of the national and regional boards of the Anti-Defamation League. He is also a director of the Associates of the Boston Public Library. He sits on the Conservation Commission in his home town of Weston, Massachusetts. He is a member of the American, Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations. He is also a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL), a national organization of lawyers who focus on legal ethics.
Joe graduated from Dartmouth College cum laude in 1986 and received his law degree, also cum laude, from the University of Michigan in 1990. He and his wife, Sharon, live in Weston, Massachusetts and have two children in the Weston Public Schools. When not mediating, Joe and his family enjoy skiing, bicycling, and tennis.