Isaac Borenstein


The Hon. Isaac Borenstein (ret.), LL.M. 

Arbitration, Civil Mediation, Case Evaluation, Special Master Hearings

Judge Borenstein, now dividing his time between New York and Boston is available in either location to serve as a mediator, arbitrator, special master, and case evaluator. He was an Associate Justice of the Superior Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1992 until 2008, and served as a Judge on the Lawrence District Court from 1986 until 1992. Since leaving the bench in September 2008 and joining The Mediation Group (TMG), he has been a neutral in dozens of mediations and has served as an arbitrator in a number of matters; he has also handled a broad spectrum of civil, criminal, family and probate matters as an attorney at the trial and appellate court levels. He has been of Counsel at Kajko, Weisman & Colasanti, LLP since 2010.

Judge Borenstein brings to alternative dispute resolution his expertise across a full range of areas including complex business disputes, wrongful death actions, employment law issues, personal injury cases, medical malpractice, trust and estate matters, probate and family issues, and civil rights claims.  During his sixteen years on the Superior Court Judge Borenstein was known as a skilled mediator, able to resolve short of trial hundreds of civil and criminal cases. In his 22 years on the bench he presided over more than approximately 400 jury and jury-waived trials and hundreds of motions. He earned a reputation as an excellent trial judge, known for his fair treatment of all parties, impartiality, and knowledge of the law.

His experience as a Judge, trial and appellate lawyer, are enhanced by his success and many years as a law professor. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School teaching courses on Evidence and Criminal Procedure. Between 2002 and 2018, he served in many capacities, full and part time, at Suffolk Law School, where his courses have included Evidence, Constitutional Law/Criminal Procedure, co-teaching Conflicts of Law and the Cuba Seminar. From 1985-2014, almost every year, he taught as a part time Lecturer in Law, and one year as a full time Visiting Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law, his primary classes were Evidence and Advanced Criminal Procedure, but also taught Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Torts, Civil and Criminal Trial Practice. He has also taught full time at New England School of Law and in the civil clinical program at Harvard Law School. He is one of the originators and co-taught in a unique academic exchange between Suffolk Law School and the University of Havana School of Law.

Judge Borenstein is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching excellence and dedication to his students, as well as many honors for his work as a Judge. A native of Havana, Cuba, he has worked tirelessly for many years to improve the delivery of legal and interpreter services to the Latino community, including serving as Chair of the Massachusetts Trial Court Interpreter Committee. Details of his many awards as a Judge and law professor, as well as his professional experience are set out in his CV. He received his BA from The George Washington University in 1972, JD from Northeastern University in 1975 and an LLM from Harvard Law School in 1983.