Israela is Executive Director and ADR Program Manager at Boston Law Collaborative, LLC. In addition to her experience as a lawyer in private practice, she has been a trained mediator and facilitator, since 1998 and is a member of the Administrative Office of the Trial Court’s Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution (2011 - ).
Israela teaches Mediation, Facilitation and Dialogue, and Conflict and Negotiation at Emerson College and she has designed and provided trainings and workshops on conflict management, negotiation, mediation and conciliation skills for over 15 years for private companies, the American Bar Association, the Trial Court and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE). In addition to mediating commercial cases and serving as a neutral fact-finder and hearing officer, Israela serves as a sideline coach for individuals seeking to negotiate on their own behalf. She is part of (MCLE)’s faculty for mediation and ADR training programs and she was Co-Chair of MCLE’s Annual ADR and the Law Conference for its first three years (2009-2011) and its sixth year, 2014.
Israela provides facilitation and systems design for the prevention and resolution of conflict and she designed and managed conflict resolution programs for the Superior Court, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, federal agencies, and private corporations including the Gillette/Procter and Gamble Severance Denial Appeal Program. During her five years at the Massachusetts Office of Dispute Resolution (now MOPC), she provided conflict training, facilitated intra-agency dialogue and created the first federally-funded Agricultural Mediation Program in New England.
In 2011 and 2012, Israela was recognized as a New England Super Lawyer - a list published annually by Boston Magazine and Thompson-Reuters of lawyers viewed by their peers as being in the top 5% of the profession. In 2013, Israela was named a Top Woman Attorney in ADR in Massachusetts byBoston Magazine (April).
Israela served on a national team of ADR professionals to develop technology quantifying the benefits of Alternative Dispute Resolution. She managed Large Complex Commercial Disputes for cases exceeding $1 million in claims for the American Arbitration Association.
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To read an article by Israela on "The Importance of Intake in Mediation," published by the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division as part of its “The 101 Practice Series” and by the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation in their Family Mediation Quarterly, click here. Israela has twice provided the expert commentary on BBC articles on workplace ethics. The first article is about occasional check-ins with employees to prevent workplace discrimination and harassment . The second discusses the importance of telling the truth regardless of pressure not to do so from above.
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Watch this video to learn more about why Israela practices mediation/arbitration and to learn more about her style.
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Hear What People Are Saying About Israela
"Dynamic, instructive, very good at leading students to their own conclusions." – January 2014 Family Law Mediation Workshop Trainee
"Very engaging, practices tips were very helpful, great presentation." – January 2014 Family Law Mediation Workshop Trainee
"Terrific teacher, wonderful presenter." – January 2014 Family Law Mediation Workshop Trainee
“What I really value about Israela is that she specifically targets positive points (and areas where mistakes might have been made) rather than more general comments. Great presentation – very lively and high energy.” – January 2013 Mediation Trainee
“This is the second time I have enjoyed Israela’s open-minded and upbeat teaching style.” – January 2013 Mediation Trainee
“Gave great feedback during small group work, took time to evaluate each person.” – January 2013 Mediation Trainee
“It was extremely helpful that Israela pointed out one’s propensity to constantly self-check, and her emphasis on transparency – the difference between genuinely utilizing mediation and using it as an agenda.” – January 2013 Mediation Trainee
Born: August 18, 1968 in Montreal, Canada
Education: B.A. Brandeis, 1990 (cum laude); J.D. Suffolk University Law School, 1993 (cum laude)
Work Experience: Massachusetts Office of Dispute Resolution, program manager; American Arbitration Association, case manager
Honors/Awards: Top Woman Attorney in Massachusetts in ADR, Boston Magazine (April 2013); New England Super Lawyer, Boston Magazine/Thompson Reuters (2011 and 2012); Managing for Results Initiative Award for implementing first agricultural mediation program in New England, Commonwealth of Massachusetts (2002); National Distinguished Client Service Recognition Award, American Arbitration Association (1997); Cradles to Crayons Appreciation and Recognition Award (2012)
Cradles to Crayons Community Leader and Champion Volunteer; Co-founder of Mansfield Shelter Friends - a non-profit organization that raises funds for the Mansfield Animal Shelter