Featured Commercial Mediators
Langella, Timothy J., Esq.
Attorney Langella is a mediator, arbitrator and case evaluator who focuses on complex legal disputes including, but not limited to, contract disputes, breach of fiduciary duty disputes, shareholder disputes, franchisor/franchisee disputes, employment matters, distributor/licensing/royalty disputes, products liability and bankruptcy related claims.
A Law Review Editor at Boston University School of Law, Attorney Langella started his legal career at Goodwin, Procter & Hoar, where he handled product liability defense and commercial litigation matters on a local and national level. In 1988, Tim became General Counsel for Healthco International, the country’s largest distributor of dental equipment and supplies. At Healthco, Tim gained substantial experience in the workings of a major corporation with over 3000 employees. He was responsible for all domestic litigation, personal injury claims, real estate and vendor transactions, employee claims and corporate acquisitions.
In 1992, Tim joined Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo where he had a diverse practice involving multiple industries. Tim handled cases involving major claims for both plaintiffs and defendants, including one that resulted in a $261 million dollar victory. He sat as lead counsel on state and federal court cases throughout the country and also arbitrated several international matters.
Attorney Langella most recently served as Chief of the Business Technology & Economic Development Division for the Office of the Attorney General. At the AG’s office, he served as a liaison to industry groups collaborating on laws, regulations and policy matters. He also advised the Attorney General on a host of matters that affected the business community. This position inevitably led to substantial exposure in the area of communication between parties on controversial matters.
Tim Langella’s impressive legal career, spanning over three decades, has given him an in-depth perspective as to what it takes to resolve even the most complex business issues and legal disputes.
Gladstone, Scott C., Esq.
Scott Gladstone is a business litigation attorney with wide and varied experience in conflicts between businesses and among principals in the same business. He regularly appears before the Courts of the Commonwealth and has represented parties in arbitrations and mediations. Scott has been a senior associate at two large downtown Boston firms, Ruberto, Israel & Weiner and Rubin & Rudman and he started his career as an Assistant Public Defender in Dekalb County Georgia. He has been running his own litigation practice since 2003.
Scott has been trained as a mediator by Metropolitan Mediation Services of Brookline, Massachusetts and, over the past year, he regularly mediates at the Brighton District Court where he has successfully mediated conflicts concerning: condo association dues, wage claims, insurance coverage, consumer protection, unpaid loans, and contractor-homeowner disputes.
Using his experience as a litigator, Scott has garnered a reputation as a mediator who very quickly assimilates facts and quickly identifies what matters most to the parties as well as potential areas of common interests. The parties that come before Scott invariably feel like they have been heard and validated; however, they also appreciate Scott’s firm no-nonsense approach to problem solving.
Van Nostrand, Richard C., Esq.
Richard Van Nostrand has been with the Worcester firm of Mirick, O’Connell since 1984, and a partner since 1988. He has extensive experience in general civil litigation with concentrations in business and employment litigation. Atty. Van Nostrand represents clients in a broad range of industries from professional services and technology and industrial and manufacturing. In addition, Rich is engaged in a variety of business litigation matters, including shareholder disputes, corporate dissolutions, and intra and inter-company disagreements. Richard is a past President of the New England Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar association and the Worcester County Bar Association.
Velis, Hon. Peter A. (Ret)
Judge Peter Velis graduated Boston University in 1965 with a degree in Public Communications and went on to earn his Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk Law School in 1969. Shortly after passing the bar, he opened practices both in Boston and his native Westfield.
In 1973, he was elected to the Legislature as a State Representative for the Fifth Hamden District where he served until 1978. While a legislator, Peter served on the Judiciary Committee and was co-author of the Court Reform Act of 1978.
In 1978, Judge Velis founded the law firm of Velis & Ziter that handled civil and criminal matters in both state and federal courts. Despite a heavy caseload, he generously gave his time as a panelist for numerous continuing legal education programs.
In November 1998, he was nominated as an Associate Justice of the Superior Court. During his time on the bench, Judge Velis sat in many of the Superior Courts, including Worcester, Barnstable, Franklin, Berkshire, Hamden and Hampshire counties. During his time on the bench, Judge Velis served as a valued colleague and mentor to numerous legal interns. He earned universal admiration for his tireless work habits, exemplary judicial demeanor, fairness, patience and courtesy by all who spent time in his courtroom.
Upon his retirement in the fall of 2012, Peter returned to Westfield to serve as an adjunct Professor of Criminal Evidence at Westfield State University
Grumbach, James E., Esq.
Over 40 years as a practicing trial attorney, and over 35 years as a practicing mediator and arbitrator have given Jim Grumbach a wealth of experience that is shared by few. Jim has always been firmly committed to a belief that ADR should be encouraged and fostered whenever possible, serving as President, for nearly a decade, of Cambridge Dispute Settlement Center, (now known as the Community Dispute Settlement Center) one of the state’s first volunteer community mediation programs. Attorney Grumbach is thoroughly familiar with both plaintiff and defense work. Early in his legal career he spent over ten years at Morrison, Mahoney & Miller, where he handled insurance and commercial litigation. In 2003, Jim was awarded one of the ten largest plaintiff personal injury verdicts of the year. His current caseload is mainly in the fields of personal injury, professional liability insurance disputes and commercial litigation and is a mix of approximately 80/20% plaintiff/defense representation.
Minoff, Keith A., Esq.
Keith Minoff is a skilled mediator with over 35 years of experience as a trial lawyer specializing in business disputes, employment law and personal injury. Attorney Minoff’s broad experience representing employers and employees, personal injury plaintiffs and insurers, business owners and companies, large and small, makes him an especially effective mediator with a unique ability to see all sides and help bring parties together to a solution.
Keith handles cases in the following areas: employment discrimination, sexual harassment, workplace disputes, construction and commercial law, contacts, real estate as well as personal injury and professional liability.
Mitnick, Edward, Esq.
Ed Mitnick is an experienced attorney specializing in the areas of employment and labor law. In particular, Ed provides training, investigative and consulting services to employers throughout the United States on Harassment, discrimination, diversity and other labor and employment issues. In addition to his training work, Ed formerly served as a Hearing Officer for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD). He is very familiar with recent legal developments in the areas of employment and discrimination law and his decisions are regularly published in the Massachusetts Discrimination Law Reporter and the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Ed also regularly serves as a mediator and arbitrator in employment and labor disputes.
Previously, Ed worked as a legal trainer for the Chicago firm of Seyfarth Shaw at Work, and as an attorney in the labor and employment firm of Sheridan & Sheridan, in South Hadley, MA. He also served as City Solicitor to the City of Holyoke, MA. In addition to current position with Brodeur-McGan, P.C., Ed has his own consulting firm, Just Training Solutions, LLC, in which he provides effective employment training, consulting, and investigative services to employers throughout the United States. Ed has litigated complex cases in the state and federal courts and represented employers in numerous labor and employment matters including negotiations, arbitrations and mediations.
Goldman, Andrea, Esq.
Andrea Goldman is a litigator, arbitrator and mediator who focuses on construction/contractor and business matters. She represents construction companies, developers/owners, contractors, suppliers, subcontractors and designers. Andrea serves as the trusted advisor for construction companies and businesses in drafting contracts and other legal issues in managing their businesses. She has extensive experience handling contractor/homeowner disputes and helps get projects back on track.
Andrea frequently gives presentations on construction issues including: contracts, mechanic’s liens, green construction and permitting. Significant construction projects include the following: represented subcontractor in Prompt Pay claim against contractor, represented subcontractor in defending prevailing wage claim; representing owner in claim for delay and other damages against subcontractor in the renovation of a large apartment complex; represented a general contractor/owner in dispute between contractor and subcontractor involving claims of job abandonment and material breach of AIA contract during construction of a hotel; represented contractor when surety company sued on its bond; represented construction company in dispute over unforeseen conditions that significantly delayed building of bridge.
Prior to forming Goldman Law Group, Andrea was the Managing Partner at Rosen Law Office, P.C. and a Partner at Gately & Goldman, LLP. Andrea currently serves on several arbitration panels including AAA, the National Arbitration Forum and the Massachusetts Home Improvement Contractor Arbitration Program.