The Advisory Board for AltCourt consists of three well respected Board Members who cumulatively have over 100 years of Judicial and Mediation experience. Their guidance helps keep AltCourt in the forefront of the Mediation business.
Judge Marion Edwards (Retired)
AltCourt Advisory Board
Judicial and Legal Experience
Chief Judge, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal, State of Louisiana (2010-2012)
Judge, 5th Circuit Court of Appeal, State of Louisiana (1998-2010)
Judge, Twenty-Fourth Judicial District Court, Division “O” (1997-1998)
First Assistant District Attorney, Twenty-Fourth Judicial District 91974-7996)
Assistant District Attorney, Twenty-Fourth Judicial District 91970-1996)
Edwards, Cullen & Loeb (1978-1985)
Edwards, Porteous, Amato & Lee (1973-1978)
General Practice (1968-1973)
Law Clerk, Twenty-Fourth Judicial District Court (1966-1968)
Loyola University School of Law (Juris Doctorate, 1967)
Tulane University (1963-1964)
Northeast Louisiana University (1959-1963)
Ouachita Parish High School (Graduated 1959)
Judge Walter J. Rothschild (Retired)
AltCourt Advisory Board Member
Appointed by the Supreme Court for the State of
Louisiana to serve as a member of the
24th Judicial District Court, on January 1, 2013, to sit in Division D until the new judge
could be elected. I have presided over five trials during this time – one of which was a
four day civil jury trial. As of the date of this resume, I continue to occupy this position.
Judge (Retired) 5th Circuit Court of Appeal, January 1, 2001 through
December 31, 2012. Elected without opposition twice. Wrote over 250 opinions dealing
with both civil and criminal matters. This court has jurisdiction over all lower courts in
four parishes – Jefferson, St. Charles, St. James and St. John.
Judge, 24th Judicial District Court, Division A. Elected from a field of four and took office
on May 1, 1995 through January 1, 2001. Reelected without opposition.
One of sixteen (16) judges handling all criminal and civil matters – any dollar amount
(civil case and any crime) including 1st degree murder (death penalty). As a trial judge I
tried over 60 criminal jury trials of all types.
Assistant District Attorney, Jefferson Parish from 1991 through 1995. Served as Chief of
Trials, supervising an office of over 30 trial lawyers.
Assistant United States Attorney, EDLA, from 1989 through 1991. Prosecuted federal
criminal cases and supervised the Insurance Fraud Unit, which was responsible for the
successful prosecution, in the grand jury and trial court, of over 20 defendants, including
three Insurance Commissioners.
Assistant District Attorney, Jefferson Parish from 1984 through 1989. Served as Chief of
the Screening Division. Responsible for the selection of those cases which were to be
prosecuted by the Office.
Private practice of law, including civil and criminal cases, from 1979 through 1984.
Special Trial Attorney for the Federal Organized Crime and Anti-Racketeering Strike
Force. Responsible for trying those cases indicted by the Federal Grand Jury, with
special responsibility for those considered as organized criminal activity.
Assistant United States Attorney for the EDLA from January 1976 through 1978. Tried
those accused of federal crimes. Prosecuted over 15 federal jury trials, including a
Sheriff, an Assessor, and five members of a seven member police jury.
Assistant District Attorney for the Parish of Orleans from 1974 through 1975, where I
became a lead trial attorney assigned to a division of the trial court and was later
selected as one of the first attorneys assigned to the new Career Criminal Bureau.
Juvenile Probation Officer for Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court, from 1970 through 1973.
Supervised those individuals who were convicted and whose sentence included
Juvenile Probation and Parole Officer for the State of Louisiana, from 1966 through
1970. Supervised those convicted, who were either sentenced to probation of who had
been released from an institution and placed on parole.
United States Marine Corps, from 1957 through 1960. Honorable discharge (rank Sgt.)
Wilson Adjunct Professor Notre Dame C.V.
Arbitrator and Mediator
AltCourt Advisory Board Member
The University of
Notre Dame Australia
University of Sydney
I am an arbitrator and mediator. My work generally includes difficult cases in both fact and law. My work has
developed into dealing in matters of high value or involving significant principle. My aim therefore is to
achieve expeditious, economic and just results. I endeavor as much as the case permits to identify core issues,
the determination of which often lead to the resolution of whole disputes. I am a long-standing member of
the legal profession in Australia and I am admitted to the Singapore International Commercial Court as a
Foreign Lawyer. I understand the procedural and evidentiary approaches to arbitration in Civil and Common
Law jurisdictions. I advise governments and governmental bureaucracies on legislative review and policy
development and implementation in environmental law and in the mining and resources sectors. I have
developed a particular interest in Energy Charter Treaty law and dispute resolution and WTO dispute
resolution which developed from receiving, quite by chance, a brief to advise in each of those areas.
Adjunct Professor of Law (Administrative Law and Alternate Dispute Resolution)
Company Name The University of Notre Dame Australia
Dates Employed Feb 2016 – Present
Employment Duration 1 yr 9 mos
Location Sydney Australia
The reputation of Notre Dame Sydney Campus continues to grow. The students in the Law School are
enthusiastic and talented on intake and no less so on graduation. Notre Dame's Law School graduates
are highly employable. In fact the graduates have one of the highest rates of employment amongst all
law schools in Australia.
Company Name Florence Mediation Centre
Dates Employed Mar 2016 – Present
Employment Duration 1 yr 8 mos
Location Florence Area, Italy
Empanelled Arbitrator and Mediator
Company Name Gulf Co-operation Council (G.C.C.) Commercial Arbitration Centre
Dates Employed May 2017 – Present
Employment Duration 6 mos
Empanelled Arbitrator and Mediator
Company Name Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration
Dates Employed May 2017 – Present
Employment Duration 6 mos
Location Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Company Name International Chamber of Commerce Dates Employed Aug 2016 – Present Employment Duration 1 yr 3 mos Location AustraliaFellow (FCIArb)Company Name Chartered Institute of ArbitratorsDates Employed Sep 2013 – PresentEmployment Duration 4 yrs 2 mosLocation SingaporeThe Chartered Institute of Arbitrators is a most reputable international body providing comprehensivequalifications in many areas of alternate dispute resolution including International CommercialArbitration. I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute, having obtained my Diploma in InternationalCommercialArbitration in 2013.Director and CEOCompany Name International Alliance of Mediators and Arbitrators Pte Limited (Singapore)Dates Employed Jul 2015 – PresentEmployment Duration 2 yrs 4 mosLocation Singaporewww.iama.asia CLICK THE ICON FOR THE COMPANY PAGEAn independent company engaged in international consultancy in the areas of policy development,system planning and implementation at corporate and government levels and mediation andarbitration, including international commercial and domestic arbitration, advice, representation and asmediators and arbitrators with the objective of achieving the expeditious, economic and justiciableresolution of issues and disputes. iama.asia is an innovative company which assists, plans andimplements dispute resolution systems and ensures the appropriate handling of disputes to ensureminimal disruption to business.www.iama.asiaArbitrator and MediatorCompany Name newsouthwalesmediation.com.auDates Employed 2012 – PresentEmployment Duration 5 yrsLocation Sydney, Australiawww.newsouthwalesmediation.com.auThe business provides a unique dispute resolution service. Unique because it provides business andindividuals with analysed and bespoke dispute handling and resolution systems with a view to avoidingdisputation and, if unavoidable, a competent and comprehensive handling of disputes by negotiation,mediation, arbitration and other well recognised ADR methods.www.newsouthwalesmediation.com.auBarrister at LawCompany Name New South Wales Bar AssociationDates Employed Apr 1978 – PresentEmployment Duration 39 yrs 7 mosLocation Sydney AustraliaAdvocacy, Mediation, Arbitration, Expert Determination, Corporate Responsibility and Governance,Environmental Law.Full registration as a Foreign Lawyer Singapore International Commercial CourtCompany Name Supreme Court of SingaporeDates Employed Dec 2015 – PresentEmployment Duration 1 yr 11 mosLocation SingaporeIMI Certified MediatorCompany Name IMI - International Mediation InstituteDates Employed 2014 – PresentEmployment Duration 3 yrsIMI Certification recognises cross-border and cross-cultural expertise in mediation.Diploma in International Commercial ArbitrationCompany Name Chartered Institute of ArbitratorsDates Employed Sep 2014 – PresentEmployment Duration 3 yrs 2 mosLocation SingaporeCentre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) Accredited MediatorCompany Name CEDRDates Employed Jan 2015 – Present
Dan Simon’s C.V. Mediator
AltCourt Advisory Board Member
EDUCATION J.D., cum laude, University of Minnesota M.A., Counseling Psychology, University of Minnesota B.A., Humanities, University of California at Berkeley
“Transformative Mediation”, with Joseph P. Folger, chapter in The Mediation Handbook: Research, theory and
practice (Routledge, 2017)
“Transformative Mediation for Divorce: Rising above the law and the settlement”, chapter in Transformative
Mediation – A Sourcebook (ACR & ISCT, 2010)
Dan Simon’s Blog for the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation
Simon Mediation on YouTube
LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, AND QUALIFICATIONS Licensed to practice law in Minnesota since 1992. Qualified Neutral on the Minnesota Supreme Court Civil Roster since 1996. Qualified Neutral on the Minnesota Supreme Court Family Roster since 1998.
Certified by the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation as a “Certified Transformative Mediator” since 2007.
Certified by Mediate.com as a “Certified Mediator” since 2009.
PROFESSIONAL RATINGS AV – highest possible rating, Martindale -Hubbell. 10.0 out of 10, Superb, Avvo.com .
POSITIONS IN SUPPORT OF THE PROFESSION Board Member, Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, ongoing. Fellow, Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, ongoing. Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section, 1 term.
Member, Minnesota Supreme Court’s ADR Ethics Board, two 3-year terms.
MEDIA APPEARANCES AND QUOTES
“Handling Business Disputes Constructively”, Business Newsmakers Radio with Lou Garino, 1110AM KTEK, Houston, TX, February 2016
“Dogs of Divorce”, All My Children Wear Fur Coats with Peggy Hoyt, Nature’s Channel, January 2016
“Bill Cosby’s Legal Predicament”, Mornings with Maria, Fox Business Network, December 2015
“Mediating When Divorce Goes to the Dogs”, Minneapolis Star Tribune, August 2015
“News and Views”, AM Radio WCCO 830, April 2015 Minneapolis Star Tribune, September 2014
“News and Views”, AM Radio WCCO 830, February 2014
“News and Views”, AM Radio WCCO 830, December 2013 Amish Baby Machine Comedy Podcast, December 2013 Amish Baby Machine Comedy Podcast, September 2013 Interview at MediatorAcademy.com August 2013 Radio Talkshow on WHYY in Philadelphia, August 2013 Interview at CuttingEdgeLaw.com, August 2008 Minnesota Lawyer, October 2007 St. Paul Pioneer Press, March 2003 Minnesota Law and Politics, February 200RECENT SPEAKING AND TRAINING“A New Way to Look at Conflict”, Beijing American Center, Beijing, China, November 2016“Responding Effectively to Conflict”, St. Paul, October 2016“Introduction to Transformative Mediation,” The Mediation Center Training, St. Louis Park, MN, October 2016“Certified Family Mediation Training”, St. Paul, July 2016“Integrative Law and Transformative Mediation” with J. Kim Wright at International Conference on Transformative Mediation, Dayton, OH, May 2016“Mediation Methods”, Webinar for Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, April 2016“Transformative Mediation”, Webinar for Minnesota CLE, April 2016“The Heart of Conflict” for the Minnesota Association of School Business Officers, Minneapolis, April 2015.“Introduction to Transformative Mediation,” Mitchell Hamline College of Law Mediation Clinic“Everything You Know about Divorce Mediation is Wrong”, Washington County Bar Association, Stillwater, MN, December 2015“Family Mediators’ Best Practices Toolbox”, Minnesota CLE Webinar, November 2015“Mediation Orientations. . . Can They all Be Right?”, Minnesota State Bar Association ADR Section, November 2015“Introduction to Transformative Mediation,” The Mediation Center Training, St. Louis Park, MN, October 2015“New Insights Into Conflict Management”, Private Investment Bank, Minneapolis, October 2015“Responding Effectively to Conflict”, Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, St. Paul, September 2015“Certified Family & Divorce Mediation Training”, September – November, 2015“Big Changes for Rule 114,” for the Minnesota State Bar Association, ADR Section, Minneapolis, September 2015“Introduction to Transformative Mediation,” The Mediation Center Training, St. Louis Park, MN, August 2015“Introduction to Transformative Mediation”, Hamline University Law School, July 2015“Advanced Mediation Training”, St. Paul, June 2015“Responding Effectively to Conflict”, Hofstra University School of Law, May 2015“Negotiating Under Pressure”, St. Paul, May 2015“The Latest Techniques of Workplace Mediation or Why No One Goes Postal Anymore”, workshop at the Annual Conference of the Twin Cities Human Resource Association, Minneapolis, April 2015“Certified Civil Mediation Training, St. Paul, MN, April 2015“Certified Family Mediation Training”, St. Paul, MN, March 2015“Introduction to Transformative Mediation”, William Mitchell College of Law, March 2015.“Ethical Dilemmas for Mediators” 2014 MSBA ADR Institute, Minneapolis, October 2014“Introduction to Transformative Mediation for Divorce”, The Mediation Center Training, St. Louis Park, MN, October 2014“What’s Mediation Really About?”, William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN, October 2014“Early Intervention Workplace Mediation”, Private Client, Fridley, MN, August 2014“Certified Civil Mediation Training”, St. Paul, MN, June 2014“Certified Family Mediation Training, St. Paul, MN, March – May, 2014“Divorce Mediation Tele-Seminar”, Association for Conflict Resolution, April 2014“Mediation: More than Agreement”, Heartland Mediators Association Annual Conference, April 2014“Healing the Heart of Conflict,” Minnesota Association of School Business Officials, April 2014“Healing the Heart of Conflict,” private client, St. Paul, MN, January 2014.“Certified Civil Mediation Training”, St. Paul, MN, November 2013.“Introduction to Transformative Mediation”, International ACR Conference, Minneapolis, MN, October 2013.“Advanced Mediation Training”, St. Paul, MN, September 2013.“40-Hour Certified Family Mediation Training”, St. Paul, MN, July 2013.“Transformative Mediation of Family Cases,” 2nd International Conference on Transformative Mediation, Rome, Italy, June 11, 2013.“Legal Definitions of Mediation,” 2nd International Conference on Transformative Mediation, Rome, Italy, June 10, 2013“The Heart of Conflict”, private client, Minneapolis, MN, April 10, 2013.“Introduction to Transformative Mediation”, William Mitchell College of Law ADR Course, March 12, 2013. Advanced Mediation Training: The Transformative Approach to Elder and Family Cases, Pasadena, CA, February 28 – March 2, 2013. Certified Civil Mediation Training, Saint Paul, MN, January 24 – 28, 2013.“Approaches to Commercial Mediation”, panel discussion at the ADR Institute, Minneapolis, MN, October 26, 201
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