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Crafting Creative Settlements Since 1983


Donald B. Reder


Don Reder is the President of Dispute Resolution, Inc. and has worked as a full-time mediator and arbitrator since founding Dispute Resolution, Inc. in 1983. Don resolves personal injury, construction, life/health, employment, product liability, subrogation, professional malpractice, commercial, environmental and just about any other type of case that is found in civil court. In addition to serving as a mediator and arbitrator, Don has also assisted clients in resolving cases through the use of either a mock jury or by a Private Jury Trial, a hybrid binding arbitration process that links a private jury with a retired judge.


Don served as Executive Director of the award winning Connecticut ADR Project, a non-profit corporation designed to accelerate the understanding and use of ADR in the early 1980’s. He has been a featured speaker at a number of ADR conferences both in the U.S. and Canada and has been a guest speaker at a number of corporate dispute resolution seminars for both counsel and claims professionals. Don was a speaker at the 1986 SPIDR (Society for Professionals in Dispute Resolution) Conference in Chicago, the 1987 ICA (International Claim Managers Association) Conference in New Orleans and the 1989 ADR Conference held in Toronto. He has been widely quoted in articles about ADR and has also had articles published, including an employment mediation article in the Labor Law Journal.


Don has successfully mediated thousands of cases in twenty-three states and Puerto Rico and maintains a 90%+ settlement rate. He has dealt with many cutting edge issues and has resolved cases at all stages from pre-litigation through “courthouse steps” to cases on appeal. He has experience with many complex, multi-party cases including a Connecticut case which included fifteen parties, thirteen lawsuits and over $20,000,000 in claims. He’s also successfully dealt with negotiation gaps of all sizes including a Texas case which was submitted three weeks prior to trial when the parties were more than $50,000,000 apart.  Don is particularly proud of some of the creative settlements he has helped clients craft that addressed their competing issues in ways that no court resolution could have achieved.


Don was born in 1947, is a 1969 graduate of Trinity College in Hartford and has been an active alumnus having served as President of The Trinity Club of Hartford and on the school’s Business & Industry Council. He has been married forever, lives in West Hartford , CT and North Ft. Myers, FL and he and his wife have a 28 year old son. He has been active in community affairs, having served on the Boards of Directors of the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce, The Hartford Stage Company and is a volunteer fund raiser for Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, CT.