Bette J. Roth, Esq.

Mediator v Arbitrator

Box One

Newton Highlands, MA 02461

Tel.  617.795.2425 


Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services                     


Mediation, arbitration, teaching, training/lecturing, facilitation, conciliation, case evaluation, fact-finding, consulting


Professional experience     


-     Lecturer on Mediation, Boston University School of Law (currently, since 2007)

-     Visiting Lecturer on ADR, Suffolk University Law School (spring term 2012)

-          Mediator or Arbitrator in more than 1000 cases

-          Executive Director, Middlesex Multi-Door Courthouse (2001-2008)

-          Litigation/Trial Lawyer (1984 -1992): 

o        U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

o        Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison (San Francisco)

o       Farella, Braun & Martel (San Francisco) 


Substantive areas


-          Employment (discrimination, wrongful termination, non-compete, severance) 

-          Commercial (contracts, partnerships, banking, UCC, insurance)

-          Land use (real estate sales, zoning, environmental, housing, possession, title)

-          Securities (customer /broker, transfer agent, individual and class action, shareholder, ERISA, trusts, hybrid insurance products)

-          Construction (commercial, residential, municipal)

-          Professional liability (negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, malpractice, fraud)

-          Community (family, neighbors, CHINS)

-         Agency (state and federal regulatory and enforcement)



Neutral panel memberships


-          Mediator, Arbitrator:  CPR’s Panel of Distinguished Neutrals

-          Mediator, Arbitrator:  American Arbitration Association

-          Mediator, Arbitrator:  REBA (Real Estate Bar Association)

-         Mediator, Arbitrator:  Case Closed Dispute Resolution Services

-          Mediator, Arbitrator:  Resolute Systems, Inc.

-          Special Master, Receiver & Arbitrator:  Massachusetts Superior Courts




Awards, distinctions & publications


-          “Super Lawyer” in ADR: New England 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 (Recognized at top 5% in field by peers per Boston Magazine/ Law & Politics Magazine)

-          Certified as a mediator by the International Mediation Institute (IMI) in the Hague (since 2008)

-          John Dunlop Dispute Resolution Award for mediation (Commonwealth of MA 2001)

-          Primary editor, The Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Guide (national 2-volume set & updated annually (copyright © 1993-2013 Thomson/West) (CPR book award finalist 1994)

-          Author:  “Settlement Agreements” (MCLE Civil Mediation Workshop 2013)

-          Author:  “Legal Updates” (MCLE Representing Clients in Mediation 2013)

-          Author:  “Settlement Agreements” (MCLE Civil Mediation Workshop 2012)

-           Author:  "Ten Tips for an Ethical and Effective Negotiation" (Mass. Lawyer's Weekly July 2011; Rhode Island Lawyer's Weekly, July 2011)

-          Contributing author, ADR and the Law (MCLE 2010)

-          Contributing author, ADR and the Law (MCLE 2009)

-          Co author, “Class Action Arbitrations: A First Circuit Update” (Boston Bar Journal, March/April 2008)

-          “Litigation Tactics in Mediation: Are They Ethical?” (Mass. Lawyer’s Weekly, Feb. 2005)

-          Co-editor & contributing author, Court Mandated Basic Training for Arbitrators (MCLE 2005)

-          Editor & contributing author, What Every Lawyer Should Know About Arbitration  (MCLE 2004)

-          “Ethical Considerations for Advocates in Mediation” (Boston Bar Association 2004)

-          “Ten Suggestions for Negotiation in Employment Mediation” (The Practical Lawyer, ALI-ABA, Oct. 2004)

-          Co-author, “Maximizing the Potential of Mediation” (Mass. Lawyers Weekly, Apr. 2004)

-          “Mediating Your Securities Disputes Successfully” (NSCP Currents, Winter 2004)

-          “Selecting the Right Organization and Arbitrator” (Mass. Lawyers Weekly, Feb. 2003)

-          Editor & contributing author, Arbitration Practice and Update 2002 (MCLE 2002)

-          Co-author, "Per Se Legality of Some Naked Restraints: A [Re]Conceptualization of the Antitrust Analysis of Cartelistic Organizations” (The Antitrust Bulletin,  July 2000)

-          Co-author, Securities Arbitration: Special Report (Wiley Law Publications 1989)

-          Contributing author, Securities Litigation-State and Federal (CCLE 1988)


Speaking engagements


-          Speaker:  “Settlement Agreements” (MCLE Civil Mediation Workshop 2013)

-          Speaker:  “Legal Updates” (MCLE Representing Clients in Mediation 2013)

-          Speaker:  “Settlement Agreements” (MCLE Civil Mediation Workshop 2012)

-          Speaker, MCLE Mediation Workshop, “Enforceability of Mediated Settlement

Agreements” (2012)

            -      Choosing the Right Dispute Resolution Process & Neutral in Closely Held                                    Corporation Disputes (Mass Bar Association 2011)

-      Speaker, “Negotiation Ethics”, ABA National Business Law Spring Meeting (2011)

            -      "Negotiation Ethics in Mediation" (ADR & the Law, MCLE 2010)

-          Speaker, Securities Arbitration and Mediation, BBA (December 2009)

-          Speaker, AAA Advanced Mediator Training (November 2009)

-          Speaker, MCLE ADR Program (October 2009)

-          Speaker, MCLE, “Resolving neighbor Disputes” (February 2009)

-          Speaker, MBA “Resolving Closed Corporation Disputes” (November 2008)

-          Chairperson & faculty member, MCLE arbitration seminar (October 2007)

-          Speaker, ALI-ABA 32nd Annual Advanced Course of Study “Securities Litigation Planning and Strategies” (June 2007)

-          Moderator and/or speaker, numerous Brown Bag Lunch series on Mediation and Arbitration, Boston Bar Association ADR Committee (2005-2007)

-          Guest Lecturer, “Mediator Confidentiality and Liability”, MWI (May 2005)

-          Guest lecturer, “Mediation Ethics”, B.U. School of Law (March 2005)

-          Co-chairperson & trainer, 8-hour MCLE arbitrator training (Feb. 2005)

-          Faculty member, CLE program, “Mediating Employment Cases”, BBA (Nov. 2004)

-          Guest speaker, “American ADR”, Tipperary Bar Association, BBA (Oct. 2005) and host to Chinese Judicial representatives, MMDC (Jan. 2003)

-          Chairperson & faculty member, MCLE arbitration seminars (2002, 2004)

-          Peer mediator trainer, FCMS (1998-2000)

-          Case screener & dispute resolution consultant, MMDC (since 2000)

-          Moderator & instructor, arbitration seminar & workshops, Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison (1989)


Representative cases settled as mediator, including multi-party disputes


-          Employment discrimination disputes (protected classes, whistleblowing)

-          Employee disputes involving benefits, wage/hour, termination, non-compete, raiding, severance

-          Securities disputes involving customer accounts

-          Commercial disputes involving contracts, licenses, commissions, premiums, or other transactions in various industries

-          Construction disputes involving residential and commercial properties

-          Stockholder disputes with dealers, issuers, and transfer agents

-          Closed corporation disputes involving freeze-outs, share valuation, severance

-          Share holder class action litigation over stock valuation; market manipulation

-          Disputes involving ownership, use, and sale of real property

-          Housing & public accommodation discrimination disputes

-          Separation of CEO from publicly-traded company

-          Cases involving multi-national parties involving translation

-          Family disputes involving businesses, partnerships, wills, trusts, and real estate ownership

-          Attorney malpractice cases

-          Personal injury disputes

-         Disputes between neighbors


Representative cases decided as arbitrator


-          Commercial transactions between service providers in various industries/clients, securities firms, transfer agents, commercial sellers, real estate agents/clients, and banking firms

-          Securities disputes involving customer accounts

-          Employment disputes involving claims of wrongful termination

-          Injunctive cases involving former sales representatives and non-compete agreements

-          Construction disputes involving the renovation or construction of residential property

-          Personal injury disputes

-          Franchise, leasing, sale of business disputes

-         Music leasing/royalty disputes


ADR training


-          Arbitrator trainings I, II, Advanced (American Arbitration Association 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003, 1991)

-          Conciliation training (Middlesex Superior Court 2005)

-          Advanced mediator training: housing disputes (FCMS 2001)

-          Discrimination prevention trainer certification (MCLE/MCAD 2000)

-          Peer mediation trainer training (Attorney General’s Office 1998)

-          Advanced mediator training: family systems, employment, ADA disputes (FCMS 1997)

-          Basic 35 hour mediator training & certification (FCMS 1997)

-         Mediation training and mentoring with Randall Wulff, San Francisco (1995)



Rate of settlement






-          University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D. 1984).  Editor, Wisconsin International Law Journal (1984)

-          University of Massachusetts, Amherst  (B.A. economics cum laude 1981)

-         University of Paris, Sorbonne (“Certificat de Langue Français” 1981)


Bar and Professional memberships


-          Co-chair, ADR Committee (Boston Bar Association Litigation and International Law Sections 2005-2008)

-          Massachusetts Bar (1985), California Bar (1985), Wisconsin Bar (1984)

-          Member, Women’s Bar Association

-         Member, New England Chapter for Association of Conflict Resolution


Community service


-          Mediation training coach, Newton North High School Peer Mediation training (since  2006)

-          Communication/mediation training coach, John Hancock & Boston Police Dept. Youth Violence Strike Force “Summer of Opportunity” (2009, 2008, 2007, 2006)

-          Judge, Moot Court/Negotiation Competitions, Northeastern, Boston University law schools (2005-2007)

-          Co-president, Zervas Elementary School Council (2001-2002)

-          Elected member, Zervas Elementary School Council (1999-2002)

-          Elected member, Board of Directors, Hyde Community Center (1997-2003)

-          Pro-bono mediator /community disputes, FCMS (1997-2002)

-           Elected member, Newton Highlands Neighborhood Area Council (1998-2001)

-          Co-chair, Community project that funded, designed, and built memorial playground (1998)

-         Newton Highlands Village Day and/or Newton Serves yearly volunteer (since 1997)


Foreign language: French