Brian Jerome

Brian Jerome

Attorney Brian R. Jerome is the Founder and CEO of Massachusetts Dispute Resolution Services (MDRS), one of the first full service Dispute Resolution (DR) firms established in Massachusetts. Since 1991, Attorney Jerome has served exclusively as a mediator and arbitrator on over 12,000 cases involving a remarkably extensive array of subject matter. Prior to founding MDRS, he worked in both private practice and at the Boston law firm Parker, Coulter, Daley and White, where he represented both plaintiffs and defendants on matters of civil litigation and trial.

Attorney Jerome provides effective and efficient DR services to private individuals, attorneys, businesses, government agencies, as well as the insurance community, and he is a recognized industry leader in Massachusetts and all of New England. With an outstanding settlement rate, Brian is known for his attentiveness to the needs and interests of the parties, and diligence in pursuit of achieving resolution. He is well-respected by plaintiffs and defendants alike, and seeks to promote the understanding and use of DR by regularly participating in seminars and training events, teaching and mentoring law students and other DR practitioners, and authoring many DR-focused articles.

Attorney Jerome has been a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association since 1980, and is current Chair of the MBA’s DR section. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Essex County Bar Association, and also serves as a court-approved conciliator in Massachusetts Superior and Land Courts. He is a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and the New England Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution. Brian is a 1980 magna cum laude graduate of New England Law in Boston, and a 1972 graduate of Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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Articles and Video:

The Attorney, the Client and the Mediator (10/28/16)
The success of a mediation is not always told in the settlement agreement. While it’s great to "Get to Yes,” understanding the nuances of getting there so as to repeat the process is, for most, the undiscovered area. Here we will explore the roles and relationships between lawyer, client, and mediator.

In Support of Arbitration (01/08/16)
This article reflects on the current and timely issue of hidden arbitration clauses in contracts, and a rebuttal to the recent NY Times article series which was extremely partisan and put arbitration and arbitrators in a very poor light. The article more accurately positions arbitration as an important and helpful alternative to litigation.

Musings of a Long Time Arbitrator (06/05/15)
Musings of a Long Time Arbitrator reflects on the positive and challenging aspects of serving as a neutral, in a manner both realistic and humorous. Similar practitioners will be able to immediately relate, and those that seek or utilize the services of ADR providers will get a direct look at the implications of a neutral’s daily reality.