Michael A Zeytoonian
Dispute Resolution Counsel, LLC
9 Main Street
1900 West Park Drive, Suite 280
Twenty five years of litigation and trial practice in diverse areas of law in Massachusetts and New York including employment law, business law, special education law, negligence, administrative law and child abuse prosecution has given me both the tools and appreciation for litigation. This experience has also given me an understanding that the client is often best served by doing proactive counseling to prevent problems from arising or by seeking to resolve disputes without litigation. My legal background is complemented by other professional experience including teaching on law school, college and high school levels, editing, writing and public relations work and administration of religious and cultural non-profit organizations. Pace University School of Law, J.D.,1990 Certificate in Environmental Studies; Honors & Awards: Ranking Scholar, 1989, Environmental Law Review, 1988-89 Boston College/Iona College, B.A., 1975, History/Secondary Education Admitted to practice in Massachusetts (federal and state courts), New York (federal S.D.N.Y. and state courts) and Connecticut state courts.
We serve our clients best when we either act proactively as wise counselors to avoid problems and conflicts from arising, or as problem solvers and facilitators, focused on the goal of resolving issues and disputes by focusing on interests. If we heed the advice of Abraham Lincoln to avoid litigation and prevent the draining of our clients' emotions, finances, time and resources, we serve our clients' truest needs. Collaborative law calls on lawyers and clients to seek the high road, to address the real interests of the client, and to work together creatively in a united effort to accomplish a collective set of goals.
Professional Memberships: Massachusetts Bar Association, Labor and Employment section, Chair of ADR Committee, Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, NE Association for Conflict Resolution, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Inc., Publications include co-author "Collaborative Law: Practice and Procedures", MCLE, 2014; "Getting to Collaboration in Business and Employment Disputes", Collaborative Law Journal (MCLC), Vol. 2 No. 1; "Pioneers on the Horizon; Collaborative Law in Employment Disputes", IACP 2006 Forum publication; "Prescription for Sanity in Resolving Business Disputes, Collaborative Law Journal, Vol. 5, No, 2 (Fall 2007); "The Convergence of Legal Advocacy and Negotiation", MBA Lawyers Journal, December 2008; "Junctions Along the ADR Spectrum", Harvard Negotiation Review Online, November 22, 2008; "Collaborative Law: A Valuable Resource for Ombuds Work", The Independent Voice, Vol. 5,Issue 1 (March 2010); "Collaborative Law: A Useful EAP Process", Employee Assistance Report, November, 2010.
Areas of practice include employment law (representing both employers and employees), providing counsel, training and representation to businesses and non-profit organizations in all areas of employment law including discrimination, harassment, hiring, review, termination, restrictive covenants, employment and severance agreements; Collaborative law; mediation; business disputes; general litigation; negligence and tort law;Ombuds Services; Case evaluation My approach to counseling and representing clients is to focus on the clients' needs and interests and determine the best way to serve them. Within the realm of employment law or busines disputes, this is often by providing employers with proactive, preventive counsel and training and providing employees with solutions that best fit their specific challenges. While there are times when litigation is necessary and serves the clients' interests best, most of the time, those interests are best served by approaches like collaborative law. My intial task is to triage, assess and and then advise the clients of their options and help them make informed decisions on how to resolve their conflicts. Employment and business law (representing both employers and employees), providing counsel, training and representation to small businesses and non-profit organizations in all areas of employment law including discrimination, harassment, hiring, review, termination, restrictive covenants, employment and severance agreements; Collaborative law, mediation; business disputes; general litigation; negligence and tort law. No charge for initial consultation up to one half hour; $300.00 per hour. Flat Rate services and hybrid fee structures in some situations