David A. Hoffman

Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School

Founder, Boston Law Collaborative, LLC 

A renowned mediator, arbitrator, and attorney, David Hoffman is a lecturer on law at Harvard Law School, where he teaches courses on mediation and collaborative law. He also serves on the faculty of the Program on Negotiation’s Harvard Negotiation Institute, where he teaches the Advanced Mediation Workshop “Mediating Complex Disputes.”

The founder of Boston Law Collaborative LLC (BLC), Hoffman has handled more than a thousand commercial, family, employment, construction, personal injury, insurance, and other business cases. BLC was the 2009 recipient of the American Bar Association’s annual Lawyer as Problem Solver Award, and the 2010 recipient of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution’s annual Law Firm Award for Excellence in ADR. In 2004, Hoffman was chosen as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers” in Massachusetts in Boston magazine’s Super Lawyers Directory and has been consistently named a New England Super Lawyer since the listing began. He has also won several awards for his work as a mediator including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Civil Trial Mediators and the highest award given by the American Bar Association’s Section of Dispute Resolution, the D’Alemberte-Raven Award.  


A.B., Princeton University

M.A., Cornell University

J.D., Harvard Law School

Research interests

Mediation, negotiation, dispute resolution

Selected publications

  • With David Matz. Massachusetts Alternative Dispute Resolution. Butterworth Legal Publishers, 1996.
  • With co-editor Daniel Bowling. Bringing Peace into the Room: How the Personal Qualities of the Mediator Impact the Process of Conflict Resolution. Jossey-Bass, 2003.
  • Mediation: A Practice Guide for Mediators, Lawyers, and Other Professionals. MCLE, 2014.
  • With Richard Wolman.The Psychology of Mediation.” Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution 14 (2013): 759.
  • “Mediation and the Art of Shuttle Diplomacy.” Negotiation Journal 27 (2011): 263.
  • “Op-ed: Microsoft and Yahoo: Where Were the Mediators? It Works for Countries and Couples—Why Not Businesses?” Christian Science Monitor, May 12, 2008. (This article won an award for best short article from the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution.)

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