ABOUT

Donna Lurie has an extensive background in arbitration, mediation, facilitation,

dispute systems design, job classification & compensation, organizational development,  performance evaluation & improvement plans, discrimination issues, employment law,

team building, and issues faced by leaders in non-profit organizations.

Mediation
  • Mediated over 150 cases involving:

    • workplace disputes

    • organizational conflict

    • employment law/discrimination issues

  • Former Mediator & trainer with the Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) of Snohomish County

  • Founded Grievance Mediation and Peer Mediation programs

Arbitration
  • American Arbitration Association Labor Arbitrator Panel

  • American Arbitration Association Employment Panel

  • American Arbitration Association Consumer Panel

  • Federal Mediation & Conciliation Arbitrator Panel

  • State of Alaska Board of Arbitrators

  • Arbitrated business contract disputes for King County Superior Court Mandatory Arbitration Program

  • Hearing Officer for City of Seattle Civil Service Commission

  • Former Member of King County Bar ADR Referral Panel

  • Led over 120 arbitration cases and post-hearing arguments

Mediation Training & Education
  • 300+ hours of mediation training in:

    • employment matters

    • consumer issues

    • family disputes

    • community disputes

    • generational disputes

    • dispute system design

  • Advanced Mediator training with Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law

Arbitration Training & Education
  • Advanced training in arbitration skills with American Arbitration Association (AAA) and Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service (FMCS)

  • Trained by Mandatory Arbitration Program of Superior Court System of King County

Professional Activities
  • Former Chair of King County Bar Association ADR Section; led Section response to WSBA on Ethics issues

  • Chair of 2nd Annual NW Dispute Resolution Conference at the University of Washington

  • Past Member of Northwest ADR Conference Committee

  • Presenter on Mediating Group Conflicts in the Workplace, 1995 - present

  • Presenter on Mediating Generational Differences, 2006 to present

  • Member of King County Bar Labor & Employment Law Section & Pacific Coast Conference Planning Committee

  • Member of Washington Mediators Association

Teacher and Trainer
  • Mentored dozens of new mediators

  • Trainer in mediation skills, facilitation skills, drafting of settlement agreements, effective work groups, and other areas of dispute resolution

  • Grievance/arbitration coach and mentor for former professional colleagues

  • Trainer in job classification analysis and writing job descriptions

  • Trainer and speaker on Human Resource topics and leadership development

  • Trainer on arbitrability issues for American Arbitration Association

  • Negotiations coach and mentor for former colleagues

Labor Relations Training & Experience
  • Licensed to practice law in Washington

  • Trial experience in federal court, state court, and administrative proceedings

  • 30 years of experience in:

    • labor relations

    • discrimination issues

    • employment law

    • negotiations

    • contract interpretation

    • negotiations history

    • legal research

    • legislative research

  • Led joint labor-management committees on:

    • leave policies

    • cyber-bullying policies

    • sexual harassment awareness/ prevention

    • workplace safety and workplace violence

    • workers’ compensation and light duty issues

    • layoffs

    • essential job requirements

    • compensation systems

    • extracurricular pay

    • discipline and investigation policies

    • job classification systems

    • evaluation systems

    • calendar and work time issues

    • workforce diversity

    • substance abuse policies

    • professional development

  • Developed job classification systems for school districts in Seattle, Northshore, Shoreline, Bellingham, and non-profit organizations and agencies

  • Law practice with Schneidman, Myers firm in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in public and private sectors:

    • employment law

    • ERISA

    • wage claims

    • arbitration proceedings

    • discrimination cases

Education & Training
  • Honors graduate of University of Wisconsin Law School

  • Summa Cum Laude graduate of Pennsylvania State University, BA in Labor Studies, winner of Schell-Butensky Award for top student in department

  • Graduate of Leadership Tomorrow community leadership training program

Publications
  • "Arbitrating Disputes Involving Education Professionals,” Arbitration Quarterly of the Northwest, Winter 1991

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