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ABOUT

Donna Lurie has an extensive background in mediation, facilitation, dispute systems design, arbitration, job classification and compensation, organizational development,  performance evaluation, gender and discrimination issues, employment law, human resources training, and issues faced by leaders in non-profit organizations.

Mediation
  • Mediated over 150 cases involving:

    • workplace disputes

    • organizational conflict

    • employment law/discrimination issues

  • Mediator and 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

  • 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

  • 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 King County

Professional Activities
  • Former Chair of King County Bar ADR Section

  • 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