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Israela Adah Brill-Cass

Israela Adah Brill-Cass

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About Me

I am Executive Director and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program Manager at Boston Law Collaborative, LLC, a multidisciplinary law firm devoted to conflict resolution and the practice of collaborative law, located in downtown Boston.


In addition to my experience as a lawyer in private practice, I have been a trained mediator and facilitator, since 1998. I mediate commercial (including contract, property and employment) cases, provide facilitation and systems design for workplace conflicts and serve as a hearing officer and neutral fact-finder.  I also serve as a Parenting Coordinator in family law cases. 


I am a member of the Administrative Office of the Trial Court’s Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution (2011 - ) and I teach Mediation, Conflict and Negotiation at Emerson College.  I am part of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)’s faculty for mediation and ADR training programs and I was Co-Chair of MCLE’s Annual ADR and the Law Conference for its first three years (2009-2011). 


I have taught mediation, negotiation, conciliation, and arbitration for almost 15 years in conjunction with a variety of organizations including the American Bar Association, MCLE, The Massachusetts Administrative Office of the Trial Court, The Massachusetts Office of Dispute Resolution (now known as The Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration), and Boston Law Collaborative, LLC.


I have designed and managed conflict resolution programs for the Superior Court, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, federal agencies, and private corporations including the Gillette/Procter and Gamble Severance Denial Appeal Program.  During my five years at the Massachusetts Office of Dispute Resolution, I facilitated intra-agency disputes and created the first federally-funded Agricultural Mediation Program in New England.


I served on a national team of ADR professionals to develop technology quantifying the benefits of mediation and managed Large Complex Commercial Disputes for cases exceeding $1 million in claims for the American Arbitration Association.


I was recognized as a 2011 and 2012 New England Super Lawyer - a list published annually by Boston Magazine and Thompson-Reuters of lawyers viewed by their peers as being in the top 5% of the profession. Additionally, I was recognized as one of the Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts for 2012 (Boston Magazine, April 2013) and am a contributing author to "Mediation: A Practice Guide for Mediators, Lawyers and Other Professionals" published by Mass. Continuing Legal Education (November 2013).



Languages Spoken: Romanian

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Licensed since 1993

  1. Mediation: 100%
    21 years


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Contact Info

Boston Law Collaborative, LLC

99 Summer Street.
Suite 1600
Boston, MA, 02110



Professional Misconduct

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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firm - Tier 1 RankingBest Lawyers in America2014
U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firm - Tier 1 RankingBest Lawyers in America2013
U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firm - Tier 1 RankingBest Lawyers in America2012
The Top Women Attorneys in MassachusettsSuper Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firm - Tier 1 RankingBest Lawyers in America2011
U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firm Tier 1 RankingBest Lawyers in America2010
Managing for Results Initiative Suggestion AwardCommonwealth of Massachusetts2002
National Distinguished Client Service Recognition AwardAmerican Arbitration Association1997

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Adjunct Professor - Conflict and NegotiationEmerson College2012 - 2012
Executive Director & ADR Program ManagerBoston Law Collaborative, LLC2003 - Present
ADR Program ManagerMassachusetts Office of Dispute Resolution (MODR)1998 - 2003
Case ManagerAmerican Arbitration Association1996 - 1998
Associate AttorneyCass Law Associates1993 - 1996

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Administrative Office of the Trial Court, MassachusettsADR Standing Committee Member2011 - Present
American Bar AssociationAdvisory Panel Member2011 - Present
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsMember2009 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Massachusetts Collaborative Law CouncilMember2006 - Present
Association for Conflict Resolution (New England Chapter)Member2003 - Present
Rhode Island Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present

Publication NameTitleDate
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)Mediation: A Practice Guide for Mediators, Lawyers, and Other Professionals2013
American Bar Association 101 Article SeriesImportance of Intake in Mediation2010
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. ("MCLE")Reframing - The Art of Saying What No One Wants to Hear2009
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. ("MCLE")Alternative Dispute Resolution: Mediation, Arbitration and the Spectrum of Settlement Options2009
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. ("MCLE")Pretrial Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution - MCLE BasicsPlus Seminar2008
Family Mediation QuarterlyThe Importance of Intake in Mediation2007
American Arbitration Association Dispute Resolution TimesBoston Launches Mediator's Roundtable Series1998

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Suffolk University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Brandeis UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1990

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Representing Clients in the Mediation of Business Disputes: Strategies for SuccessBusiness Mediation Client Representation2014
Intake: Setting the Stage for Your Mediation ProcessMediation Intake2014
Advanced Divorce Mediation TrainingIntroduction to Advanced Divorce Mediation2012
MCLE's Third Annual ADR and the Law ConferenceAlternative Dispute Resolution and the Law2011
Career Insight SeriesFamily Law2011
Advanced Mediation TrainingFamily Mediation2011
ADR Career PanelAlternative Dispute Resolution2011
MCLE's Second Annual ADR and the Law ConferenceAlternative Dispute Resolution and the Law2010
40-Hour Family Mediation TrainingFamily Mediation2010
MCLE's First Annual ADR and the Law ConferenceAlternative Dispute Resolution and the Law2009
40-Hour Family Mediation TrainingFamily Mediation2009