Michael Zeytoonian Connect
Michael is the Founding Member of Dispute Resolution Counsel, LLC, and is a lawyer, mediator and ombudsman. He is a former partner at Hutchings, Barsamian, Mandelcorn & Zeytoonian, LLP, in Wellesley Hills, MA and specializes in employment law, business law, negligence, special education law and consumer protection (Ch. 93A) law. He is admitted to practice in the state and federal district courts of Massachusetts and New York (Southern District) and the state of Connecticut.
He is the past chairman of Massachusetts Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Committee and currently a member of the MBA Dispute Resolution Council. He is a past President of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council and co-chairman of the Civil Practice Committee, member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the New England Association for Conflict Resolution, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the Special Needs Advocacy Network. He writes frequently on collaborative law and ADR and has trained lawyers in collaborative law around the U.S., Canada and Europe. He has lectured on ADR at Northeastern University School of Law, New England Law Boston, Suffolk University School of Law and Roger Williams University School of Law. He has presented on collaborative law in Maryland, Washington, D.C., New Hampshire, California, Minnesota, Texas, Atlanta, New Orleans, Canada, Ireland and The Netherlands.
He served as Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York, as a deputy overseeing litigation in the State Counsel Bureau in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam Counties and working on consumer advocacy cases. Prior to his work at the Attorney General’s Office, he was an Assistant County Attorney in the Westchester County (NY) Law Department, in the litigation and family court bureaus. His litigation work included cases in employment, labor, environmental, construction, administrative and tort law, and the prosecution of child abuse and neglect cases. His undergraduate education was at Boston College and Iona College, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history and education. He earned his J. D. from Pace University School of Law with a Certificate in Environmental Law in 1990.