Bette J. Roth

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorney in Newton, MA

Mediator - Arbitrator
 | Box One, Newton, MA 02461
Phone: 617-795-2425
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas:
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • French
    Attorney Profile

    Bette Roth is a full-time mediator and arbitrator, and has handled more than 1,000 cases involving a wide range of employment, commercial, securities, construction, and real estate disputes. In mediation, she has helped her clients settle their cases at a rate exceeding 96 percent. She has also served as chairperson or sole arbitrator in at least 150 arbitrations. Prior to 1992, Ms. Roth was a trial lawyer for several years in private practice in San Francisco, and prior to that she was an enforcement attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  

    Among other organizations, Ms. Roth mediates and arbitrates with American Arbitration Association (AAA), CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, Real Estate Bar Association (REBA), Resolute Systems, Inc., and Case Closed. She is certified as a mediator by the International Mediation Institute in The Hague.

    Ms. Roth has spoken extensively on mediation and arbitration for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), the Boston Bar Association (BBA), where she served as co-chair of the ADR Committee of the Litigation Section, the American Bar Association (ABA) and the American Law Institute-American Bar Association (ALI-ABA), and she has trained arbitrators through MCLE and mediators through AAA.  Among others, she has published numerous articles on dispute resolution with Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and the ALI-ABA.     

    Ms. Roth is the primary editor and contributing author of the national two-volume text, The Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Guide (Thomson/West), which was a finalist for the 1994 CPR book award. This text is widely cited by litigants and judges, and has become a staple in most law libraries. Ms. Roth publishes its yearly updates, which has kept her on the forefront of ADR developments for the past 22 years.

    In addition to being selected to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers list in the field of ADR by Boston Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine for the past nine years, she received the John Dunlop Dispute Resolution Award from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 2001 for her work in mediation. Ms. Roth also teaches mediation at Boston University School of Law.

     
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    • 100%Alternative Dispute Resolution

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    Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2017

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    About Bette Roth

    Admitted: 1985, Massachusetts

    Professional Webpage: http://rothadr.com/about.html

    Honors/Awards:

    • CPR Book Finalist for The Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Guide (Thomson/West), 1994
    • Certified as a mediator by the International Mediation Institute (IMI) in the Hague, 2008 - Present
    • Mediator & Arbitrator, Case Closed Dispute Resolution Services
    • Mediator & Arbitrator, CPR's Panel of Distinguished Neutrals 
    • John Dunlop Dispute Resolution Award for Innovative Systems Design from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Publications, 2001
    • Mediator & Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association
    • Mediator & Arbitrator, Resolute Systems, Inc.
    • Adjunct Professor of Mediation at Boston University School of Law, 2007 - Present
    • Mediator & Arbitrator, REBA (Real Estate Bar Association)
    • Special Master, Receiver & Arbitrator:  Massachusetts Superior Courts

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified Arbitrator, AAA, 1991
    • Certified as a mediator by the International Mediation Institute (IMI) in the Hague
    • Certified Conciliator, MSC, 2005
    • Certified Mediator, FCMS, 1997

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Co-Chair, ADR Committee, Litigation and International Sections, Boston Bar Association, 2005 - 2008
    • Wisconsin State Bar, 1984
    • Member, NEACR (New England Chapter for the Association of Conflict Resolution)
    • California State Bar, 1984
    • Massachusetts Bar Association
    • Massachusetts State Bar, 1985
    • Boston Bar Association
    • Member, Women's Bar Association

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Judge for Moot Court & Negotiation Competitions Boston University School of Law, Northeastern University School of Law
    • Elected Member, Zervas Elementary School Council, 1999 - 2002
    • Designed and Led Volunteers to Build a Memorial Playground, 1998
    • Elected member, Board of Directors, Hyde Community Center, 1997 - 2003
    • Co-chair, Community Project that F, designed, and Built Memorial Playground, 1998
    • Volunteer "Newton Serves"
    • Co-president, Zervas Elementary School Council, 2001 - 2002
    • Pro-Bono Mediator FCMS for Neighborhood and Family Disputes, 1997 - 2003
    • Communication/Mediation Training Coach, John Hancock & Boston Police Dept. Youth Violence Strike Force "Summer of Opportunity", 2006 - 2009
    • Elected Member, Newton Highlands Neighborhood Area Council, 1998 - 2001
    • Pro Bono Trainer For Teen Communication (Boston)
    • Member, Historic Newton House Tour Committee
    • Elected Member, Newton Highlands Neighborhood Area Counsel, 1997 - 2003
    • Pro Bono Trainer for Student Mediators, CMS, 1999 - 2002
    • Mediation Training Coach, Newton North High School Peer Mediation training, 2006 - Present
    • Newton Highlands Village Day and/or Newton Serves Yearly Volunteer, 1997 - Present
    • Pro Bono Trainer For Student Mediators (Newton)
    • Member, Historic Newton, historic house tour committee

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Editor, Wisconsin International Law Journal, University of Wisconsin Law School, 1984
    • Co-Author, Securities Arbitration: Special Report, Wiley Law Publications, 1989
    • Speaker, MCLE ADR Program, October, 2009
    • Contributor, Securities Litigation: State and Federal, CCLE, 1988
    • Chairperson & faculty member, MCLE arbitration seminar, October, 2007
    • "Ten Tips for an Ethical and Effective Negotiation", Mass. Lawyer's Weekly, July, 2011
    • Speaker, ALI-ABA 32nd Annual Advanced Course of Study "Securities Litigation Planning and Strategies", June, 2007
    • "Ten Tips for an Ethical and Effective Negotiation", Rhode Island Lawyer's Weekly, July, 2011
    • Moderator and/or speaker, numerous Brown Bag Lunch series on Mediation and Arbitration, Boston Bar Association ADR Committee, 2005-2007, 2007
    • Co-Author, "Class Action Arbitrations: A First Circuit Update", Boston Bar Journal, March/April, 2008
    • Guest Lecturer, "Mediator Confidentiality and Liability", MWI, May, 2005
    • "Litigation Tactics in Mediation: Are They Ethical?", Mass. Lawyer’s Weekly, February, 2005
    • Guest speaker, "American ADR", Tipperary Bar Association, BBA (Oct. 2005) and Chinese Judicial representatives, MMDC, January, 2003
    • "Ethical Considerations for Advocates in Mediation", Boston Bar Association, October, 2004
    • Chairperson & faculty member, MCLE arbitration seminars, 2002
    • "Ten Suggestions for Negotiation in Employment Mediation", The Practical Lawyer, ALI-ABA, Oct. 2004, reprinted at the request of the AICPA for the 2006 edition of Selected Readings by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, 2006
    • "Mediating Your Securities Disputes Successfully", NSCP Currents, Winter, 2004
    • Peer mediator trainer, 1998-2000, FCMS, 2000
    • Co-author, "Maximizing the Potential of Mediation", Mass. Lawyers Weekly, April, 2004
    •  Case screener & dispute resolution consultant since 2000, MMDC, 2000
    • Co-Author, "Selecting the Right Organization and the Arbitrator", Mass. Lawyers Weekly, February, 2003
    • Moderator & instructor, arbitration seminar & workshops, Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, 1989
    • Co-Author, "Per Se Legality of Some Naked Restraints: A [Re]Conceptualization of the Antitrust Analysis of Cartelistic Organizations", The Antitrust Bulletin, July, 2000
    • Speaker: "Legal Updates", MCLE Representing Clients in Mediation, 2013
    • "Ten tips for an effective and ethical negotiation", ABA Business Law Spring Meeting, 2011
    • Speaker: "Settlement Agreements", MCLE Civil Mediation Workshop, 2012
    • Choosing the Right Dispute Resolution Process & Neutral in Closely Held Corporation Disputes, Mass Bar Association, 2011
    • Speaker: "Settlement Agreements", MCLE Civil Mediation Workshop, 2013
    • "Mediation, Arbitration, and Hybrid Processes", ADR & the Law, MCLE, 2009
    • Co-chairperson & trainer, 8-hour MCLE arbitrator training, Feb., 2005
    • Guest Lecturer, "Mediation Ethics", B.U. School of Law, March, 2005
    • Speaker, MCLE Mediation Workshop, "Enforceability of Mediated Settlement Agreements", 2012
    • Selecting the Right Organization and Arbitrator, Mass. Lawyers Weekly, Feb., 2003
    • "Negotiation Techniques for Business Lawyers", Faculty, ABA 2011 Business Law Spring Meeting, 2011
    • Speaker, "Negotiation Ethics", ABA National Business Law Spring Meeting, 2011
    • "Resolving Closely Held Corporation Disputes",  Faculty, Mass Bar Association, 2011
    • Speaker, AAA Advanced Mediator Training, November, 2009
    • "Negotiation Ethics Faculty, "ADR & the Law" MCLE, 2010
    • Speaker, MBA "Resolving Closed Corporation Disputes", November, 2008
    • "Hybrid ADR Processes", Faculty "ADR & the Law" MCLE, 2009
    • Speaker, MCLE, "Resolving Neighbor Disputes", February, 2009
    • "Mediation, Arbitration, and Hybrid ADR Processes", Faculty, AAA Advanced Mediator Training, 2009
    • Speaker, Securities Arbitration and Mediation, BBA, December, 2009
    • "Securities Arbitration and Mediation", Faculty, Boston Bar Association, 2009
    • Speaker: "Settlement Agreements", MCLE Civil Mediation Workshop, 2014
    • "Med-Arb, Arb-med, Binding Mediation, Mediator's Proposal, and Other Hybrid Processes", Faculty, AAA Advanced Mediator Training, 2009
    • Speaker: "Settlement Agreements", MCLE Civil Mediation Workshop, 2015
    • "Choosing the Right Dispute Resolution Process and Neutral", Faculty, MCLE, 2009
    • Primary Editor and Author, 2003-2015, National Two-Volume Text, Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Guide, 2015
    • Chairperson & faculty member, MCLE arbitration seminars, 2004
    • "Resolving Neighbor Disputes", Faculty, MCLE, 2009
    • Editor, Co-Author, The Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Guide, 1993-2012, Thomson/West, 2012
    • "Resolving Closely Held Corporation Disputes", Faculty, MBA, 2008
    • Contributor, ADR & the Law, MCLE, 2010
    • "Arbitration Practice and Update 2007", Chair, MCLE, 2007
    • Contributor, ADR & the Law, MCLE, 2009
    • "Arbitrator Training, 8-hours, co-chair, MCLE, 2005
    • Numerous Brown-Bag Lunch Programs 2005-2008 on Mediation and Arbitration as Co-Chair of ADR Committee, Moderator, Faculty, 2008
    • Editor, Co-Author, Arbitration Practice and Update 2007, MCLE, 2007
    • Faculty member, CLE program, "Mediating Employment Cases", BBA, Nov., 2004
    • Co-Editor & Co-Author, Court Mandated Basic Training for Arbitrators, MCLE, 2005
    • "What Every Lawyer Should Know About Arbitration", Chair, MCLE, 2004
    • Editor, Co-Author, What Every Lawyer Should Know About Arbitration, MCLE, 2004
    • "Arbitration Practice and Update 2002", Co-Chair, MCLE, 2002
    • Editor, Co-Author, Arbitration Practice and Update 2002, MCLE, 2002

    Representative Clients:

    • Large, mid-size and small law firms in Massachusetts, New England, New York, California
    • Large, mid-size and small law firms in Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

    Educational Background:

    • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, B.A. in Economics, Cum Laude, 1981

    Industry Groups

    • Commercial
    • Construction
    • Employment
    • Real Estate
    • Securities
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    Website - www.rothadr.com
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    Office Location for Bette J. Roth

    Box One
    Newton, MA 02461

    Phone: 617-795-2425

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