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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Alternative Dispute Resolution (100%)

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Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2017

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About Bette Roth

Admitted: 1985, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage: rothadr.com/about.html

Honors and Awards:

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

Special Licenses/Certifications:

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

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Pro bono/Community Service:

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

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

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

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
  • Find Me Online
    Website - www.rothadr.com
    Office Location for Bette J. Roth

    Box One
    Newton, MA 02461

    Phone: 617-795-2425

     

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