Conflict Resolution in Family Enterprise
Jack Wofford will present on: "Multi-Party
Consensus-Building and Conflict Resolution in Family Enterprise." He will draw parallels between environmental
and family enterprise process/concepts/approaches to conflict, based on his
experience and active practice in both areas.
Among other environmental mediations, he was the facilitator of the
Bridge Design Review Committee, consisting of 42 stakeholders appointed by the
state Secretary of Transportation with six months to find an improved design
for the new bridge across the Charles River -- resulting in the widely-praised
Zakim-Bunker Hill Bridge. Jack used the
consensus building process developed for that committee in his first-ever family
business mediation 20 years ago, and he has been exploring the parallels
between the two areas ever since.
Jack is a mediator, facilitator and arbitrator with his own national and international practice based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is a lawyer, but for nearly 25 years has provided only impartial services, assisting people and organizations in managing and resolving conflicts in a wide range of subject areas. He has mediated, facilitated and arbitrated issues in over 500 disputes in commercial, construction, closely held business, employment, environment, estate, family enterprise, financial, insurance, labor-management, organizations, personal injury, public policy, real estate, transportation and other areas. He has had his own dispute resolution practice since 1993.
He has assisted families in dealing with intergenerational ownership transfers, trust arrangements, decisions concerning sale or acquisition, inheritance disputes, buy-outs and other redistributions of interests, governance, family vision, real estate, and long-standing and often highly charged emotional factors.
He is active in the Family Firm Institute, the preeminent international association of advisors to family enterprises, where he has presented numerous workshops on mediation, consensus building and conflict management. He is an FFI Fellow and a former member of its board of directors. He is also a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution, the international association of professionals in the dispute resolution field.
Mr. Wofford is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and of Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He is a member of the Bars of Massachusetts, New York and the District of Columbia (DC inactive).