Wednesday, May 8, 2019
8:00 AM-9:30 AM


Burns & Levinson LLP
125 Summer Street, 8th Floor
Boston, MA 02110


Carrie Seligman
U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

Online registration is available until: 5/7/2019

You are cordially invited to the FFI New England Chapter Breakfast on May 8

Applying Collaborative Law to Resolve Family Business Disputes

The presenters will examine a recent legal dispute involving ownership and governance of a closely held business owned by two former spouses. The dispute was resolved by mutual agreement in a private, cost effective manner within a Collaborative Law dispute resolution process in which: each party was represented by separate legal counsel; the parties shared in a transparent and voluntary manner all relevant information (subject to a confidentiality agreement); the parties commissioned a jointly retained business appraiser; both parties were actively involved in all aspects of the settlement negotiations; and neither Collaborative Law attorney nor their firms could represent either party if these proceedings failed and the dispute went into litigation.


Paul Faxon

Paul Faxon serves as a business and transactional attorney, dispute resolution facilitator, and family business consultant. He employs dispute resolution processes outside litigation (especially Collaborative Law) with clients to manage and resolve a variety of business disputes. This includes the areas of closely held and family business restructurings and break ups, as well as commercial real estate conflicts. Paul serves as a Senior Consultant for Continuity Family Business Consulting, where he works with family owned and operated firms on governance development, succession planning, and conflict management. Paul earned a BA in Political Science, magna cum laude, from Amherst College, and a JD, cum laude, from Northwestern School of Law.

Michael Zeytoonian

Michael Zeytoonian directs Dispute Resolution Counsel, LLC, and is a lawyer, mediator, and ombudsman. He focuses on all aspects of employment law and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). He represents both employees and employers, closely held and family business, and non-profits as settlement counsel/collaborative counsel or serving as a neutral mediator. Formerly a litigator, he now also proactively counsels business owners and employers on all aspects of employment law, from recruiting to termination, to avoid claims from arising. Michael writes, lectures, and trains lawyers frequently on Collaborative Law and mediation, and is co-author of Collaborative Law: Practice and Procedures (MCLE, Boston 2014).


New England Chapter Members– Complimentary
Non-members and Guests– $20