Colm Brannigan

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Based in the Greater Toronto area,Colm Brannigan provides mediation and arbitration services throughout Ontario on a full time basis since 1999. Colm is well known in both the ADR and legal communities as an competent pragmatic mediator with a high level of experience in a variety of dispute types. Focused on the practical resolution of disputes from the client’s perspective, Colm is skilled in cutting through the baggage which accumulates around disputes and helping the participants reach a common sense sustainable solution to their problem. Prepared, patient and persistent, he understands that participants need results for their time and effort spent in mediation and does his best to achieve this goal. Colm holds the designation of Chartered Mediator (C.Med.) from the ADR Institute of Canada, Inc., Colm in addition to process knowledge and skills, also has significant experience and understanding of cross-cultural dispute resolution. While primarily practicing as a mediator, he has also sat as a sole arbitrator in condominium, commercial and technology disputes and is a Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb.) through the ADR Institute of Canada, Inc.

I have mediated over 850 cases and have extensive experience in all types of business related mediation, with an emphasis on corporate-commercial, shareholder, contract, partnership and employment disputes. In technology and intellectual property, I have both mediated and arbitrated the resolution of disputes involving software licensing, information technology and technology development. In the insurance field my experience has involved commercial, property damage and professional liability (primarily legal malpractice) claims. I mediate and arbitrate condominium disputes and am the author of the forthcoming text, ADR in Canadian Condominium Disputes, to be published by Canada Law Book. In addition to the above, I have also mediated a range of other disputes including real estate, estates, municipal and organizational conflict. I also have significant expertise in family business transition issues.

No one style, but a problem solving approach to resolution ranging over a continuum of styles from facilitative to evaluative depending on the nature of the dispute and the wishes of the participants.

Various including: ADR Institute of Ontario (Board Member and founding co-chair of Technology section) ADR Institute of Canada ADR Section - Ontario Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution of the American Bar Association

Training and Education

LL.M. (ADR) Osgoode Hall Law School of York University Mediating Disability Insurance Disputes Workshop, Association for Conflict Resolution Arbitrating Employment Disputes, American Bar Association - Dispute Resolution Section The Fourth Party: Theory and Practice of Online Dispute Resolution, University of Massachusetts Center for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution Fundamentals of Computer Communications, Alcatel Using ADR in Intellectual Property Disputes, ABA - Dispute Resolution Section; Advanced Mediation Techniques – Overcoming Impasse, ABA – Dispute Resolution Section The Heart of Mediation: Advanced Mediation Training, ADR Institute of Ontario/CDR Associates E-Commerce Course, University of Strathclyde Intellectual Property Course, University of Strathclyde Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Program, ABA – Section of Dispute Resolution/OBA Dispute Resolution Section Arbitration Certificate, ADR Institute of Ontario ICC Arbitration Workshop, Montreal

Part-time professor of law in The Business School at Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning in Toronto


Colm is a frequent and speaker in dispute resolution programs and the author of various articles on mediation and dispute resolution. Selected Articles With Noel Duignan, Mediation: Its Use in Municipal Conflict, (2004) 114 (5) Municipal World 29. With Michael Erdle, Resolving IT Disputes through ADR, Part I – Mediation, (2007) 8 (3) Information Technology 6. Online at: With Noel Duignan, Mediation: Its Use in Municipal Conflict, (2004) 114 (5) Municipal World 29. With Michael Erdle, Resolving IT Disputes through ADR, Part 3 – Hybrid Processes, (2008) 9(2) Information Technology 1. Online at: Selected Book Reviews CODE: Collaborative Ownership and the Digital Economy edited by Rishad Aiyer Ghosh, (2006), 3 (3), SCRIPT-ed: A Journal of Law and Technology 237. Online at A Practical Guide to Mediation in Intellectual Property, Technology & Related Disputes by Jon Lang (2007) 16(1) Alternative Dispute Resolution 8. Online at: Making Money Talk: How to Mediate Insured Claims and Other Monetary Disputes by J. Anderson Little (2008), 16 (2) Alternative Dispute Resolution 14. Online at: Modern Intellectual Property Law - 2nd Edition by Catherine Colston & Kirsty Middleton [2008] 4 Web JCLI Published 26 September 2008.Online at: The Point of the Deal: How to Negotiate When Yes Is Not Enough by Danny Ertel and Mark Gordon, Autumn 2008 ADR Update 10. Online at: The Client's Guide to Mediation and Arbitration: The Strategy for Winning by Peter R. Silverman (2008) 17(1) Alternative Dispute Resolution 14. Online at:


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Colm Brannigan
(1) 416-460-6841
(1) 905-840-9882
Chartered Mediator
2 County Court Boulevard
Suite 400
L6W 3W8
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