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Patrick Coughlan

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United States - FL, United States - MA, United States - NY, United States - PA
Mediation Profile

President, Conflict Solutions
Offices: FLORIDA: Naples and West Palm Beach; MAINE: Raymond and Portland. National & International Practice. Over 2 Billion dollars in cases mediated.
Full biography available online at:

Patrick C. Coughlan is one of the most experienced and successful mediators in the country and one of the few with substantial catastrophic case and mass tort experience. In 1987, he was a leader in developing an ADR process which offered a viable alternative to the court system, and he has worked exclusively as a mediator and arbitrator since that time. He is skilled at bringing people with divergent points of view together without playing favorites. Patrick Coughlan has mediated over twenty five hundred cases and is one of the few mediators who is asked to travel throughout the U.S. and Canada to help settle complex and difficult disputes.

Since one of the most important considerations in successfully resolving disputes is the selection of the mediator, experience, ability to settle cases, and training count heavily when weighing the chances for success. Pat is unusually successful in obtaining settlements, resolving matters in over 95% of the cases that he mediates. His client list is a Who's Who of law firms, insurance companies, and Fortune 1000 Corporations. Patrick Coughlan travels throughout the United States in his work. Pat has mediated and successfully settled some of the most difficult and challenging cases in the country. 

In mediating, I use a combination facilitative and evaluative approach, typically beginning with a facilitative method and shifting into an evaluative style as the session progresses. I believe that my success is due to my ability to help the parties understand the strengths and weaknesses of their positions and, therefore, empower them to manage their risks appropriately.

Construction: Negligent Design, Defects, Breach of Contract, Deceptive Trade Practices, Bonds, Impossibility, Contract Revision during Construction. Contract: Failure to meet Specifications, Timely Completion, Compliance with Specifications, Consequential Damages, Rescission, Fraud, . Employment & Discrimination: Non-Compete Clauses, Contract Compliance, Damages; Age, Sex, ADA Discrimination, Compliance. Environmental: Oil and Toxic Spills, Asbestos, Wetland, Statutory Compliance, Offsets, Tradeoffs, Damages, Work-outs, Fisheries.  Insurance: Coverage, Criteria for Coverage, Apportionment, Contract Terms and Meanings. Products Liability: Design Defects, Statutory Compliance, Punitive Damages. Professional Liability.

Flat Rate per day plus reasonable travel expenses. Preparation and extensive followup billed hourly. Rate dependent on number of parties. We use of co-mediation with Devon Coughlan for large multiparty cases saving time and increasing effectiveness. Call for more information: 800-762-5582.

Fellow,International Academy of Mediators; Member, American College of Civil Trial Mediators; Panelist, CPR; Panelist, FINRA; AAA;

Please see listing of references online at:

Training and Education

Nova University, Commercial Mediation Training
Harvard School of Negotiation, Seminar on Negotiation

Mr. Coughlan is available for teaching and presenting seminars to business and industry on the following subjects: negotiation skills; conflict management; and organizational development. He is also available to teach and present seminars to non-profit groups and corporations on surviving in an era of limits (financial and other.)


Recent publications include:

Tucson, AZ (May) 49th Annual Meeting of Invited Attorneys (Publisher (and Co-Presenter) "Handling the Challenging Negotiation--Preparation and Resolution: Tricks for Experienced Practitioners"

Published (June 19, 2008) Maine Lawyers Review, “Choosing the Right Mediator”

Chicago, IL (April) / DRI Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute/. (“Getting to Yes" - Mediating the Complex Coverage Case) 

Interview (February) “Place of Peace, more than ever,” by Paul Livingstone, Portland (Maine) Press Herald, February 10, 2005 (Interview of Patrick C. Coughlan) 

Published (Fall 2004) American Bar Association's The Brief, "Why Mediation? Taking the Leap of Faith."


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ACR Professional Liability Insurance Program (Complete Equity Markets, Inc./Lloyd’s London Correspondents) Coverage: $1,000,000

Patrick Coughlan
Conflict Solutions
75 Pearl Street, Suite #430
United States