Arbitrator | Mediator


​Arthur Pressman is a full-time mediator and arbitrator with four decades of legal experience. Arthur has mediated and arbitrated more than 150 cases. For more than 40 years, Arthur’s practice concentrated on litigation and arbitration of commercial matters, principally involving franchising, distribution, licensing, intellectual property, and related fields. Arthur prides himself on providing parties and counsel with an efficient, fair, and final resolution of their dispute as promptly as possible. 

Prior to his full-time dispute resolution practice, Arthur was a leading franchise lawyer with a nationwide practice for 40 years. Arthur served as an equity partner at Nixon Peabody LLP from 2003 to 2017, and senior counsel at Nixon Peabody LLP from 2017 to 2019, resident in its Boston, Massachusetts office. Until Arthur’s retirement, he was listed as a Band 1 Notable Practitioner in the field of franchise law by Chambers USA and regularly featured in Best Lawyers in America for franchise law.   

In addition to his conflict resolution work, Arthur is also actively engaged in several professional organizations. Arthur is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Distinguished  Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators. Previously, Arthur was the Board chair of South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc. which provides free civil legal services to over 4,000 elderly, working poor, or poverty level clients a year throughout Cape Cod, the Islands, and southeastern Massachusetts.​​

Arthur is also an adjunct law professor at Boston University School of Law, where he has taught  Representing Clients in Litigation, Professional Responsibility, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Negotiation. Arthur has also taught courses on franchising and franchise law at Babson College and Temple University School of Law. Additionally, Arthur has also lectured extensively at continuing education programs of the International Franchise Association and the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the Massachusetts Bar Association on a variety of subjects, including the intersection of franchising, employment law, and vicarious liability.

Arthur L. Pressman Dispute Resolution Services LLC

  • Independent Full-time Neutral serving as mediator, arbitrator, neutral evaluator, early dispute resolution consultant
  • Expert witness in legal matters, including malpractice, involving franchise-related issues
  • IMI Certified International Mediator based on peer-review of more than 25 mediations in 2018
  • CPR Distinguished Neutral Panel Member
  • Vienna CDRC IBA Mediation Competition Expert Assessor and Coach
  • ICC International Mediation Competition Judge
  • Arbitrator of Commercial, IP and Franchise Disputes, Large Complex Case Panel, American Arbitration Association
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
  • Adjunct law professor, Boston University School of Law, since 2012/ ADR, Negotiation, Professional Responsibility, Representing Clients in Civil Litigation

Mediation Experience

Since 2017 Arthur has mediated more than 50 franchise-related matters, including multi-party matters, that involved franchise, distributor and dealer claims, franchise association claims, franchisee claims against other franchisees, multi-party claims against franchisors, employment and misclassification class action claims, claims by franchisees arising from franchise system restructuring, international franchise agreement termination and non-renewal claims, and numerous non-franchise matters, including partnership claims, lawyer/client disputes, consumer claims, vendor-vendee claims, and intellectual property claims, including trademark infringement.

  • J.D Law - Temple University, 1971
  • B.A - University of Pennsylvania, 1967
  • Legal Employment
  • Principal - Arthur L. Pressman Dispute Resolution Services, LLC, August 2019 - Present
  • Adjunct faculty - Boston University School of Law, 2012
  • Senior Counsel - Nixon Peabody LLP (BOS), March 2017 to August 2019
  • Equity Partner - Nixon Peabody LLP (BOS), February 2003 - February 2017
  • Partner - Buchanan Ingersoll PC (PHL), 1998 - 2003
  • Partner/Founder - Abraham Pressman & Bauer PC (PHL), 1973 - 1997
  • Associate - Pepper Hamilton & Scheetz (PHL), 1971 - 1973
  • Affiliations
    American Bar Association - Forum on Franchising (First Chair - Litigation and Dispute Resolution Division 1993-1995; Governing Committee 1997-2001)
    American Bar Association - Litigation Section; Dispute Resolution Section
    CPR Dispute Resolution Institute - mediator and arbitrator listed on distinguished neutral panels
    Federal Bar Association - Boston Chapter - ADR Committee
    Fellow - Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) (admitted 2020)
    International Bar Association - Mediation and Franchising Committees
    International Mediation Institute (certified June 2019)
    Massachusetts Bar Association - Dispute Resolution Committee
    Massachusetts Bar Association - Fee Dispute Committee - Arbitration Panel
    Publications & Speaking Engagements
  • Blog posts on mediation and related topics,
  • and LinkedIn.
  • Guest teaching, Negotiation program, March 2018, Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Guest teaching, Negotiation program, January 2020, Translegal Institute, Shanghai, China
  • "You Say You Want a Resolution,", April 2019
  • "Trusting the Mediator -- Why it Matters in Franchise and other Disputes," www., January 11, 2019
  • "How the mediator gains the parties' trust,", November 2018
  • "The importance of trust in the mediator," Federal Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section, The Resolver, September 2018 and, August 2018
  • "A modest proposal," May 2018
  • "How I Spent my First Year as a Mediator, Arbitrator and Occasional Expert Witness,", January 2018
  • "In search of strong mediator; other characteristics considered," American Bar Association, The Franchise Lawyer (2017) and, November 2017
  • "Gerry Spence, Marshall McLuhan and what lawyers do in mediation," mediate. com, September 2017
  • "Discovery Dilemmas and Opportunities: Ethical, Practical and Legal Issues in the Discovery Process," American Bar Association Forum on Franchising 2001
  • "How to Be Effective Advocate in Mediation," American Bar Association Forum on Franchising 2005
  • "Maximizing Insurance Benefits for Franchise Clients," American Bar Association Forum on Franchising 2007
  • "The Sometimes Blurry Line Between Independent Contractors, Franchisees and Employees," American Bar Association Forum on Franchising 2009
  • "The Strategy of Arbitration," American Bar Association Forum on Franchising 2012
  • "Franchise Law Demystified," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education 2015
  • "Labor/Employment Law Collides with Franchise Law: Holy Cow! Where Are We Going"", International Franchise Association Annual Legal Symposium, Plenary Session, Moderator and program planner 2015
  • "Applicable Law and Jurisdiction in Franchising, Commercial Agency and Distribution Agreements," International Journal of Franchise Law, vol. 13, issue 6, 2015 (co-author)
  • Awards & Rankings
  • International Mediation Institute (IMI) Certified International Mediator
  • International Bar Association, Mediation Committee Officer
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2019-2020, Franchise Lawyer of the Year, Chambers USA, Band 1, Notable Practitioner, Franchise Law and ADR
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers 2019 for ADR, many prior years for franchising
  • Franchise Times Magazine "Legal Eagles Hall of Fame"
  • Senior Practitioner
  • experience

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