::Gosline & Reitman - Dispute Resolution Services::



Practicing attorney since 1976, full-time neutral mediator, facilitator, trainer/consultant and arbitrator since 1984. Extensive experience mediating and arbitrating complex employment, environmental and public policy disputes. Has served as a mediator or arbitrator for over one thousand disputes arising in the federal, state, and municipal government, schools and institutions of higher education, and the health care, mining, construction, airline, manufacturing, retail, and utilities industries throughout New England and in the Midwest. Extensive experience as facilitator/mediator of multi-party public policy issues, including watershed planning, negotiated rulemaking, development of proposed legislation involving state-wide transportation planning, wetlands and water quality protection, fisheries management, agricultural activities, and state-wide environmental risk assessment and environmental priority setting, health system reform, access to health care, and allocation of legal resources to low income citizens.

Adjunct Professor, University of Maine Law School, teaching ADR, 1996-2000. Teacher/trainer of mediation, arbitration, and conflict management at programs sponsored by a variety of organizations in the U.S. and Canada.

Co-Chair of the Society of Professionals in Dispute ResolutionÍs (SPIDRÍs) ñADR in the Employment Sectorî Committee. This blue ribbon committee developed guidelines for mediation programs instituted by the federal, state and provincial civil rights enforcement agencies and guidelines for integrated conflict management systems and ADR programs instituted by public and private sector employers.

Recipient of the American Arbitration Association's Howard Gamser Award. Recipient of Maine Association of Dispute ResolutionÍs (MADRPÍs) "Dispute Resolver of the Year" Award. Recipient of SPIDR New England Chapter's Pioneer Award. Recipient of International SPIDR's Distinguished Service Award. Member, National Academy of Arbitrators.




Practicing attorney since 1978; full time mediator, facilitator and arbitrator since 1990. Practice concentrates on mediation, training, conflict resolution and consulting. Substantial experience (1000+cases) in the mediation and arbitration of a variety of complex civil disputes, including business, commercial and insurance matters; employment, labor relations and workers' compensation; environmental and land use; boundary and property disputes; construction project matters; family law, and public policy matters involving state and federal agencies. Extensive facilitation of multi-party stakeholder groups on public policy issues (environment, telecommunications, higher education, transportation, workforce development), involving as many as 60 parties. Has served as Court-appointed mediator, referee or Guardian ad Litem in more than 200 cases.

Frequent lecturer and trainer on ADR, including presentations at national and regional conferences; Adjunct Faculty, University of Maine School of Law since 1996; has conducted multi-ethnic workshops on Conflict Transformation in Bosnia and Republika Srpska; has trained participants from 15 different countries in England and Italy. Trained Arabs and Jews in Negotiation, Mediation and Conflict Management, Israel College, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2001 and 2003.

Facilitator of multi-day strategic planning retreats for statewide university systems, law firms, a national environmental coalition, a national conference on "Reinventing Justice," and a national advocacy organization on end of life issues. Has designed and facilitated community meetings with 250-300 attending on highly contentious ecopnomic development, land use, community services and transportation issues. Sample facilitation list available on request.

Co-chair of 2000 Annual Conference and Board member, New England Chapter ofAssociation for Conflict Resolution (ACR); former chair and newsletter editor, International Sector of Society for Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR). Membership on mediation panels including American Arbitration Association Labor, Commercial Panels; CADRES Land Use, Civil Litigation and Domestic Relations panels; General Services Administration Panel of Mediators for EEO disputes in federal agencies; United States Postal Service REDRESS Panel of Mediators; National Employment Mediation Services (NEMS); National Roster of Environmental Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building Professionals, U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution.




After eight years as a partner in the firm, Kathryn Monahan Ainsworth left the firm in January 2003 to accept a senior position with Maine State Government.