A mediator for over 27 years, Mr. Widman has handled over 100 commercial matters in a wide array of bi-lateral, multi-party, domestic and international disputes. The American Arbitration Association has designated him a “Master Mediator”. His success rate of 65% comes from his preparation, persistence, and yet patience in dealing with counsel and parties. Parties use Mr. Widman because of his decades of experience as a commercial litigator and arbitrator, business background, and demeanor. His insights enable him to assess and discuss the core risks, issues and outcomes with the parties.

Vast Experience

Parties have entrusted to Mr. Widman claims with a total value exceeding $300 million. Mr. Widman has resolved disputes in areas such as healthcare, construction, e-commerce, intellectual property, real estate, sales, environment, financial, licensing, and employment. See Mediation Case List. He has addressed complex issues such as: interpretation and application of contract terms; the business objectives and economic environment of the disputed transaction; technical aspects of projects; competing claims of breach or performance; experts’ analyses; multi-party dynamics; equitable aspects of the dispute; statutory rights and defenses; and causation and damages.

Settlement Strategy

Mr. Widman’s mediation principles are preparation, party-driven, patience, and persistence:

Affiliations And Teaching

Mr. Widman is on the mediation panels of:

He also frequently accepts and self-administers ad hoc matters from parties and counsel. He has taught mediation for the AAA, has taught and consulted internationally, has published ten articles on mediation and ethics, and has spoken at 20 bar association meetings and other seminars. See Articles/Speaking List.

Academic Scholarship

Mr. Widman has authored eight articles, guidebooks, and chapters on mediation, including ethics. He has also spoken at over 20 professional and bar association meetings on mediation and ethics. See Articles/Speaking List. He has taught mediation domestically and internationally.


“I never would have imagined that in less than two hours you settled a matter that the attorneys, acting in good faith, could not settle in over two years. Thank you.”
--- from counsel to a party in a mediation.