BONNIE BLUME GOLDSAMT ATTORNEY/ADR PRACTITIONER/EDUCATOR BIO
Bonnie Blume Goldsamt has practiced law for over 30 years. Initially, she concentrated on State and Federal Court litigation. This all changed when Bonnie became intrigued with the idea of helping parties resolve conflict without litigation. Once Bonnie began her career as an arbitrator and a mediator, she soon became a leader at the forefront of the alternative dispute resolution movement in New Jersey.
Today, Bonnie is recognized by her peers as a path finder in the field of conflict resolution. Aside from her private ADR practice, Bonnie is a Federal and State Court Mediator with special expertise in divorce/family conflicts, complex business matters, estate/will contests, employment matters, partnership/shareholder disputes and guardianships. She serves as a Superior Court (Contract) Arbitrator, a Superior Court Foreclosure Mediator and as an Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.
Named as one of New Jersey's "Top 10" Mediators (NJ BIZ 2009) for divorce, family and business disputes, Bonnie has helped scores of people and businesses resolve disputes without fighting in court. A former Chair of the NJSBA Dispute Resolution Section (two terms), in 2004, Bonnie received the coveted Professor James B. Boskey “ADR Practitioner of the Year” Award from the NJSBA Dispute Resolution Section in recognition of her achievements in the field of ADR, for “...encouraging and promoting reform and modernization of our legal system,” and “improving relations between legal professionals and the public,” and for her “service” to the residents of New Jersey. In 2007, New Jersey State Bar Dispute Resolution Section honored Bonnie again, this time as a “Legend” of ADR.
Bonnie is a founding creator and faculty member of the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (“NJ ICLE”) Civil and Divorce Mediation Training courses. She continues to teach lawyers and other professionals mediation skills and technique on a regular basis. In June 2010, NJ ICLE bestowed its “Distinguished Service” award on Bonnie for her unstinting efforts in the field of conflict resolution education. Bonnie also taught at the Seton Hall Law School Center for Social Justice Family Law Clinic and the New Jersey Court’s Judicial College. She has lectured widely on ADR topics, including at Rutgers-Newark Law School and Montclair State University.
Bonnie has mentored, advised and assisted many fledgling neutrals in developing mediation practice. She has authored numerous articles on ADR topics.
Bonnie practices in Northern New Jersey. Currently, she is serving in a second term as a New Jersey State Bar Association (“NJSBA”) Trustee, having been enthusiastically endorsed by NJSBA Dispute Resolution Section. For nearly a decade, Bonnie has served as an appointed member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Complementary Dispute Resolution Committee, at various times participating as a member of the Education, Family Law and Judicial Administration Subcommittees and the Presumptive Civil Mediation Working Group. She was President of Women Lawyers in Bergen County (NJ) for two terms and also served as a Bergen County (NJ) Bar Association trustee for nine years.
In the mid 1990's, as Chair of the Bergen County Bar Association ADR Committee, Bonnie conceived of, organized and chaired New Jersey’s first “ADR Day,” a day long symposium on ADR topics held at the Bergen County Justice Center. Soon after, due to Bonnie’s leadership and persistence, ADR Day went state-wide, co-sponsored by NJ ICLE and many organizations, including the NJSBA Dispute Resolution Section, the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators, the American Arbitration Association, the New Jersey CPA Society and Corporation Counsel. Just recently, she chaired ADR Day XIII, “ADR Without Borders” and ADR Day XIV.
Bonnie is a Master (and Board member) of the Garibaldi American Inn of Court, the only Dispute Resolution Inn (to her knowledge) in the United States. A leader in Collaborative Law Practice, Bonnie is affiliated with the North Jersey and the New Jersey Collaborative Law Groups. Due to her many ADR and Bar Association commitments, just recently she resigned from the Board of the North Jersey Collaborative Law Group. In 2013, Bonnie was named as a Charter Member of the NJ Chapter, National Academy of Distingsuihed Neutrals...
Aside from her passion for conflict resolution, particularly mediation, Bonnie quite simply loves to teach. Without hesitation, Bonnie has enthusiastically volunteered her time and energy to create and present programs on ADR topics for NJ ICLE Just this past May (2010) at the annual NJSBA meeting, Bonnie organized and moderated a workshop on negotiation in the context of Mediation and Collaborative Law processes. At the upcoming New Jersey State Bar Association mid-year meeting in Arizona (November 2010), she is presenting a program on case management of ADR processes. Bonnie has lectured before the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section (“ABA DR Section”). She recently submitted another proposal to the ABA DR Section for its April 2011 conference in Denver, Colorado. The workshop specifically addresses the neutral’s management of complex arbitration and civil mediation cases.
Bonnie believes in the ability of parties in conflict to resolve their own disputes with the assistance of highly trained and skilled neutrals. As a direct result of her leadership, energy and enthusiasm, conflict resolution has become a substantial alternative to the litigation process in New Jersey. In Bonnie’s perspective, litigation is the “alternative,” and conflict resolution the true norm.
After Bonnie successfully mediated an estate matter, one attorney put it this way: "...we were treated to ...the most diligent, insightful and compassionate mediation as I have experienced...Because it was mediation, Ms. Goldsamt was able to lead the parties to a solution that would not have been possible..." [in court].
Bonnie Blume Goldsamt provides professional mediation and legal services to Essex, Bergen and Passaic , Morris and Hudson Counties, New Jersey including the towns: ofVerona 07044,Montclair 07042, Livingston 07039, Caldwell 07006, North Caldwell , Millburn 07041, Short Hills 07078 and Hackensack 07601, Cliffside Park 07019, Edgewater 07020, Cliffside Park 07632, Fairlawn 07410, Fort Lee 07024, Franklin Lakes 07417, Glen Rock 07452, Harrington Park 07640, HoHoKus 07423, Mahwah 07495, Park Ridge 07656, Ramsey 07446, Ridegfield 07657, Saddle River 07458, Teaneck 07666, Tenafly 07670, Upper Saddle River 07458, Twp of Washington 07676,Westwood 07675, Woodcliff Lake 07677, Wyckoff 07481, Allendale 07401, Closter 07624, Creskill 07626, Montvale 07645
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Goldsamt's law practice includes divorce mediation, civil mediation, probate mediation,family law, divorce, and civil litigation, arbitration and collaborative law.