Diane Neumann & Associates
Full Service Divorce Mediation Firm Since 1981
Diane's Resume

Diane started her mediation practice in 1981, named Diane Neumann & Associates: Divorce Mediation Services. She is the principal of her firm, which, in addition to herself, offers a panel of mediators. Diane has mediated over two thousand disputes in the areas of separation and divorce, family-owned business, will and estate contests, employment, and other types of disputes.

Diane is a Past President of the National Academy of Family Mediators and a Past President of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation. She serves with the Massachusetts Office of Dispute Resolution, mediating commercial disputes, and the Massachusetts Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.

Court Programs: Diane Neumann & Associates: Divorce Mediation Services is an approved ADR Provider for the Massachusetts Superior Court. Her firm is a Court Approved Program in six Massachusetts Family and Probate Courts: Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk, and Worcester.
Books: Diane is the author of two books and the editor of one book:
  • Choosing A Divorce Mediator; Henry Holt & Co., New York, 1996.
  • Divorce Mediation: How to Cut the Cost and Stress of Divorce; Henry Holt & Co., New York, 1989.
  • Organized and edited Handbook on Divorce; Divorce Center, Inc., Framingham, MA.

Selected Articles:

“How Mediation Can Effectively Address the Male-Female Power Imbalance in Divorce” Mediation Quarterly, Spring 1992, Jossey-Bass Inc., San Francisco, California.

“Advanced Techniques” Mediation Quarterly, Winter 1990, Jossey-Bass, Inc., San Francisco, California.

“Lesbian and Gay Mediation in the 90's.” A paper included in the workbook at the second annual Lavender Law Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

Contributor Articles:

Diane has contributed to the following publications:

  • Boston Globe
  • Boston Herald
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Conflict Resolution Quarterly (the Association of Conflict Resolution Journal)
  • Family and Conciliation Courts Review
  • Family Law Quarterly (American Bar Association)
  • Jewish Advocate
  • Ladies Home Journal
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education
  • Mediation Quarterly (the Academy of Family Mediators Journal)
  • MetroWest TAB
  • Middlesex News
  • Money Magazine
  • Negotiation Journal
  • Newton TAB
  • New York Times
  • Provincetown Banner
  • Redbook
  • Tri-County Tribune
  • Wellesley Townsman
  • Academy of Family Mediators
  • Family Mediation Canada
  • Massachusetts Bar Association Family Law
  • Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
  • Society of Professional in Dispute Resolution
Education and Training:

Juris Doctorate: New England School of Law, Boston, MA

Master of Arts, Counseling Framingham State College, Framingham, MA

Bachelor of Arts Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT


Certified Mediator (MCFM)

Association for Conflict Resolution: Advanced Practitioner

Academy of Family Mediators: Consultant


Graduate Programs in Dispute Resolution: University of Massachusetts Boston

Adjunct Professor at Clark University, Worcester, MA

College of Professional and Continuing Education: Third Party Intervention and Mediation

Facilitator: Facilitated a monthly peer supervision group for mediators with a minimum of ten years of mediation experience.
Consultant: Provides management consultation, mediation and training programs to individuals and both large and small businesses.

Diane is the President of Divorce Mediation Training Associates (DMTA), which has provided mediation training since the late l980's; all approved by the national Association of Conflict Resolution.

Diane provides advanced mediation training throughout Massachusetts and nationally.

She has provided training to the following conferences, professional organizations, and higher education institutions:

  • Antioch University, Yellow Spring, OH
  • Boston College School of Law, Newton, MA
  • Boston University Graduate School, Boston, MA
  • Boston University School of Law, Boston, MA
  • Clark University Graduate Program, Worcester, MA
  • Harvard Program on Negotiation, Harvard University School of Law, Cambridge, MA
  • MA School of Professional Psychology, Newton, MA
  • New England School of Law, Boston, MA
  • Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
  • Simmons College School of Social Work, Boston, MA
  • University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, MI
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  • Woodbury College, Montpelier, VT


Professional Organizations:
  • Academy of Family Mediators
  • Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Barnstable County Bar Association
  • Bay Area Mediation Council of California
  • Boston Bar Association
  • California State Mediation Association
  • Connecticut Council for Divorce Mediation
  • Connecticut State Mediation Organization
  • Dade County Mediators
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dispute Mediation Service of Dallas County
  • Divorce Mediation Institute of Ann Arbor
  • Family Mediation Canada
  • Florida Association of Professional and Family Mediators
  • Florida Mental Health Institute
  • Knoxville Mediation Program (KBAMS)
  • Lesbian/Gay Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Association of Mediation Programs and Practitioners
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education
  • Massachusetts Council of Family Mediation
  • Massachusetts Psychological Association
  • Mediation Development Association of British Columbia
  • Middlesex County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Mediation Programs
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • New Hampshire Mediation Association
  • New York City Family Mediators
  • New York State Council on Divorce Mediation
  • New York State Dispute Resolution Association
  • New York State Special Committee on ADR
  • Ohio Mediation Association
  • State Bar of California
  • State of Connecticut Judicial Branch
  • Suffolk School of Law
  • University of Wisconsin Division of Continuing Studies
  • Wisconsin State Mediation Association

Selected Presentations and Workshops:
  • Advanced Pension and Retirement Issues in Divorce
  • Mediating Complex Child Support and Alimony Situations
  • Mediating Disputes Concerning the Ownership and Use of the Marital Residence
  • Pitfalls in Divorce for Each Client
  • Complicated Custody Disputes
  • Roadblocks to Effective Coaching
  • Bias in Mediation
  • Legal and Financial Issues in Real Estate
  • Serious Conflicts and Resolutions
  • Power Imbalance Between Clients
  • Parental Conflict Regarding Children
  • Responsibility for Payment of College Expenses
  • Personal Disclosures
  • Child Support/Alimony Interplay for Tax Reduction
  • Business Evaluation for Purposes of Division of Assets
  • Effective Word Choice in Mediation
  • Capital Gains Tax Problems in Divorce
  • Child Development
  • Resolving Difficulties in Family Interactions
  • Money and Gender in Mediation
  • Assessing and Addressing Power Imbalance Between Clients
  • Effectively Mediating with the Angry Client
  • Tax Consequences of Divorce
  • The Best Interests of the Children
  • The Attorney’s Role in Mediation

Former Employment:

Therapist: Therapist at Valley Adult Counseling Center, Milford, and in private practice, at Patton Counseling, Framingham.

Tax Representative: Internal Revenue Service, Framingham, MA and Boston, MA. Provided federal tax information and assisted taxpayers.

Professional Affiliations:

Academy of Family Mediators, Washington, D.C.: Former President and Board member

Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Boston, MA: Former President, Board Member, and Chair of the Attorney-Mediator Ethical Committee and Certification Committee

Associations & Organizations:

Boston Bar Association

South Middlesex Bar Association

Massachusetts Bar Association

American Bar Association

Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

Cambridgeport Community Mediation

Committee for Gender Equality: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Society for Professionals in Dispute Resolution

Association for Conflict Resolution


Conveniently located off the Mass Pike,Exit 17, or Interstate 95/128, Route 20 (Map and Directions)
our new South Shore mediation office in Milton, MA
126A Main Street, Watertown, Massachusetts • 02472 • • Fax: 617-926-9101
© 2011 Diane Neumann

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