Biographies

Michael T. Colatrella Jr.

Michael T. Colatrella Jr. is Associate Professor of Law at University of the Pacific, buy viagra viagra McGeorge School of Law where he teaches Mediation, ailment Negotiation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Ethics, and Trial Advocacy. He is co-author of the interdisciplinary text Mediation—Skills & Techniques (Lexis/Nexis 2008) that is widely used in law schools, graduate schools, and schools of diplomacy.

Prior to joining the faculty at McGeorge, he served as Director of Southern Methodist University’s Center for Dispute Resolution & Conflict Management in Dallas, Texas. He also served as a full time Lecturer-in-Law from 2000-05 at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law where he taught Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Before pursuing a full time academic career, Professor Colatrella was a litigator in New Jersey at Reed Smith Shaw & McClay, which is listed among The American Lawyer’s top 100 law firms in the world. He also has experience working for both trial and appellate courts. He clerked at the New Jersey Superior Court for Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, now Senior Judicial Analyst for Fox News, and served an internship on the United States Court of Appeals for Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr., now Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

Professor Colatrella is a court-approved mediator in California, Texas, New Jersey and Kansas, and a former member of the Association of American Law Schools’ Executive Committee for Dispute Resolution. He has mediated disputes involving employment contracts, commercial contracts, consumer fraud suits, personal injury, and commercial and residential leases.

Professor Colatrella also educates lawyers, corporate executives and professionals in a wide variety of negotiation, conflict management, and human relations matters. He has consulted for public and private organizations such as Ericsson, Lockheed Martin, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, EDS, Alliance Data, Tenet Health Systems, Frito Lay, FEMA, and Capgemni. In the summer of 2010, as part of a federal grant, he trained Chinese law professors how to teach Negotiation and Dispute Resolution skill-based courses.

Professor Colatrella received his B.A. from Rutgers University and his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law. He received his LL.M. (Masters of Law) from New York University School of Law, specializing in International Civil Procedure and Alternative Dispute Resolution.