Scott Bellows, Dispute Solutions' founder and primary neutral, is an experienced mediator, arbitrator, and facilitator with over 20 years experience in Alternative Dispute Resolution, public policy, public process, and law. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of California, Davis, is a member of both the Oregon and California (inactive) bars, and has received training in facilitative and transformative mediation, special education, Open Space Technology facilitation, and other related skills from the Willamette University School of Law Center for Dispute Resolution, the University of Washington, the Institute for Conflict Transformation, and other institutions.
Scott began his ADR career in 1985, when he helped start, administer, and train a University-based community mediation program. Between 1987 and 2002, he worked as a litigation attorney in Oregon and California, handling a broad range of cases including appeals, aerospace and aircrash defense, government contracts and procurement, construction liens and defects, jobsite injuries, premises liability, insurance coverage, wrongful termination and employment discrimination, and personal injury. In 1996 he served as a special prosecutor for the Multnomah County (OR) District Attorney's Office, and in 1999, as part of the Condominium Working Group, he was the primary author of the Oregon statutes regulating the authority of condominium boards of directors to prosecute litigation over construction defects (ORS 100.405(4)(e)). His litigation clients included McDonnell Douglas, Northrop Corporation, Thrifty PayLess, Rite Aid, Lloyd's of London, Assicurazioni Generali SpA, International Steel Company, and numerous individuals. As a litigator and trial attorney, he represented parties in several hundred mediations, arbitrations, and settlement conferences, including complex multiparty construction defect mediations involving 50+ parties, 150+ insurance carriers, and lasting up to two months.
Since 2002, Scott has worked exclusively as a mediator, arbitrator, and facilitator, helping people resolve a broad range of disputes including special education mediations and 504/IEP plan facilitations; construction defect and payment disputes; employment and workplace disputes, including union and discrimination matters; child custody and parenting time disagreements; public policy conflicts involving transportation, land use, and environmental issues; and church personnel conflicts. His clients have included the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Postal Service, Oregon Court of Appeals, Oregon Department of Education, Oregon Department of Transportation, Employee Assistance Plans, and individual attorneys, firms, and parties. He serves on the qualified mediator and arbitrator rosters of the Oregon Attorney General and numerous state, federal and appeals courts and government agencies, and is the mediator-representative to the Oregon Department of Education Dispute Resolution Committee.
In addition to his practice as a mediator, arbitrator, facilitator, and trainer, Scott has a strong commitment to volunteer public service. He has served on the boards of directors or committees of numerous nonprofit organizations, including the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar Association Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution, the Board of Directors of Portland Mountain Rescue (two terms), a public middle school site council and diversity committee, and a church. For years he was pro bono legal counsel to Portland Habitat for Humanity; he also is a certified Wilderness First Responder and volunteers with Portland Mountain Rescue (and, formerly, with Eugene Mountain Rescue).
United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Oregon State Bar Association
United States District Court, District of Oregon
California State Bar Association (inactive)
United States District Court, Northern District of California
United States District Court, Central District of California
United States District Court, Southern District of California
United States District Court, Eastern District of California
Mediation and Arbitration Organizations and Panel Memberships:
Oregon Mediation Association (presenter, 2007 annual conference)
Oregon State Bar Association Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution (member, Executive Committee)
Oregon State Attorney General State Agency Mediators' Roster
Oregon Department of Education Special Education Mediation Roster
Oregon Court of Appeals Appellate Settlement Conference Program Roster
National Institute for Dialogue & Deliberation
World International Property Association neutrals roster
United States Postal Service REDRESS Employment Mediators Roster
Lane County (Oregon) Bar Association Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution
Douglas County (Oregon) Circuit Court arbitrator and mediator roster
Hood River County (Oregon) Circuit Court arbitrator and mediator roster
Jackson County (Oregon) Circuit Court arbitrator and mediator roster
Washington County (Oregon) Circuit Court arbitrator and mediator roster
Carol J. Maurey, B.L.A., Associate ASLA, holds a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon, a professional certificate in Healthcare Design, and works as a site designer, public involvement facilitator, and mediator. Her training includes Open Space Technology and Appreciative Inquiry methods of group facilitation, and she is involved with the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2).
Carol also is a pioneer in the field of designing conflict resolution facilities. Recent academic research has shown that the design of hospitals, rehabilitation centers and healthcare clinics can significantly impact the number of medical mistakes made by staff, the recovery time of patients, and the quality of patient outcomes. Carol is the first to apply similar research methods to the design of courthouses and mediation centers that help parties, judges, lawyers, jurors, court employees, and others involved in dispute resolution reduce errors and make better decisions. In 2007, she and Scott jointly presented a class to members of the Oregon Mediation Association, combining her design research and his experiences applying that research to actual mediations with remarkable results. She works with Scott when facilitating large groups, designing public participation processes for public agencies, and other public-policy projects calling for a team approach.