Laura A. Josephson-Bernat JD, MBA concentrates her practice solely on alternative dispute resolution. She is a guest instructor for Loyola University Chicago School of Law, a judge for the INADR International Law School Mediation Tournament, and a certified mediator and arbitrator for Illinois’ Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court.
Laura possesses a wide breath and depth of legal experience. She began her legal career as a prosecutor in Cook County, Illinois where she honed her trial and appellate practices. She then transferred to the private sector at the Chicago Office of Rudnick & Wolfe (now DLA Piper) counseling clients on complex business transactions and franchising, and advocated for clients in litigation. Moving to Boulder, Colorado, Laura represented entrepreneurial clients in various industries at Chrisman Bynum & Johnson (now Faegre Baker Daniels). At Chuhak & Tecson, Laura counseled family owned business and closely held business on a wide range of legal and business issues.
Laura has a keen ability to synthesize complicated legal, business and interpersonal issues. She is culturally sensitive and attuned to issues of implicit bias in mediation. In facilitating communication and negotiation among the parties, Laura effectively uses her expertise, emotional intelligence and research-based strategies to assist the parties in reaching voluntary, comprehensive and durable resolutions.