Cathy Mondell is the Clinical Instructor for the Harvard Mediation Program (HMP), an organization that trains students and community members as mediators, and provides pro bono mediation services in courts throughout the greater Boston area. Alongside her work with HMP, Cathy maintains her own dispute resolution practice, which focuses on mediation and arbitration services for complex commercial cases nationwide. She is an active member of multiple organizations that support and promote dispute resolution alternatives, and has coached and taught mediation and negotiation skills to groups through the Harvard Negotiation Institute at the HLS Program on Negotiation and through graduate programs at other area schools.
Before focusing her work on mediation, Cathy was a Partner in the Litigation practice at Ropes & Gray LLP where she spent the first 18 years of her legal career successfully litigating business, insurance and securities cases in federal and state courts across the country. Throughout her litigation career, she worked with her clients to identify and deploy a wide range of dispute resolution tools, including mediation, arbitration, targeted litigation, and structured settlement discussions. Those experiences have continued to inform her interest in promoting efficiency in the administration of justice.
Cathy graduated from Harvard Law School with honors. She graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and Operations Research and an additional certification in Engineering Management Systems.