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Laura Kaster

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84 Heather Lane
Princeton, NJ 08540
Fax: 609-924-3068


Description of Practice

This Mediator is Certified
Ms. Kaster is an Arbitrator and a Mediator. The 2014 recipient of New Jersey State Bar Association's Boskey Award for ADR Practitioner of the year, she is a Fellow in the College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA). Listed in 2015 Who's Who Legal: Mediation as one of 295 world leaders in the field, she is a CEDR Accredited Mediator and certified by the International Mediation Institute (IMI). Ms. Kaster listens and brings to your unique conflict over 30 years of experience with complex commercial disputes. She is past Chair of the NJSBA Dispute Resolution Section, President of the Garibaldi Inn of Court, the only ADR Inn, Co-Editor of the NY Dispute Resolution Lawyer, a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court's Complementary Dispute Resolution Committee, and an adjunct professor of ADR at Seton Hall Law School She is a speaker for PLI, the CCA, ABA, NJSBA, NYSBA, NJAPM and law firms and in-house corporate departments. She is a member of the panel of distinguished neutrals for CPR and a member of its IP panel, and on the Master Mediator Panel of the American Arbitration Association, the Global CEDR panel and is also an Arbitrator for the AAA, FINRA, and the Agency for Dispute Resolution. She is on the NJ Roster of Mediators for Civil, General Equity and Probate cases ,the Roster of Mediators for the Commercial Division ADR Program for the Supreme Court of New York and\ a member of the Board of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. She helped develop the NJ Bankruptcy Court's Mediation panel training program.

Professional Background

Ms. Kaster was Chief litigation counsel for AT&T Corporation from 1997 to 2006, where she supervised litigation, arbitration, mediation and or settlement of all AT&T patent cases, trademark and trade secret cases, other intellectual property matters involving telecommunications, software, internet, audio, and related technology, class actions, post-closing disputes relating to AT&T's purchase and sale of significant businesses. She was responsible for matters, involving multimillion dollar complex supplier, outsourcing, major customer disputes and international arbitrations, including the resolution of AT&T’s claims against 50 insurance carriers arising out of the damage to the World Trade Center on 9/11. She has handled matters under the AAA rules, CPR rules, ICC and other international proceedings. Ms. Kaster handled and resolved class actions and class action appeals in employment and ERISA related disputes and was involved in establishing AT&T's consumer arbitration program and its retention and email policies. She had wide exposure to e-discovery. Before joining AT&T, Ms. Kaster was a partner at Jenner & Block, where she handled a wide variety of complex disputes involving intellectual property, technology, environmental issues, taxes, fees and sanctions, closely held companies and estates.


She has mediated and arbitrated commercial disputes, technology and pharmaceutical contracts and patent and patent licensing disputes, complex contract disputes, outsourcing, attorney's fees, construction, partnership, commissions and employment disputes.


Ms. Kaster holds a BA from Tufts University (Political Science); and a JD, magna cum laude from Boston University School of Law, where she was Notes Editor for the Law Review and recipient of the Melville M. Bigelow Award "for the greatest promise as a teacher and scholar in the law". Following law school, she was a law clerk to then Chief Judge Frank M. Coffin of the Federal Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, who serves as her inspiration to help resolve disputes.


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
2011    CEDR    Advanced Mediation Training and Accreditation 32 hours
2009    Center for Mediation in Law    Self-Reflection in Action - Using our Inner Selves to Help People in Conflict 40 hours
2007    CPR    Mediator Training 18 hours
2006    Center For Mediation in Law    Intensive Training 40 hours
2009    CPR    Advanced Mediator Training 12 hours
2010    Straus Institute Pepperdine U    Mediating in the Red Zone 20 hours
2009    ABA Dispute Resolution Section    7thAnnual Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Training Institute 16 hours
2008    Office of the NY Courts    Advanced Commercial Division Mediation Training 8 hours
2011    Center for Understanding in Conflict    Self-Reflection in Action for Conflict Professionals -- Advanced Training in New York 20 hours
2011    ABA    Annual Meeting Dispute Resolution Section -10 hours
2010    ABA    Annual Meeting Dispute Resolution Section 25 hours
2009    American Arbitration Association    Advanced Mediator Training 8 hours
2012    ABA    Annual Meeting Dispute Resolution Section
2012    College of Commercial Arbitrators    Annual Meeting
2015    CiArb/Columbia Certificate in International Arbitration    International Arbitration - 40 hours


All the tools of mediation should be available to assist the parties to reach a resolution better for each of them than they can expect to reach if they proceed to court. Ms. Kaster facilitates and assists the parties in evaluating their own interests and the value of their case. Ms. Kaster has also been active in developing the Guided Choice approach to mediation.


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Other Information

Arbitration, Mediation, Mediator, New Jersey, Arbitrator, New York, Guided Choice

Areas of Practice

  • Business (80 mediated)
  • Commercial (80 mediated)
  • Construction (6 mediated)
  • Contracts (60 mediated)
  • Elder (1 mediated)
  • Employment
  • Health Care (2 mediated)
  • Intellectual Property (15 mediated)
  • International
  • Organizational (1 mediated)
  • Partnership (7 mediated)
  • Patent (2 mediated)
  • Personal Injury (1 mediated)
  • Professional Fees (3 mediated)
  • Securities
  • Technology (8 mediated)

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Arbitrator
  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Mediating Lawyer

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