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John Loughnane Appointed Co-Chair of the ABI’s Mediation Committee

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John G. Loughnane, a partner in Nutter’s Corporate and Transactions Department, has been appointed co-chair of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s (ABI) Mediation Committee. Mediation is an important tool used in a variety of contexts to help solve seemingly intractable challenges. In distressed situations, where time equals money, mediation affords parties a cost-effective opportunity to achieve key interests efficiently. 

The ABI Mediation Committee has been instrumental in encouraging and supporting mediation nationally for many years. In his prior role as co-chair of special projects, John worked with the Mediation Committee on a variety of projects, including:

  • Serving as co-editor of Bankruptcy Mediation, published in 2016.
  • Drafting and submitting a statement to the ABI Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy, and then testifying before the Commission, whose final report issued in April 2019 notes that “[m]ediation can save money and time as well as lead to settled outcomes that parties are likely to view as fair.”
  • Organizing a three hour mediation awareness program for professionals to be held in May 2019 at Suffolk University Law School in Boston.

The ABI Mediation Committee was honored as “Committee of the Year” by the ABI at the Annual Spring Meeting in Washington, DC in April 2019.  

John is listed on the register of mediators for the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Massachusetts, the District of Delaware, and the Southern District of New York. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association Dispute Resolution Committee and the New England Association for Conflict Resolution. John serves as a volunteer mediator for the MWI District Court Mediation Program, and writes and presents regularly on the use of negotiation and mediation skills to solve business problems.

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