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James (Jim) Melamed
James (Jim) Melamed

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James (Jim) Melamed

Jim Melamed co-founded in 1996 along with John Helie and served as CEO of through June 2020 (25 years).  Jim is currently Board Chair and General Counsel for Resourceful Internet Solutions, Inc. (RIS), home to,, and other leading dispute resolution sites. During Jim’s tenure, received the American Bar Association’s 2010 Institutional Problem Solver Award.

Before, Jim founded The Mediation Center in Eugene, Oregon in 1983 and served as Executive Director of the Academy of Family Mediators (AFM) from 1987 to 1993. Jim was also the first President and Executive Director of the Oregon Mediation Association (1985-86).

Jim’s undergraduate degree is in psychology from Stanford University and his law degree is from the University of Oregon.

Jim has received the following awards: The Oregon Mediation Association’s 2003 Award for Excellence and 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award; The Oregon State Bar’s 2006 Sidney Lezak Award of Excellence; The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) 2007 John Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award; and The 2012 Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) “Getting To Yes” Award and 2018 APFM first Outstanding Mediator Award.


Jim believes in “maximized mediation” wherein participants are assisted to reach agreements that seek to maximally satisfy their respective interests.


Jim holds a B.A. with honors from Stanford University in Psychology (1978) and a J.D. (law) degree from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1982.

Areas Of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Education
  • Intellectual Property
  • Land Use
  • Online Mediation
  • Organizational
  • Partnership
  • Probate
  • Special Education
  • Sports
  • Technology
  • Workplace

Additional Services

  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Facilitator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Systems Designer



Fees and Provisos

Jim is not currently offering mediation services.


  • 2006 Oregon State Bar Dispute Resolution Section's Sidney Lezak Award of Excellence
  • 2007 Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) John Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award
  • 2012 Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) "Getting To Yes" Award
  • 2018 Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) first Outstanding Mediator Award
  • 2020 Oregon Mediation Association's Lifetime Achievement Award

Professional Associations

  • AFCC - Assoc. of Family & Conciliation Courts
  • ACR - Assoc. for Conflict Resolution
  • OMA - Oregon Mediation Assoc.
  • AFM AP - ACR Acad. Family Mediators AP
  • APFM - Acad. of Professional Family Mediators

Publications & Presentations

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  • Colin Rule
  • Clare Fowler
  • Jeff Krivis
  • Michael Lang
  • Chip Rose
  • Don Saposnek

Articles by Jim Melamed