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Ronald Butcher
Ronald Butcher

Practitioner Mediator

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Ronald Butcher

Greetings. I am Ron, a mediator with a deep-rooted passion for resolving conflict that began at the USCG Aviation Technical Training Center. There, amidst the development of the Helicopter Rescue Swimmer program, I learned invaluable dispute resolution skills that have underpinned every role since, from enforcing international treaties to navigating complex multi-casualty investigations and large-scale project misunderstandings.

I pledge to you not just professional support, but a compassionate and empathetic presence, with a steadfast belief in your right to direct the resolution of your dispute. While conflict can stir stress, my life experiences, from military service to coaching and pet parenting, have equipped me with an empathy that will guide us toward a peaceful resolution.

In the face of conflict, we all need resilience and the ability to emerge stronger. As your mediator, I’ve facilitated spaces where each voice is heard and every concern is addressed, always with an emphasis on self-determination. My aim is to help craft fair, mutually agreeable outcomes that consider everyone’s needs.

I stand ready to offer insights from my diverse background, guiding you towards a resolution that restores harmony to your life. Together, we will work patiently and with understanding to find a solution that truly meets your needs. Let’s move forward, hand in hand, toward a resolution that works for you.

As a mediator, I’ve had the privilege of assisting others to resolve issues and conflicts. I’ve seen firsthand the delicate balance of interests, fears, and hopes that each party brings to the table. My role is to facilitate a safe and respectful space where everyone feels seen, heard, and understood. I appreciate the importance of these situations and the crucial role of self-determination in crafting resolutions that are considerate, fair, and mutually agreeable.

I stand ready, offering insights gleaned from my personal and professional experiences, to journey with you towards resolution. Our quest isn’t just about resolving a conflict; it’s about empowering you and restoring harmony to your life. Together, with patience, understanding, and a shared commitment, we will strive to find a solution that respects your needs and rights. Let’s take these steps together, towards a resolution that truly works for you.


Ron approaches mediation with a principled negotiation style which emphasizes separating the people from the problem and working toward mutually beneficial solutions based on objective criteria. After an agreement to mediate is reached, Ron initiates the process with a caucus for each party involved. This step is crucial as it allows him to understand the unique needs and positions, ensuring that every voice is truly heard.

In the workspace, Ron skillfully sets the stage for change management initiatives, ensuring that the solutions agreed upon are not just theoretical, but actionable and effective. He follows up post-agreement to ensure these changes are successfully implemented and to assess their impact.

When dealing with post-incident scenarios or root cause analyses, Ron’s facilitated mediation supports a culture of fairness and learning. He incorporates sensemaking into the process, which is essential for developing resilient solutions that tackle the complexities and risks inherent in such situations.

In the midst of conflict, whether you’re grappling with concerns about financial loss, client relationships, job security, reputation, production capacity, or even your identity within your organization, Ron’s method keeps the mediation process straightforward and focused on addressing these concerns. With a comprehensive examination of the facts and a careful consideration of all options, he helps you evaluate both the emotional and financial implications for your present and future. Ron’s approach ensures that you are equipped with the necessary guidance and tools, empowering you and your organization to take charge of the future with confidence.


Paralegal Studies – 2021

University of California, Berkeley

Master of Business Administration – Operations Management (In progress)

Colorado Technical University

Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Industrial Technology

Middle Tennessee State University

Golden Key National Honor Society

Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Fraternity

Bachelor of Science – Management

California Coast University

Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner (CMIOSH), #192,809

Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (UK)

Certified Safety Professional (CSP), #21,798  Board of Certified Safety Professionals

Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM), #2,238  Institute for Safety and Health Management

Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP)  Employee Assistance Professionals Association

Intervention Specialist – Johnson Institute (now Hazelden)

Lead Investigator & Root Cause AnalysisThe Reliability Center, Hopewell, VA

Incident Investigation and Causal AnalysisDNV/GL, Los Angeles, CA

Quality Management Process Facilitator – USCG, Petaluma, CA

Marine Transportation Safety Inspector/Investigator – USCG, Yorktown, VA

Recreational Vessel Production Safety Factory Inspector – USCG, Yorktown, VA

Instructional Materials and Course Design – USCG, Petaluma, CA

Areas Of Practice

  • Accidents
  • ADA
  • Bullying
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Civil Rights (discrimination)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Cross Cultural
  • EEOC
  • Elder
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • General
  • Government
  • HOA
  • Hospitality
  • Labor - Management
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Maritime
  • Native American
  • Non Profits
  • Online Civil
  • Online Mediation
  • Online Workplace
  • Organizational
  • Personal Injury
  • Pet Mediation
  • Professional Fees
  • Sexual Harrassment
  • Small Claims
  • Victim - Offender
  • Workers Comp
  • Workplace

Additional Services

  • Collaborative Professional
  • Conflict Coach
  • Facilitator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Systems Designer

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

ADR Training

  • Connecting Employees. Departments and Corporations: One Conversation at a Time
  • 40 Hour Basic Mediation Training
  • Conflict Mediation and Peace Building
  • Mediating eCommerce, Property and Workplace Disputes Online
  • Workplace Mediation Training with Dr. Clare Fowler
  • ABA Mediation Essentials - Effective Mediation Skills
  • The Magic of Mediation with Ken Cloke
  • Michael Lang's Mediation Ethics


  • US Coast Guard Aviation Association's Hall of Honor Inductee
  • USCG Commendation Medal (x3)
  • USAF Commendation Medal
  • USCG Achievement Medal (x2)
  • USCG Commandant's Letter of Commendation (x2)
  • USCG Aviation Technical Training Center Instructor of the Year

Professional Associations

  • National Association for Community Mediation
  • Board of Certified Safety Professionals
  • Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (UK)
  • American Bar Association
  • Hawaii Paralegals Association
  • Military Officer Association of America
  • Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center

Publications & Presentations

  • Cruise Control: Your Peace of Mind at Sea