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Lynn Merle Johnson: 1947 – 2023

Lynn Merle Johnson, 75, of Corvallis, Oregon, died on January 28th, 2023 after complications following a heart procedure. Lynn was adopted by Lulu Belle and Floyd Johnson and raised in a small Mennonite community in Perryton, Texas. He was the second of four children, and brother to three sisters.

Over recent decades, Lynn has been a thoughtful, experienced and powerful contributor to the California, Oregon and national mediation communities.

In the late 60s Lynn left Texas to attend Heston College in Kansas, before moving to Los Angeles to serve out alternative service and finish his degree. In LA, Lynn developed a close network of friends with whom he worked and played tennis, and raised a family whose soccer games he coached or refereed for almost 20 years. 

Lynn’s career spanned from his work “computerizing” the US Census Bureau in the 70s to data analysis with RAND Corporation, USC, and UCLA, before independently developing computer adaptive testing software for the LA County Court schools in the 80s and 90s. In the early 2000s, Lynn moved to Bahrain to work with the Ministry of Justice to modernize their courts’ technology and communications systems. While in Bahrain, Lynn discovered his passion for dispute resolution, mediation, and international arbitration. When he returned to the US, he continued his work in mediation, and after the passing of his partner in 2016 he moved to Corvallis, Oregon to support the court systems in Linn and Benton Counties with a focus on reuniting families and helping individuals and families avoid foreclosure and eviction. 

Lynn is remembered as a world traveler, devoted friend with a kind and generous nature, and beloved father of four.


Lynn Johnson

As a mediator, Lynn Johnson practices facilitative mediation as a listener and facilitator in the resolution of real-life disputes. As a technology advisor, he facilitates the creation of international ADR centres. Lynn serves on mediation committees and boards in both California and Oregon.   MORE >


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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 25-year tenure,… MORE >

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