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Oran Kaufman

Oran Kaufman is an attorney and mediator providing unique mediation services in the areas of divorce, separation, post-divorce, estate disputes and guardianship. Oran is certified by the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and is an advanced Practitioner with ACR and APFM.

Oran is owner and founder of Amherst Mediation Services and founder of ConflictWorks. Having practiced family law in the probate courts of Massachusetts since 1989 and practiced as a mediator since 1994, Oran is uniquely qualified to help clients navigate their way to a divorce or settlement family disputes through mediation.

ADR Experience

Oran has mediated over 1000 cases in the area of divorce and family law. He is past president of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation (MCFM), co-chair of Parents and Children in Transition and former board member of the Massachusetts AFCC. He is on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Alternate Dispute Resolution. He has achieved certification requirements of the MCFM and advanced practitioner status with APFM and ACR. Oran is an adjunct professor at Western New England University School of Law where he currently runs a Mediation Clinic in collaboration with the Hampden County Probate and Family Court.


Oran sees his role in mediation as helping to facilitate a conversation between clients to allow them to arrive at an agreement while providing them with a great deal of information and direction on issues that need to be addressed. A key element in Oran’s approach is to allow the parties toretain control of decision making on critical issues. When necessary and with permission of or at request of parties a more directive approach may be used.


B.A Washington University in St. Louis
J.D. Northeastern University School of Law in Boston ,MA

Areas Of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Business
  • Contracts
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Elder
  • Estate Planning
  • Family
  • General
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Marital Mediation
  • Probate

Additional Services

  • Collaborative Professional
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Custody Evaluator
  • Facilitator
  • Fact-Finder
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Systems Designer

Fees and Provisos

$300.00 per hour

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

Professional Associations

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