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Paula Trout, JD, MBA, MPA

Offices in Nevada, Arizona, California, Ohio and Alaska

Paula J. Trout is President and CEO of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Forums. She provides ADR services in mediation, negotiation, facilitation, conciliation, settlement conferences, fact finding (decisional and pre-decisional), early neutral evaluation (ENE), investigation and arbitration services: primarily in the areas of employment (& CBA) disputes, workers’ compensation issues, domestic, interpersonal/relationship, civil, securities, construction, ADA,and business related disputes. Clients include (but not limited to): RPB Associates, Nationwide Insurance, Key Bridge Foundation, Ohio DOE (Education), EEOC, Postal Service, Raytheon, Resolute Systems, DeMars & Associates, DOE (Energy), EPA, DHLS (Homeland Security). She is trained and certified in Transformative Mediation and has mediated and arbitrated cases for the 8th Judicial District Court’s Mediation Program. Ms. Trout provides training in advance negotiation and mediation skills, transformative mediation, and arbitration. She further provides coaching for UNLV Law School’s and the Neighborhood Justice Center’s (NJC’s) mediation and training program(s).

Ms. Trout has mediated cases in seven (7) district offices of the EEOC and provided Mediation Training to United States Postal Service in its REDRESS Program (e.g., Resolving Employment Disputes Reaching Equitable Solutions Swiftly), in 1998.

Ms. Trout serves as Adjunct Professor ar DeVry University, Keller Graduate School of Management and the Art Institute (Las Vegas, NV). Subjects include (but are not limited to) Business Law; Business Policy; Legal, Political & Ethical Dimensions of Business; Intellectual Property; (e.g., Copyrights, Patents, Trademarks, Trade Secrets); Principles of Ethics; ADR Theory & Practice; Negotiation Skills; Critical Thinking; Managing Conflict in the Workplace; and Managing Organizational Change. Ms. Trout taught dispute resolution courses at Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and Conflict Management Services (1997-2000). She served as an arbitrator for the Common Pleas Court and Guardian ad Litem for the Family Court (1993-1997).

Additionally, Ms. Trout held the position as Commissioner for the Ohio Industrial Commission where she adjudicated workers’ compensation claims, monitored and reviewed standards of practice of self-insured employers and conducted settlement conferences / hearings for permanent and total injured workers. As a member of the Ohio Industrial Commission, Ms. Trout represented the Public Member Constituency and held the swing vote ninety-two percent of the time.

ADR Experience

Ms. Trout has been a private practitioner, trainer, facilitator and instructor in law and conflict resolution for more than twenty-five years, and a transformative mediator for over fifteen years. She has mediated well over 2,000 cases in her dispute resolution career. Ms. Trout is skilled in the various models of mediation. Shr can effectively combine the evaluative anf facilitative models for the clients and draws on her extensive experience as she works with the parties to assist them in resolving their dispute. Her national proven track record with resolving contentious litigation instills confidence in the parties during the mediation process.


J. D., Law, Capital University Law School, 1986
M. A., Business Administration, Central Michigan University, 1980
M. A., Public Administration, Central Michigan University, 1978
B. A., Psychology, Capital University, 1974

Certification in Transformative Mediation, ISCT, 2005
Supreme Court of the United States, 1992
United States Claims Court, 1992
United States Tax Court, 1992
United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1992
United States District Court, Northern District, 1992
Unites States District Court, Southern District, 1989
Supreme Court of Ohio, 1987

Areas Of Practice

  • ADA
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • Family
  • Intellectual Property
  • Online Mediation
  • Personal Injury
  • Postal Service
  • Real Estate
  • Workers Comp
  • Workplace

Additional Services

  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Conflict Coach
  • Counselor
  • Facilitator
  • Fact-Finder
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Mediator-Arbitrator

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

Professional Associations

  • AFCC - Assoc. of Family & Conciliation Courts
  • ABA DR - ABA Section of DR
  • AAA - American Arbitration Assoc.
  • ACR - Assoc. for Conflict Resolution
  • ISCT - Inst. for Study of Conflict Trans.
  • AFM AP - ACR Acad. Family Mediators AP
  • OMA - Ohio Mediation Assoc.
  • MSN - Mediators of Southern Nevada
  • APFM - Acad. of Professional Family Mediators