Judge Elaine Gordon

Judge Elaine Gordon was appointed to the Connecticut Superior Court by the late Governor William A. O’Neill in 1988, and retired in 2011. During her 23 year tenure on the bench, Judge Gordon has decided, mediated or assisted in the settlement of virtually every type of dispute. Her expertise covers commercial, construction, employment, environmental, insurance, professional malpractice, personal injury, product liability, estate, family, and municipal cases. The hundreds of disputes over which she presided include complex, highly contentious matters, as well as multi-party litigation.

In 1993, Judge Gordon was the first Connecticut judge to become a 40-hour trained mediator. She has been an active participant in the court annexed mediation program for many years. Judge Gordon has taught numerous courses on mediation and settlement skills to judges for over 20 years. In addition, she has taught for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, bar organizations across Connecticut and was an instructor at the Yale Law School.

She is an honors graduate of The University of Connecticut School of Law and Northwestern University.


Harry N. Mazadoorian

Mazadoorian serves as the distinguished senior fellow at the Center on Dispute Resolution. He has been involved in the field of dispute resolution for decades as a trial lawyer, corporate attorney, bar leader, law professor and commercial arbitrator and mediator. He has served as assistant general counsel at CIGNA Corporation and vice president for government relations at its subsidiary, Connecticut General Life Insurance Company. He has also served as legislative commissioner for the State of Connecticut and town attorney for New Britain, Conn.

He played an active role in the founding of the American Bar Association's Section on Dispute Resolution and served as the charter chairperson of both the Section's Mediation Committee and Corporate ADR Committee. He also served as a member of the Section's Council as well as on the editorial board of Dispute Resolution Magazine and the CPR Institute's Publication Alternatives.

He is recognized as an expert in ADR statewide and nationally, and has been a frequent presenter and panelist at ADR programs. He served as founding chairperson of the Connecticut Bar Foundation/Quinnipiac School of Law John Speziale ADR Symposium from its inception to 2009. Mazadoorian served as editor and principal contributor to "Mediation Practice Book: Critical Tools, Techniques and Forms" and has written extensively about ADR in a number of ADR journals and periodicals. He writes a column on ADR for the Connecticut Law Tribune.

He serves as an arbitrator and mediator for a number of panels including the American Arbitration Association (since 1976), The Center for Dispute Prevention and Resolution, and FINRA. He was one of the early Connecticut attorneys appointed as an Attorney Trial Referee for the Connecticut Judicial Department. He has received a number of significant recognitions including the Community Mediation Inc. Excellence in Mediation Award, The Association for Conflict Resolution (SPDR) Pioneer Award, The Connecticut Law Tribune Service to the Bar Award, and The Connecticut Bar Foundation Distinguished Service Award. Mazadoorian has presided over a number of significant cases as an arbitrator or mediator and has mediated several major institutional health care disputes.

He is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School and received an Honorary Doctor of Law degree from Quinnipiac University.


Michael Becker

Becker is a part-time professor teaching negotiation and an attorney mediator. Principal of his own mediation firm, Becker is one of the most experienced divorce mediators in Connecticut. Becker weaves his legal, accounting, counseling and teaching backgrounds into his mediation to help clients work out agreements in a calm, civil, and private way.

Becker brings a unique combination of professional expertise to his work, including a law degree, an accounting degree, and a master's degree in marriage and family therapy. Prior to joining the faculty at Quinnipiac University School of Law, he was an adjunct professor at University of Connecticut School of Law and the Fairfield University Marriage and Family Therapy master's degree program.

Becker served as a founding director and two-time president of the Connecticut Council for Divorce Mediation (now the Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce). He also chaired the council's Legislative Committee, and served on the Standards and Qualifications Committee, which wrote the first Standards of Practice for mediators in Connecticut. Becker is an association for conflict resolution advanced practitioner, an Academy of Professional Family Mediators advanced member, and a James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation.

Becker's contributions to the advancement of mediation as a profession include supervising interns in his mediation practice, as well as providing in-service training to mental health agencies in the area. Becker has also written for and been featured in numerous legal, financial and family-related publications, including: Connecticut Magazine, Good Housekeeping, the American Journal of Family Law, Connecticut Connection (publication of Connecticut Association for Marriage and Family Therapy), Financial Planning Magazine, the Connecticut Post and the Connecticut Family Lawyer. 


Peter Benner

Benner teaches alternative dispute resolution at Quinnipiac University School of Law. He also practices dispute resolution as an independent mediator, arbitrator and resolution consultant. He has been in a solo practice since 2010, following more than 30 years as a litigator at Shipman & Goodwin, LLP in Hartford.

Benner employs primarily a facilitative and value-creation style of mediation over a range of matters, focusing in the business and healthcare fields. Benner is also a member of the American Arbitration Association Commercial and Healthcare panels. He writes and speaks regularly on a range of dispute resolution topics and has taught at University of Connecticut Law School prior to joining the Quinnipiac faculty.