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Andrew Kennedy, Esq.

Member, Pennsylvania Council of Mediators


I have been a believer in mediation for over twenty years. My first job out of law school was for a trial court judge in Blair County, a rural Pennsylvania county. The court had a backlog of cases and the judge, with me assisting as a junior partner, took to mediating a full array of civil cases. Not only was it effective in reducing the number cases on the court's docket, it was often better justice. Since then, I have worked as a civil litigator, for both the plaintiff and the defense, in business litigation and in injury litigation, for individuals and for large companies. I have been involved in litigation and dispute resolution in numerous sates. As an advocate, I have been mediating cases for over twenty years. My early experience as a neutral has always informed my approach to mediation. I believe that we need more options for mediation in Pennsylvania, especially in the smaller counties where I have practiced. This civil mediation practice is especially aimed at those counties in Western and Central Pennsylvania, from Allegheny County in the West to Blair County in the East.


In more than twenty years of practice I have sat in every chair in settlement negotiations: as defense counsel, as a neutral, as  plaintiff's counsel, and as outside general counsel. That experience in having sat in every chair at the negotiation table is invaluable to me as a neutral.   My focus is on dispute resolution in civil cases for personal injury, business disputes, medical malpractice, insurance disputes, and employment. It does not include custody.


I have been an attorney with the Colkitt Law Firm, P.C. since 2003 and previously practiced with law firms in Pittsburgh and Altoona. I have been a member of the American Bar Association since 1994 and have served in various bar positions in the ABA, state, and local bar associations since then. I trained in negotiation at Harvard Business School and in mediation at the Conflict Lab with Selina Schultz, Esq, LL.M. and Bernie Behrend, who are both prominent trainers of mediators in Western Pennsylvania.  I am on the approved panel of mediators for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, which has one of the leading ADR programs in the nation.


Substantive Law

As an advocate I have mediated in a wide spectrum of cases including medical malpractice, employment discrimination, breach of contract, insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, securities fraud, fraudulent transfer, and personal injury. I have litigated civil cases in state and federal court, and litigated or supervised outside counsel in eight states.   I have represented school districts,  municipalities, public and private employers, and have significant experience in health care.


Dispute Resolution

Mediator, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania


Member, Pennsylvania Council of Mediators


Certificate in Negotiation Mastery, Harvard Business School | HBX


Mediator Certification, The Conflict Lab


Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, ABA Section of Litigation


Member, ABA Section of Dispute Resolution


Education

B.A, Canisius College, 1992

M.A, SUNY Buffalo, 1996

J.D, University of Pittsburgh, 1997


Honors

AV Preeminent peer review rating


Executive Education

Certificate in Leading With Finance, Harvard Business School Online

Licenses

Pennsylvania Bar

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court





Contact

Phone: 724.463.3570

Fax: 724.463.3569

Email: [email protected]


Address

COLKITT LAW FIRM, P.C.

9 South Seventh St., Suite 202

P.O. Box 607

Indiana, PA 15701

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