Attorney. Patricia A. Barbalunga
Arbitration / Mediation
413-443-1505
The Pleasant Alternative to Court.

Allow my unique personality, background and broad range of experience to assist you in resolving your disputes.  Consider a litigation alternative that is economical, user-friendly and convenient.  Because of my extensive litigation experience and knowledge of the law and the court system, I am able to provide mediation clients with a perspective that they may not have considered, thereby making compromise more attractive.  I also have an experience-based ability to analyze cases for strengths and weaknesses from a liability standpoint and to assess value to injuries.

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Background:

Born: Belleville, IL, 1949

Married to Hon. Alfred A. Barbalunga (Ret’d)

 

Home:

Eagles Nest

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Phone & Fax: (413)-443-1505

 

Territory:

Primarily western Massachusetts, but will travel statewide.

 

Education:

Western New England College School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1980

Springfield College, Doctor of Physical Education, 1977, Summa Cum Laude

University of Southern California, Master of Science in Education, 1974, Magna Cum Laude

University of Illinois, Champagne/Urbana, IL, Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, 1971, Cum Laude

 

Practice Background:

22 years of litigation experience, primarily in the area of personal

injury law. Representative clients over those years include insurance companies such as General Accident, Horace Mann, INA, Utica Mutual and The Andover Companies. ADR services provided since 1985.

 

ADR Experience:

Arbitrated for the American Arbitration Association (AAA) starting from 1985. Completed Commercial Arbitrator Training Workshop and taught arbitration seminars for AAA. Completed Mediation training with the AAA. Arbitrate privately as well as with the Hampden Superior Court, the Hampden County Bar Association, New England Arbitration and Mediation, National Arbitration & Mediation and Case Closed.

 

Employment:

Self-employed Arbitrator and Mediator since 2002.

Practicing Attorney, Moriarty, Donoghue & Leja 1980; equity partner from 1987-2002.

Associate Professor of Physical Education and Director of Womens’ Physical Education Programs and Womens’Athletics and coach of Womens’ varsity basketball and volleyball, Western New England College, 1977-1980

Doctoral Teaching Fellow, Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts 1974-1977. Assistant Professor of Physical Education, Springfield College, 1982;

Teacher of Physical Education and coach of basketball and volleyball, Taipei American School, Taipei, Taiwan, 1972-1974.

 

Professional Organizations:

Hampden County Bar Association (1980-present); Berkshire County Bar Association (1989-present); Massachusetts Bar Association, Board of Delegates, (1991-1996); Justinian Law Society Board of Directors (1994-present); Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (1983-1997); Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association (1983-2002); Secretary (1989-1993); Vice President (1993-1994), President-Elect (1994-1995), President (1995-1996), Past President (1996-1997), MDLA “Defense Lawyer of the Year”(2002); Massachusetts Representative to Defense Research Institute (1996-1997), Advisory Council of American Arbitration Association (1996-1999)

 

Non-Professional Organizations:

Massachusetts Senior Games Board of Directors (1996-2013)

American Cancer Society, Past-President, Greater Springfield Unit

 

Speaking Engagements and Committee Work:

Governor’s Task Force for Early Court Intervention (1996-1997)

State Program Coordinator, Defense Research Institute (1996)

Faculty Member, MBA course “Automobile Insurance Coverage” (1996)

Guest Speaker, Massachusetts Teachers Conference (1994-1995), “Negligence and

Liability”

Judge, Trial Advocates Workshop at Western New England College School of Law,

(1994-1996)

Guest Lecturer, Springfield College (1983 -2010), one class each semester in

“Legislation, Liability and Negligence in Physical Education and Athletics”

Guest Speaker, National Organization for Women (1996) Annual Meeting, “Financial

Considerations for Women in Divorce and in Death of a Spouse”

Guest Speaker, American Northeastern Athletic Conference (1992), “Medical and Legal

Aspects of Emergency Care”

Lecturer, Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association Semi-Annual Meeting (1992),

“Defending Against the Day-in-the-Life Video”

Guest Speaker, Republican Party of Berkshire County Spring Meeting (1997), “Torts,

Liability and Homeowners Negligence”

Presenter, American Arbitration Association’s Training Session for Arbitrators (1994)

Guest Presenter, ABC’s Good Morning America (1996), “Premises Liability” with Diane Sawyer

Massachusetts Judges Conference presenter in China and Macedonia on ADR and Rule

of Law (2001-2004) funded by State Department sanctioned USAID grants.

 

Professional Focus:

Arbitration and Mediation exclusively since 2002, with a concentration in the areas of personal injury, contracts, construction, probate matters, education and athletics.