Lisa Amato is a commercial litigation mediator and dispute resolution consultant working with parties throughout the Pacific Northwest. She approaches each mediation with an emphasis on transparency, thoughtful evaluation, and curiosity.
A cornerstone of Ms. Amato’s practice is the conviction that parties are entitled to a process that respects different viewpoints and goals, recognizes that a path forward involves difficult decisions and compromises, and values the parties’ intelligence and experience.
Ms. Amato mediates a broad range of disputes including employment and civil rights, business transactions, breach of contract and torts, professional negligence, bad faith, family business, probate and elder, and real property rights.
Ms. Amato began mediating in 2007, and in 2017 founded Amato Mediation. She is known for her commitment to the mediation process, integrity, tenacity and ability to work respectfully with parties to settle difficult and challenging disputes.
Ms. Amato is in the International Academy of Mediators Mentorship Program. She has held numerous leadership positions on the Oregon State Bar ADR Section and Labor & Employment Section, the Federal Bar Association ADR Executive Committee, Oregon Mediation Association, and is actively participates in other professional legal organizations.
Ms. Amato is forever a student, curious about mediation, negotiation, and human characteristics. She writes articles and teaches on various topics including mediation advocacy, advanced mediator techniques, and ethics.
Prior to Ms. Amato’s career as a full time mediator, she maintained a civil trial practice for 25 years, and tried cases to verdict in state and federal courts in Oregon and Washington. She earned a B.S. from the University of Portland and a J.D. from Willamette University College of Law.