Mediator's Profile


Hon. Russell Carparelli

Business Name: Conflict Resolution Services

Former Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Russell Carparelli has litigated, tried, and presided as a judge in more than 1,000 cases. He retired from the Colorado Court of Appeals in December 2013, and now brings extraordinary breadth and depth of experience to mediation.

His subject matter expertise as a mediator includes the full breadth of civil law and complex litigation. Russ also brings special expertise in negotiations, having negotiated scores of settlements and taught and lectured on the subject of negotiation strategy and tactics.

Judge Carparelli has been a lawyer, judge, leader, and innovator throughout his professional life. Before becoming an appellate judge, he was a prosecutor, commercial litigator, and Air Force Judge Advocate. During his military career, Russ served in the Pentagon as the Chief of Civilian Personnel and Labor Litigation when the Air Force had 300,000 civilian personnel and hundreds of pending lawsuits around the nation. He later served as special litigation counsel to the Air Force Secretary and General Staff. He retired from Air Force active duty in the grade of Lieutenant Colonel.

Judge Carparelli’s experience in private practice and on the Colorado Court of Appeals includes:

  • Commercial and government contracts
  • Construction
  • Real estate
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • Insurance coverage and bad faith
  • Professional liability
  • Personal injury
  • Probate


  • USAF Academy, the University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • University of Virginia School of Law
  • Judicial training courses at New York University, the Federal Judicial Center, and the National Judicial College

Mediation Training

  • Institute for Conflict Management at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee
  • CDR Associates in Boulder, Colorado


  • American Bar Association
  • American Inns of Court
  • American Judicature Society
  • Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Foundation
  • Colorado Chief Justice’s Commission on the Legal Profession
  • Colorado Judicial Institute
  • Colorado Judicial Learning Center
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Justice at Stake
  • National Trial Advocacy College at the University of Virginia
  • Our Courts America
  • Our Courts Colorado
  • Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators

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