Mediator's Profile


Ira Lobel

Business Name: Arbitrator & Mediator

For more than 20 years Ira Lobel has been a independent mediator and arbitrator, focusing his practice on all types of labor and employment disputes, as well as a fact finder and trainer. Prior to being on his own, Ira mediated cases for Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, where he was responsible for mediating labor and employment disputes in eastern New York, western Massachusetts and Vermont in all sectors of the economy, including:

  • Manufacturing
  • Service
  • Public sector (federal, state and local)

Ira has developed and taught various programs, including mediation, multi party negotiations, interest based bargaining and grievance administration. Ira is an Adjunct Professor with University at Albany, School of Business in Albany, where he developed and taught graduate course on negotiations & conflict resolution


  • Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC., J. D., 1974
  • New York School of Industrial & Labor Relations, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, B.S., 1970

Panel Memberships

  • American Arbitration Association
  • Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
  • NYS Public Employment Relations Board
  • New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission
  • Massachusetts Board of Arbitration and Conciliation
  • New Hampshire Labor Relations Board

Professional Affiliations

  • National Academy of Arbitrators
  • Industrial Relations
  • Research Association
  • National Organization
  • New York State Bar Association, Employment Law Section
  • Association for Conflict Resolution

Representative Publications

  • “Practical Differences between Mediation and Arbitration, Labor and Employment Law Journal, Vol. 44, No. 1, Fall, 2019;
  • “A Labor Mediator’s Perspective on Mediation,”  Labor and Employment Law Journal, Vol 43, No 1, Fall, 2018;
  • “Neutrals’ Differing Thought Processes Can Define Attorneys’ Role in ADR Representation, Alternatives, CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, in June, 2005, Vol. 23, No. 6;
  • “A Comparison of Mediation and Arbitration,” ACR Resolution, Spring, 2005;
  • “A Labor Mediator’s Perspective on Civil Mediation,” in L& E Newsletter, New York State Bar Association, Winter, 2003;
  • “A Labor Negotiations and the International Arena,” with Brian L. Lobel, Dispute Resolution Journal, February-April, 2002;
  • “Lessons to Be Learned in Regulatory Negotiations,” Alternatives, CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, in November, 2000 Vol. 18, No. 9 and December, 2000, Vol. 18, No. 10;
  • “Is Interest Based Bargaining Really New?” Dispute Resolution JournalFebruary, 2000;
  • “The Various Ingredients that Go Into Successful Regulatory Negotiations”, Dispute Resolution Journal, October-December, 1995;
  • “Training Russian Mediators: Advent of a New Era”, UCLA Labor Institute, 1994;
  • “Addressing Environmental Disputes with Labor Mediation Skills,” Arbitration Journal, 1992

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