Mediator's Profile

René Stemple Trehy

Business Name: Beason & Trehy Conflict Resolution, LLC
Phone: 919.419.9979

Through mediation, complex legal disputes are often settled without going to trial, saving the involved parties time, money and much frustration. At Durham based Beason & Trehy Conflict Resolution, LLC, our neutrals have a combined 75 years plus experience solving disputes using successful mediation techniques. Since 1992, our firm has worked to help people throughout the country avoid the more adversarial process of courtroom litigation.

Ms. René Stemple Trehy has devoted her professional career to alternative dispute resolution.  Ms. Trehy has long been a member of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section, and she just completed two years as the Section’s Chairperson (2012-2014),” to Ms. Trehy has long been a member of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section and served as the Section’s Chairperson from 2012-2014.

Ms. Trehy graduated cum laude from West Virginia University in 1983 and in 1986 from Duke University Law School.  From 1990- 2002, Ms. Trehy served as Executive Director of the Duke University School of Law’s Private Adjudication Center.  In that position, she designed, implemented and directed the administration of ADR programs for settlement of class actions and mass torts, led the Center’s mediation training, and administered the Center’s dispute resolution programs.  In 2002, Ms. Trehy co-founded Beason & Ellis Conflict Resolution, LLC. Ms. Trehy has extensively mediated these and other areas of litigation:

  •     Medical Malpractice
  •     Construction
  •     Business disputes
  •     Products liability
  •     Insurance coverage
  •     Employment
  •     Consumer
  •     Eminent domain
  •     Nursing home negligence
  •    Wrongful death
  •    Catastrophic personal injury cases

These mediations frequently arise in difficult or complex circumstances involving multiple parties, class actions, and insurance coverage disputes. René Trehy is also an experienced arbitrator, having served on three-member panels and as sole arbitrator, and has arbitrated cases involving professional malpractice, construction defects, products liability, medical malpractice, personal injury and others.

In addition, federal and state judiciary have appointed Ms. Trehy as Special Master in several complex litigations, including a national class action involving products liability, a multi-party CERCLA dispute in the Northern District of Alabama, and a class action settlement in Florida involving claims of property damage and personal injury.

Ms. Trehy’s service as an educator in alternative dispute resolution complements her practical experience.  As a senior lecturing fellow, Ms. Trehy taught negotiation at Duke University School of law from 1992-2020.

Ms. Trehy has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the Alternative Dispute Resolution specialty since 2007.   For 2013, she was named the Raleigh, NC Arbitration Best Lawyers’ “Lawyer of the Year”, and for 2015, she was named the Raleigh, NC Mediation Best Lawyers’ “Lawyer of the Year,” and 2016, 2018 and 2020 Raleigh NC Arbitration “Lawyer of the Year.”

Ms. Trehy was awarded the North Carolina Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section’s Peace Award in March of 2017. The Section “periodically recognizes one or more individuals in North Carolina who have made a special contribution or commitment to the peaceful resolution of disputes.” Consideration is given for their “overall contribution and commitment to the field of alternative dispute resolution.” Ms. Trehy is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.


  •     Duke University Law School, J.D.., 1986
  •     West Virginia University, 1983

ADR Training:

  •     Mediator Training, Dispute Settlement Center of Durham, March 1990
  •     Advanced Mediator Training, Dispute Settlement Center of Durham, June 1991
  •     Dispute Management Incorporated, Mediator Training, 1993
  •     Harvard Law School, Negotiation Project, 1994
  •     Harvard Law School, Negotiation Project, Advanced Negotiation Workshop,         Application to Gender Dynamics, June 1995
  •     Harvard Law School, Negotiation Project, Advanced Negotiation Workshop,         June 1996
  •     CDR Associates, Divorce and Child Custody Mediation Training, June 1997

Memberships & Affiliations

  •     Member, District of Columbia Bar (Inactive Status)
  •     Member, Pennsylvania Bar (Inactive Status)
  •     Member, American Bar Association
  •     Member, North Carolina Bar Association
  •     Member, American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section
  •     Member, North Carolina Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section

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