Mediator's Profile

Robert Beason

Business Name: Beason Trehy Conflict Resolution, LLC

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.

After practicing law for twenty years with a concentration in representing individuals in civil, criminal and family disputes, Mr. Robert Beason began his ADR practice and is now solely devoted to mediation. He first started mediating family and community disputes in 1988 when he completed specialized domestic mediation training, but then trained as a superior court mediator in 1992, where he has since been involved in nearly three thousand disputes including complex, multi-party cases. This experience includes a broad range of subject matter areas including:

  • Business / Commercial / Contracts
  • Employment / Workplace
  • Products Liability
  • Insurance
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate
  • Land Condemnation
  • Construction
  • Professional Liability
  • Environmental

Mr. Beason presently serves as a mediator for the Superior Court Mediated Settlement Conference Program in North Carolina, the Office of Administrative Hearings in North Carolina, and the United States District Courts in North Carolina.  He served the original North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission, the governing body of ADR in North Carolina.

Additionally, he has trained more than 2000 lawyers and other professionals in North Carolina and South Carolina in his capacity as a Primary Trainer for Dispute Management, Inc., Duke Private Adjudication Center and Beason & Trehy Conflict Resolution, having taught in more than twenty forty-hour sessions since January 1993. He has conducted seminars introducing mediation to litigators for the Superior Court Programs in Durham and Raleigh, North Carolina.

In addition to his service as a fulltime mediator, Bob was a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke University School of Law where he taught Negotiation and Mediation since 1995, until his retirement in 2020.  He and Rene Trehy (Ellis) have trained more than two thousand lawyers in the North Carolina Certification Mediation Training for Superior Court Mediation.


  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1973
  • William & Mary, B.A, History, 1970

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