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Joan Parker, Mediator & Arbitrator, Villanova, Pennsylvania.

Joan Parker

160 Abrahams Lane
Villanova, PA 19085
Tel: (610) 896-3936
Cell: (610) 256-9610
Fax: (610) 896-5531
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Recognized to Pennsylvania Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration

Regularly travels out of state to: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York

Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Court-Appointed Neutral (Special Master), Early Neutral Evaluation, Facilitation & Systems Design, Fact Finding, Med-Arb
Video Conferencing
  • Practice Commenced1982
  • # of MEDS (as of 12/7/24)2200
  • # of ARBS (as of 12/7/24)3500
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


Joan has acted as both a mediator and arbitrator for over 30 years. In her employment practice, Joan has arbitrated and mediated hundreds of disputes involving sex, race, disability, and age discrimination; harassment; wrongful termination; EEOC: ADEA; FLSA, partnership dissolutions; and a broad range of contract disputes.  She is listed by the American Arbitration Association as a Master Mediator.

She is in private practice as a labor-management and employment arbitrator and mediator with a strong client base in both the private and public sectors. Joan has adjudicated a broad range of labor and employment disputes in such industries as airline, printing, trucking, food, transportation, pharmaceutical, steel, casino, chemical, paper, broadcasting, manufacturing, mining, communications, petroleum, hotel, utilities, railroad, and professional sports. She has worked in all areas of public employment and currently serves as a permanent umpire under national collective bargaining agreements between many many major corporations and unions.

Joan is co-founder and a principal of Joan ParkerADR, a firm which conducts fact-finding investigations and provides mediation and arbitraiton services in disputes involving both statutory and contractual claims.

Joan is professor emeritus at the School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University, where she continues to serve as a visiting lecturer. She has authored two books and numerous articles on dispute resolution, labor and employment law, and industrial relations. She is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences across the country.

In 2016, Joan was awarded the Peggy Browning Award for distinguished service to the labor-management community in Pennsylvania.  In 2018, Cornell University awarded Joan the Judge William B. Groat Award for a distinction as an arbitrator and mediator of employment and labor disputes.

Case Experience

  • ADA Disability
  • Arts (Fine/Performing)
  • Automotive
  • Business Dissolution
  • Commercial/Business
  • Contract Disputes
  • Discrimination
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • Entertainment Sector
  • Family Businesses
  • Health Care
  • Industrial
  • Labor/Unions
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Media & Communications
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Police
  • Postal
  • Professional Fees
  • Railroad & Trucking
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sports
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA


Cornell University, N.Y.S. School of Industrial & Labor Relations, Ithaca, NY Ph.D., M.S.; B.S., summa cum laude

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, National Academy of Arbitrators
  • Senior  Distinguished Fellow, International Academy of Mediators
  • Member, National Association of Railroad Referees
  • Member, Labor and Employment Research Association
  • Vice Chair, Labor Management Task Force, American Arbitration Association
  • Chair, Employment Arbitration Advisory Council, American Arbitration Association
  • Member, Federal Reserve System Labor Relations Panel
  • Member, Board of Governors, Erivan Haub School of Business, St. Joseph's University

  • National Labor Panel, American Arbitration Association
  • Commercial Arbitration Panel, American Arbitration Association
  • Employment Arbitration Panel, American Arbitration Association
  • National Mediation Panel, American Arbitration Association
  • Member, National Panel, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
  • Arbitration and Mediation Panels, NJ Public Employment Relations Commission
  • Arbitration Panel, National Mediation Board
  • Arbitration Panel, Pennsylvania Bureau of Mediation

Rates Information

For employment and commercial arbitration hearings: $600per hour for study/writing time. Also bills for travel expenses and travel time, depending on location.

For labor arbitration, $2,600 per diem for hearing and study/writing time, plus travel expenses. Also bills for travel time, depending on location.

Cancellation policy: A full per diem fee will be charged if an arbitration hearing is postponed or cancelled with less than 30 days notice prior to the hearing.
For mediations, if a scheduled mediation is cancelled or postponed with less than 20 business days notice, five hours at the regular hourly rate will be charged.

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