Academy Member Inducted 2021

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Hon. Lisa Rau (Ret.), Mediator & Arbitrator, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Hon. Lisa Rau (Ret.)

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Resonate Mediation & Arbitration
30 S 15th Street
15th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Tel: (215) 816-3100
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Recognized to Pennsylvania Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration Other ADR Services: Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Fact Finding, Insurance Umpire, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge, Special Master
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  • Practice Commenced: 2019
  • Total Mediations (as of Dec 2022): 60
  • Total Arbitrations (as of Dec 2022): 2
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Judge Lisa Rau (Ret.) founded Resonate Mediation and Arbitration LLC in December 2019 after serving for over 18 years on the highest state trial court. At Resonate, Judge Rau uses her judicial expertise as a private mediator, arbitrator, and judge in complex litigated civil cases. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Judge Rau developed her online skills to mediate and arbitrate cases to resolution when courts suspended trials. Currently, Judge Rau offers her services either online or in-person, depending upon counsels' preference.  Judge Rau also provides neutral case analysis, discovery dispute resolution, and mock trials. Judge Rau also launched an innovative online private jury trial service. In a private jury trial, Judge Rau presides over a virtual trial using existing law and procedures; paid citizen jurors selected by a jury research firm and screened by the parties deliver a final binding verdict. Judge Rau serves on the Online Courtroom Project Advisory Board developing best practices and recommendations for online court proceedings.

For more than 18 years, Judge Lisa Rau served as a trial judge and judicial team leader in one of the nation's highest volume jurisdictions, Pennsylvania's Court of Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia County. At the end of her judicial career, she was assigned exclusively to resolve high value and high priority civil matters due to her ability to mediate cases to resolution. Judge Rau was selected to serve as Team Leader, where for 5 years she managed every major civil case filed in Philadelphia County during a calendar year, up to 7,200 cases. As Team Leader, she resolved hundreds of major civil cases, presided over all discovery matters, handled pre-trial conferences, decided motions, and assigned cases for trial to a team of judges she supervised. Judge Rau engaged in daily settlement conferences that honed her mediation skills and allowed her to develop creative techniques for resolving cases. Throughout her judicial career, she presided in over a thousand trials, mostly civil jury trials. Judge Rau gained insight into case value and trial risks from jury verdicts and settlements.  In 2019, the Philadelphia Bar Association's Civil Litigation Section awarded Judge Rau the Bar Star for her contributions to their work.

Prior to the bench, Judge Rau was a civil litigator who specialized in the litigation and trial of complex employment and class action cases in federal court.

Case Experience

  • ADA Disability
  • Appellate
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Discrimination
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Elder Abuse
  • Employment
  • Engineering
  • Entertainment Sector
  • Family Businesses
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Labor/Unions
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Lemon Law
  • Libel & Slander
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Media & Communications
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Police
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Public Policy
  • Railroad & Trucking
  • Real Estate
  • Religious Institutions
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sports
  • Torts
  • Transportation
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Unfair Competition
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death


  • National Judicial College, MA in judicial studies; GPA 4.0 (2019);
    • Thesis: “The Philadelphia Experiment in Civil Case Management–Journey From Disaster to Model Court”
  • Stanford University Law School, J.D. (1987) Associate Editor, Stanford Law Review
  • Colgate University, B.A., Psychology (high honors) magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa (1981)
  • AAA, Multi-Party, Multi-Faceted Dispute Resolution: The Online Experience (>15 hours) (2021)
  • AAA, Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices (2021)
  • Straus Institute, Pepperdine University, Mediating the Litigated Case (40 hours) (2020) 
  • Center for Understanding in Conflict (2016, 2018, 2019)(>100 hours of mediation training)
  • National Judicial College:
    • Professional Certificate in Dispute Resolution Trial Skills (120 hours) (2013)
    • Mediation Course, 2013 (40-hour course for certification as mediator)
    • Professional Cert. in Judicial Development & Gen. Jurisdiction Trial Skills (120 hours) (2009)
  • ABA, IAM, AAA various trainings in mediation and arbitration (2020-present)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • AAA: Employment Mediation & Arbitration Panel; Settlement Judge and Special Master
  • CPR: Employment Disputes Panel-Northeast, Health Care and Life Sciences Panel, Judicial Panel, Product Liability Panel, Philadelphia ADR Panel
  • NADN:  Pennsylvania Chapter
  • IAM: Fellow
  • Online Courtroom Project, Advisory Board

Rates Information

Please, call for more details.   In most cases, Judge Rau uses a flat fee pricing schedule so that clients can predict the overall cost of the mediation.   When clients prefer an hourly rate, Judge Rau is happy to accommodate that request.  

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