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Successful Mediation - Practical Tips From a Mediator's Perspective 2014

Speaker(s): Robert L. Holzberg
Recorded on: Jul. 24, 2014
PLI Program #: 59848

Robert L. Holzberg, Connecticut Superior Court Judge (Ret.), leads the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) practice at Pullman & Comley, serving as a mediator, arbitrator and private judge in a wide range of complex civil matters in both state and federal courts. He retired from the bench in September 2012 after more than 22 years of service as a Superior Court judge.

Retired Judge Holzberg was appointed to the Superior Court in 1990 by Governor William O'Neill. While on the bench he served as the presiding judge for civil matters in the Middlesex, New Britain and Waterbury judicial districts, and most recently served as the Administrative Judge and Presiding Judge-Civil for Middlesex Judicial District. During his career, he earned a reputation for his skill in crafting settlements in some of Connecticut's highest profile and most complex cases and became one of the state's most sought-after mediators.

He has received several awards, including the 2011 Connecticut Bar Association's Henry J. Naruk Award, given to a member of the judiciary who epitomizes long-term, dedicated and conscientious service to the community, possesses the highest integrity, and has made substantial contributions to the administration of justice in Connecticut. In 2005 he received the Hon. Robert F. Zampano Award for Excellence in Mediation and in 1998 received the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association Judicial Award.

Before his appointment to the bench, he was on the faculty of the University of Connecticut School of Law and also served as an Assistant Public Defender in the Office of the Chief Public Defender.

Professional Affiliations

CT Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals

Community Involvement

Connecticut Legal Services - board of directors
Connecticut Law Tribune - editorial board member

Honors & Awards

Connecticut Bar Association Henry J. Naruk Award - 2011
Hon. Robert F. Zampano Award for excellence in mediation - 2005
Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association Judicial Award - 1998

Practice Areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Bar and Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut


J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law, 1978
B.A., Brown University, 1974