Over the years since 1965, Mr. Bellman has mediated in nearly every category of dispute. His work has ranged from the most ordinary civil and labor matters to international diplomacy. A significant portion of his practice has included high-profile, multi-party matters of public concern such as voter redistricting, controversial land-use determinations, large-scale environmental remediations, school district desegregation, state-wide education financing litigation, and Indian land claims. He has been appointed as a Master, or other court adjunct, by Federal and State Courts, including the Supreme Court of Ohio. He received the 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators.
Mr. Bellman has mediated in rule-making negotiations for a number of States (Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon) as well as the US EPA, Department of Interior, Department of Agriculture, Department of Education, Federal Trade Commission and Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Example mediation cases include Kalamazoo River and Housatonic River Superfund Site Cleanup Negotiations; Negotiations of penalties and restoration in complex stream, beach and reef cleanup litigation in Kauai, Hawaii; Klamath River Hydroelectric Facilities Relicensing Negotiations; Negotiations in the Clergy Sexual Abuse Mediation System of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee; employment discrimination litigation settlement negotiations in an urban police department; Negotiations under State law and Treaty Rights regarding off-reservation fishing involving violence against Indian fishers.
Local Government level examples include mediation of negotiations of funding for a shared sewers system, the development of a waterfront convention center, the siting of waste disposal facilities and a shared plan for increasing affordable housing.
As an arbitrator, Mr. Bellman’s practice has been mainly, although not exclusively, labor arbitration under collective bargaining agreements. He has served as a "permanent umpire" specified by a number of such agreements.
Howard S. Bellman
82 Oak Creek Trail
Madison WI 53717