John D. Rothman

Mediator | Arbitrator | Attorney

Areas of Expertise -- Appellate, Auto Negligence, Business, Civil Rights, Class Action, Construction, Eminent Domain, Employment, Environmental, Insurance & Bad Faith, Medical Malpractice, Nursing Home, Oil & Gas, Personal Injury, Probate, Professional Negligence, Real Estate, Regulatory

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After graduating B.A. Cum Laude from Harvard University in 1977 and receiving his Juris Doctorate from Boston University School of Law in 1981, John Rothman began his legal career as an Oklahoma Assistant Attorney General under Mike Turpen from 1983-1985, writing Attorney General Opinions and defending state agencies. From 1985-1992, he worked in private practice in Tulsa, primarily on commercial litigation.

He has been a full-time ADR practitioner since 1992 (first mediation conducted in 1986) and has conducted in excess of 4,000 mediations and dozens of arbitrations. John joined the panel of mediators and arbitrators at DRC in March 2013.


  • Boston University School of Law -- Juris Doctor, 1981
  • Harvard University -- B.A. Cum Laude Government, 1977
  • Honorary Harvard National Scholarship Recipient, 1974-1977
  • Groton School, Groton, Massachusetts -- Cum Laude, 1973

Bar Admissions/Approved Appointments

  • Member, Oklahoma Bar Association since 1983
  • Appointed Special Master by the United States District Court for the Northern District Oklahoma (Mass Tort Case)
  • Appointed Special Master by Tulsa County District Court (Class Action/Attorney Fees)

Teaching Positions

  • University of Tulsa Law School - Adjunct Instructor of Appellate Advocacy
  • Tulsa Junior College Paralegal Program - Adjunct Instructor of Corporation and Partnership Law

Professional Affiliations

  • Board of Directors Association of Attorney Mediators
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Oklahoma (State) and Tulsa County Bar Associations

Published Works

  • 1995 - Authored & Published "A Lawyer's Practical Guide to Mediation" (available on
  • 1989 - Authored "Mediation from the Plaintiff Attorney's Perspective" - The Advocate, Sept-Oct
  • 1985 - Authored "Board Composition and Due Process. The Right to an Unbiased Tribunal", Oklahoma Bar Journal, Vol. 56 No. 41

CLE Speaking Engagements

  • 1996, OTLA - "Nuts & Bolts of Litigation"
  • 1996, American Inns of Court - “ADR Program”
  • 1998, TCBA - “Civil Mediation”
  • 1998, Oklahoma County Bar - “Civil Mediation”
  • 1999, OBA - “The New District Court Mediation Act”
  • 1999, OBA - “Mediation Arbitration & Negotiating Settlements”
  • 2000, OBA - “Insurance Law 2000 Update”
  • 2002, Association of Attorney-Mediators - “Full Settlement Authority: What Does That Mean?”
  • 2002, OBA/ADR Section - “Full Settlement Authority: Confronting the Myth and Dealing with the Reality”
  • 2002, Association of Attorney-Mediators - "Presenting the Truth: Credible"
  • 2004, Association of Attorney-Mediators - "Arbitration Pitfalls & Practices
  • 2004, Association of Attorney-Mediators - "Alternative Dispute Resolution"
  • 2005, Muskogee Bar Association - “Arbitration Pitfalls & Practice Strategies”
  • 2005, Association of Attorney-Mediators - "Advocacy at Mediation: Redundant Ritual or Useful Opportunity”
  • 2005, OTLA - "Advocacy in Mediation"
  • 2006, OBA - "Hold 'Em, Fold 'Em or Raise" - Speaker
  • 2007, Association of Attorney-Mediators - “Recommended Settlement Figures, Mediator’s Number and Other Post-Mediation Mechanisms to Finalize Settlements”
  • 2008, Association of Attorney-Mediators - “Available By Telephone: Practical and Ethical Tips on Handling This Imperfect Situation”
  • 2009, Association of Attorney-Mediators - “Joint Sessions and Attorney Advocacy at Mediation: How to Effectively Manage This Increasingly Controversial Part of the Mediation Program”
  • 2010, Association of Attorney-Mediators -”Marketing Your Mediation Practice”
  • 2010, Association of Attorney-Mediators - “Thorny (and Common) Ethical Dilemmas"
  • 2013, Oklahoma Paralegal Association - "Ethical Challenges in Mediation"
  • 2014, Association of Attorney Mediators - "Joint Sessions: Helpful Tool or Anachronism"

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