Robert A. McFarland, J.D.
& Training: University of
Baltimore School of Law; J.D., 1981 attended evening division while
employed with commercial department of Title Guarantee Company (subsequently
Chicago Title Insurance Company)
Background: Practiced for over twenty-four years in private practice and as Underwriting Counsel for branch office of Lawyers Title Insurance Corporation; senior management or consultant positions in Lawyers Title and other title companies; private practice in commercial and residential real estate, estates and trusts, domestic (divorce), guardianship, banking, commercial transactions, creditor-debtor relations, bankruptcy and litigation. Instructor in District Court of MD seminar on probate mediation with Hon. Joyce Baylor-Thompson of the Orphans Court for Baltimore City at Anne Arundel Community College; mediation training critique for Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education for Lawyers (MICPEL) and for the Maryland Judicial Training Center; former Adjunct Course Instructor, for real estate training through Community College of Baltimore County; former CLE Instructor, for Professional Education Services, Inc. (PESI)
Affiliations: Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution, certified mediator through performance-based evaluation program; current Treasurer; Maryland State Bar Association, ADR Section; Anne Arundel Bar Association, Chairman, ADR Committee; Baltimore County Bar Association, Vice-Chair, ADR Committee; Baltimore County Orphans Court ADR Advisory Committee, former Chairman and current member for formulating and implementing ADR program for Court; Anne Arundel County Orphans Court, working with Court in establishing ADR program; Panel Mediator for civil and domestic cases in the Circuit Courts for Anne Arundel and Frederick Counties and for civil cases in Circuit Court for Baltimore County; Panel Mediator for the Maryland Association of Realtors mediation program.
Mediation Experience: I have conducted over 175 mediations and facilitations in a wide range of areas, including domestic disputes (custody and visitation and financial issues) commercial contracts, insurance, workers compensation, personal tort, commercial and residential real estate, landlord-tenant, and estate and probate disputes.
Approach to Mediation: My approach to mediation is facilitative whereby I seek to help clients move from conflict to problem solving through listening and various questioning techniques. I help people organize their issues, identify their interests and work together to develop sensible ways of resolving their disputes. I apply my mediation training and experience aided by my substantive knowledge from my legal background. I get the greatest sense of satisfaction when I see people change from combatants to collaborators and come away on amicable terms.
Areas of Concentration: Domestic, real estate, estate & trust, commercial.
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