About Sam Margulies

Sam Margulies, Ph.D., J.D.

Nationally-Renown Divorce Mediator, Consultant & Coach

Sam Margulies, Ph.D., J.D., is one of the most experienced mediators in the United States. Since 1980, he has mediated hundreds of civil disputes and approximately four thousand divorces including many complex multi-million dollar matters.

Author of several books on divorce, Sam Margulies is an empathetic and knowledgeable guide through the difficult journey of divorce. Residing in North Carolina but helping clients all over the world, contact Sam with your questions and to talk about your divorce.

Since 1983, Dr. Margulies been engaged in training divorce mediators and has conducted civil mediation training programs. In 1983, he became president of the New Jersey Council on Divorce Mediation and designed the first hands-on training program in which trainers mediated divorces under direct observation and supervision of faculty. In 1990, Dr. Margulies became director of the Institute for Dispute Resolution of the Seton Hall Law School. He has taught graduate courses in mediation at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has provided specialized training programs in negotiation and mediation to corporations and educational systems.

Professional Memberships:

Sam Marguiles has been a member of the following professional organizations.

  • American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution
  • New Jersey Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Practitioner member, North Carolina Association of Family Mediators
  • Practitioner member and one of three original Founders of the Academy of Family Mediators
  • Associate member, New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators
  • American Arbitration Association Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution
Education
  • J.D. Rutgers Law School
  • Ph.D. Political Science, University of Oregon
  • M.A. International Relations, New York University
  • B.S. Psychology, New York University
  • Other ADR Experience

Dr. Margulies has served as arbitrator in numerous cases for the American Arbitration Association as well as in numerous matters contracted directly by the parties.

He developed New Jersey’s first divorce arbitration program in 1990 and has served as arbitrator in numerous divorces.

He has also provided negotiation coaching for businesses and individuals.

From 1978-1986, he was engaged in private practice in law and served as negotiator for innumerable contracts and settlements.

A National Practice

What is a national mediation practice?

It is not easy to find an experienced divorce mediator. In many places, numerous attorneys and other professionals seek mediation clients — but many of them have little or no experience in mediation. In other places, particularly rural areas mediation is practically unheard of and local lawyers either don’t know about it or view it as a threat.

Sam’s national presence is largely due to the fact that for decades he has been writing books and articles that have been read throughout the country. Over the years, Sam has received many calls and e-mails asking if he can recommend a mediator in Alabama or Maine or other places. For example, recently a woman called from Mississippi. She had read about mediation on the internet and had seen Sam’s website and downloaded and read his free book — but no one in her area knew anything about it. Unfortunately, this happens too often.

After years of being unable to help people find an experienced mediator Sam decided to do something about it. He started offering mediation services by phone or video conference. It has worked very well and distance has not proved to be much of an obstacle. Sam has been doing this for years now and has mediated cases in over twenty five states.

Contact is initially made by phone and video conferencing can be arranged although most people prefer the simplicity of phone conferencing. Why do people do it this way? Because the most important credential for mediation is experience. Very few mediators have enough business to practice full time. So most people claiming expertise in divorce mediation are also divorce lawyers and therapists who use mediation to supplement their other practices. Very few mediators have had a hundred cases. Even fewer have mediated a thousand cases. And there are only a handful of mediators with thirty years of experience and thousands of cases completed.

If you need a mediator and cannot find one in your area who has the experience you seek, you may want to consider having Sam mediate your divorce settlement. This service is also used by couples living in different locations or couples who for one reason or another cannot be in the same room together. If you want more information call Sam and discuss the possibility.

Reach out anytime for more information. You are under no obligation and it would be my pleasure to answer your questions. (336) 669-3141 or e-mail: sam@sammargulies.com

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