Edward Hartfield is the President of the Hartfield Resolution Group (HRG). HRG provides mediation, arbitration, and other third party neutral services, including the design of innovative programs in negotiation, alternative dispute resolution processes, union management collaboration, partnering, and grievance resolution systems.
Edward has been involved as a dispute resolution professional for over 36 years, including Commissioner with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and appointed by both Presidents Clinton and Obama to serve as a Member of the Federal Service Impasses Panel, a seven-person panel established to resolve disputes in the Federal Government. Edward has also served as the International President of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR) and as a State Mediator for the New Jersey Office of Dispute Settlement. Ed also serves on the Board of the Detroit Chapter of the Labor and Employment Research Association (LERA).
HRG has conducted training programs in the Mutual Gains Approach to Negotiation and Problem-Solving for union-management clients throughout the country. Ed has authored numerous articles on labor relations including, “The Secret of Movement,” “The Neutral Makes the Difference,” and “Becoming a Neutral”.
Ed has also facilitated a number of public policy disputes involving issues such as the Atlantic City Casinos and various environmental and land use disputes. Having lived and worked in Japan for a number of years, Edward regularly trains Western and Japanese companies in how to negotiate and do business with one another. Edward is listed in several directories of Japan and Asia specialists, including On the Record: A Media Directory of Japan Specialists in the United States and Japan, and Access Asia: A Guide to Specialists and Current Research.
Mr. Hartfield is active in the design and training of large system dispute resolution processes and served on the Michigan Supreme Court Task Force on Dispute Resolution, and the Michigan State Court Administrative Office Task Force on Confidentiality.