Office Location:
280 Granite Run Drive, Suite 300
Lancaster, PA 17601

Email: mc@optimaladr.com
Phone:
(717) 941-1213

Matthew Chabal, III, Esq.

Mediator/Arbitrator

Matthew Chabal, III, Esq., a trained and experienced mediator and arbitrator, draws upon his 30 years as a construction lawyer and commercial litigator and his 30 years as a Naval Officer to provide alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services. Matt has mediated and arbitrated commercial, construction, employment, intellectual property, and employment cases. He has served as an advocate and a neutral in ADR processes for his entire career on claims ranging from a few thousand dollars to hundreds of millions of dollars. He is a Certified Mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and a panelist for the Dauphin County Bar Association Mediation Program.

Matt is an experienced construction and commercial litigation attorney. Recently, he was a partner at a law firm in Hershey, PA and earlier in his career was a partner at Duane Morris LLP, one of the largest law firms in the country. After receiving his J.D., he served as a law clerk to the Hon. William W. Caldwell in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Matt has written and lectured on construction law topics, arbitration, and mediation and serves on various related committees.

A former Navy pilot, Matt retired from the U.S. Navy in 2007 with the rank of Captain (O-6) after 30 years of service. Following his flying tours, Matt was assigned as a Deputy Inspector General, completed two tours in the Pentagon (Office of the Chief of Naval Operations), commanded a Navy Reserve Unit, and served as a Navy Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer (NEPLO). As a Navy Reservist, he was activated in 2001 and assigned to the Pentagon following 9/11 and in 2005 for recovery efforts during Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

Professional Career

  • Partner, James Smith Dietterick & Connelly LLP, 2003-2020
  • Partner, Duane Morris LLP, 1997-2003
  • Associate, Duane Morris LLP, 1989-1996
  • Judicial Law Clerk, Hon. William W. Caldwell, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1987-1989
  • Naval Officer/Pilot, U.S. Navy, 1977-2007

Education:

  • Dickinson School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1987
  • United States Naval Academy, B.S. in Physics, 1977

ADR Training:

  • How to Conduct Virtual Arbitrations and Mediations, 2020
  • Mindful in Mediation, 2016
  • Best Practices in Middle District Mediation, 2016
  • Mediator Ethics, 2016
  • Mediating Employment Law Cases, 2016
  • Mastering Decision Analysis for Mediation, 2015
  • Moneyball for Negotiation, 2014
  • Winning Mediation Strategies, 2014
  • Advanced Mediation Refresher, 2013
  • Dauphin County Bar Association Mediation Program Orientation, 2011
  • Prosando v. High Tech Mediation Demonstration, 2011
  • Mock Mediation/Pre-Mediation Preparation, 2011
  • Mock Meditation/Tools for Mediator Evaluation, 2010
  • Mediation Advocacy Training Program, 2010
  • Mediating the Settlement of Insured Claims and Other Monetary Disputes, 2010
  • Mediating Special Education Disputes, 2008
  • Advanced Mediation Skill Training: Evaluative Mediation and Distributive Bargaining, 2008
  • Mediating Employment and Civil Rights Cases, 2007
  • Introductory Mediation Skills Training, 2006

Recognitions:

  • U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Meritorious Service Medal
  • U.S. Department of the Navy, Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards)
  • U.S. Department of the Navy, Navy Commendation Medal (2 awards)
  • U.S. Department of the Army, Army Achievement Medal
  • U.S. Department of the Navy, Humanitarian Service Medal

Professional Memberships:

  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Construction Law, Litigation Section, Public Contracts Law Section, Section of Dispute Resolution
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee
  • Dauphin County Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
  • Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Keystone Chapter
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Military Officers Association of America
  • Association of the U.S. Navy
  • National Eagle Scout Association
  • U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association & Foundation