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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
American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 1987

University of Notre Dame, B.S.Ch.E, 1983

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
American Bar Association

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Lancaster Bar Association