Patrick C. Coughlan

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Experience:

Patrick Coughlan is the “go to” mediator for complex multi-party construction and insurance matters.  He also has extensive experience mediating intellectual property, mass tort, and catastrophic cases.  He has mediated over 20 billion dollars worth of cases to date and travels throughout the world to settle the most challenging matters.  He often hears: “I thought this case could never be settled” from participants after a settlement is obtained.

Patrick is particularly skilled at dealing with difficult people and situations.  He is able to build trust with all mediation participants in an effective and timely manner.  He is even-handed in his approach to participants and never plays favorites.  He comes to a mediation thoroughly prepared, and participants appreciate his understanding of the facts, the law, and each party’s perspective.

Through hard work, determination, and patience, he settles over 90% of his mediations.  Settling significant disputes is a process, and Patrick helps parties develop a methodology and procedure that helps assure success.

Patrick is a fully involved mediator who helps the parties focus on the important issues in a case and on the facts that impact those issues.  He sees his role as that of a “reality therapist” whose job it is to provide insights to participants and to help them focus on the risks of litigation.  He has the unique ability to deliver “bad news” in a manner that keeps the parties engaged.

Complex cases are co-mediated with his partner and son Devon Coughlan.  As co-mediators, they move the cases more efficiently and effectively.  They work with the parties to identify crucial issues, missing information, and impediments to settlement.  They help manage information sharing and discovery to expedite mediation and save the clients time and money.

Personal Information:

Patrick Coughlan is a graduate of Duke University where he was on the Dean’s List, Chairman of the Court of Appeals, Vice Present of the Senior Class, and played two varsity sports.

He has a JD degree from Duke Law School where held had an academic scholarship throughout law school, and was on the Moot Court Team.

Patrick served in the USAF as a Judge Advocate and was a Command Prosecutor for the Third Air Force in England during his military career.

He has extensive experience in business and has owned and managed a number of million dollar companies.  Patrick feels that his business experience makes him a more effective mediator because he understands the clients’ point of view.

He is married to Joyce Miskuf Coughlan, and they have six children, two of whom are lawyers.

Examples of Cases Mediated


  • The Big Dig  (The Central Artery/Tunnel Project)
  • Panama Canal construction and design
  • New York City MTA East Side Access
  • Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
  • Over 100 Schools, Universities, and Medical Centers
  • Numerous bridges & highways
  • Many Condominiums and Office Buildings
  • College Sports Facilities
  • Professional Sports Stadiums
  • Energy Facilities including nuclear, gas, waste to energy, wind, and solar
  • Water Treatment facilities

Product Liability/Medical Malpractice/Professional Malpractice:

Patrick’s record of resolving cases with challenging issues and emotionally invested participants is unsurpassed.  He often mediates cases where other mediators failed.  The very disputes that attorneys believe cannot settle are the ones that they routinely refer to Pat.

Examples are:

  • Catastrophic Burn Cases
  • Product Liability / Personal Injury Matters
  • Product Liability / Wrongful Death Cases
  • Nursing Home Negligence Cases
  • Medical Malpractice (many cases)
  • Legal, Accounting, Actuarial Malpractice (many and varied disputes)

Environmental Disputes:

Many of Pat’s environmental matters involve public, government, and corporations.  Pat has a unique skill in managing the emotional reaction of participants where the environment is concerned.  His cases often involve         toxic waste, oil refineries, dump sites, and clean-up and mitigation issues.

Examples are:

  • Oil spills
  • Remediation of toxic land
  • Toxic migration from leaks
  • Contaminated wells
  • Clean up disputes

Professional Associations:

  • International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, Member, Panels of Distinguished Neutrals
  • International Mediation Institute
  • International Academy of Mediators, Fellow, Director, Vice President, 1996-2005, Membership Chair, 1996-2001
  • American College of Civil Trial Mediators, Fellow
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
  • Member, Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Maine Association of Mediators, President 1990-1992
  • American Arbitration Association, Arbitrator
  • Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, Diplomate Member
  • Supreme Court of Florida Certified Circuit Court Mediator


  • 2006 – present: The Best Lawyers in America, practice areas of Arbitration and Mediation
  • 2010 – present: Best Lawyers, “Best Law Firms” Excellent ranking for Conflict Solutions
  • 2010 – Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition, Practice Area: Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 2006 – present: Florida Super Lawyer
  • 2007 – present: New England Super Lawyer
  • 2006 (Jan.) Designated one of “Lawdragon 500 Leading Judges in America”
  • Who’s Who in America, 1982-Date
  • Who’s Who in the World, 1983-1986; 2004-date
  • Who’s Who in California, 1982-1985
  • Who’s Who in American Law, 2010 – date
  • Who’s Who Legal: Mediation 2015 – date
  • Who’s Who Legal 2016 – Compendium Edition
  • Outstanding Service Award; World Affairs Council of Maine, 1989

Educational Background:

  • Nova University, Commercial Mediation Training
  • Harvard School of Negotiation, Seminar on Negotiation
  • School of Law, Duke University, J.D. Academic Scholarship throughout law school. Moot Court.
  • Duke University,Undergraduate, B.A. Dean’s List; Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities; Chairman, Court of Appeals; Vice President of Senior Class; Housemaster; Arnold Air Society; Distinguished Military Graduate; Varsity Lacrosse; Varsity Swimming.
  • Pingry School, High School, Elizabeth, N.J.

Writing & Speaking Engagements:

Throughout his mediation career, Mr Coughlan has been a featured speaker at bar meetings, seminars, corporations, and public meetings throughout the country.

Bar Memberships:

  • Maine State Bar, 1985-date
  • Florida Bar, 1965-date
  • California Bar, 1974-date
  • Supreme Court of the United States, 1968 – date
  • United States Federal Court, Southern District of Florida, 1971 – date
  • Central District of California, 1976 – date

Patrick Coughlan believes in making his community a better place and has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations as both an officer and board member.  He has been recognized for his work on numerous occasions and is listed in numerous biographical works such as Who’s Who in The World.

“I want to thank you for the effort you put into settling the…cases. I heard many positive compliments over the course of the day from insurance executives in the room, on the elevator and in the meetings. I personally felt you really made the difference. Thanks again.” R.G.

“Pat, Thank you for your very helpful input in these past few weeks in the…case. You were instrumental in getting the case resolved, when it looked like we were foundering…I greatly appreciate how you made things happen so that we could get this done.” W.D.

“I had a client who was not very enthusiastic about or open to mediation…changed her mind…because of Pat’s style.” C.R.

…thank you for your skillful intervention and in particular for taking the time to make follow-up calls to move this case to a final settlement. The proof is in the pudding and the value of your contribution, Pat, was evident in the outcome.” T.P.

Dear Pat, Thank you very much for your experienced and professional approach to yesterday’s mediation…If I have any further matters which might be appropriate for mediation, you can be certain that I will be calling you again.” M.M.

…pleasure meeting and working with you on…matter. I appreciate all of your good efforts in knocking both sides around to a point that resulted in successful settlement of the case. Pat, I also appreciate the personable manner in which you conducted the mediation.” R.C.