Weiss, Jerome F.


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Jerome F.

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Weiss, Jerome F.

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2935 Belvoir Oval


Shaker Heights



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Practice Description

As a neutral whose work has evolved over the past 20 years into an exclusively mediation-related practice, Jerome F. Weiss has drawn on his academic and practical experience and his years of work as a litigator, to accomplish a high success rate in the meaningful disposition of cases through alternative dispute resolution. Jerry benefited from his early experience in federal grant work, managing projects that addressed the backlog of cases through the use of early intervention/mediation in several major metropolitan areas in the United States. This experience in related issues and systems was invaluable in sharpening his mediation understanding and skills. As a private mediator and a mediator sitting on both Federal and State Panels, he has mediated a broad variety of cases. (See, TYPES OF MEDIATION PRACTICE.) As a litigator representing an extensive assortment of cases and clients in many forums, Jerry has further developed his understanding of the problems facing litigants and their counsel in the resolution of disputes. Jerry’s consultation and participation as a neutral has been sought by individuals and institutions both regionally and nationally.


Jerry Weiss received his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and his Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University. His strong reputation as a Cleveland commercial mediator, with broad subject matter and facilitation expertise, is based in large measure on a previous law practice that emphasized civil litigation in a variety of cases including representation of parties in antitrust, RICO/fraud, general commercial, civil rights litigation, employment, tort and injury and other complex issues and subjects. He is the first lawyer in Cleveland, Ohio to have dedicated his practice entirely to ADR and mediation-related activities. He has successfully mediated a broad range of state and federal disputes, both regionally and nationally.Jerry is also an adjunct Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law where he co-teaches Mediation Representation: Theory, Principle and Practice, a course he conceived and designed. He frequently lectures at local and national educational events and has been a perennial presenter on mediation topics for the ABA and various litigation bar functions. He serves on numerous ADR sections and committees in several professional associations, including service as a Trustee of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and Chair of that Association’s ADR Committee and he is listed in the Best Lawyers in America©, Ohio Super Lawyers© and in the Martindale Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers as AV preeminent, Martindale’s highest rating. He is listed in U.S. News-Best Lawyers© Best Law Firms Tier 1 in ADR. He has written extensively on mediation-related topics and has lectured throughout the United States and internationally.Jerry has experience conducting commercial mediations with international companies, which have involved representatives from the United States, Great Britain, Asia and EU countries. He holds dual U.S. and German citizenship. He is on many lawyers’ and disputants’ short list of go-to neutrals for the most difficult and complex disputes.

Education / Training

Beyond general mediation training, Jerry has received training in several specific areas of mediation including Advanced Skills in Commercial and Construction Mediation, Process Technique, Disclosure Technique, Employment Dispute Resolution Systems, Training Lawyers in Mediation Advocacy, Federal Court Special Masters Skills, Mediation Advocacy Practices, Evaluative Mediation, and Intuitive Inquiry. He has been involved in the training of lawyers and neutrals in mediation.He has participated in advanced training in subject matters including the Mediator’s Role in Commercial Mediation, Impasse Breaking Techniques in Complex Mediation, Advanced Negotiation Skills and Mediation Techniques, Complex Issues in Business Dispute Resolution, Ethics in Mediation, Advanced Skills for Settling Employment Cases, and Advanced Skills for Mediating Complex Cases.

Professional Association Memberships

ACR – Association for Conflict Resolution (formerly SPIDR – Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution)American Bar Association (Section of Alternative Dispute Resolution)MANO – Mediation Association of Northeast OhioOMA – Ohio Mediation AssociationJudicial Conference of the Eighth Judicial District of OhioFederal Panel of the U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio (of Mediators and Evaluators)Cleveland Bar Association Board of Trustees (1990-1993), Grievance Committee (past Chair), Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution (Chair 2005-2006), Judicial Selection Committee