Marvin Johnson is a nationally recognized mediator, arbitrator, and trainer with more than 27 years of dispute resolution experience. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution, the first dispute resolution center founded at a historically black university.
Mr. Johnson provides dispute resolution and diversity workshops and lectures extensively on the subject of conflict management. He has arbitrated and mediated thousands of cases in the fields of employment, labor-management, consumer, business and community relations and has trained over 10,000 people in various forms of dispute resolution processes. Two Presidents of the United States (Clinton and Obama), a Secretary of the United States Department of State (Rice), a Governor of Maryland (Glendening), a Chief Judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals (Bell), and the County Executive for Prince George’s County (Baker), have recognized Mr. Johnson’s dispute resolution expertise by appointing him to the Federal Service Impasses Panel, the Foreign Service Grievance Board, the Maryland State Labor Relations Board, the Maryland Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission (now the Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office or MACRO), and the Prince George’s County Public Employee Relations Board, respectively. Mr. Johnson serves on numerous national and regional dispute resolution panels, including the American Arbitration Association National Roster of Neutrals, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, JAMS the Resolution Experts, and the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution Employment and Fair Housing Panels.
Mr. Johnson received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Catholic University. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Kent State University and a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin. Mr. Johnson has worked for the Department of Labor, the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, the National Treasury Employees Union, the National Football League Players’ Association, the National Academy of Conciliators, and was Professor of Labor Relations, Law, and Dispute Resolution at Bowie State University for 16 years. He is Immediate Past President of the International Academy of Mediators (IAM) and has served on the Boards of the ABA’s Section of Dispute Resolution, the Association for Conflict Resolution, and IAM.