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Joel S. Pretz

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400 Ridge Road
Zelienople, PA 16063

Description of Practice

I have averaged more than 100 mediations each year while managing the Mediation Program from 1991 until 2012, concentrating on Employment Discrimination cases with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. I am also one of 9 professionals on the panel of mediators for the Univesity of Pittsburgh Medical Centers' Intermediation Program since its inception in 2005. I have mediated numerous cases through the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania since its program began in 2006.

Professional Background

Over 35 years as a professional with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Created the Mediation Program in the Pittsburgh Area Office in 1997, managing the program and conducting Mediation Conferences. I recruit mediators, mentor, direct internships, provide technical assistance and guidance, marketing mediation through outreach activities, lecturer and guest speaker at seminars and training forums.


Received Basic Mediation Training, from USA & M of the Northeast, Inc. in Pittsburgh, PA , 20 hours, May 1996. Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator Training, US EEOC, Washington DC, 40 hurs, March 1999. Conflict Resolution, Pittsburgh Mediation Center, 15 hours, March 1999. Advanced Transformative, United States Postal Service, Cleveland, OH, 20 hours, October, 1999. Basic Mediation, Pittsburgh Mediation Center, 24 hours, April 2000. Advanced Mediation, Kim Bobrowsky, Pittsburgh, PA, 8 hurs, April 2000. Managing Conflict in Health Care, Amerinet Central, Warrendale, PA 8 hours, September 2000. Empmloyment Mediation, EEOC, Philadelphia, 18 hours, April 22001. Advanced ADR, EEOC, Pittsburgh, PA 8 hours, March 2004 Psychology of Conflict, Mediation Counsel of W.P., 2 hours, October 2011. Family Mediation, Effective Mediator Interventions, Mediation Counsel of WP, 1.5 hours, November, 2011 Family Mediation, Same Sex Partners, Mediation Counsel of WP, 1.5 hours, December, 2011. Effective Decision-Making , Mediation Counsel of WP, 3 hours, February 2012. When Talk Works: Techniques of Master Mediators, Mediation Counsel of WP, 1.5 hours, February 1012. Family Mediations, Co-Mediators, Mediation Counsel of WP, 1.5 hours, March 2011. Family Mediations, Social Security and Issues of Divorce, Mediation Counsel of WP, 1.5 hours, April 2012. Family Mediations, Grieving and Divorce, Mediation Counsel of WP, 1.5 hours, May 2012.


Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA in 1971.


If the parties to a dispute want to find a solution, mediation is the mature collaborative process I enjoy managing to a meaningful resolutionl. This enables the parties to move on with their lives and leave the stifling morass of what happened, why, and what could I have done to avoid this mess, behind.


I charge $3000.00 for each day spent conducting a mediation conference, plus expenses.

Areas of Practice

  • ADA
  • Automotive
  • Civil (general)
  • Community
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • General
  • Health Care
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Police
  • Sexual Harrassment
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Facilitator

This dispute resolution professional keeps liability insurance.