Howard S.Bellman, Esquire

82 Oak Creek Trail
Madison, WI 53717

Phone: 608 / 826-4020
Fax: 608 / 826-4015
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Howard Bellman is the recipient of the ACCTM 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mr. Bellman has served as a mediator in a very broad variety of statutory, contractual, and tort suits. He has provided assessment, design and facilitator/mediator services in a great number of public policy based negotiations. These have included State and Federal negotiated rulemaking procedures; permitting processes in many jurisdictions; and disputes among Municipal, State and Federal governmental entities. Often these procedures may be characterized as high-profile and politically sensitive with numerous parties and technical issues. He has served as mediator in negotiations for collective bargaining agreements assisting in the development of grievance procedures for unrepresented employees. He has mediated extensively in the settlement of employment based litigation including discriminatoin, disabilities, labor standards and individual employment contract disputes. Mr. Bellman has been a pioneer in the field of environmental dispute resolution including litigation settlements under Federal and State statutes, Superfund cases, remediation, cost-recovery and natural resources damages actions. Mr. Bellman is an experienced mediator of disputes based on the statutory and treaty rights of Indian tribes. In addition he institutes a mediation approach to the facilitation of "internal" discussions useful in business transactions, the development of shared political stragegies, establishment of protocols among colleagues and other desired consensus-based outcomes.

Types of Cases Mediated

  • Americans w/Disabilities Act
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Contracts
  • Discrimination
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • General Mediation
  • Harassment
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • International
  • Labor Management
  • Land Use
  • Municipal
  • Organizational
  • Personal Injury
  • Public Policy
  • Special Education
  • Workplace

MEMBER: 2003



Mr. Bellman served as a state labor mediator from 1965-1976 and has been engaged exclusively in the private practice of mediation, arbitration, and other dispute settlement services since 1976, except for 1983-1986 when he was Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Industry, Labor & Human Relations. Since the mid-1970's he has assisted disputing parties in the design of innovative procedures, and pioneered the application of mediation to environmental, public policy and other complex disputes. Much of his current work is in the settlement of pending litigation. Mr. Bellman is an Attorney and also a Fellow at the Policy Consensus Center in the College of Urban and Public Affiars at Portland State University and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Wisconsin Law School and the Marquette University Graduate Program in Dispute Resolution.


B.A., Political Science - 1959
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

LL.B - 1962
University of Cincinnati,Cincinnati, OH

LL.M., Labor Law - 1963
New York University, New York City, NY

Admitted to Practice Law in Ohio and Wisconsin
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