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James E. Grumbach, Mediator & Arbitrator, Wellesley, Massachusetts.

James E. Grumbach

Boston Law Collaborative, LLC
80 William Street
Suite 200
Wellesley, MA 02481
Tel: (617) 439-4700
Cell: 508-820-5919
Fax: (617) 439-0700
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Recognized to Massachusetts Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Court-Appointed Neutral (Special Master), Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Fact Finding, Insurance Umpire, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge
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  • Practice Commenced1979
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Current Practice
Online / In-Person


I served as a volunteer mediator beginning in 1979. Cases involved minor criminal matters, family and neighborhood disputes, landlord-tenant disputes, consumer-merchant disputes, divorces, etc. Since 1988 I have mediated disputes pending in the courts, administrative agencies, private dispute resolution agencies and by referral. Cases include commercial and contract disputes, employment disputes, discrimination claims, insurance disputes, construction claims, internal corporate/partnership disputes, divorces, real estate claims, loan workouts, lease disputes, product liability, lead paint, professional liability, medical and other professional malpractice and personal injury claims.

I have also served as a commercial arbitrator and case evaluator since approximately 1988, as well as a discovery master. I have served as a hearing officer for Dalkon Shield liability claims, and for employment terminations in connection with the severance plan of a large corporation.

Case Experience

  • Appellate
  • Automotive
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial/Business
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Discrimination
  • Divorce (High Asset)
  • Employment
  • Family Businesses
  • Insurance
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Real Estate
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Torts
  • Transportation
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Unfair Competition
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA
  • Wrongful Death


I received a B.A. in Art History from Yale University in 1973 and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1977. I became a member of the Massachusetts Bar in December 1977; the Bar of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts in 1978; and the Bar of the United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit in 1980.

Memberships & Affiliations

I am, or in the past have been, a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, the Association for Conflict Resolution, the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Frank Murray Inn of Courts. I served as an associate member, a regular member and chairman of the Town of Wayland, Zoning Board of Appeals, from 1999 to 2009; have been a member of the Town of Wayland, Economic Development Committee, since 2013; and have been Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of Public Insurance Adjusters, since May 2005.

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