Michael Colatrella Jr.
Associate Professor of Law
B.A., Rutgers University
J.D., Seton Hall University
LL.M., New York University
Professor Colatrella is an expert in alternative dispute resolution, including, mediation, negotiation and conflict management. He is co-author of the interdisciplinary text Mediation -- Skills & Techniques (Lexis/Nexis 2008) that is widely used in law schools, graduate schools, and schools of diplomacy. Prior to joining the faculty at McGeorge, he served as Director of Southern Methodist University's Center for Dispute Resolution & Conflict Management in Dallas, Texas. Among his contributions to the Center were the development of a Master of Arts in conflict management, the establishment of a Mediation Clinic and the creation of a series of international programs. He also served as a full‑time Lecturer-in-Law from 2000-05 at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law where he taught Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy.
Before pursuing a full-time academic career, Professor Colatrella was a litigator in New Jersey at Reed Smith Shaw & McClay, which is listed among The American Lawyer's top 100 law firms in the United States. He also has experience working for both trial and appellate courts. He clerked at the New Jersey Superior Court for Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, now Senior Judicial Analyst for Fox News, and served an internship on the United States Court of Appeals for Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr., now Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Professor Colatrella is a court-approved mediator in California, Texas, New Jersey and Kansas, and a former member of the Association of American Law Schools' Executive Committee for Dispute Resolution. Since 1991, he has mediated disputes involving employment contracts, commercial contracts, consumer fraud suits, personal injury, and commercial and residential leases. Professor Colatrella also educates corporate executives and business people in a wide variety of conflict management and human relations matters. He has consulted for public and private organizations such as Ericsson, Lockheed Martin, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, EDS, Alliance Data, Tenet Health Systems, Frito Lay and FEMA.
Courses: Mediation, Negotiation & Settlements, Prisoner Civil Rights Clinic, Professional Responsibility