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John W. Fieldsteel, Mediator & Arbitrator, Needham, Massachusetts.

John W. Fieldsteel

Fieldsteel Dispute Resolution LLC
980 Central Avenue
Needham, MA 02492
Tel: (617) 794 0695
Cell: 6177940695
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Recognized to Massachusetts Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration

Regularly travels out of state to: Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont

Other ADR Services: Court-Appointed Neutral (Special Master), Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Facilitation & Systems Design, Fact Finding, Insurance Umpire, Mini-Trial Judge
Video Conferencing
  • Practice Commenced1987
  • # of MEDS (as of 14/7/24)1400
  • # of ARBS (as of 14/7/24)300
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


Mr. Fieldsteel has been repeatedly selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer, New England Super Lawyer and in The Boston Globe’s Boston’s Best Lawyers for his work in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and has the highest (AV) rating from Martindale Hubbell.

For many years he has devoted all of his time to his ADR practice and has served as a neutral in approximately 1750 cases, including as an arbitrator, mediator, master, auditor, facilitator and case evaluator.

He is a member of the National Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators of the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) and other ADR organizations. At the AAA, he has chaired and participated in numerous educational and professional programs and has served on the Construction Advisory Board. He serves on the Dispute Resolution Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association and is Chair of its Best Practices Committee. He has also been appointed by the Judges of the Superior Courts in Suffolk, Middlesex, Norfolk, Bristol and Worcester Counties to sit as a Master, Mediator, Auditor and/or Arbitrator. Mr. Fieldsteel’s law practice was in the area of civil litigation with an emphasis in design/construction, environmental, employment, insurance, education, professional liability, municipal and contract law. He has authored law review and other articles and has presented numerous lectures and seminars on ADR and in areas of law involved in his practice.

Case Experience

  • Appellate
  • Bankruptcy/Creditors
  • Commercial/Business
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debt Collections
  • Discrimination
  • Education
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Family Businesses
  • Franchise
  • Insurance
  • Labor/Unions
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Nursing Homes
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Real Estate
  • Religious Institutions
  • Sports
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Unfair Competition
  • Utilities


  • DARTMOUTH COLLEGE, (A.B. Cum Laude, with Distinction in Government Major-1972)
  • BOSTON UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL, (J.D.-1976) - Recipient of American Jurisprudence Award

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Massachusetts Bar Association –  Was member of Dispute Resolution Section Council and Chair, Best Practices Committee
  • Boston Bar Association – Past member; Was a member of ADR and Construction Subcommittees
  • Needham Education Foundation - Board of Directors, 1997-2000

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