“My key to success is being willing to think outside the box. I view every challenge as an opportunity.” – Sharon B. Eckstein
Eckstein Conflict Resolution Services based in Ardmore, PA offers a variety of services – mediation, facilitation, conflict coaching, training – to help parties solve contentious legal issues and conflicts.
Sharon B. Eckstein is an attorney, expert mediator and dispute resolution professional with over 20 years of experience in the conflict resolution field. She has a particular focus on disputes involving those who have had prior relationships or who maintain ongoing contact – employment and workplace, family matters, business partnerships, organizational boards, institutions of higher learning, condo/HOA owners, and community land use disputes. Ms. Eckstein also arbitrates cases in each of these areas.A member of the clinical faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Law School since 2006, Ms. Eckstein teaches, trains and supervises law students enrolled in the Mediation Clinic and advanced mediation clinical courses. Prior to her position at Penn Law, she was an adjunct faculty professor at Temple University James Beasley School of Law where she focused on law student mediation skill development in its mediation clinical program. Ms. Eckstein has served as a mediation coach and trainer for federal employees, court-annexed attorney mediators, and Human Relations Commission members and is actively involved in mediation education.
Ms. Eckstein serves on the the mediation panel of the American Arbitration Association, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, and the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, as well as a member of the arbitration panel with FINRA and the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.
Ms. Eckstein began her career in public interest law followed by years of practice focusing on employment, family and adoption law matters. She was integrally involved in legal efforts to gain equal parenting rights for the LGBT community. She represented the first gay couples to successfully adopt children in both Philadelphia and Bucks counties. During this time, she frequently served as an instructor in adoption law practice for Philadelphia area attorneys.
Ms. Eckstein received her Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and her Bachelor of Arts in English, summa cum laude, from Queens College of the City University of New York where she was a Belle Zeller Scholar, member of Phi Beta Kappa, and the recipient of the English Department Award.
Ms. Eckstein recently served as the chair of the Lower Merion Human Relations Commission and was a member of this Commission since its establishment in 2011. She previously served as its vice-chair and was responsible for designing and implementing its groundbreaking mediation program.
She is committed to working to improve acceptance and inclusion for all and believes that promoting dialogue and civil discourse are natural outgrowths of her conflict resolution experience.
Ms. Eckstein currently serves as a board member with the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) and is a former chair of its Membership Enhancement Committee. An active member of the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section, she presented at its 2021 annual conference and served as co -chair of the 2020 Mediation Week. Involved in her local community, Ms. Eckstein serves as a volunteer mediator with the Philadelphia Eviction Diversion program which was created to address the impact of the pandemic and has been a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association since joining the bar.
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