LOCONTO ADR

An Arbitrator and Mediator in Workplace and Commercial Disputes 

Trusted across labor and management

Michael Loconto is a Boston-based arbitrator and mediator providing neutral, independent dispute resolution services in the workplace and in business and consumer matters.

Arbitrator Loconto is available to parties by direct appointment and through the American Arbitration Association's Roster of Arbitrators on the Labor, Employment, Pension/ERISA and Consumer panels.  Arbitrator Loconto is also available in labor disputes in New England through the Labor Relations Connection, nationally and internationally through the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, via the National Mediation Board for rail and airline disputes, the Surface Transportation Board for rail rate disputes, and through a number of state, local and territorial agencies and other private rosters in contracts, consumer and employment matters. 

Prepared
Arbitrator Loconto has trained with AAA and the FMCS Institute. He has apprenticed under two members of the National Academy of Arbitrators in labor, employment and MPPAA disputes. His industry experience includes K-12 and higher education, skilled and manual trades, construction (including project labor agreements and jurisdictional disputes), public safety, dining services, athletics, public sector, beverages, financial services and technology workers. Specific issues include: discipline and discharge; drug testing; contract interpretation; pay and wage differentials; benefits; disability; discrimination and harassment; FMLA; FLSA; USERRA; Title IX; and, related state and federal laws.

Experienced
Arbitrator Loconto has two decades of experience in the fields of labor relations and employment law and in commercial matters, previously serving as an in-house counsel to a small college and a labor and employment relations leader for a large university and a major metropolitan city. 

He has worked with union representatives and neutrals to co-lead the Higher Education Industry Council for the Labor and Employee Relations Association and the District Capacity Project of the Massachusetts Education Partnership, and has led or presented on a number of labor-management issues before LERA and the National Centers for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education Professions. Arbitrator Loconto has taught legal writing and research to first-year law students at his alma mater, Northeastern University School of Law, and has lectured on school law and arbitration in athletics for college students and legislative drafting for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education. He currently teaches courses on contracts and bargaining for union and management representatives at The Labor Guild School of Labor-Management Relations in Boston, and is President of the Executive Board for LERA's Boston chapter.

Ready to Serve the Parties
Arbitrator Loconto is available for in-person or remote hearings, nationally and internationally through AAA, FMCS, LRC, NMB and at the state and local level in Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington state.  He also provides lemon law arbitration services through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Better Business Bureau and contract dispute resolution for the City of New York. He is also available for direct appointment by the parties as a neutral, independent arbitrator, mediator, facilitator, fact finder or hearing officer in labor and employment-related and commercial disputes.  

Arbitrator Loconto also offers meeting facilitation services and related training, card check services for union organizing, election and certification processes, and joint training on interest-based bargaining ("IBB") principles and techniques.

Arbitrator Loconto maintains satellite locations in the District of Columbia, Eastern Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Southern California and South Florida. Please contact mtl@locontoadr.com to request a full CV and fee / cancellation schedule.

WHAT'S NEW

ARBITRATOR AND MEDIATOR EXPERIENCE

Arbitrator/Mediator - July 2021 – Present

PROFESSIONAL LEGAL EXPERIENCE

Fenway Law LLC, Boston, MA - December 2020 – Present

A limited solo practice focusing on commercial contract drafting and review, with expertise in data privacy. Please note that Fenway Law does not provide advocacy on behalf of employers or employees in labor and employment matters. 

Curry College, Milton, MA - February 2016 – November 2020
  General Counsel (previous title held: College Counsel)
Led multiple successful collective bargaining negotiations with faculty (AAUP) and facilities staff (Area Trades Council), and advised on employment-related matters (discipline, discharge, policy and benefits). Co-led development of Title IX policy and process.  Arbitration work included discipline and discharge, policy implementation and shift differentials.

Harvard University, Office of Labor & Employee Relations, Cambridge, MA - August 2006 – January 2016
 Deputy Director for Policy and Compliance and Youth Protection Officer
  (previous title held: Associate Director of Labor & Employee Relations)

Negotiated Project Labor Agreements with building and construction trades unions, a campus police union CBA, and multiple issues with a 4,500-member clerical-technical union. "Med-arb" and arbitration work included discipline and discharge, overtime, uniforms, shift differentials and policy implementation.

Led employment-related policy development and compliance efforts on whistleblowing, independent contractors, FLSA compliance, leave requirements for illnesses, new parents and domestic violence victims, nursing mother accommodations, social media use and transgender rights. Oversaw campus-wide youth program safety standards and assisted on implementation of Title IX regulations.

City of Boston, Office of Labor Relations, Boston, MA - November 2002 – August 2006
  Labor Relations Counsel 

Negotiated collective bargaining agreements, policy implementation and interim issues with more than a dozen large civilian, policy and fire employee labor unions. Counseled department heads on management issues and reduced sick leave abuse in a large department. Arbitration work included discipline and discharge; overtime and police details; shift differentials; pay incentives; and work assignments.

 TEACHING, RESEARCH AND SPEAKING EXPERIENCE

School of Labor Management Relations, The Labor Guild of the Archdiocese of Boston - 2022 to present
  Instructor: Courses on "Contemporary Issues in Workplace Disputes," "Drafting Contracts to Reduce Grievances," and "Interest-Based Bargaining" for labor and management representatives. Courses meet online and with past students participating from Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and beyond.

Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, MA - 2008 - 2010                       
  Adjunct Lecturer: Legal writing and research program for first-year law students.

Recent and Upcoming Speaking Engagements
  24th Annual Labor Arbitration Conference at the Marriott in Newport, Rhode Island on November 6.  Co-sponsored by the URI Schmidt Labor Research Center and NAA New England region.  Moderated a panel on how to prepare your case for arbitration.

   NAA NorCal Meet the Arbitrator Conference: panelist on multiple roundtables with other California PERC and SMCS arbitrators discussing real-life case scenarios.  September 29, 2023 in Oakland.  

   Virginia LERA Chapter's 2d Annual Conference: panelist on a roundtable with other arbitrators discussing real-life case scenarios.  September 14, 2023 at the Richmond Marriott.

  University of Miami Sport Industry Conference: moderating panel discussion with union and league officials on the organization of the National Women's Soccer League Players Association (2023).  Related: guest lectured on arbitration in athletics during a "Legal Aspects of Sport" course in UM's sports administration program (2022).

  Catholic Labor Network Conference: presented on alternative dispute resolution processes for the workplace (2023).

  Northeastern University School of Law, Annual Labor & Employment Program: moderated alumni panel on current issues in labor law with labor and management advocates and NLRB Board Member David Prouty (2022).

  MASC/MASS Annual Joint Conference: moderated panel on current issues in teacher contract negotiations featuring AFT, MTA and district representatives (2022).

Relevant Professional Organization Memberships and Other Prior Speaking Engagements

  Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA): Executive Board President, Boston chapter. Member of the National organization and numerous local chapters. Co-Chair, Higher Education Industry Council (2008-2013). Annual Conference speaking includes: Chair of Discussion on Card Check, and Drug Testing panelist (2024 FMCS Triad); Building an Arbitrator's Practice, and Chair of Discussion on Collective Action (2023); Chair, Best Papers Discussion on Organized Voice (2022); Chair, Best Papers Discussion on Wages (2021); Labor-Management Collaboration in K-12 Education (joint presentation with the Boston Teachers Union, 2016); Higher Education Labor & Employment Law (2013); Public Sector Labor Law Issues in Higher Education (2012); and, Negotiation, Collective Bargaining, and Workplace Dispute Resolution (2011).

  National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in the Higher Education Professions (NCSCBHEP): Annual Conference speaking includes: The First Amendment and the Erosion of Managerial Authority (2024); Discrimination in Religious Institutions (2023); Collective Bargaining and Shared Governance (Moderator, AAUP Annual Survey discussion - 2022); Labor and Education in the Biden Administration (Moderator, 2021); Legal Update (Moderator, 2019); Multi-Employer Negotiations in Higher Education (Moderator, 2016); Comparing Public- and Private-Sector Bargaining (2015); Adjunct/Part-Time Faculty Unions & Graduate Student Organizing (2013); and Impact of Electronic Media on Negotiations, Protected Activity, and Privacy in the Modern Workplace (2011, 2012 & 2014).

  Society of Federal Labor and Employment Relations Professionals (SFLERP): Member (2023 - ). Presented webinar on "How to Select a Federal Sector Arbitrator" (2023).

  National Association of College & University Attorneys: Committee on Legal Education (2018 - 2020).

  Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE): The Legislative & Drafting Processes (2018 - 2019).

  Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy: Co-Led the District Capacity Project with the Boston Teachers Union, an initiative of the Massachusetts Education Partnership (MEP) between the American Federation of Teachers-Massachusetts, Massachusetts Teachers Association, Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, and Massachusetts Association of School Committees with support from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and faculty at MIT, Northeastern and UMass Boston (2014 - 2017).

  Boston Bar Association: Co-Chair, Traditional Labor Law subcommittee (2010 - 2011).

  College & University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR): Conference speaking on collective bargaining (2013) and social media (2011).

RELEVANT COMMUNITY SERVICE

Boston School Committee - 2014 - 2020                                                                 
  Member (2014-2017) and Chairperson (2018-2020): Appointed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh (recent U.S. Labor Secretary); liaison to 12 collective bargaining units, including the Boston Teachers Union (AFT Local 66).

City of Boston - 2017
  Facilitator: Dialogues to Action on Race series.

EDUCATION

Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, MA
  Juris Doctor (2002)

The Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
  Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science, Minor in Economics (1999)

BAR ADMISSION

  Commonwealth of Massachusetts (2002); U.S. District Court, Massachusetts (2003); U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit (2003).

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