Leo Stern

Stern Law Office
Minneapolis, MN

Principal in Stern Law Office – Practicing as a business litigator, mediator, and arbitrator with over 40 years' experience as a trial attorney. Practices in federal and state courts. As an advocate, has represented hundreds of clients in mediations and arbitrations.  Over 35 years' alternative dispute resolution experience, including selection by litigants as a mediator and arbitrator for private mediation and arbitration.  In the past five years, selected as a neutral in over 100 commercial cases, ranging in size from several thousand dollars to over $500,000,000, comprising hearings of less than one day to over three weeks.  Qualified neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice. Past Commissioner, Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission.  Adjunct Professor at William Mitchell College of Law teaching Advanced Ethics, 1999-2004 and at University of St. Thomas School of Law teaching Civil Procedure (2001 and 2002) and ADR (2004- 2006 ).


ADR seminars and courses presented include: AAA Advanced Mediator Training Program, 2010; AAA Chairing The Three Member Arbitration Panel: Managing Procedures, Process & Dynamics (ACE005), 2005, 2010;  AAA Arbitration Roadmap: The Standard for Efficient and Cost Effective Arbitration, 2000; AAA Dealing With Delay Tactics in Arbitration (ACE004), 2006; AAA Arbitration Awards:  Safeguarding, Deciding and Writing Awards, 2004, 2005; AAA Arbitration Advocacy, 2003; AAA Advanced Case Management 2001, 2002, 2003; AAA Annual Arbitrator Update, 2002; AAA Fundamentals of the Arbitration Process, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005; The Supreme Court’s Unprecedented Interest in Arbitration, Minnesota CLE, 2011;  Advanced Mediation Advocacy, Minnesota CLE, 2011;  Effective, Efficient, and Affordable Mediation, Minnesota CLE, 2011; Minneapolis Public Housing Authority Hearing Officer Training, Conflict Resolution Center, 2011; Minnesota CLE, 12th Annual ADR Institute, 2009; Faculty, Minnesota State Bar Association-Bench and Bar Conference, What Arbitrators Want (and Don't Want) in Advocates, 2009; Minnesota CLE, Arbitration Series: Ethical Considerations in Arbitration for Neutrals and Lawyer-Advocates, 2007; Minnesota State Bar Association, ADR Section, Hot Issues in Commercial and Construction Arbitration, 2007; Visiting Law Professor, three Eastern European universities, 2006, 2007, 2008; Second Annual Arbitration Training Institute, ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, 2005; as well as a significant number of courses prior to 2005.


Recognition: Chosen by peers as one of the top lawyers in Minnesota in the practice of alternative dispute resolution (Minnesota Monthly, May 2006, May 2007, May 2008, June 2009, June 2010, June 2011) and also recognized as such in Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc. 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012). 


Education: University of California at Davis (BA-1967); University of Minnesota (JD, cum laude, Law Review-1970).




  • Advanced Mediator Training Series: The Extent or Limit of Mediator Influence to Effect Settlement