Mark Irvings has been engaged full-time in alternative dispute resolution since 1975, and is known nationally as a mediator and arbitrator of a wide range of employment-related matters. He was admitted to the National Academy of Arbitrators in 1981 and subsequently served as the New England Regional Chair. He was the neutral co-chair of the ADR in Labor and Employment Committee of the American Bar Association from 2006 through 2009, and is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Advocates and peers have selected him for inclusion in The Best Lawyers of America, New England Superlawyers, and Boston's Best Lawyers.
Mr. Irvings studied labor economics and dispute resolution at Harvard, graduating magna cum laude in Economics, and he
interned at the New Jersey State Board of Mediation. After working with community groups to make federal food programs more responsive to the needs of the clients, he attended Northeastern University Law School. Mr. Irvings created his own program in mediation and arbitration, and utilized the co-op quarters to work for a union firm, a management firm, and with Arbitrator William Fallon, who was then the president of the National Academy of Arbitrators. Mr. Irvings initiated his arbitration practice immediately upon graduating from law school, attaining panel membership with the American Arbitration Association and various state agencies. Concurrently, he worked as a program consultant and trainer with Community Dispute Services of the American Arbitration Association, helping to develop
some of the pioneering alternative dispute resolution programs in courts, schools, and government agencies. Mr. Irvings also edited the Massachusetts Labor Relations Reporter for a number of years.
In the ensuing years, Mr. Irvings has arbitrated thousands of labor cases, both as permanent arbitrator under collective bargaining agreements and on an ad hoc basis. He has decided disputes in virtually every organized industry throughout the United States. He is among a small number of arbitrators nationally who handle ERISA and Multi-Employer Pension Plan disputes. As ADR has grown in acceptance, half of Mr. Irvings's practice has been devoted to mediating and arbitrating statutory and contractual employment disputes, including a large number of wage and hour class actions.