About Ed Blumstein.

Ed has been a mediator, consultant, lecturer and leader in mediation
since 1982 — a decade longer than most.

He is active in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and national mediation associations. He has been an attorney for more than 50 years. He is a recognized practitioner and advocate of alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

He specializes in mediation and arbitration. 

  • His mediation centers on families, businesses and governmental agencies.
  • He arbitrates primarily for the American Arbitration Association, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA, formerly National Association of Securities Dealers) and private parties.

Ed serves on and have chaired the board of the Council for Relationships, a preeminent non-profit counseling, education and research center. Founded in 1932 as the Marriage Council of Philadelphia, it is the oldest relationship counseling and training center in the country.

A family mediator since 1982 and a mediation trainer since 1994, Ed was instrumental in establishing a mediation program in Philadelphia Family Court. For 12 years he was an adjunct instructor at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, where he taught a clinical course in custody mediation.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with BS in economics from the Wharton School, Ed graduated from Temple Law. He has presented workshops at local and national conferences of mediators. He has presented workshops and professional papers at more than 20 organizations.

He lives with his wife in Center City Philadelphia. They have 3 adult sons and 4 grandchildren, none of whom has yet needed family mediation.


Professional Certifications.

  • Association for Conflict Resolution, advanced practitioner.
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, mediator.
  • Key Bridge Foundation, certificate to mediate for U.S. Department of Justice in cases involving Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Montgomery County (Pa.), custody mediation.
  • Pennsylvania Association of Realtors, real estate mediation.

Professional Awards.

  • Good Shepherd Mediation Program, Shepherd of Peace Award, 2011.
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Sir Francis Bacon Award for excellence in mediation
  •     practice and advocacy, 2006.
  • Academy of Family Mediation, Volunteer of the Year Award, 2000.

Professional Activities.

  • American Arbitration Association, commercial arbitrator.
  • American Bar Association, helped draft standards for attorneys performing mediation.
  • Better Business Bureau, Lemon Law arbitrator.
  • Council for Relationships, member of board, past chair.
  • Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia, arbitrator.
  • Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, mediator for employer/employee disputes.
  • Family Court of Philadelphia, Custody Mediation Project, advisor and co-developer.
  • Mediation Works, mediation trainer for professionals.
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), formerly NASD, arbitrator for security disputes.
  • National Archives, mediator, employment disputes.
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Lawyer Dispute Panel, mediator.
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Board of Governors, former member.
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Family Law Section, former chair.
  • Pennsylvania Senate, member of task force on mediation.
  • Temple University School of Law, former instructor of custody mediation.
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA), mediator for employee disputes.
  • U.S. Department of Justice, mediator for Americans with Disabilities Act mediation project.
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, mediator and arbitrator.
  • U.S. Postal Service, Redress Program, mediator for employee disputes.
  • Villanova University School of Law, frequent guest lecturer.