Maria Hanna Joseph, Principal of Joseph Mediation, is a seasoned attorney, mediator, court-certified conciliator and trainer who is regarded highly by her peers and their clients, alike. They know her as knowledgeable, candid, pragmatic and persevering and rely on her steadfast commitment to help understand each conflict and achieve meaningful outcomes while keeping sight of parties’ most important interests.

Ms. Joseph has addressed more than 2,000 employment disputes over the course of 19 years as a neutral.  Her 27 years as an employment law attorney lend additional, significant perspective in understanding, mediating, evaluating, training and investigating an array of legal, business and personal issues. 

Ms. Joseph’s services are greatly informed by her former litigation experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants and her overall exposure to workplace matters, as well as those concerning business and domestic conflicts.

Ms. Joseph has worked with private and public sector clients, unions, international and domestic businesses, and large and family-owned concerns.  She has extensive employment law exposure in claims regarding harassment and discrimination, whistleblowing, retaliation, non-compete agreements, wage and hour issues, business and operational concerns, transgender workplace matters, and others.

Advanced education and training also valuably underpin Ms. Joseph’s services.  In addition to fundamental mediation instruction, Ms. Joseph further studied mediation at Harvard Law School’s Program of Instruction for Lawyers and negotiation at Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation.  She also received training in the disciplines of Transformative Mediation and Family/Domestic Mediation which, worth noting, are poignant in managing the personal nature of conflict in general.

Parties and the resolutions that manifest are well served by Ms. Joseph’s knowledge, understanding, creativity and deftness which her experience, exposure and training afford. These, along with her demeanor and the trust she engenders, are qualities that have earned her a reputation for being able to manage highly tense, fraught situations and individuals, and settle a wide variety of disputes and tough cases.  Contact her today to address your matter.

Pronouns:  she, her, hers


  • 19 Years Employment / Workplace Law Mediator 
  • 2,000+ Workplace Disputes Served As a Neutral
  • 27 Year Employment Law Attorney
  • 95+% Settlement Rate 
  • Deep Knowledge Of Subject Matter and Process
  • Deft In Discerning, Managing Personal Dynamics
  • Strongly Evaluative
  • Complement Of Hard and Soft Skills
  • Court-Certified Conciliator
  • Former Litigator For Plaintiffs and Defendants
  • Reputation For Ability To Settle Tough Cases
  • High Participant Satisfaction
  • MCAD Diversity (Anti-Discrimination) Trainer
  • 10+ Years Anti-Discrimination Training Experience
  • Knowledgeable, Candid, Tactful, Creative, Persevering, Pragmatic, Efficient

Certification, Training, Education

Bar Licenses


Received the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ John Dunlop Dispute Resolution Award for Innovative System Design – Ms. Joseph created and implemented the Early Intervention Pro Se Mediation Program for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (In operation 2000-2015)

Memberships and Affiliations (Present & Past)

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
    • Labor & Employment Law Section 
    • Solo & Small Firm Section
    • Business Law
    • Civil Litigation
    • Dispute Resolution
    • Family Law
    • Civil Rights and Social Justice
    • Labor & Employment
    • Solo/Small Firm Law Practice Management
    • Young Lawyers
  • Boston Bar Association
    • Labor & Employment Law Section 
    • Solo & Small Firm Section
  • Worcester County Bar Association
    • Labor & Employment Law 
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution
      • Co-Chair
  • Women’s Bar Association
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution 
    • Solo & Small Firm 
    • In-House 
    • Greater Boston 
    • Central Massachusetts 
    • Western Massachusetts
    • Metro West 
    • Middlesex County
    • North of Boston 
    • South Shore 

Full and half day sessions are available to schedule.

May be available on short notice.

Mediation offered in the following and related areas of disputes:

• Employment / Workplace Disputes Of All Kinds
• *Discrimination (Employment, Housing, Public Accommodation)
• *Harrassment
• Civil Rights
• Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
• Wrongful Termination
• Wrongful Constructive Discharge
• Misclassification
• Whistleblower
• Wage & Hour
• Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
• Maternity/Paternity/Family Leave, Accommodations
• Workers’ Compensation
• Non-Competition/Non-Compete Agreements
• Non-Disclosure/NDA Matters
• Separation/Severance Agreements
• Restrictive Covenants
• Retaliation
• Business
• Contractual Matters
• Personal Injury
• Insured Matters
• Intellectual Property
• Real Estate
• Condominium Disputes
• Construction Matters
• Divorce and Domestic Separation
• Domestic Conflicts
• Breach of Contract
• Other

* EEOC / MCAD Cases & Claims
• Sex • Gender Identity • Sexual Orientation
• Sexual Harassment • Retaliation
• Race • Color • Age • Religious Creed
• Handicap (Disability) • Pregnancy
• Mental Illness • National Origin • Ancestry

Volunteer Experience

Community Dispute Settlement Center
Mediation involving:
Divorce or Separation
Marital Mediation
Gay and Lesbian
Elder Care
Consumer Disputes
Workplace Conflicts

Massachusetts Trial Court Certified Conciliation
Conciliations involving:
Divorce or Separation
Division of Assets 
Child Custody 
Visitation Arrangements
Child Support

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