About Batchelor
Meet Jeff Batchelor

Jeff Batchelor is a full-time mediator and arbitrator. In a career spanning more than 40 years, he established himself as one of the preeminent appellate lawyers in the Northwest. He now devotes his energy to the craft of mediating and arbitrating civil cases.

Drawing on his diverse appellate background and his experience as a pro tem circuit judge, Jeff began mediating cases in 1995, six years after he arbitrated his first case in 1989. Jeff has served as a special master in Oregon’s U.S. District Court and as a discovery referee in Multnomah County, Oregon Circuit Court.

Jeff has for years been ranked by Oregon Super Lawyers as one of the top 50 attorneys in Oregon. He was named the Portland Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America in 2010 and again in 2013. Jeff Batchelor was inducted into the Oregon Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN) in April 2014. He is one of only seven NADN members based in Oregon (www.nadn.org/jeff-batchelor).

The NADN is a professional association whose membership consists of neutrals distinguished by their hands-on experience in the field of civil & commercial conflict resolution, and by their commitment to methods of alternative dispute resolution.

Jeff stresses that his job as a mediator is first to provide a forum for litigants to tell their story to a neutral party. Providing this opportunity is particularly important in cases where there is an imbalance of power, real or perceived, between or among the parties.

Seasoned lawyers know that no case is perfect, and Jeff helps both the experienced lawyer and the novice alike educate their clients and their adversaries to the risks they will face in court or in an arbitration if they do not achieve a negotiated settlement.

Jeff attended Brigham Young University and Oklahoma State University on wrestling scholarships, where he competed at the highest levels with the very best. More than 45 years later, he points to this experience as the source of his ability to stay with a case until it is resolved. The mental toughness to do this sets Jeff apart from others in the crowded field of mediators.

Jeff earned his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University, graduating in Psychology and English in 1969. A native Oregonian, he returned to the state the same year to attend law school at Willamette University, where he was an editor of the law review.

For more than 40 years, Jeff has practiced law at a high level with some of the very best, most talented lawyers in the Northwest. As a consequence, and following a long history of honoring outstanding lawyers, the Multnomah Bar Association selected Jeff as the recipient of its prestigious Professionalism Award for 2008. Four years later, in 2012, Jeff turned the key on Batchelor Mediation + Arbitration, where he continues the tradition of excellence that has marked his work as a professional since 1972.