Gary Hattal is the Assistant Director for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. He received his commission as a federal mediator in 1995. He was the director of FMCS’ Institute for Conflict Management, responsible for the creation and delivery of courses in: Conflict Management, Mediation, Arbitration, Interest-based Problem Solving and other alternative dispute resolution (ADR) systems across the U.S. and internationally. An expert in interest-based negotiations procedures, organizational culture, and labor-management partnership development, he also works in the arena of preventive mediation, providing training, assessment, coaching, and facilitation skills that will achieve enhanced work relationships. Mr. Hattal has served as a field mediator in Washington, D.C., Oakland, and Seattle, as director of Arbitration Services, and as a special assistant to a former Agency Director.
Prior to FMCS, Mr. Hattal’s experience includes over 15 years in labor relations, contract negotiations, directing training and development departments, supervising staff, and administered labor contracts for both labor and management. Mr. Hattal has served as an adjunct professor teaching organizational communication and development, as well as serving as associate director for the Center for Professional Development in the Office of Continuing Studies at The American University in Washington, D.C. He has consulted for many corporations and businesses in the U.S. and internationally, as a facilitator and trainer, conducting seminars in interpersonal communication, public relations, group dynamics, team building, strategic planning, and oral presentations. Mr. Hattal completed his formal education at the University of Maryland. His MA is in organizational communication and his Ph.D. research was in the field of organizational development. Post graduate work included advanced negotiations training at Harvard University and Pepperdine University.