Just a little about me...
My professional journey in collaborative conflict resolution and education began when I transitioned from legal practice to start Pagnucco Dispute Resolution (PDR) in 2001. Since then I have independently mediated disputes arising from commercial activities, employment, land use, divorce, and family matters. I have also been contracted for more than twelve years with the Vermont Agency of Education to mediate special education matters and with the Vermont Attorney General’s Office to mediate employment discrimination cases.
In 2005, I began teaching professional workshops in conflict management skills. And since 2011, I've continuously been a visiting faculty member at Bennington College teaching courses of my own design in conflict resolution skills, mediation, litigation, and multiparty collaborative dispute resolution process.
Prior to mediating and teaching, I practiced law in Vermont and, before that, in New York, including service as an assistant district attorney. I earned my law degree at Boston College Law School and my BA in economics at Lafayette College.
At home, I have the great fortune to live with one of the best communicators and problem solvers I know, my wife, Diana. Together, we recently launched our two children who are making their way in the world, no doubt impressing others with their ability to engage conflict constructively.
In my community, I have enjoyed the opportunity to serve for more than 18 years in a variety of volunteer and elected positions, including Chair of both the Planning Commission and Policing Committee, and as a member of the Select Board. I also enjoy coaching youth lacrosse and have for many years.
Finally, in reference to the photo on this page, with a mediator's passion for possibility, I enjoy a good puzzle. Especially one that involves stacking Vermont field stone with my son, the muscles of the operation.