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MARC D. SEVIGNY

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MARC D. SEVIGNY
dba/ Options in Dispute Resolution

GENERAL OVERVIEW

Marc Sevigny has been a professional mediator, arbitrator, early neutral evaluator, facilitator and trainer since 1987.  He is also a conflict coach.  After law school he worked for a year for a small law firm in Ellsworth Maine and assisted with several construction related disputes before hanging out his shingle as a mediator.  He has researched and written on various land use topics for law firms in the Mount Desert area. 

Marcís experience with issues related to land use and development is extensive.  He also has an in depth knowledge of, among other construction related issues, zoning, construction costs, building standards, project financing, contract language, building codes and environmental issues.                                                           

Currently Marc is the mediation Supervisor for the Penquis Dispute Resolution Center (PDRC) in Bangor, Maine and the principal in Options in Dispute Resolution, in Mount Desert, Maine.

EDUCATION

University of Massachusetts: Bachelor of Science in Education and Human Development Ė 1976
Northeastern University Law School: JD Ė 1986 

DISPUTE RESOLUTION EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

Marcís training in conflict resolution, development and land use is extensive.  He has participated in several hundred hours of training, both as a participant and as the trainer, covering a wide range of topics in mediation, arbitration and early neutral evaluation.  He has mediated several hundred hours in a variety of cases including complex multi party cases.  He has also provided training in the areas of ADA compliance, conflict prevention, management and resolution.  His multi-disciplinary approach to conflict is unique. 

Marc was one of the founders of the victim offender mediation program at Penquis Dispute Resolution Center where he is the mediation supervisor. He developed and implemented the conflict coaching program for PDRC.  He has also acted as a mentor in the MADRP/PDRC apprenticeship program.

Agencies / Companies served include:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
National Federation of Independent Business
The Town of Mount Desert
Catholic Charities of Maine
Legal Services for the Elderly
The Louisiana Pacific Corporation
YMCA/YWCA
New England Residential Services Coordinators
Maine Department of Corrections
Maine Department of Behavioral and Developmental Services
Maine Human Rights Commission
Maine Department of Human Services
Washington County Psychotherapy Associates
Coastal Enterprises
Penquis Valley School District
Old Town High School
Parents Are Teachers Too
Wabanaki Mental Health Services
Foxcroft Academy
Pine Tree Legal Services
WINGS
Milo High and Middle Schools
MDI Tomorrow
         

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

President: Maine Association of Dispute Resolution Professionals
Member: Association for Conflict Resolution
Associate Member: American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section
Member: USDA mediation roster
Member: Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Services land use mediation, arbitration and early neutral evaluation panels

CONSTRUCTION BACKGROUND

Since he was a teen, Marc has been involved in various aspects of the construction industry.  He was a laborer on several construction and renovation projects in both Lynn and Amherst, Massachusetts.  As the manager of a hardware store in Lynn Massachusetts, and later as a consumer of building materials, he developed a broad knowledge of construction resources and their applications.  He worked for several years as a locksmith in the Boston, Massachusetts area and managed some large contracts including one with AT&T. While living in Mount Desert, Maine with his wife and five children, who sometimes helped him in developing his skills in dispute resolution, he designed and supervised the building of his home.  He also built several accessory buildings on the family property. 

As the property manager for Downeast Therapy Associates in Ellsworth Maine, he oversaw the renovation project of their building including the architectural design, plan review, and consultation with local code enforcement officials.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Chairman: Mount Desert Planning Board
Ex Officio Member:  Mount Desert Ordinance Review Committee
Facilitator: MDI Tomorrow planning group
Member of Founding Board of Directors and Facilitator: Mount Desert Island Restorative Justice Program