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Our Founder & CEO

Erin Gleason Alvarez is a negotiation consultant, mediator, and arbitrator. Over her twenty year legal career, she has served as a litigator and as in-house counsel, in addition to her neutral practice.

Erin has trained thousands of people on dispute resolution and negotiation topics, and been involved in thousands more dispute resolution procedures.

In 2019, she founded Take Charge Negotiations, LLC in order to transform negotiation into a dialogue grounded in positivity and mindfulness.

Erin holds a Master's of Law degree from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law.  Unable to negotiate LA traffic, she moved back to New York to purchase her dream home and start a family. And two businesses. She is the proud mom to the world's top negotiator and is currently negotiating her way through yoga teacher certification.

​A thought leader in the arbitration and ADR fields, Erin regularly speaks on negotiation, mediation and arbitration best practices, how to drive efficiency in dispute resolution, and the importance of increasing diversity in the field.  She has written numerous articles on these topics, available here.

Her credentials include:

  • Member, American Arbitration Association Commercial Panel

  • Member, CPR Institute Panel of Distinguished Neutrals

  • Accredited Mediator, CPR Institute Mediator Training

  • Member, Roster of Neutrals, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts MedaiteArt Program

  • Fellow, American Arbitration Association Higginbotham Fellowship Program

  • LLM, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law

Our Testimonials Do the Talking

Erin’s approach to negotiation in everyday life and work is spot on! Her tips for managing relationships and staying grounded and present during challenging conversations are sure to make them more productive and positive in any situation.


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