Lynn P. Cohn

Clinical Professor of Law
Director, Center on Negotiation and Mediation


Lynn P. Cohn is a Clinical Professor of Law and the Director of the Center on Negotiation and Mediation at Northwestern University Pritzker Law School. She has developed and taught courses in negotiation, mediation, mediation advocacy and problem solving. Professor Cohn received the student-voted Outstanding Professor of a Small Class Award in 2008 and the Dean’s Teaching Award in 2011-12 and 2012-13. She has been elected to the Leading Lawyers Network in the categories of ADR Commercial and ADR Employment, and to the National Association of Distinguished Neutrals.

Professor Cohn has trained lawyers, real estate professionals, management and union representatives, government employees, community groups and corporate employees in effective negotiation, mediation, conflict management and arbitration techniques. Clients include the National Association of Realtors, Covington & Burling, Edelman, the American Orthopedic Association, the Illinois Commerce Commission, Mesirow Financial, American Airlines, Kirkland & Ellis, Sidley & Austin, Mayer Brown, Katten Muchin & Rosenman, the Illinois Colleges Association, the City of Chicago and Lovells.

Professor Cohn has also served as an arbitrator or mediator in over 3000 cases with an emphasis on employment, Title IX and commercial disputes. Her practice is national and international in scope and includes projects in Brazil, Israel, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, South Africa, Ghana, London, Paris, Milan, Central America, Ireland and Puerto Rico. She served as the Special Master in the McReynolds v Merrill Lynch Class Action Settlement in 2013. And, in 2017, she was appointed Special Master in the Slaughter V. Wells Fargo and Creighton, et al., v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company mass claim settlement funds.

Professor Cohn is a frequent speaker and writer on negotiation, mediation and dispute resolution topics. Her recent presentations include a talk at the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on “Mediation of Civil Rights Disputes” and serving as a panelist on restorative healing and the community at the Journal of Law and Social Policy Symposium. Her recent publications include “Anatomy of a Settlement Fund” (April 2017), “A Model for the Use of ADR to Efficiently Distribute a Significant Settlement Fund in Mass Claims Litigation Without Sacrificing an Individualized Assessment of Claims” (Spring, 2017), and “Looking at Justice Through a Lens of Healing and Reconnection” (2017, with Buth.)

Professor Cohn received her Bachelor’s degree (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Illinois in Political Science and Spanish and Juris Doctorate from Northwestern University School of Law. Additionally, she received a Fellowship in a Spanish Master’s Degree Program from the University of Illinois and a Fellowship from the Intensive Foreign Language Institute at the University of California at Berkeley.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Mediation
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Negotiation



  • BA, University of Illinois
  • JD, Northwestern University

Prior Appointments

  • Clinical Professor of Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management (Courtesy), Kellogg School of Management
  • Harry B. Reese Teaching Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law

Recent Consulting Activities

  • Special Master, appointed by Court to oversee resolution of class action race discrimination cases in the financial securities industry. Settlement funds ranged from 32.5 to 160 million dollars.
  • Claims Resolution Process Administrator, Class-action Suit Against Merrill LynchPreferred Neutral, Center for Public Resources

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