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E. Patrick McDermott

E. Patrick McDermott


  • The George Washington University , PhD, Human Resource Management , 1998
  • New York University School of Law, LLM, Taxation , 1988
  • Rutgers Newark School of Law, JD, 1984
  • Cornell University , MS, Collective Bargaining , 1980
  • Cornell University , BS, Industrial and Labor Relations, 1978
  • Essex Community College , Other, 1976

Areas of Expertise

  • Labor and Employment Law and Litigation


Dr. E. Patrick McDermott is a Professor of Management and Legal Studies at the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business and the first Director of Research and Evaluation at the Center for Conflict Resolution at Salisbury University. He has written a book and numerous law review and peer-reviewed journal articles on the use of ADR to resolve workplace conflict, employment law, and industrial relations. This scholarship includes the development of the Chinese industrial relations model and China's conversion of state-owned enterprises to private entities. He was a principal researcher for the evaluation of the EEOC mediation program and the TSA Integrated Conflict Management program. He is the Principal Investigator for two recent studies of the EEOC's use of Online Dispute Resolution ("ODR").
He is an Arbitrator and sits on the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Labor-Management Panel. Prior to becoming a neutral, he was a labor attorney and employment law litigator where he negotiated labor agreements and litigated labor and employment law cases in state and federal courts; administrative agencies, and FINRA. Professor McDermott is a two-time Fulbright Scholar - Shanghai, China in 2007-2008 (ECUPL) and Bucharest, Romania (University of Bucharest) in 2018 - 2019.