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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 - Management Arbitration
  • Labor and Employment Law and Litigation
  • Chinese Industrial Relations


Dr. E. Patrick McDermott is a Professor of Management and Legal Studies at the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business and Chair of the Management Department. He served as the first Director of Research and Evaluation at the Center for Conflict Resolution at Salisbury University. For Academic Year 2024-2025 he is a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Negotiation and Law at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 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 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 for over twenty years and also evaluated 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").
Dr. McDermott is an Arbitrator and sits on the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service ("FMCS") American Arbitration Association ("AAA") Labor-Management Panels and numerous state and local panels. Prior to becoming a neutral, he was a labor attorney and employment law litigator where he spent half of his career representing management and the latter half representing employees. He has extensive collective bargaining experience and has litigated labor and employment law cases in state and federal courts; administrative agencies, and before FINRA. Professor McDermott is a two-time Fulbright Scholar - Shanghai, China in 2007-2008 (ECUPL) and Bucharest, Romania (University of Bucharest) in 2018 - 2019.