Senior Fellow, Dispute Resolution Institute
Professor of Law
B.A., DePauw University
J.D., University of Illinois College of Law
LL.M., University of Pennsylvania Law School
Areas of legal expertise: Employment discrimination law, employment law, labor law (including international and comparative), ADR (arbitration and online dispute resolution), torts (medical malpractice).
Professor David Allen Larson is a senior fellow at Mitchell Hamline’s Dispute Resolution Institute and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution. He teaches Arbitration, Cyber Skills and Dispute Resolution, Employment Discrimination Law, Employment Law, and Labor Law. He was the founder and editor-in-chief of the “Journal of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Employment” (HeinOnline), served as an arbitrator for the Omaha Tribe, was an administrative law judge for the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission, and currently is an independent arbitrator.
Larson has published more than 60 articles and book chapters and has made more than 150 professional presentations in Australia, Austria, Canada, China, England, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United States. His recent articles have focused on technology mediated dispute resolution (TMDR), a term that includes more technologies than the phrase online dispute resolution (ODR). He also has written about arbitration, cross cultural negotiation, and employment law. Larson has been a leader in the American Bar Association (ABA) and currently is co-chair of the Section of Dispute Resolution Technology Committee. His many assignments include an appointment as chairperson for the ABA Law Student Division Arbitration Competition (2010-2012), and he served as a subcommittee member until 2016. Previous appointments include serving as vice-chair for the Section of Dispute Resolution, Law School Education and Dispute Prevention Committee and vice-chair for the International Law and Practice Section, Employment Law Committee. He also was a member of the ABA E-Commerce and ADR Task Force.
From 1990-1991, Larson served as the “Professor-in-Residence” at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission headquarters in Washington, D.C. He worked primarily in the Office of General Counsel, Appellate Division, and also worked with the Office of Legal Counsel as they drafted and revised the Regulations and Interpretive Guidance for the Americans with Disabilities Act. Professor Larson previously practiced with the Meagher Geer law firm in Minneapolis.