Leslie Sinner McEvoy is a mediator, arbitrator, teacher, trainer and consultant. Leslie founded McEvoy Conflict Management and Legal Education Consulting on January 1, 2020, where she offers ADR and legal education consulting services. Prior to starting her business, Leslie was the Web Education Director at Minnesota CLE where she and her team developed and produced up to 300 webcast continuing legal education programs per year for Minnesota attorneys in a spectrum of practice areas.
Prior to joining Minnesota CLE, Leslie was in private practice as a mediator, arbitrator, teacher and trainer. Leslie was initially trained as a mediator in 1993 in Hamline University’s summer dispute resolution program. She is a Rule 114 Qualified Neutral and has been a member of the Commercial and Employment Panels of the American Arbitration Association. Since 1994, she has arbitrated a variety of commercial and employment disputes as both a sole and panel arbitrator. As a mediator, she has mediated both commercial and employment disputes. She has been a mediator with the USPS REDRESS program, and she has also served on mediation panels for Community Mediation & Restorative Services, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights and the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights.
Leslie has served as an adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law and Mitchell Hamline School of Law, teaching (in-person) the ADR survey course in 2008, 2009 and Fall 2015. Since the fall of 2017, she has served a number of times as an online adjunct in the Hybrid and Blended Learning programs, teaching: ADR Survey, Mediation, Cross-Cultural Dispute Resolution, Organizational Conflict Management, Negotiation, Facilitation, Justice and Dispute Resolution, and Civil Dispute Resolution. She is also a frequent continuing legal education speaker and trainer in the area of ADR and ADR Ethics. In 2011 Leslie co-authored the Minnesota ADR Handbook with Gary Weissman and Linda Mealey-Lohmann.
Leslie has served in various capacities on the Executive Council for the ADR Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association, including secretary, co-chair of Programs, and Vice-Chair for Legislation. She has served as a board member for Community Mediation & Restorative Services and Conflict Resolution Minnesota, and on the Community Dispute Resolution Program Advisory Council of the Minnesota State Office for Collaboration and Dispute Resolution. She has also recently served as a board member for the Collaborative Community Law Initiative.
Prior to her ADR practice, she was a trial attorney practicing with the firm of O’Connor and Hannan (1983-1985) and with the firm of Fruth & Anthony, P.A. (1985-1994). As a litigator, she handled a wide variety of commercial and employment matters, including securities fraud, shareholder disputes, contract claims, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and non-competition clause disputes.
Leslie is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School (cum laude 1983) where she served on the Minnesota Law Review. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from the College of St. Benedict (summa cum laude 1980).