Robert C. Bordone (Bob) is an internationally recognized expert, author, speaker, and teacher in negotiation, conflict resolution, mediation, and facilitation. Currently a Senior Fellow at Harvard Law School and the Founder and Principal of The Cambridge Negotiation Institute, he served on the full-time faculty at Harvard Law School for more than 20 years as the Thaddeus R. Beal Clinical Professor of Law, Director, and Founder of the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program before launching his consulting practice. He teaches as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, and he has been a Visiting Professor of Clinical Practice at the Boston University School of Theology.
As a professional facilitator and conflict resolution consultant, Bob works with individual, non-profit, governmental, and corporate clients across many sectors. He specializes in assisting individuals and groups seeking to manage conflicts in highly sensitive, emotional, or difficult situations. He has also trained professionals from virtually every governmental, corporate, educational, and non-profit sector in skills of negotiation, conflict resolution, and handling challenging conversations.
His clients include major law firms such as Clifford Chance, LLP and Shearman & Sterling, LLP; corporations such as Microsoft, Delta Airlines, and Nestlé; governmental bodies such as the U.S. Department of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); and non-profits such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Massachusetts General Brigham (MGB), and the United Way.
Bob is the co-author of two books: Designing Systems and Processes for Managing Disputes, 2d. Edition (Wolters-Kluwer, 2019) and The Handbook of Dispute Resolution (Jossey-Bass, 2005) and is currently writing Conflict Resilience: How to Change When You Can’t Change People (HarperCollins Business 2025) with Joel Salinas. He has also published articles in leading business and dispute resolution journals including the Harvard Business Review, the Harvard Law Review, the Journal of Dispute Resolution, Dispute Resolution Magazine, and Negotiation Journal.
Bob currently serves on the Board of Directors for Seeds of Peace, on the Advisory Board for the Catholic Common Ground Initiative, on the Pastoral Council of The Paulist Center in Boston, on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Empathy in International Affairs, as Senior Advisor to the National Institute for Civil Discourse, and on the LGBTQ+ Commission for the City of Cambridge, MA.