MC3 Expands Board of Directors

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MC3 Expands Board of Directors

Appointment of Three New Members

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (March 4, 2021) - MC3 is very pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors. Richard Lutringer, Nicki Rankin and Leonard Gross, three MC3-Certified Mediators and ADR professionals with distinct backgrounds and areas of expertise, have joined the MC3 Board. Their appointments to the Board will assist in the effort to expand the growth and reach of MC3 and further establish the organization as the Gold Standard for Mediator Certification.

Richard Lutringer, a dispute resolution professional since 2008, previously worked as a commercial and corporate attorney for over three decades. A partner in three different NY-based law firms, Mr. Lutringer has worked to resolve hundreds of mediated disputes in a variety of fields, including large and small commercial transactions, family matters, probate and trust disputes, real estate matters and disputes and in many other arenas. Affiliated with numerous professional organizations, he is a frequent speaker, writer and public advocate for mediated dispute resolution. Mr. Lutringer maintains mediation practices in both New York and California.

Nicki Rankin is a senior human resources leader and a conflict resolution specialist focusing on workplace mediation, conflict resolution and prevention. Ms. Rankin has been an HR professional for over 15 years, working both in-house in the aerospace and IT industries and as a private consultant to clients in other industries/arenas. She has numerous certifications in the Human Resources field and belongs to several HR industry associations. Ms. Rankin currently works with Pollack Peacebuilding Systems and has been a mediator in both the Ventura and Los Angeles County courtrooms, as well as with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Leonard Gross has a lengthy and exceptional history as an accomplished senior business executive in a variety of industries. He has extensive experience in leading major distribution, manufacturing and technology companies, large and small, both domestically and internationally. Mr. Gross’ mediation experience includes extensive work at the LA Superior Court with a particular expertise in real estate and landlord-tenant disputes. He also mediates and arbitrates on behalf of the LA County Bar Association and the Santa Monica Bar Association and he serves as an arbitrator for FINRA, the Financial Industry National Regulatory Authority.

MC3 President, Jack Goetz, shared his endorsement and thoughts about the latest additions to the MC3 Board. “It is remarkable that in just its 2nd year of operation, MC3 is able to welcome mediators who have already voluntarily committed to MC3’s gold standard and seek to further MC3’s professional message through their efforts individually and collectively with the MC3 Board. Mr. Gross, Mr. Lutringer, and Ms. Rankin bring significant expertise to the organization. Their vast experiences will expand our ability to further establish the MC3 certification standard within the mediation community, including with mediating organizations and panels around the country. I also believe that each of our new members will allow us to continue to strengthen the organizational standards and practices as MC3 continues to grow. I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome them to our Board.”

About MC3
MC3 is nonprofit organized to ensure user and public confidence in the mediation process by setting standards for mediator training, education, and ethics and by maintaining those standards through its certification program. MC3 has set a higher standard of review than other credentialing agencies in mediator education including an ongoing requirement for continuing education as well as a requirement that MC3-Certified Mediators have a basic understanding and familiarity with legal/litigation terminology and general courtroom procedures as well as an understanding of the ethics that guide mediation practice and policy. All MC3-Certified Mediators complete employment background checks and have agreed to a Quality Assurance program that provides disputants with an opportunity to address any ethical concerns that may have arisen during the course of a mediation. MC3-Certified Mediators are currently serving in California, Oregon, Utah and Virginia. To learn more about MC3, visit the MC3 website at: