Melinda Gehris

Melinda has been mediating professionally since 1994. Her practice includes both private clients and work for the New Hampshire Probate and Superior Courts, the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire, the EEOC and the Human Rights Commission.  Melinda is trained in Powerful Non-Defensive Communication (PNDC).  She is also a New Hampshire Certified Family Mediator. As an experienced trainer, Melinda develops and leads programs in dispute resolution from basic mediation skills to advanced, specialized dispute resolution training. She has also developed programs in negotiation, arbitration and other dispute resolution processes.

Melinda was appointed to the New Hampshire Supreme Court Committee on Dispute Resolution. She is the past President of the Board of the New Hampshire Conflict Resolution Association and a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Committee. Melinda has also served on the Board of Trustees of Five Rivers Conservation Trust, a land trust in the capitol region of New Hampshire. She is currently at Trustee for the Fuller Public Library in Hillsborough, New Hampshire.

Listening and counseling are skills I have strengthened over the years. I have been actively involved in dispute resolution since an early age. Mediation has been part of my practice since coming to New Hampshire in 1994.  I have increased my activities since receiving my Certificate in Dispute Resolution from the University of Massachusetts. I enjoy helping others identify goals and learn about the perspective of others as we work together through the steps of mediation. Finding a workable resolution for all parties involved is strong motivation for me every day.

When I am not involved in guiding my clients through mediation, I enjoy designing and implementing conflict management systems for businesses and other organizations.  I respect the work individuals and work groups do to find a place of tolerance and cooperation in the workplace.  In addition to training managers and employees in how to deal with conflict, I also train other dispute resolution professionals. Our skills and ethics courses help students develop their mediation skills; from basic mediation skills, to how to deal with specific challenges mediators face. I particularly like assisting students as they become comfortable with complex tools for working with others, either in negotiation, arbitration or mediation.

Since 2007, I have been named to Woodward and White’s Best Lawyers in America in dispute resolution.

You may contact me directly at [email protected] or call 603-225-0477.


  • Certificate in Dispute Resolution, University of Massachusetts
  • J.D., Northeastern University School of Law
  • B.S., Albright College

Professional Career

  • Hess Gehris Solutions
  • Claims Representative – Allstate Insurance
  • Morrison Mahoney & Miller
  • Devine Millimet & Branch, P.A.
  • Hess Gehris Solutions


Career-Related Activities
  • President - The Non-Defensive Voice International
  • President - The Non-Defensive Voice, Inc.
  • Past-President – Board of Directors New Hampshire Conflict Resolution Association
  • Adjunct Faculty – University of New Hampshire Law School
  • Member of the Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Member – New England Chapter – Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Member, New Hampshire Bar Association ADR Section
  • Member  of the New Hampshire Bar Association ADR Section Dispute Resolution Committee
Career-Related Awards
  • Since 2007 Woodward and White’s Best Lawyers in America in Dispute Resolution
  • 2009 – New Hampshire Business Magazine – Best in Dispute Resolution
  • New Hampshire Magazine – Top Lawyers – Dispute Resolution
Civic Activities
  • Certificate in Dispute Resolution, University of Massachusetts
  • Graduate of Leadership New Hampshire
  • Volunteer – Five Rivers Conservation Trust
  • Trustee, Fuller Public Library