Robert E. Crowley

Bob Crowley joined KRZ’s Center for Conflict Resolution after his retirement as a retired Maine judge in 2010. Bob fully retired from the practice of law in 2024. Before his retirement, Bob’s practice focused on private judging, mediation, arbitration and neutral evaluation of cases. He also acted as settlement counsel and as strategic counsel in litigated matters.

Before turning his professional focus to private dispute resolution, Bob had a long history of public service in the Maine Courts. Bob served as Judge of Probate for York County (1983 – 1987), a Judge of the Maine District Court (1987 – 1993), and as a Justice of the Maine Superior Court from 1993 through his retirement in 2010. Bob presided over hundreds of jury trials and adjudicated thousands of non-jury cases. While serving as a Superior Court Justice, Bob pioneered judicial settlement conferences in Maine and developed a reputation as a leader in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution. He trained Maine Judges and lawyers in judicial settlement conferences and Alternative Dispute Resolution and has been a frequent presenter on negotiated settlements at professional seminars.

Bob’s dispute resolution experience spanned several decades and includes his successful mediation of thousands of disputes involving complex business and family, real estate, employment, probate and estate, personal injury and wrongful death, civil rights, product liability, partnership and corporate, construction, sexual harassment, class action, malpractice, public policy, education and health care cases.

Bob is a 1968 graduate of Georgetown University and a 1971 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center.