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Mediator Brings Vast Experience To NBA Talks

Publication Date: 
October 16, 2011
Jeff Zillgitt

Professor William B. Gould spoke with Jeff Zilgitt of the Tucson Citizen to discuss his experience working with George Cohen, a federal mediator who hopes to settle the labor dispute between the NBA and the players.

Over and over, similar words are used to describe George Cohen’s role as the federal mediator in the labor dispute between the NBA and its locked-out players.

If there is any mediator in the country who can help the sides make significant progress or even reach a deal in a short time early this week, Cohen seems to be the one with the experience, knowledge, expertise and temperament, according to labor law experts who have worked with him and are familiar with his accomplishments.


Stanford law professor William Gould worked with Cohen at the NLRBd in the 1960s. He described Cohen as “simpatico.”

“George is a great listener, very simpatico and interested in sounding one out about their opinions and views,” Gould said. “He’s respected by both sides, has done a lot of mediation and is quite effective. It’s unusual that management would have this kind of confidence in somebody who has spent a lot of his career on one side.”