Joan Sterns Johnsen

West Newton, MA

Joan Stearns Johnsen is a legal skills professor at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law where she teaches ADR related skills. Joan is also a mediator, arbitrator, and trainer. For the past twenty years, Joan has mediated and arbitrated FINRA related customer and employment cases. She is accustomed to working with diverse stakeholders and finding common ground among contentious parties. Joan is on the panels of FINRA, AAA, and CPR.


Joan has presented on negotiation and mediation to numerous law firms, bar associations, and corporations including Morgan Stanley, Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch, UBS, and Wells Fargo. Joan has written numerous articles on negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. Joan is the CLE Officer of the ABA’s Section of Dispute Resolution, and Chair of the Section’s Teleconference/Webcast Committee, where she oversees training and programming for practitioners nationwide. 


Joan began her career as an enforcement attorney with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in Washington, D.C.  She also was corporate counsel for Smith Barney and the Commodity Exchange, Inc. in New York.  Joan also was a Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of Albany Law School’s Securities Arbitration Clinic where, in addition to the Clinic, Joan taught Negotiation and ADR.