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Leslie Sinner McEvoy, J.D.

Mediator, Arbitrator, Trainer, Coach and Consultant

Leslie Sinner McEvoy is a mediator, arbitrator, speaker, trainer, coach and consultant.  She is also an attorney with a background in civil and commercial litigation and serves as a volunteer mediator in the community.

Continuing Legal Education Experience

Leslie has an extensive background in continuing legal education, with an emphasis on online legal education.  From 2009 to 2019 Leslie worked at Minnesota Continuing Legal Education in the Web Education Department. She served initially as a Webcast Program Attorney (2009-2017) and then as the Web Education Director (2017-2019).  As a Webcast Program Attorney, she was part of a team that developed and produced as many as 300 continuing legal education webcasts per year. As the Web Education Director, she led the team responsible for the programming and delivery of webcast content, including curriculum development, implementation and budgeting.  In her role at Minnesota CLE she also acted as a trainer, presenter and author on ADR and ADR ethics topics.

ADR Practice

Prior to joining Minnesota CLE, Leslie was in private practice as a mediator, arbitrator, teacher and trainer.  She is a Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice and has been a member of the Commercial and Employment Panels of the American Arbitration Association.  Since 1994 she has arbitrated a variety of commercial and employment disputes.  She has been a mediator with the USPS REDRESS program, and she has also served on mediation panels for Community Mediation & Restorative Services, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights and the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights.

Speaking, Training & Writing

Leslie has served as an adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law and Mitchell Hamline School of Law, teaching the ADR Survey course (a skills course) in 2008, 2009 and 2015.  Since 2017, she has also served as an adjunct professor in the blending learning programs at Mitchell Hamline, teaching Mediation, Negotiation, Cross-Cultural Dispute Resolution. Organizational Conflict Management and Civil Dispute Resolution.  She is a frequent speaker and trainer in the areas of ADR and ADR ethics for continuing legal education programs and ADR skills training. 


In 2011, Leslie co-authored the Minnesota ADR Handbook with Gary Weissman and Linda Mealey-Lohmann. 


In addition to ADR topics, Leslie has also delivered a number of presentations on topics pertinent to continuing legal education delivery and management at national and international conferences.  Topic areas include: presentation skills, content management and webcast production.

Volunteer Activities

Leslie has served in various capacities on the Executive Council of the ADR Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association, including Secretary Co-Chair of Programs, Vice-Chair for Legislation and currently serves on the council.  She has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for Community Mediation & Restorative Services and as a member of the Community Dispute Resolution Program Advisory Council of the Minnesota State Office of Collaboration and Dispute Resolution, from 2015 to 2016.  Leslie is also active in the international Association for Continuing Legal Education, serving on the newsletter and conference planning committees.

Litigation Practice

Prior to her ADR Practice, Leslie was a trial attorney practicing with the firm of O’Connor & Hannan (1983-1985) and with the firm of Fruth & Anthony (1985-1994).  As a litigator, she worked on a wide variety of commercial and employment matters, including securities fraud, shareholder disputes, contract claims, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and non-competition disputes.


Leslie is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Law (cum laude 1983) where she served on the Minnesota Law Review.  She received her bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Benedict (summa cum laude 1980).

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