Arbitrator · Mediator · Attorney

About Steve


Juris Doctor, cum laude                              Suffolk University Law School, 1974, (Law Review, Editor)
Bachelor of Science (Accounting)              Northeastern University, 1969

Bar Memberships

  • Arizona (1982)
  • Various Federal Courts
  • Massachusetts (Retired)
  • New York (Resigned)

Panels, Professional Affiliations and Leadership

  • American Arbitration Association – Mediator and Arbitrator panels.
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority – Arbitrator panel (Chair qualified).
  • U. S. Postal Service – REDRESS Mediator panel.
  • State Bar of Arizona – Fee Arbitration Program (Chair 2014–present, Vice-Chair 2011-2014); Arizona Employment Law Handbook, Discrimination Chapter Editor and Article author (1990-2019); Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Board Member.
  • City of Scottsdale - Personal Board (2014-present, Chair 2016-present).
  • Phoenix Employment Relations Board, Hearing Officer Panel
  • Maricopa County Superior Court - Judge Pro Tem (1995-2011). 
  • Arizona Association for Conflict Resolution – (President 2011-2012).
  • Arizona Summit Law School - Adjunct Professor of Law (2012-2018, Employment Discrimination Law, Employment Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Professional Responsibility).
  • Scottsdale Bar Association - former Board Member).
  • “Arizona's Finest Lawyers” (2011).
  • Ranking Arizona Award Winner, (ADR) Arizona Business Magazine (2008).
  • U.S. Army (1969-1971).

Presentations and Publications

  • Speaker: Arizona State Bar Convention: Fee Arbitration and ADR Programs (June 2018).
  • Speaker: Maricopa County Justices Courts; Reasonable Attorneys Fees in Justice Court (June 2018).
  • Speaker: Maricopa County Bar Association; Ethics for Probate Practitioners and Estate Planners (June 2018).
  • Speaker, "Ethics and Professionalism: What Mediators Need to Know", Maricopa County Association of Family Mediators (January, 2015).
  • Speaker, "ADR Options in the Employment Context and Preparing Yourself and Your Client for Mediation", State Bar ADR Section and the Coconino County Bar Association (November 2013).
  • Speaker, "Best Practices for Putting on a Labor Arbitration", Arizona Labor and Employment Relations Association (November 2013).
  • Speaker, "Arizona Wage and Hour Laws", National Business Institute (December 2011).
  • Panel Member, “From the Mediators’ Perspective: Effective Preparation and Advocacy During Mediation,” State Bar Annual Employment Law Seminar, Sedona, AZ (October 2009).
  • Panel Member, Roundtable: “14 Penn Plaza LLC v. Pyett”, Arizona Labor and Employment Relations Association (September 2009).
  • Speaker, "Current Issues in Employment ADR: Transformative Mediation," State Bar Convention - Labor Section (June 2009).
  • Speaker, "Preparing Yourself and Your Client for Mediation," State Bar Alternative Dispute Section (May 2009).
  • Speaker and Chair, "Transformative Mediation," State Bar Employment & Labor Law Section (May 2008).
  • Co-chair, American Bar Association Employment Litigation Skills Training Program, Phoenix (January 2008).
  • Speaker, "Creating Legally Defensible Documentation," National Business Institute Seminar (July 2006).
  • Speaker, "Avoiding the Legal Landmines: Ensuring Your Investigation Complies With the Law and Protecting Against Fallout From the Investigation," Council on Education in Management Seminar (June 2006).
  • Speaker, “Certificate in Human Resources Management,” Council on Education in Management Seminar (April 2006).
  • Speaker, "Public Section Employment Law Update," Council on Education in Management Seminar (March 2006).
  • Speaker, "Update on Critical Legal Issues in Conducting Workplace Investigations to Minimize Your Liability Risks," Council on Education in Management Seminar (July 2005).
  • Speaker, "New Employment Law Challenges in 2005," Council on Education In Management Seminar (March 2005).
  • Speaker, "Making the Right Decisions Without Violating the Law," Council on Education In Management Seminar (March 2005).
  • Speaker, "Employment Practice Issues" and "Mental Health and Emotional Issues in the Workplace," Sterling Education Services, LLC Seminar (May 2003).
  • Chapter Author, "Employment Torts, Employment Termination Rights and Remedies," Second Edition 2003 Supplement, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law.

ADR Training  

  • American Arbitration Association, Clarity in Award Writing, 2016
  • American Arbitration Association, Take the Initiative! Your Obligation to be a Proactive Arbitrator, 2015.
  • Arizona Association for Conflict Resolution, Master Class in Mediation-Advanced Mediation Workshop, 2015.
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, Prisoner Mediation Training, 2014.
  • U.S. Postal Service, Redress Mediation Training, 2007, supplemental 2009.
  • Maricopa County Superior Court, Judge Pro Tem Mediator Training, 1998 and 2008.
  • Professional Mediation Associates, Comprehensive Mediation Training, 2008.
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (formerly NASD) Arbitrator Training, 2007.
  • State Bar of Arizona, ADR Section – Sectional Educational Program, Apology and the Resolution of Employment Disputes, 2007.
  • State Bar of Arizona, ADR Section – Sectional Educational Program, Proper Documentation of a Mediation Settlement Agreement, 2007.
  • American Arbitration Association, Dealing with Delay Tactics in Arbitration, 2010,  2006. 
  • American Arbitration Association, Chairing an Arbitration Panel: Managing Procedures, Process & Dynamics, 2005, 2010.
  • American Arbitration Association, Arbitration Awards: Safeguarding, Deciding & Writing Awards, 2003.
  • American Arbitration Association, Neutrals Conference, 2003.
  • American Arbitration Association, Arbitrator Update, 2002.
  • American Arbitration Association, Employment Arbitrator II Training, 2002.
  • American Arbitration Association, Commercial Arbitrator Training, 1999.
  • American Arbitration Association, Employment Arbitrator Training, 1997.


 Prior Affiliations

  • Shareholder, Walker & Peskind, PLLC, Scottsdale, AZ,  2009-2011.
  • Member, Gust Rosenfeld P.L.C., Phoenix, AZ, 1982-2009.
  • Staff Attorney, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, D.C. and New York, NY, 1974-1982.


 Steven M. Guttell, PLC, 9393 N. 90th Street, #102-241, Scottsdale, AZ (602) 690-0086





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