Joseph G. Skelly

Current Practice

Joe Skelly opened the Skelly Dispute Resolution Center in 1999. Since that time, he has become one of Central Pennsylvania’s leading mediators and dispute resolvers.

He mediates in a wide variety of areas embracing business and commercial issues, including contract disputes; divorce, custody and other family issues; real estate; special education; professional partnerships and corporations, as well as other for-profit and non-profit corporations and organizations; churches and other religious groups; employment; construction; wills, trusts and estates; personal injury, and disputes involving addiction issues. He also mediates disputes in transactional negotiations where parties, attempting to structure a deal, get stuck.

One of Joe’s strong points is dealing with disputes involving conflict in interpersonal relationships.

He also assists clients in conflict management, especially in cases involving enduring conflicts that cannot be resolved but where circumstances require an ongoing relationship to some degree.

He also counsels clients in dispute prevention as well as advising them as to the most effective process for resolving their disputes.

Prior Experience

Joe began his legal career as a small town lawyer for three years in his native town of Oil City, Pennsylvania. He then moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to join his former law school professor, William Bentley Ball, in the practice of law. They co-founded the law firm of Ball & Skelly which later became known as Ball, Skelly, Murren & Connell. In the civil practice of the firm, which spanned over twenty-five years, Joe handled a wide variety of cases, both litigation and transactional, in many substantive areas of the law. He served a wide array of clients from individuals to Fortune 500 companies. He also served as the firm’s managing partner.

Approved/Certified Mediator

Joe is a certified/approved mediator for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania; the Pennsylvania Bar Association Lawyer

Dispute Resolution Program; the Dauphin County Bar Association Civil Dispute Resolution Program; and the Office of Dispute Resolution for Special Education, of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, where he also serves as a facilitator and has previously served as a hearing officer.

Education/Dispute Resolution Training

Joe received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and his law degree from the Villanova University School of Law. He is a professionally trained mediator, having taken basic 40-hour skills mediation courses at each of the following: Key Bridge Therapy and Mediation Center, Washington, D.C.; Mediation Matters, Silver Spring, MD; Center for Dispute Resolution of The Dickinson School of Law Pennsylvania State University; and the Montgomery County Mediation Center. He keeps up with the latest developments in conflict resolution issues through several hours of continuing education courses every year.

Teaching Experience

Joe is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where he teaches dispute resolution and law practice management. He is also a frequent lecturer on the subjects of dispute resolution, ethics, professionalism, and quality of life issues for lawyers, primarily for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. With respect to his participation in dispute resolution programs for PBI, he has been a presenter/panelist for the following programs: 4th Annual ADR Institute, 2008; 3rd Annual ADR Institute, 2007; Use of ADR in Intellectual Property Cases, 2004; and Maximize Your Mediations, 2003. He has also made presentations to other organizations and associations, including Understanding the Dynamics of Conflict in Understanding Dispute Resolution, Centre County (Pennsylvania) Bar Association, 2010.

Professional Memberships

Joe is a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution; the Pennsylvania Council of Mediators; the Pennsylvania Bar Association, (Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Professionalism Committee (Past Chair) and Lawyers Assistance Committee); the American Bar Association (Section of Dispute Resolution); and the Dauphin County Bar Association (Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee).

Peer Review

Joe is rated AV, the highest possible rating given by the leading peer review organization for lawyers in the United States.

2080 Linglestown Road – Suite 102 Harrisburg, PA 17110; Phone: 717-526-4422; Fax: 717-766-3372; Email Joseph Skelly