The Federal Service Impasses Panel Biographies


Mary Jacksteit, Chair, Federal Service Impasses Panel – Federal Labor Relations Authority

Mary Jacksteit has over 20 years of experience in mediation, facilitation and negotiation working for non-profit organizations, government agencies and community organizations.  Jacksteit previously served on the Federal Service Impasses Panel for seven years during the Clinton Administration.  She began her legal career as a labor attorney for the American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, where she later served as Deputy General Counsel.  In the late 1980’s she began practicing as a labor arbitrator in the public and private sectors, serving on panels of the American Arbitration Association, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, and U.S. Postal Service.  For 10 years, she worked at Search for Common Ground - a conflict resolution organization.  Since 2007 she has been associated with the Public Conversations Project in Watertown, Massachusetts and has maintained a private practice focused on community, public policy, organizational planning, and conflict management.  Jacksteit has a law degree from Georgetown Law School, an M.S. from George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.


Martin H. Malin, Member, Federal Service Impasses Panel – Federal Labor Relations Authority

Martin H. Malin is a Professor of Law and the Director of the Institute for Law and the Workplace at Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology.  He teaches courses in labor law, collective bargaining, arbitration, public sector labor law, employment law, contracts and jurisprudence. Malin has published five books, including Public Sector Employment:  Cases and Materials (West 2004), the leading law school casebook on public sector labor law;  and more than 60 articles on labor law and dispute resolution.  An active arbitrator and mediator, Malin previously served on the Board of Governors of the National Academy of Arbitrators and is currently on the Board of Governors of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.  He also serves on the Executive Committee of The Labor Law Group, is currently the Secretary of the ABA Section on Labor and Employment Law, and is a past chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law.  From 2004 - 2008, Malin served as Reporter for the Association of Labor Relations Agencies’ Neutrality Project.  He was the principal drafter of ALRA’s Neutrality Report, a mini-treatise on labor board and mediation agency impartiality.  During the mid-1980s, he served as a consultant to Illinois’ public employment labor boards and drafted the regulations implementing Illinois’ newly-enacted public sector labor relations acts.  Malin joined the Chicago-Kent faculty in 1980, after teaching at Ohio State University and serving as Law Clerk to U.S. District Judge Robert DeMascio in Detroit.  He holds a J.D. from George Washington University and a B.A. from Michigan State University.

Barbara B. Franklin, Member, Federal Service Impasses Panel – Federal Labor Relations Authority

Barbara B. Franklin is an arbitrator and mediator in Washington, D.C.  She serves on arbitration rosters administered by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, the American Arbitration Association and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.  She is a mediator for the U.S. Court of Appeals and District Court for the District of Columbia.  She also served for over 14 years as a Public Member of the D.C. Police and Firefighters Retirement Board, a position that is appointed by the Major of D.C.   Prior to her retirement from the Federal Government in 1997, Ms. Franklin was Chief Counsel to Members Pamela Talkin and Donald S. Wasserman of the Federal Labor Relations Authority.  From 1977 to 1989, she served as a staff attorney and then supervisory attorney for the National Labor Relations Board in the Office of General Counsel (Division of Advice).  Franklin received her J.D. from The Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law, where she was Associate Editor for the Law Review, and her B.A. from Northwestern University. 

Edward F. Hartfield, Member, Federal Service Impasses Panel – Federal Labor Relations Authority

Edward F. Hartfield is a Member of the Federal Service Impasses Panel, a role he has held since 2010, and previously held from 1994 to 2002.  Concurrently since 2010, he is also President of Hartfield Resolution Group.  He has served as a full time mediator and arbitrator since 1976.  From 1988 to 2010, he was Executive Director of the National Center for Dispute Settlement (NCDS).  From 1979 to 1988, Mr. Hartfield served as Commissioner with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, and State Mediator for the New Jersey Office of Dispute Settlement from 1976 to 1979.  He has also served as the International President of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR) and served on the Michigan Supreme Court Dispute Resolution Task Force.  Mr. Hartfield also is a member of various arbitration panels, including the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service, the National Mediation Board, the Michigan Employment Relations Commission, and the Employment Relations Boards for the states of Ohio and Iowa.  Mr. Hartfield received a B.A. from Oberlin College and an M.A. from the University of Detroit.


Don Wasserman, Member, Federal Service Impasses Panel – Federal Labor Relations Authority

Don Wasserman has been a labor relations professional his entire career.  Since 2001, he has been an arbitrator/mediator, specializing in all levels of the public sector. He is a Member of the D.C. Public Employee Relations Board (DC PERB) and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Employee Relations Council (MWAA-ERC). Wasserman is also on the labor rosters of the American Arbitration Association, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and National Mediation Board.  In December 1995, he was appointed by former President Clinton as a Member and then as Chairman of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), where he served until 2001.  Wasserman began his career at the Communications Workers of America and then the International Association of Machinists.  From 1967 until his appointment to FLRA, Wasserman held various top positions at the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees where he served as Director of the Department of Collective Bargaining and Assistant to the President.  His major responsibilities included serving as chief negotiator in establishing initial collective bargaining agreements with several state governments and large local governments.  He frequently testified before legislative bodies on key collective bargaining issues such as bargaining unit structure and impasse resolution procedures, as well as matters including government reinvention/redesign and civil service reform. Wasserman received an M.B.A from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. from Temple University.

Marvin E. Johnson, Member, Federal Service Impasses Panel - Federal Labor Relations Authority

Marvin E. Johnson is an internationally recognized mediator, arbitrator, and trainer with more than 30 years of dispute resolution experience.  He is Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution.  Mr. Johnson received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Catholic University and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Kent State University and a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin.  He has worked for the Department of Labor, the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, the National Treasury Employees Union, the National Football League Players’ Association, the National Academy of Conciliators, and was Professor of Labor Relations, Law, and Dispute Resolution at Bowie State University and Adjunct Professor of Dispute Resolution at Catholic University School of Law.  Mr. Johnson has served as a Member of the Federal Service Impasses Panel (1999-2002 and 2009-2012), the Foreign Service Impasse Disputes Panel (June 2000-January 2002) and the Foreign Service Grievance Board (2005-2007).  He serves on numerous national and regional dispute resolution panels, including, the American Arbitration Association National Roster of Neutrals, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, JAMS the Resolution Experts, and the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution.  Mr. Johnson has held positions on numerous national and international dispute resolution boards, including, the Association for Conflict Resolution, the ABA-Section of Dispute Resolution, and the International Academy of Mediators.  


David E. Walker, Member, Federal Service Impasses Panel - Federal Labor Relations Authority

David E. Walker was born and raised in south Louisiana, Mr. Walker attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, graduating with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1960.  He then attended George Washington University and after receiving a Master’s degree in political science entered military service in the U.S.A.F. as a commissioned officer.  In 1963-1964 he volunteered for service in the Republic of Vietnam, spending a year in that theater of conflict.   After his discharge in 1965 he enrolled in the Harvard Law School, graduating in 1968 with an L.L.B. cum laude.  In 1968 he began a career in the private practice of law, forming his own law firm in 1981.  His practice specialized in labor relations and over 34 years he represented a number of management clients as well as labor unions.   In 2004 Mr. Walker applied for and was placed by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service on its Roster of Arbitrators, which placement prompted his retirement from the private practice of law.  Since that time he was selected to hear over fifty arbitration disputes, with published decisions in about half of those cases.  In that same time period he was selected and served as a permanent arbitrator on an Expedited Arbitration Panel of the U.S.P.S. and the National Mail Handlers Union, a panel maintained by the Midgulf Association of Stevedores and I.L.A. Local Union No. 1497 in New Orleans, Louisiana, and the National Panel of Arbitrators maintained by the A.F.G.E. and the Social Security Administration for Panel Six.