Consensus Building

During nearly three decades at the American Petroleum Institute, the oil industry’s premier trade association, I managed consensus building among the Institute’s company members on key legislation, rulemaking and litigation issues affecting industry.


David Deal testifying on behalf of the Department of the Interior Royalty Policy Committee at March 2008 House of Representatives hearing with DOI Inspector General (r) and Government Accountability Office.

This consensus building experience includes managing multi-party private meetings, participating in public consensus building fora, such as federal advisory committees under the Federal Advisory Committee Act and regulatory negotiations under the federal Negotiated Rulemaking Act, and serving as lead negotiator in the settlement of several multi-million dollar litigations.


    Summer 2016
    Facilitated pre-final sentencing Victim Offender Conference for serious automobile accident-related case in Jefferson County, West Virginia Circuit Court case.
    July 21, 2016

    Spring 2016
    "Introduction to Restorative Justice," annual guest lecture for George Washington University Law Center alternative dispute resolution class.
    March 31, 2015

    Winter 2016
    Keynote presentation offender at Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky conference in Louisville, "Breaking the Chains That Bind: Restorative Justice, Prison, and Re-Entry Ministry."
    February 26-27, 2016

    Winter 2015
    With Episcopal clergy and Bureau of Prisons representatives commenced exploration of pilot project integrating restorative justice with existing prison mentoring program for inmates scheduled for community re-entry.
    January, 2015

    December 2014
    Served as facilitator at American Anthropological Association annual conference for process directed at guaging AAA members' views on Israel-Palestine tensions and the prospect of an AAA resolution endorsing a boycott of Israeli educational institutions.
    December 4, 2014

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