Kathy Holub works with families to resolve conflicts over inheritance, estates and family enterprises.  A mediator and former lawyer, she specializes in helping families find lasting solutions to problems in which relationships are paramount.  She takes pride in helping families embrace their differences and use them as a key to problem-solving.  She also acts as a strategic advisor to individual clients, helping them resolve conflict with family members who are not interested in mediation.

Kathy’s twenty years of experience in conflict resolution are grounded in her love of teaching.  She is a Lecturer at Columbia and Harvard law schools, where she has taught negotiation for many years.  She is a seasoned negotiation trainer who has helped thousands of senior executives and professionals become better negotiators.  She has conducted programs for Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, the Brunswick Group, Naspers, Cleary Gottlieb, FINRA, the Clinton Foundation, Columbia University, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Montefiore Medical Center, and the New York City Council, among others.  She has also advised business owners on specific negotiation challenges.  She is a frequent speaker on negotiation-related topics and has delivered many Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs on negotiation.

A former journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winner, she has edited four books, including “Bargaining With the Devil: When to Negotiate, When to Fight,” by Harvard Law Professor Robert H. Mnookin (Simon & Schuster 2010).

She holds a JD from Yale Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.  She clerked for then-Judge Sonia Sotomayor in the Southern District of New York and practiced law for two years before moving into teaching and consulting.  She is based in New York City.

Professional certifications:

  • Family Firm Institute: Family Business Advising/Family Wealth Advising (expected 2020)
  • Stalder Mediation (advanced mediation)
  • The Center for Understanding in Conflict (mediation)
  • Ackerman Institute for the Family: Foundations in Family Therapy
  • New York Peace Institute (mediation)


  • Family Firm Institute
  • New York City Bar Association