Former Franklin County 20th Circuit Presiding Judge Gael D. Wood, has joined the mediation and senior arbitrator panels of United States Arbitration & Mediation (USA&M), the leading provider of mediation and arbitration services.

USA&M is a client-based alternative dispute resolution administrator providing a skilled panel of mediators and arbitrators to the legal, business and insurance community nationwide.

It was established in 1985 and is now the largest provider of alternative dispute resolution in the Midwest.

The mission of USA&M is to help contesting parties obtain resolution of their dispute through the use of an appropriate dispute resolution process. It’s core values include honoring self-determination in the resolution process, a respect for people and belief in the importance of education.

In the fall of 2000, Wood was elected to the circuit court and took office on Jan. 1, 2001. He retired in October 2017.

Judge Wood began practicing law in Washington in 1975 at a firm in which he eventually became a partner. He had served as municipal judge for both the cities of Washington and Owensville.