Clymer Bardsley, President and Founder of The Bardsley Group, has more than 20 years of experience as a lawyer, mediator, trainer and coach. Throughout his career he has helped thousands of individuals to increase their productivity by reducing the conflict in their personal and professional lives. Inspired by assisting people through difficult situations and training them to prevent conflicts from escalating, Clymer established The Bardsley Group in January 2016. By training leaders and professionals in mediation, assisting in the resolution of disputes between two or more people, and coaching individuals on how to engage in productive problem solving, Clymer helps his clients to effectively resolve conflict and improve both their top and bottom lines.
Since 2003, Clymer has served three prominent conflict resolution organizations, including The Good Shepherd Mediation Program in Philadelphia, The Kukin Program for Dispute Resolution at Cardozo School of Law in New York City, and The Moritz College of Law’s Program on Dispute Resolution at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. During this time, he taught hundreds of people how to skillfully mediate conflicts, and he mediated over 500 disputes for organizations, the courts, communities, and families. Additionally, he trained organizational heads and employees to become better problem solvers and negotiators, thereby empowering them and those around them to achieve better outcomes.
Clymer has developed his own impactful style and series of workshops, enabling his clients to build their skills in a safe and friendly environment. He has created a versatile coaching and mediation practice that is responsive to the needs of his clients. For all of his clients, his goal is to make problem solving more manageable for existing conflicts as well as to give his clients the necessary tools to deal with future dysfunction.
Additionally, Clymer has conducted trainings, courses, and presentations for the United States Army, the Philadelphia Police Department, and school leaders from around the country. He has presented at University of Pennsylvania’s Law School and School of Education, as well as schools throughout the Philadelphia School District. He has worked with the Philadelphia’s Police Athletic League, Parks Department, Department of Human Services, and has worked in Philadelphia Family Court with hundreds of parents in managing custody and related parenting matters.
Clymer is the Editor-in-Chief of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Newsletter. He serves as both a mediator and a settlement official for the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and facilitates abuse and neglect matters in Philadelphia Family Court. Clymer is also on the faculty at both Temple University’s School of Education and at the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution at Columbia University’s Teacher’s College.
Clymer earned his law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York and his B.A. in History from Middlebury College.