Linda Ippolito is a classical pianist, litigation lawyer, dispute resolution practitioner, teacher, and scholar, whose passion lies in the intersection between music and conflict. She studied at the Julliard School of Music in New York and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. She has performed throughout North America and Europe as a soloist in recital and with orchestra, as a vocal collaborator and duo pianist, and continues to actively perform.
Linda holds an LL.B., LL.M. in Alternative Dispute Resolution, and a Ph.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. She is a founding and senior partner at the Toronto-based law firm, Sheridan, Ippolito & Associates and the dispute resolution consulting firm “Ensemble Solutions”. Linda has appeared before every level of Court in Ontario and before various administrative tribunals. A certified collaborative family practitioner and mediator, Linda has taught advocacy, negotiation, and dispute resolution at Queens Law School, Osgoode Hall Law School, and Osgoode Professional Development. Her academic work focuses on shifting dominant culture disputing metaphors and mindsets from war and games to the musical ensemble and building creative capacities through the use of music-based teaching and learning modalities. She has authored numerous articles and scholarly publications on dispute resolution topics, including the book “Music, Leadership and Conflict: the Art of Ensemble Negotiation and Problem-solving” for the Palgrave Macmillan series, Business, Arts and Humanities.