After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania (cum laude with Honors in Philosophy), I pursued graduate studies in philosophy at Cornell University. I then transferred to the Cornell Law School.
Upon graduation from law school, I worked briefly for the Maine Attorney General’s office and then opened my own law office in Brunswick. A general law practice in a small Maine college town, my clients were ordinary people who needed practical solutions to a wide variety of issues.
To obtain a larger “toolbox,” in 1997 I left the active practice of law and earned the Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) designation. This required passing an examination almost as challenging as the Bar exam. In addition to planning and investments, I also learned about insurance and ultimately passed the Maine Insurance Consultant examination.
For the next 15 years I practiced financial planning, first as part of an independent planning practice, then as a principal in the Wealth Management group at Berry Dunn (the largest independent accounting firm in northern New England), and finally as the Director of Trust and Wealth Management at Androscoggin Bank.
After stepping away from the Bank, I have continued financial planning activities through my affiliation with Harvest Asset Group. At the same time, I have had the opportunity to undertake advanced study and trainings allowing me to offer a range of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services, with an emphasis on mediation. On a selective basis, I also accept strategic planning and other consulting engagements.
On a personal level, I have been divorced and am remarried (now going on 30 years). I have three children, two step-sons, and five grandchildren (including step-grandchildren) — with more on the way! My ex-wife remarried, and she and her husband have a child, who of course is a half-sister to my children. So in addition to my professional experience, I have lived the divorced parent/single parent/step-parent life with many of its complexities.
About the Practice
My practice at Barry Kohler Consulting is mainly focused on Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution. All of my financial planning activities are undertaken in connection with my affiliation with Harvest Asset Group. On occasion I will accept special projects of interest.
- Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
- Traditional Financial Planning
- Strategic Planning and Other Projects of Interest
In whatever professional endeavor I am engaged, my approach is founded on these beliefs:
- The “best” resolution of a dispute often needs to take into account an ongoing relationship between or among the parties.
- Life is more than a spreadsheet exercise – often the most important “stuff” does not fit on a spreadsheet!
- The best answer to specific questions comes from as broad as possible an understanding of the big picture.
If you have a project or matter with which I might be able to help, please call me at 207-838-3300 or contact me here.