Negotiate Now was founded by Paul Chadha, an Air Force veteran, attorney, and Adjunct Professor of Law at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law’s Program on Negotiation and Mediation. Paul provides negotiations training to organizations around the world. He practices commercial business law full-time, combining a wealth of real-world negotiation expertise with his extensive teaching experience and work at large law firms.
Paul joined Northwestern Law School’s faculty in the 2005-06 academic year and has taught several classes at the law school including: Negotiations; International Business Law; and a Corporate Counsel Practicum. Paul has taught International Business Law and Negotiations at Tel Aviv University School of Law in Israel, Addis Ababa University School of Law and Haramaya University School of Law in Ethiopia as well as at a number of law schools in the Chicago-land area. Paul received Northwestern’s Adjunct Professor of the Year Award in 2014. Professor Chadha’s research and teaching activities have focused on issues related to crisis negotiations. His research examines the process and educational correlations between the high pressure, time limited legal and business negotiations and those crisis negotiations that law enforcement confronts.
Born in Chicago and raised in Maywood, Illinois, Paul graduated from Proviso East High School. He leads a productive career as an educator, attorney, and advocate for human rights. Paul has received several awards and citations for outstanding work in the areas of volunteerism and advocacy. Paul honorably served on active duty in the United States Air Force and in the United States Air Force Reserves. While on active duty Paul founded Airmen Against Drunk Driving, now an Air Force-wide initiative. As a Non-Commissioned Officer, Paul learned lessons about integrity, discipline, attention to detail, and how small groups of motivated people can work together to achieve positive change.
Since graduating from law school, Paul became President (currently Chairman of the Board) of Awassa.Org, a non-profit that supports children primarily orphaned by HIV/AIDS in southern Ethiopia. Under Paul’s leadership, the orphanage expanded to care for over 100 orphans, opened an accredited computer/vocational training school for another 300 adult students, and installed a state-of-the-art solar power system, clean water well and filtration system and high-speed wireless internet. Paul serves as a Board member of Legal Prep Charter Academy and Trap Door Theatre in Chicago; he received the Association of Corporate Counsel – Chicago Chapter’s Thurgood Marshall Career Achievement Award in 2013.
Paul enjoys playing music, was a radio DJ many years ago, but most of all, is a father of three beautiful little girls and a husband who gushes on his wife.