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Conversations Leading Lord Grantham to Agreement

by Victoria Pynchon
February 2013

Settle It Now and ABC of Conflict Blog by Victoria Pynchon

Victoria Pynchon

If you think the 20th century’s teen years look an awful lot like those of the 21st – massive technological change and fault lines breaking open between the one and the 99% – you’re quite right. In the most recent season of the rare PBS hit, Downton Abbey the British aristocracy is reeling from post-World War I modernization.

Lord and Lady Grantham and their privileged kin are entering the jazz age and the heading toward the collapse of Wall Street (Lord Grantham having brought his family to near ruin by investing in the stock market). Those who are “to the manor born” are worrying about the collapse of the aristocracy as an institution – an inevitable collapse caused by the paired sins of mismanagement and entitlement to rule.

EnTITLEment, after all, is rooted in the grant of a “title” to an estate or real property and an accompanying honorific (Lord and Lady Grantham).

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Attorney-mediator Victoria Pynchon is a panelist with ADR Services, Inc. Ms. Pynchon was awarded her LL.M Degree in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute in May of 2006, after 25 years of complex commercial litigation practice, with sub-specialties in intellectual property, securities fraud, antitrust, insurance coverage, consumer class actions and all types of business torts and contract disputes.  During her two years of full-time neutral practice, she has co-mediated both mandatory and voluntary settlement conferences with Los Angeles Superior Court Judges Alexander Williams, III and Victoria Chaney.  As a result of her work with Judge Chaney in the Complex Court at Central Civil West, Ms. Pynchon has gained significant experience mediating construction defect litigation.  Ms. Pynchon received her J.D., Order of the Coif, from the U.C. Davis School of Law. 

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