Robin Graine, JD, is certified by the Virginia Supreme Court as a divorce and family law mediator since 2009 and a nationally certified divorce financial analyst (CDFA) since 2014. She has 14 years of experience as a former divorce lawyer, family law hearing officer, and mediator.
Robin was originally certified as a family law mediator by the Center for Conflict Resolution, in 1994, as one of Chicago's first court-certified mediators. Prior to opening in 2009 in Fairfax Virginia, Robin spent seven years practicing law as a divorce attorney and guardian-ad-litem (children's legal advocate). Her career also includes a 3-year judicial appointment as a Child Support and Child Abuse Hearing Officer in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.
She earned a law degree from Kent College of Law in Chicago (1989) and a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University (1986). She has been a member of the Illinois bar since 1989.
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