I am certified by the NC Dispute Resolution Commission as a Family Financial Mediator. I mediate for people with or without lawyers, for cases in court or for those hoping to avoid court altogether, virtually or in person at my office. I can assist any family in NC. Our goal is a fair and wise agreement that will reduce family conflict, which is particularly important for families with children. You can avoid the astronomical cost of court and years of conflict and uncertainty by using mediation to expeditiously and fairly resolve all issues so you can both move forward into a new future.
I am a lawyer who spent over a decade litigating family cases in NC. I also previously served as NC District Court Judge. Litigating and deciding these cases convinced me that court is the very last place that families should end up but it is usually the first place they go when separation occurs.
I have represented dozens of clients in family mediations. In 2017, I was certified by the NC Dispute Resolution Commission and begin mediating cases as part of my private law practice. In 2019 I was appointed to a judicial vacancy in NC and served through the end of 2020. In 2021, I renewed my mediation certification and focused my practice on family mediation.
When possible, I use interest based negotiation, trying to assist parties in reaching an agreement that will meet each of their needs. I developed a simplified questionnaire that I ask the parties to complete so that I know the issues we need to resolve in mediation. I have a physical office in central NC but also use a virtual platform to allow for private, convenient mediations for individuals anywhere in NC.
I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and attended law school at the University of Houston Law Center, graduating cum laude. I also have a master’s degree in military operations (I spent 6 years on active duty as a jag and continue my service currently as a reservist).
I charge $200 per hour for mediation services, which is usually split between the parties.