Senior Mediator

Senior MediatorThis mediator has at least 100 hours of mediation training, 500 hours of mediation experience, agrees to take part in at least 12 hours per year of continuing mediation education, and subscribes to's required standards of mediation practice.Premium Member

Katherine Webster-O'Keefe

Katherine is an experienced family lawyer and mediator. She works with couples to help them transition through their separation and divorce, helping them work through all the issues that need to be addressed in the divorce process by facilitating productive discussions, educating parties about the law, and structuring a plan that will work going forward. Katherine handles all aspects of the court process for the parties – preparation, service and filing of the divorce complaint, preparation of financial affidavits, preparation of the final agreement and attends the final hearing to assist the parties and the court.

Through The Candlewood Mediation Center, LLC, Katherine provides co-mediation with a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Thomas Condon, who brings 35 years of experience treating children and families into the mediation process. Together the psychologist/lawyer-social worker team facilitates effective communications focused on the future instead of blame for past events, guiding couples toward an enduring and informed settlement. The process focuses on creating a healthy and stable enviornment for the children, paving the way for them to become healthy adults. The process effectively plans for their future and keeps the cost of their divorce manageable.

Katherine has a Masters in Social Work and has practiced family law in Connecticut since 1983. For more than 20 years she had an active adversarial practice. She has also acted as Attorney for Minor Children and Guardian Ad Litem in many cases. Since 2004 her practice has been limited by choice to resolving family cases outside of court.

ADR Experience

Over the course of 26 years Katherine has mediated hundreds of cases in her mediation practice and as a special master in the Connecticut court system.


J.D., M.S.W.

Areas Of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Elder
  • Family
  • Marital Mediation

Additional Services

  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Mediator-Arbitrator

Professional Associations

  • ABA DR - ABA Section of DR
  • ACR - Assoc. for Conflict Resolution
  • IACP - International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • AFM AP - ACR Acad. Family Mediators AP
  • APFM - Acad. of Professional Family Mediators

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