Professional Details

Lawrence Gaughan
Senior MediatorSenior MediatorSenior Mediator

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11800 Sunrise Valley Drive
Ste. 320
Reston, VA 20191-5302
Fax: 7032641004


Description of Practice

This Mediator is Certified
All aspects of family and divorce settlements. These include parenting (custody), support, property division, and all the incidental matters.

Professional Background

Member, Virginia State Bar. In private practice of family law in Northern Virginia since 1979. Mediating since 1980. Qualified for collaborative practice. Approximately 90% of my practice is in mediation and arbitration. No longer representing parties in litigation.


Approximately 3,000 cases as a mediator during the period 1980 to date. These have been almost all in the family law and divorce area.


B.A., J.D. University of Montana, 1957; LL.M. University of Virginia 1964. Formerly a law professor at University of Virginia, Washington & Lee University, and George Mason University Law Schools.


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
Nov. 1979-Mar. 1980    O.J. Coogler    40 hours, , Washington, DC
1980-81    O.J. Coogler, John Haynes, Steve Erickson    Washington DC - 120 hours
1982    Academy of Family Mediators Presidential Training    40 hours
2008    Frank Morrison, Lawrence Hoover and others    4 hours, Richmond, Virginia
2009    Susan Gamache, Malcolm McCollam, Amy Wolfe    Collaborative Practice - 18 hours, Washington DC


Varies with each case. The goal is to do whatever is effective to achieve a fair and workable settlement. For much more detail about our "state of the art" mediation, see our new website,


The hourly rate is $300, billed in tenths of an hour. Retainers are not generally required. Credit cards are accepted and a responsible payment plan will be considered. The hourly fee is divided between the two participants.

Other Information

Involved in the mediation movement almost from the beginning. As a lawyer, I have long since believed that the conventional adversarial process is often too expensive, frustrating, and time-consuming. And it still may lead to settlements that are not fine-tuned.

Areas of Practice

  • Divorce (all issues) (2,500 mediated)
  • Family (500 mediated)

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Representational Lawyer

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