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Edward G. Ketchen
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Ed Ketchen Mediation

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12154 Darnestown Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20878


Description of Practice

Mediates in the dispute areas of elder & elder family; landlord/tenant; public and private contracts(& home owner & contractor); home owner associations/home owner; business; employment; EEOC discrimination; uncontested divorce and child custody (parenting plans); child in need of assistance (CINA); police complaints and elder and elder family. (Certified Mediator, Frederick Co.MD Circuit Court)

Professional Background

Administrative Judge serving on the US Department of Defense Armed Services Board of Contract Appeal(2000-2006); US Army Corps of Engineers(1989-2000); Maryland State Board of Contract Appeal Member(1982-1989); US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (Trial Attorney)(1974-1982); US Dept. of Interior Attorney(1971-1974); US Army Corps of Engineers Attorney(1968-1971).


Have mediated over 350 cases. These have included civil cases in Maryland District Courts and civil cases involving construction related disputes in Maryland Circuit Courts as well as employment disputes before the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights. These cases have also included family disputes (divorce and child custody) and community disputes as a volunteer mediator for community mediation centers. Elder/family mediation services have been provided as well and services as a volunteer Ombudsman in an assisted living facility.


LL.M., Law George Washington University School of Law J.D., University of Tennessee B.S., Industrial Engineering, University of Tennessee


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
May 7-11, 2007    Ellen F. Kandell, Esq.; Joyce A. Mitchell, Esq.    Basic Mediation Training, 40 hrs.
November 9, 2008    Martin Kranitz; Kate Cullum Palmisano    Custody/Visitation/Child Access Mediation, 20 hrs.
March 15, 2009    Martin Kranitz; Kate Cullum, Palmi    Property and Financial Divorce Mediation Training, 20 hrs.
Oct. 29-30, 2008    Carolyn J, Rodis    Elder Mediation Training, 15 hrs.
2011-2015    Various Trainers    Mediation Process Courses by Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence, Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution and Maryland Bar Association ADR Section, 273 hrs.
2016-2019    Various Trainers    Mediation, including EEOC; Police Complaint Mediation (16 hrs.); Child in Need of Assistance (24 hrs.)


I am a facilitative mediator serving as neutral. I do not give advice, legal advice or opinions, except in those cases where all participants agree clearly to a specifically defined directive mediation approach. I am also qualified as a Collaborative Law Practitioner.


MEDIATION - Fees negotiated on a case by case rate per hour ($175) basis or on flat fee basis depending on the complexity of the case. Fees are split equally between the parties unless the parties agree to a different fee arrangement. There is a one-hour fee charge (split between the parties) if the mediation is cancelled less than 24 hours before the agreed time and date scheduled for the mediation or a party fails to appear. ARBITRATION: Same fees and charges as presented for mediation services. A one-hour fee appearance fee of $175 is charged if arbitration is cancelled within five business days of the scheduled arbitration.

Other Information

I am a Collaborative Law Practitioner/Mediator-Civil Case Mediation. I mediate cases involving public and private contracts (including construction contracts); divorce and child custody; home owner associations; employment; and discrimination and elder/family disputes (including guardianship disputes)regarding senior life style changes. I am a "Certified Ombudsman Representative, Long Term Care" serving as a volunteer Ombudsman, an advocate for residents, at an assisted living facility in the Washington, DC area suburbs.

Areas of Practice

  • Adult Family (15 mediated)
  • Automotive (4 mediated)
  • Construction (11 mediated)
  • Divorce (all issues) (15 mediated)
  • Divorce (parenting) (15 mediated)
  • Elder (5 mediated)
  • Family (23 mediated)
  • International
  • Landlord - Tenant (36 mediated)
  • Personal Injury (12 mediated)
  • Workplace (19 mediated)

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Fact-Finder
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Ombud
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator

References available upon request.

This dispute resolution professional keeps liability insurance.