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Mediation Office of John Spiegel, J.D.
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600 Jefferson Plaza
Rockville, MD 20852
Description of Practice
[To keep our clients safe and supported during the COVID-19 crisis, we're using Zoom to connect with new and ongoing clients, and find it an excellent platform for keeping mediations on track.] Our practice focuses primarily on mediation for separation and divorce. We mediate parenting issues, financial issues, and all other issues needed to provide clients with a comprehensive divorce settlement. Co-mediation is available for all our clients. Our office is located in downtown Rockville, Maryland. We also mediate pre-nuptial agreements, post-divorce disputes, conflicts concerning estate planning, and family business disputes.
After graduating from Yale Law School in 1982, I served as judicial law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge William B. Bryant and then worked as a staff attorney at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. From 1985 to 1995 I worked as an attorney practicing family law. From 1990 to 1994 I also served as Adjunct Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law, teaching juvenile law. In 1995 I received my Mediation Training Certification from the National Center for Mediation Education. The following year I gave up adversarial legal work altogether in order to open my private mediation practice, and since then I have worked on a full-time basis as a divorce mediator and mediation trainer.
I have been a full-time divorce mediator serving Maryland and DC since 1996. I am recognized as a Certified Mediator by the Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution (MCDR). In 2003 and 2004 I served as President of MCDR and in 2005-2008 and 2012-2014 as President of the Montgomery County Divorce Roundtable, an interdisciplinary professional organization. In 1996 I founded the divorce mediation program at Jewish Family Services (JFS) in Baltimore and served as the primary mediator there for a decade. I have been active as a mediation trainer both nationally and locally, teaching mediation courses and conflict resolution programs at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and other educational institutions.
J.D. Yale Law School 1982 B.A. Stanford University 1972
I believe that human beings—all of us—are brilliant creatures, fully capable (if given the proper assistance) of using our great intelligence to work out creative resolutions to our disputes. I see mediation as a process that allows people to think clearly, hear each other’s perspectives, and together figure out workable solutions to problems. As a mediator, my job is to provide a safe setting for negotiations, facilitate communication, suggest options, provide useful information, make sure that clients address all important issues, and document client decisions. Now, after decades as a full-time mediator, I still retain the sense of excitement that I felt during my first mediation, as a high-conflict couple set aside literally years of court battles to resolve their parenting disputes.
Areas of Practice
- Divorce (all issues)
- Divorce (parenting)
- Online Mediation
- Mediating Lawyer
- Online Mediator