Over the years, I have developed an internationalist and innovative perspective that has inspired my empowering neutrality in the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes of Negotiation and Mediation. As a Neutral specializing in the Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Negotiation and Mediation of domestic and international business, commercial and other general civil disputes, my neutrality empowers parties’ contemplation, communication, and cooperation through an efficient, effective, and ethical dispute resolution process, so that they can achieve a peaceful resolution.
I have always been active, athletically, socially and culturally. Horses have been a special part of my life, and my natural horsemanship training and experience also inspired my approach to communication through relationship awareness and engagement, self-awareness and authenticity, creativity and flexibility, and leadership. My Doberman Pinscher is a very special part of my life, and always by my side. I am enthusiastic about history, the arts, nature, and preserving the natural beauty of the world around me and beyond. I am passionate about life, count my blessings, broaden my experience and abilities, and do my best.
With many years of business and legal experience in general business and Fortune 500 multinational companies in a wide range of industries and sectors and in corporate legal departments and law firms in a wide range of practice areas, I have a broad base of knowledge and practical experience from which to draw in dealing with disputes, whether it be legal or alternative dispute resolution. I received both a Certificate of Appreciation by the Honorable J. Spencer Letts, United States District Judge for the Central District of California, for my work as a Judicial Extern, and a Certificate of Commendation by the City of Los Angeles for my work as a Law Clerk in the Office of the City Attorney, Los Angeles Harbor Division.
I am an Active Member of the Kentucky Bar Association (KBA) and both a Member and Officer (Vice Chair) of its Dispute Resolution Section, a Life Fellow of the Kentucky Bar Foundation (KBF), the nonprofit, charitable arm of Kentucky’s legal community, a Member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and its Dispute Resolution Section, its Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Task Force Working Group III, Guidance with Respect to Special Issues Relating to Private ODR, and a Member of the Planning Committee of the Dispute Resolution Section inaugural Tech Expo, an Associate Member of the International Council for Online Dispute Resolution (ICODR), a Fellow of the World Mediation Organization and an Individual Panel Member of ADR ODR International. I received the 2018 CLE Award from the Kentucky Bar Association.
I have a Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern Law School, an ABA Paralegal Certificate from University of San Diego School of Law with a focus on Business Law and Environmental Law, and a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, in Liberal Arts from Mount St. Mary’s College. I studied International Law both domestically and internationally, including Private and Public International Law, Comparative Law, European Union Law and International Trade Law, at Southwestern Law School, Tulane University Law School’s Tulane Institute of European Legal Studies at Paris-Dauphine University, and University of Georgia/Institut d’Etudes Européennes, Université Libre de Bruxelles’s Dean Rusk International Law Center Annual Brussels Seminar on the European Union. I was also a Student Reporter for The State Bar of California International Law Section Newsletter and a Volunteer Researcher for the ABA Section on International Law and Practice, Multijurisdictional Practice Commission and Transnational Legal Practice Committee.
I exceeded the requisite Kentucky Court of Justice General Civil Litigation Mediation Roster training requirement with 80 Hour Advanced Mediation Training at International Mediation Institute (IMI) Qualified Assessment Program (QAP) and Certified Mediator Training Program (CMTP), Mediation International, in Madrid, Spain and 40 Hour Basic and 24 Hour Intermediary Mediation Training at Kathleen Ruane Leedy and MediateGuru, and am a Volunteer Mediator of the Fayette County District Court Small Claims Volunteer Mediation Program. I am the first International Mediation Institute (IMI) Qualified Mediator via IMI CMTP, Mediation International, am qualified for recognition as an IMI Certified Mediator via Qualifying Assessment Program, Mediation International, am a Member of the IMI Young Mediators’ Initiative (YMI), was a Mentee of the IMI-YMI Mentorship Framework, and have completed the assessment and, therefore, training requirement, for IMI Online Mediator Specialization via IMI QAP Instituto de Certificação e Formação de Mediadores Lusófonos (ICFML) via ODR Foundations.
I attended the 2017 World Mediation Summit in Madrid. I received a Certificate of Excellence by securing a top 10% rank in completing the full semester The Master Negotiation Course delivered by The Negotiation Academy legal negotiation training as one of the first group of Master Negotiators among lawyers from the United States, Europe, Africa, and Asia. I also received a Certificate of Completion for the continuous 12-week courses, Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Practitioner Certification Program, Editions #1 #2 and #3, delivered by ICFML in partnership with Holistic Solutions, Inc. (HSI). I am a certified NextLevel™ Mediation Dispute Resolution Analyst, a professional mediator who has been trained in the application of decision analytics to dispute resolution. Complete Mediation Training and Professional Development are available via my IMI Profile here.
I guide parties in dispute or conflict, with empowering neutrality, so that they can achieve a peaceful resolution.
The courts of this country should not be the places where resolution of disputes begins. They should be the places where the disputes end after alternative methods of resolving disputes have been considered and tried.
― Sandra Day O’Connor
Volunteer Mediator, Fayette County District Court, Small Claims Court Volunteer Mediation Program
Life Fellow, Kentucky Bar Foundation
Volunteer, Kentucky Bar Association
Volunteer, American Bar Association
Volunteer, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program
The Forest of Andrews Dispute Resolution, Tree-Nation Corporate Forest, participating in Offset Website, Net Zero Team, and classic Plant Trees services and C02 Certified reforestation and conservation projects
Associate Member, Lexington Philharmonic Guild