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From an early age, I developed an internationalist perspective that has inspired my empowering neutrality approach to Negotiation and Mediation. My approach focuses on fostering cooperation rather than influencing outcomes, by using empowering neutrality to power the alternative dispute resolution process, enabling you to be in control of the outcome.

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 have also inspired my approach to Negotiation and Mediation in terms of facilitating communication through relationship awareness and engagement, self-awareness and authenticity, creativity and flexibility, and leadership techniques. My Doberman is a very special part of my life, and always by my side. I am enthusiastic about history, the arts, gourmet experiences, the whole of the universe, and preserving the natural beauty of the Bluegrass region and beyond. I am passionate about life, count my blessings, broaden my experience and abilities, and do my best.

Having experience in the retail, hospitality, insurance, recruiting and legal industries, 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 have worked for Fortune 500 multinational companies and for both corporate legal departments and law firms in a wide range of practice areas. 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 have a Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude in Liberal Arts from Mount St. Mary’s College, a Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern Law School, where I received the American Bar Association (ABA) Bronze Key Award on behalf of the Law School as the ABA Law Student Division Representative, and an ABA Paralegal Certificate from University of San Diego School of Law. I studied international law both domestically and internationally, including Private and Public International Law at Tulane University Law School’s Tulane Institute of European Legal Studies at Paris-Dauphine University and European Union Law at 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.

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, an Individual Panel Member of ADR ODR International, and a past Legal Member of the Internetbar.org Institute (IBO). I received the 2018 CLE Award from the Kentucky Bar Association. I am a licensed Active Life and Health Agent by both the Kentucky and California Departments of Insurance, a Notary Public State at Large commissioned by the Kentucky Secretary of State, a Notary Signing Agent Certified and background-screened by the National Notary Association and Certified by Loan Signing System, and a SIGNiX Certified Notary.

The focus of Andrews Dispute Resolution™ is Online Negotiation and Mediation. While I am an attorney, I limit my Legal Services to project-based online contract work on diverse assignments for other attorneys. This variety of work as a contract attorney enhances my skills and deepens my legal knowledge, and enables me the flexibility to make Alternative Dispute Resolution the sole focus of my services.

I exceeded the requisite Kentucky Court of Justice General Civil Litigation Mediation Roster training at International Mediation Institute (IMI) Qualified Assessment Program (QAP), Mediation International, in Madrid, Spain, 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 Certified Mediator Training Program (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), and have completed the assessment and, therefore, training requirement, for IMI Online Mediator Specialization via IMI Qualifying Assessment Program (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). Complete Mediation Education and Training is available via my IMI Profile here.

As a Negotiator and Mediator using empowering neutrality, I guide people in dispute or conflict, 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


Volunteerism

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

Associate Member, Lexington Philharmonic Guild

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

― Mahatma Gandhi

 

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