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1120 Huffman Road
Anchorage, AK 99515
Description of Practice
My practice has been focused on court-requested custody, divorce and child focused mediation. Initially, I was a court volunteer, facilitating smalls claims + landlord/tenant dispute mediation- I still do these occasionally. My recent certification in Parenting Coordinating is an exciting new addition to my practice. Additionally, I am licensed through the High Conflict Institute as a "New Ways for Families" mediator. My focus is primarily working with individuals who might be viewed as "high conflict" and have the desire to work through a communication breakdown while working towards resolving a dispute.
Current Employment: ****Office Manager/Senior Paralegal - Law Office of Gregory S. Parvin ****Alaska Court System as a divorce, custody and CINA contracted mediator ****Co-owner of The Fireplace Guy LLC **************************************** Former Employment: ****Co-owner of 'Living in the Light' brick and mortar retail book/gift store. (2003-2006 [closed]) ****Sheppard Pratt Mental Heath Services (2005-2008) ****Law Office of Robert D. Wagman (2008-2010) ****Office Manager/Paralegal - Frontier Law Group (2010-2014)
My formal experience is outlined in my work and education experience but I think its a good idea to add some personal passion I have for the practice. I would not say that I am a conflict adverse person but I have always been a person who seeks fairness in all aspects of life. I think most of my colleagues agree that some conflict is actually good. My question about conflict is, "is it fair?" This is when I decided to study negotiation and dispute resolution- under the framework of seeking the answer to that question in my research and when I work with parties in mediation.
Education: **Bachelors Degree-University of Maryland in Legal Studies. **Masters Degree-Creighton University's School of Law in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution. **Licensed through the High Conflict Institute in San Diego, CA to facilitate "New Ways for Families" method of family mediation. **Certificate- University of Michigan- 'Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills'
|10/2013||Noam Ebner, Julie Macfarlane, Bernie Mayer,||Graduate Residency - Warner Institute 40|
|3/2014||Noam Ebner, Bryan Hanson, Mary Lee Brock||Graduate Residency- Warner Institute 40|
|10/2014||Bill Eddy||High Conflict Mediation 20|
|1/2015||Bill Eddy||New Ways for Families 20|
|10/2015||ACR Conference||Multiple Trainers 40|
|12/2015||Matthew J. Sullivan||Parenting Coordination 20|
After a screening process, I can get a pretty good idea what type of mediation would be more effective for the said dispute; however, my go-to is facilitative mediation because it can provide parties with a structured way of communicating that will enable them to reach an agreement. If the method of communicating works for them, they can take the process with them and use it when communicating in future negotiations.
Areas of Practice
- Boundary Disputes
- Civil (general)
- Divorce (all issues)
- Divorce (parenting)
- Landlord - Tenant
- Marital Mediation
- Online Mediation
- Personal Injury
- Restorative (Criminal)
- Restorative (Juvenile)
- Workers Comp
- Collaborative Professional
- Online Mediator
- Parenting Coordinator