Wayne E. Holcomb
Holcomb Law

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11815 Fountain Way #300
Newport News, VA 23606
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(757) 325-9982

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Description of Practice

This Mediator is Certified
We can serve as mediators in collaborative law resolutions. These resolutions often provide for much more control of outcomes. Why should we give someone in a black dress (Judge), who does not know us at all–and likely knows even less about our dispute, and has only a few minutes to listen to us, the power to ORDER us to a particular resolution of OUR case…? The common theme with Court-Ordered resolutions is that they are decided fairly quickly in Court–and NO ONE leaves happy–usually not even the lawyers.

We have witnessed disputes, that had persisted for years, even between long-term friends or family members, that resisted even the “genius” of Attorneys and the Court-system, resolved in literally only hours. We have seen these individuals enter the mediation room as “disputants,” unable to talk to each other, or even look at each other, and then after Mediation/Collaboration, leave as friends again.

These results cannot be guaranteed for every Mediation case, but the odds are probably in your favor . . .

Divorces should not be hammered to Court, forced to litigation like a broken record . . . as if there were no other option? Alternative solutions, like Mediation and Collaborative solutions, always make better financial sense–and almost always produce better, less expensive, longer-lasting results. Isn’t this what we all want?

Professional Background

I am a second-career attorney. My first job after college was to fly aircraft off of U.S. Navy ships for twenty years. I flew E-2's and retired in Norfolk, Virginia in 2006. I began mediating family and business disputes after earning my certifications in Virginia in 2004.

Experience

I was certified for both general and family mediation in Virginia in 2004. I have also been qualified as a Mediator Mentor in Virginia and mentored dozens of mediators working on their qualifications. I mediated for the BBB in Norfolk and in the general district court in Chesapeake, Virginia regularly before I began law school in 2005. I was honored as Mediator Rookie of the Year at the Virginia Conflict Resolution Center in Norfolk in 2004.

Degrees

I received my undergraduate degree from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I finished my MBA from Old Dominion University by going to grad school at night while I was on active duty in Norfolk. After I retired from the Navy, I attended Regent University School of Law for my Juris Doctor degree. I am licensed to practice law in Virginia.

Approach

I only believe in the facilitative approach to mediation. I believe that any other approach is actually not mediation. Facilitative mediators do not make decisions for the clients/disputants, do not evaluate their proposals, and do not even push for final resolution. The purpose of mediation is not resolution necessarily; even that decision is up to the clients.

Fees

Fees vary widely depending on the nature of the dispute, but are all hourly arrangements. My firm requires a retainer deposit in advance to begin work and refunds any unearned portion when an agreement is written or when the clients desire to cease the mediation process.

Other Information

Evening and Saturday appointments available. I use two hour sessions. Anything much longer seems to become counterproductive. We usually have homework between sessions in an attempt to increase our efficiency and save clients time and money in fees.

Areas of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Congregational
  • Contracts
  • Criminal
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Elder
  • Faith Based
  • Family
  • General
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Marital Mediation
  • Online Mediation
  • Parent-Teen
  • Partnership
  • Personal Injury
  • Prenuptial
  • Probate
  • Restorative (Criminal)
  • Restorative (Juvenile)
  • Victim - Offender

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Online Mediator
  • Custody Evaluator
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Representational Lawyer
  • Online Arbitrator
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator

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