Ronald Zabel
Conflict To Peace

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10521 Judicial Drive, Suite 207
Fairfax, VA 22030
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Description of Practice

Over thirty years of experience in dealing with individual, family (including relationship preservation and restoration, parenting, separation, custody, equitable distribution, elder care, and estate issues), business, workplace, employment, organizational, community, and public policy conflicts. Services provided include conflict coaching, mediation, Christian conciliation, arbitration, training, facilitation and intervention.

Professional Background

Ron Zabel's background includes a 21 year career as a Coast Guard Legal Officer; including extensive experience in negotiation, mediation, administrative proceedings, counsel for parties, hearing officer and judge. Upon retirement, he founded Conflict Resolution and Conciliation Services (which has now become Conflct To Peace) providing professional dispute resolution services in a wide arena of circumstances. Ron has a J.D. from George Washington University. He is certified by the Judicial Council of Virginia as a Circuit Court level court-referred mediator for both civil and family cases and as a mentor for Virginia certification candidates. He is also certified by the Institute for Christian Conciliation as a Christian Conciliator and is a mentor for candidates for certification in Christian Conciliation.


Ronald Zabel has mediated over 100 Civil Cases(topics include business, workplace, employment, contract, and church disputes), totaling more than 1200 hours; as well as over 400 Family cases(topics include relationship preservation and restoration, parenting, separation, custody, equitable distribution, elder care, and estate issues) totaling more than 3500 hours.


B.A. University of Washington, 1967 J.D. George Washington University National Law Center, 1973


The vast majority of conflicts involve an underlying relationship component in addition to the apparent substantive issues. Our approach is to deal with both. Our mediation style will be to facilitate effective communication between the parties, engender understanding between them, draw out the underlying reasons for the conflict by helping the parties get to the root of what drives their choices, seeking to dismantle any barriers to constructive change, and guide and encourage them toward resolution. Foundational to our approach are biblical principles concerning individual responsibility for one's role in a conflict, consideration of the ineterests of all impacted by the conflict, and the impact of relationship issues in the existence and resolution of the conflict.


There is no charge for up to 30 minutes telephone or in-office consultation to explain our process and how we may be able to assist you. Case evaluation, individual guidance, mediation and arbitration sessions are billed at an hourly rate. The basic per party rate for mediation is $150/hr. Arbitration panel per party is $270/hr ($180/hr for single arbitrator). If mediation or arbitration is chosen, there is also a nominal filing fee to cover case administration costs. Case administration and session fees are payable in advance. Reduced fees on a sliding scale are available for those with a limited income or faced with unusual financial hardship. We accept VISA, MasterCard or Discover.

Areas of Practice

  • Adoption
  • Adult Family
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Congregational
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Criminal
  • Cross Cultural
  • Divorce (all issues) (4 collaborated)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Elder
  • Employment
  • Estate Planning
  • Faith Based (1 collaborated)
  • Family (1 collaborated)
  • General
  • International
  • Labor - Management
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Marital Mediation
  • Organizational
  • Partnership
  • Probate
  • Real Estate
  • Special Education
  • Victim - Offender
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Systems Designer
  • Estate Planner
  • Fact-Finder
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Staff Developer
  • Conflict Coach
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Arbitrator
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator


Rea Wynder Co-Mediator Janet Murdock ADR Vantage / Virginia ACR Lynn Pace Institute for Christian Conciliation

This dispute resolution professional keeps professional liability insurance.