After decades of practicing as a trial attorney, I came to the realization that... more
After decades of practicing as a trial attorney, I came to the realization that mediation was a less expensive, less stressful, and quicker process for my clients than traditional litigation. So despite my love of the courtroom I transitioned my practice to conducting mediations full-time. Now, having conducted more than 2,000 mediations in numerous states across the country, I have become even... view profile
Mary Kay and her husband Dave both grew up in Nebraska. They moved away from the... more
Mary Kay and her husband Dave both grew up in Nebraska. They moved away from the heartland to pursue educational and employment opportunities and returned to Nebraskawhen Dave joined the psychology departmentat the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.Their children attend UNL. Matt is a law student and Marieis working on her Masters in English.
I was born and raised in Omaha, NE which gives me a special appreciation and love... more
I was born and raised in Omaha, NE which gives me a special appreciation and love for the city. I attendedCreighton University School of Law where she earned her law degree in 2009. Having a passion for social work and helping others, I completed my graduate degree at Creighton University, earning my Master of Science in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution in 2011. I believe this improved my... view profile
Justin C. Valencia is licensed to practice law in Nebraska, Iowa, and the U.S.... more
Justin C. Valencia is licensed to practice law in Nebraska, Iowa, and the U.S. District Court in Nebraska. Justin currently practices law at the Valencia Law Firm, L.L.C. His practice includes corporate law, business formation and incorporation, intellectual property, estate planning, taxation, real estate and family law matters. Justin is particularly fond of litigating bankruptcy matters a... view profile
I am a trained mediator who have recieved 30 hours of training through the Nebraska... more
I am a trained mediator who have recieved 30 hours of training through the Nebraska Office of Dispute Resolution. After this training, I took 80 hours of advanced mediation training courses offered through the internationally recognized leader, ADR Chambers, in affiliation with the University of Notre Dame and the University of Windsor-Toronto,
The mediation process can help you resolve disputes without going to court. In a mediation proceeding, a neutral third party (a mediation lawyer or mediator) meets with you and the person you disagree with. Mediators are trained to find mediation solutions in legal disputes, including divorce mediation and business disagreement mediation. The mediator acts as a facilitator, helping you negotiate until a solution is found. Mediation is the most informal process for dispute resolution and is usually the least expensive method. The drawback is that, unlike an arbitrator in arbitration, the mediator does not make a final decision. So, unless the parties agree and enter into a settlement agreement, the mediation can end without the dispute being solved.