mediation_notIn addition to traditional legal representation, Melissa is a trained mediator, and has handled high conflict international parental child abduction cases as a mediator.

Melissa has a Masters degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from the American University’s School of International Service, as well as a variety of basic and advanced mediation trainings, including from the prestigious Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University.

Melissa is the chair of the American Bar Association’s International Family Mediation Task Force and has helped train U.S. and foreign mediators in international family mediation skills. Melissa has authored numerous articles on international child abduction mediation and spoken widely on the topic in the United States and overseas. Melissa uses online dispute resolution when parents are unable to meet in person for mediation sessions.