Richard W. Shields Collaborative Law, Mediation, Arbitration and Training

“The obligation of our profession is, or long has been thought to be, to serve as healers of human conflict. To fulfill our traditional obligation means that we should provide mechanisms that can produce an acceptable result in the shortest possible time, with the least possible expense and with a minimum of stress on the participants. That is what justice is all about.”

- United States Supreme Court
Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, January 24, 1982


Richard W. Shields

B.A., LL.B., M.A., LL.M., Ph.D.
Lawyer • Mediator • Arbitrator • Trainer

I am a Family Dispute Resolution Professional. My practice is now restricted to Family Mediation and Family Arbitration. While I continue to mediate and arbitrate with participants represented by lawyers who attend with their clients, my particular outreach is to the self-represented. I developed process models to address their unique needs and concerns and to enable them to participate effectively. As a mediator, I apply a problem-solving approach, which is intended to create mutually acceptable, value-added solutions to family problems. As an arbitrator, I assist the parties in narrowing the issues that need to be decided. I offer an informal, user-friendly environment for the participants. If you would like to learn more about my services, I would be pleased to meet with you for a consultation at no cost and without commitment for the purpose of assisting you in making an informed process choice.

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