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Katherine Henry
Mediator, Restorative Justice Facilitator, Attorney, Policy Advocate
Mediator, Restorative Justice Facilitator, Attorney, Policy Advocate

Communities and Collections

Did you know that Katherine Henry has 13 years of experience and training in various types of mediation?

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What kinds of Landlord / Tenant disputes can be mediated? Disputes over leases, security deposits, rent, property damage, evictions, pets, parking, occupants, maintenance, etc.

What kinds of Small Claims Cases can be mediated? Quality of Workmanship disputes, Client Disputes, Auto Accident Property Damage Claims, Contract Disputes, Personal Loans / Uncollected Debt, Personal Property Disputes, & much more.

The steps of mediation include: 1) introductory remarks, 2) statement of the problem(s) by the parties, 3) information gathering time, 4) generating options, and 5) reaching an agreement.

Resolving disputes through Court takes months, sometimes years. Resolving a dispute through mediation usually takes one session, which we usually schedule to take place within the first week.

Mediators listen and ask questions. They maintain confidentiality, and do not testify in court on behalf of any parties. Most importantly, mediators foster cooperative, interest-based problem solving, while avoiding traditional adversarial approaches.

In mediation, each party tells their story, what they would like to achieve and why, and the mediator helps generate options that may lead to a resolution. The mediator is not a judge, does not decide who is "right," nor does a mediator take anyone's "side." The parties themselves make the choices that lead to a mutually satisfactory settlement. When parties agree on an acceptable option, the terms are written up into an agreement.

What is mediation? In a private meeting, a mediator (neutral person) helps the parties define the issues, generate options & come to a mutually acceptable agreement regarding their dispute. Sometimes parties will have their attorneys present. No witnesses are present.
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