Moderator/Facilitator Keynote/General 


 Vanessa is available by appointment to  conduct and moderate public and private  meetings.  As a neutral, Vanessa helps  groups discover and define their mission  and purpose, and evolving objectives.  Vanessa leads meetings with a  commitment to focus on principles rather  than personalities.  Vanessa is also    available as a public speaker,  key note    speaker or  as a presenter of select  conflict  resolution topics (recommend

 90-days  advance scheduling).

Civil Disputes

When you have a disagreement regarding property rights, easements and rights-of-way, 

Property Settlements

  Whether an estate has been inherited or   the property and assets belong to  married  parties who are divorcing,  individuals to  estate conflicts use  mediation to  fairly establish each party's  rights in  an estate, including real and  personal  property.  Division of property  oftentimes  is the financial centerpiece of  personal  welfare and wealth.  Vanessa  conducts  mediation sessions to  enable parties to  discover how to  make reasonable  provisions for  the parties and minor  children  through the division of property.    Parties are able to achieve lasting  divisions that are equitable, fair  and  reasonable.  

Settlement Conferences

 Vanessa has served since 1992 as a  Montana District Court Settlement  Master and an Appellate Mediator for  the Montana Supreme Court.    Settlement conferences are an  evaluative process, involving parties  and their attorneys.  Vanessa has  developed a settlement process that  merges the facilitative nature of  mediation with the evaluative nature of  settlement conferences to achieve high  settlement success rates with parties  otherwise bound for trial.  Individual  and joint sessions are used to engage  the parties and their legal counsel in  negotiations with a commitment by the  participants to find fair, reasonable and  sustainable solutions.

Parenting Plans

 People who work with Vanessa are  committed to protecting their  minor children from the harmful nature  of an adversarial legal process.  Vanessa's clients recognize that  children are a most precious resource  and deserve parenting plans that are  child-focused, providing for the  children's best interests.  All relevant  parenting factors are considered. As  children age and mature, parenting plans  may require modification.  Vanessa  assists families with the design  and development of formal written  parenting plans from birth to college.    


 Mediation is an informal  settlement process conducted by  Vanessa as a true neutral.    Vanessa serves as a catalyst to engage  the parties in an exploration of their  respective and shared interests and  needs.  Vanessa guides parties  toward understanding and enhanced  perspectives which leads parties  to engage in a free and open exchange of  ideas to reveal fair, reasonable and  sustainable options for resolving any  conflict situation.   

Practice Areas

Mediation Coaching

  Vanessa is available to provide  individual  and group coaching sessions  for  practicing attorneys and other ADR    professionals who wish to enhance their  mediation skills and develop an  independent style.  Vanessa welcomes all  who wish to learn more about service as  a neutral peacemaker and who wish  to become more involved in conflict  resolution for their clients, communities,  families and world.  


Start to Finish

 Through mediation, Vanessa guides  people through the transition of  termination of a marriage partnership.    The family benefits from working  together to safeguard family relationships  and amicably settle disputes that often  arise between parties to marriage.  The  parties are able to develop all agreements  necessary to process a legal dissolution  of marriage, including property  settlement, parenting plan and support  agreements.  Mediation allows the parties  to mitigate the potential harm to the  spouses and their children often caused  by the legal process of dissolution of  marriage.  The parties also save time and  money,  avoiding stress and delays.  Vanessa assists the parties in the drafting  of all requisite legal documents to  complete a divorce in accordance with  the laws of Montana.