A mediated settlement can be more comprehensive, more creative, achieved faster and at less cost, than pursuing your dispute through the court systems. For global families, the court systems may be unavailable, or there may be complex legal issues that prevent you from pursuing an enforceable court order. Melissa and Valerie are owners of their own separate law firms, and have collaborated in their professional endeavors to bring high quality mediation to families globally.
Ms. Kucinski is the owner of MK Family Law, PLLC. As part of her law practice, she mediates complex cases that span multiple states and countries. In 2013, Ms. Kucinski consulted for The Hague Conference on Private International Law. She has authored over a dozen publications, many with a focus on cross-border family mediation. She has presented at nearly 50 national and international conferences on cross-border family cases. Most recently, Ms. Kucinski chaired an International Steering Committee for International Social Service in Geneva, Switzerland, and was designated as a Legal and Mediation Expert to an international delegation to The Hague Conference’s 7th Special Commission meeting on the Practical Operation of the 1980 and 1996 Hague Conventions. She sat as an advisor on several delegations for the U.S. government, including for The Hague Conference’s 6th Special Commission meeting in 2011, and a delegation that traveled to Tokyo in 2014 to discuss bilateral operation of the Hague Child Abduction Convention with Japan’s Foreign Ministry. While in Tokyo, Melissa conducted a 2-day mediation training for Japanese family mediators. She designed a 40-hour international family mediation training offered by the American Bar Association in 2013 and 2015, and is working with the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution in the D.C. metro area and Hastings Law School in San Francisco, California to offer an advanced cross-border family mediator training in 2019. Ms. Kucinski, a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and active on its Dispute Resolution Committee, is a panel mediator for 5 separate state and federal courts in 3 different jurisdictions in the United States.
Melissa KucinskiWashington, D.C.
Ms. Arnold is a shareholder with Arnold, Rodman & Kretchmer, P.A. With over twenty years’ experience in family law, Ms. Arnold is frequently invited to speak locally and nationally on a wide range of family law topics including interstate and international family law, Hague Convention and and parental abduction prevention matters, as well as international mediation. Ms. Arnold is rated a Super Lawyer® by SuperLawyers.com based on her work and peer recognition in the area of family law. Ms. Arnold is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL), an international organization of family law attorneys recognized by their peers as among the most experienced and skilled in international family law matters in their respective countries. Ms. Arnold has served on the Hague Convention Committee for the USA Chapter of the IAFL since the committee’s inception in 2010. Ms. Arnold is a member of the U.S. State Department’s Hague Convention Attorney Network, while also serving as a volunteer Hague Attorney Mentor for the U.S. State Department. Languages: English, French.
Valerie ArnoldMinneapolis, MN
If you are interested in mediation, please contact a mediator at his or her individual firm.