As a lawyer licensed in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, Lucy devoted her legal career to the practice of family law. She focused her law practice on helping people through complex, high conflict cases with an emphasis on child custody litigation. As a family lawyer for more than 25 years, Lucy has a unique and an up-close understanding of conflict within families. She understands that when family disputes play out in an adversarial system, there are often devastating and long-lasting consequences impacting the entire family emotionally and financially.
Lucy recognized that it was time for change in her own life and that there is a better way for her to serve families stuck in conflict. As a certified mediator, she dedicates her practice exclusively to mediation, a constructive and cost-efficient process that enables families to have difficult conversations and move beyond the conflict to reach agreements for their own family. Lucy describes it as a family and child-centered process. She recognizes that by keeping important family decisions out of the adversarial system and committing to the mediation process, families maintain control over reaching agreements that are best-suited for their particular family’s needs.
She is certified as a Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court mediator and a Circuit Court mediator for family cases. In addition to working with private clients in the Northern Virginia area, Lucy is a roster mediator with the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court (JDRDC) Mediation Program where she mediates with parties referred by the Court concerning their custody, visitation and support matters. She also accepts court referrals from the Fairfax County Circuit Court in family matters.
Lucy received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and her law degree from T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. She began her family law practice in Richmond, Virginia before returning to the Fairfax area to be closer to her family. Lucy grew up in Vienna, Virginia and lives in Oakton where she is active in her community, volunteering at her daughter’s school and their Church.
It Is Possible with Mediation
Conflict keeps us stuck in a negative place, unable to move forward and live a healthy, joyful life. It arises when emotions are raw, communications break down, and these unhealthy patterns just continue replaying within a family until something changes. Mediation can bring about this change.
Establishes a healthy and positive space in the relationship equipping the parties with the tools to productively navigate the inevitable difficult moments they will face in their relationship before it becomes a conflict. Click here to learn more.
Establishes a new set of rules prior to re-entering the relationship. This process can lessen the likelihood of repeating the same old patterns that created the need for separation in the first place. Click here to learn more.
Separating or Divorcing Couples/Families
Provides a safe and non-adversarial space to address and work through issues related to division of assets, child support, legal custody, co-parenting and more without a winner vs. loser mentality. Click here to learn more.
Facilitates discussions and helps parents establish child-centered parenting plans while reducing the conflict in the parenting relationship. Click here to learn more.
Addresses and helps parties to develop a uniform plan for how to make important decisions impacting the newly formed family. Click here to learn more.
Adult Children &
Addresses best meeting the needs of our aging parents while preserving their dignity and independence to the fullest extent possible, financial considerations, the role each person in the family will play, end of life decisions and estate and probate issues. Click here to learn more.
Facilitates discussions after litigation has commenced to help parties reach their own agreements. Click here to learn more.