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Meredith M. Graff
McKELL GRAFF, PLLC

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1508 Broadway Street
Vancouver, WA 98663
USA
360-694-9947
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Description of Practice

This Mediator is Certified
We offer Family, Elder/Estate, Marriage/Divorce, and Juvenile mediation; and attorney services in the same areas, along with estate planning. Our focus is to assist our clients to resolve their disputes at the lowest level of conflict. We offer a calm and peaceful setting, positive and encouraging support, legal, mediation, and negotiation expertise, with caring and personal approach that supports our clients' goals, hopes, and dreams. We offer a Family Mediation Living Room as an alternative space when the conference room is not appropriate to discuss sensitive or emotionally charged issues.

Professional Background

MEREDITH McKELL GRAFF, Esq. founded McKELL GRAFF, PLLC in 2003. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Washington, and is licensed in Utah, but not active. She is a certified family law mediator with Washington Mediation Association, and a member of Association for Conflict Resolution, Washington Mediation Association, and Clark County Association of Mediators. Her philosophy of practice is to resolve legal issues at the lowest level of conflict.

Prior to law school, Meredith taught Rhetoric and Composition courses for eight years as an adjunct professor at various universities. In addition, she directed the Legal Writing Workshop Program at Rutgers University-S.I. Newhouse School of Law, Newark, NJ.

Meredith also worked in the financial services industry in the State of New Jersey as a licensed insurance producer, then sales manager, then underwriter and held life, health, disability, property and casualty insurance licenses, along with the NASD Series 6 and 63 licenses. She is experienced in financial and estate planning.

Meredith has published a chapter in *Contested Landscape: Wilderness Policy in Utah and the West* (University of Utah Press, 1999), and in The Bencher magazine, a publication of American Inns of Court.

Meredith volunteers for the Clark County Volunteer Lawyer Program, and was Volunteer of the Year in 2005.

Experience

Ms. Graff has been trained in divorce and custody mediation since 1983, where she trained with the Center for Dispute Resolution, now known as CDR Associates, in Boulder, Colorado. She received additional mediation training in law school, during which she also served as a volunteer mediator in the Murray City (Utah) Small Claims Court. She has mediated hundreds of hours in which most of her cases settled. She is an active member of Association for Conflict Resolution (member of Family and Spirituality Sections), a member of Washington Mediation Association, and a Certified Family Law Mediator with Washington Mediation Association (since 2009). She was appointed to the Board of Washington Mediation Association in April, 2016.

Degrees

Juris Doctorate, 1998, University of Utah College of Law, Salt Lake City, UT
Master of Arts, Creative Writing/Poetry, 1990, Rutgers University-Newark Graduate School, Newark, NJ
Bachelor of Arts, Womens Studies, 1984, Loretto Heights College, Denver, CO
Associate of Arts, Comparative Literature, 1974, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Training

Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
7/8-9/1983    Center for Dispute Resolution    Introduction to Divorce and Custody Mediation (15 hrs)
7/15-16/1983    Center for Dispute Resolution    Advanced Divorce and Custody Mediation (18 hrs)
Winter 1998    University of Utah College of Law    Alternate Dispute Resolution (56 hrs)
5/1/1998    ABA/ADR Section    How to Succeed with Mediation (8 hrs)
4/23/2004    Collaborative Professionals of OR & SW WA    Basic Collaborative Practice Training (17.5 hrs)
2/5-6/2005    Collaborative Professionals of OR & SW WA    Basic Collaborative Professionals Training (13.5 hrs)
6/14/2009    Clark County Bar Association    Title 26 Guardian ad Litem Training (19.5 hrs)

Approach

Facilitative. Generally, people come to me because they want to resolve their legal issues and want to do it peacefully and without a large cost. Most of my clients are not interested in a transformative experience in mediation. They just want to "get it done." I follow Stuart Webb's philosophy of being a facilitator of the conversation between the mediating participants. I am committed to the process of providing and maintaining a safe and respectful space where differing views can be aired with no fear and conflicts resolved, where settlement is the goal of the mediating parties.

Fees

Our hourly rate for mediation services is $200/hour. When staff members perform substantive work in a mediation case, they are billed at the usual hourly rates for their roles in the firm.

Other Information

Meredith McKell Graff is a member of the Utah and Washington State Bar Associations, and the Clark County (WA) Bar Associations. She holds memberships in the Washington State Bar's Elder and Family Law sections, along with its Dispute Resolution section. She is a board member of Washington Mediation Association and has been a member of ACR (Association for Conflict Resolution) since its inception and SPIDR before that. She has served as President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer at various times of the Clark County Bar Association's Family Law section, Vice-President of the St. Helens Chapter of Washington Women Lawyers, Treasurer of the George and Donald Simpson Inn of the American Inns of Court. She served as Secretary for the Cowlitz County Bar Association and was on the board of Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Legal Aid. Meredith is a member of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and the Oregon/Washington Better Business Bureau. She is a member of Women Entrepreuers Organization for SW Washington.

Eugene M. Graff, Meredith's spouse, joined her in the practice of mediation and law in March, 2011. He is a former Assistant Attorney General for Washington and has defense contracts in Clark and Cowlitz Counties for parent defense in juvenile dependency matters.

Meredith is a Reiki Master and has Reiki treatment room in her office suites that is available to her clients on a sliding scale.

Meredith has four grown children, five grandchildren and another expected in March, 2012.

Areas of Practice

  • Adoption
  • Adult Family
  • Congregational
  • Contracts
  • Cross Cultural
  • Divorce (all issues) (100 mediated)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Elder (1 mediated)
  • Estate Planning
  • Family (50 mediated)
  • General (10 mediated)
  • Health Care (1 mediated)
  • LGBT
  • Marital Mediation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home
  • Online Mediation
  • Parent-Teen
  • Pet Mediation
  • Prenuptial
  • Probate (1 mediated)

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator
  • Estate Planner
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Representational Lawyer
  • Conflict Coach
  • Mediating Lawyer

References

Steven Allen Smith, Esq., Mediator STEVEN ALLEN SMITH, P.C. Marcine Miller Miles, Esq. MILES & MILES, P.S. Jessica Aguilar former mediation client Dean Truax former mediation client Paula Langguth Ryan Section Tri-Chair, ACR Robin Rossenfeld R3 Mediation, LLC

This dispute resolution professional keeps liability insurance.