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Mediator and Retired District Court Judge, Rebecca Knight


Mediator | Arbitrator

Certified Superior Court and
Family Financial Mediator
Former Lawyer, District &
Family Court Judge

Marvin Pope's portrait


Mediator | Arbitrator

Certified Superior Court and
Family Financial Mediator
Recalled Emergency Superior Court Judge
Former Lawyer, Superior,
District & Family Court Judge

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Dispute Resolution For People Who Are Represented by Lawyers and for Those Who Are Not

Superior Court Lawsuits

Mediation is an informal, out-of-court process that revolves around talking, listening, and negotiating.  The parties, or people involved in conflict, talk to a mediator about the conflict they have with the other party or parties. A mediator is a neutral person with special training designed to help people resolve their conflicts without going to court. Mediators do not have to be lawyers or formal judges. They do not give legal advice to the parties involved in a settlement conference or represent them in court. The mediator sits down with the parties to discuss their disagreements and explore all possible ways to resolve the conflict in a way that is acceptable to everyone involved. The mediator is not a judge who makes decisions for the parties, but instead helps the parties make their own decisions around how to resolve their unique conflict.

Lasting resolutions crafted
through listening and preparation.

Mediation is often ordered in cases pending in Civil or Family Court. It is used in criminal cases and in private matters that do not involve the courts. For example, families, neighbors, and businesses may choose to use mediation to resolve a conflict without filing a court case. It is not necessary to have a lawyer to use mediation services although lawyers are very helpful in explaining the law and advising parties about the consequences of an agreement reached in mediation. Mediation gives the parties control over decision-making. In divorce cases, mediators often help parties reach agreements they were not been able to reach on their own. When the parties control the decision-making process they can often move forward in a healthy and positive way. For parents who will continue to have a working relationship with each other as they share parenting, creating a plan on how to handle disagreements and inevitable conflicts in the future is an important part of the mediation process.

Are You Involved In Conflict?    We have a fix for that!

We are Asheville-based Mediators and Arbitrators.  We provide a unique perspective and service to the people of Western North Carolina by assisting attorneys and individuals with cost-efficient, creative, and caring approaches to resolving conflict and facilitating settlement in all types of disputes.  Our professional neutrals are former judges with decades of experience arbiting the conflicts of people and businesses.

We provide facilitated conflict resolution and settlement services across Western North Carolina, and beyond when needed through neutral facilitation, mediation, and arbitration of civil disputes for lawyers and their clients and people who are representing themselves.  Below is a list of the most common types of matters mediation has been found useful in, but this list is not inclusive.

Personal Injury Settlement Conferences

Personal Injuries

Car accidents, workplace accidents, animal attacks, injuries on businesses, public and private property, libel & slander

Mediation for Disputes between Landlords & Tenants

Landlord/Tenant Disputes

Evictions, rent, lease agreements, tenant and landlord rights, deposits, damage to property

Medical Malpractice Mediaiton & Arbitration

Medical Malpractice

Professional negligence in the diagnosis & treatment of patients and the use of defective medical devices to treat patients

Mediation for Divorce and Family Law Disputes

Divorce & Family Disputes

Custody, visitation, and child support; alimony, post separation support and equitable distribution; grandparent rights; premarital and post marital agreements; paternity; adoption; termination of parental rights and foster care; caring for elder parents and disabled adults

Real Estate Dispute Arbitration & Mediation

Real Estate Disputes

Contracts to lease, purchase, and sell property; condemnations; boundary disputes; damage to property; common areas, roads, maintenance agreements, rights of way, easements; homeowner and condominium owners associations; violations of restrictive covenants; title and liens on title

Mediation for Commercial & Business Disputes

Business & Employment Disputes

Employment contracts; creation & dissolution of businesses; workplace violence, harassment & discrimination; covenants not to compete; compensation and benefits; disputes between owners, boards, management, and employees; independent contractors; copyright and intellectual property

Mediation for Employment Disputes

Community Disputes

Conflicts involving local and state government, schools and education, churches, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations; race and cultural relations, gender identity and sexual orientation; discrimination and equality.

Mediation for District, Superior, and Federal Cases

Pending Court Cases

Mediation and arbitration are alternative dispute options for cases pending in District, Superior, Federal, and Tribal Courts

Mediation for Estate Litigation and Heir Disputes

Wills & Estates

Contesting the validity of wills and codicils; conflicts with executors, administrators and beneficiaries; trusts; intestate succession; debts and liens against estates