When conflict threatens security and futures—people want to know, “Where do I turn?” Many professionals focus on settling the issues. Some tout cheap pricing; others promise unique expertise. The Resolution Center offers all this and something more. We know you want the issues settled—we can do that. Our process helps you renegotiate the relationships to build a future.We offer mediation, arbitration, conflict/divorce coaching, child and family advocacy and other related services in a holistic, team approach, with flat fees, scaled by income and assets.; Our Solution-Focused Conciliation combines your expertise on your life, your priorities, and your future goals with our expertise in process to create legally binding agreements that move parties past conflict to a successful future.
All the elements of Pat’s background—experience in both small and large businesses, practicing law, church life, as well as serving as an officer in a variety of state and national associations—convinced him of one thing. People can settle their own disputes—without resorting to the legal system. “The trick has always been to look at the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ of the relationship itself, and not so much at the conflict. If you can find the shared values of the situation, you can settle the conflict.”
Pat knows about settling conflict. He has served as an Attorney-Mediator in private practice in Zionsville, Indiana, for over 20 years—combining his training in Pastoral Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy with his training as an attorney to conduct thousands of mediations. He was a Founding Board Member and Past President of the Indiana Association of Mediators. He serves as a past Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Indiana State Bar Association. He was a principal drafter of the amendments to Indiana’s Rules of Alternative Dispute Resolution concerning the allowable and ethical practices of domestic mediators with unrepresented parties in family law cases. He currently serves as a member of the Indiana ADR Rules Review Task Force. His legal representation has been limited to divorce clients who are disadvantaged by financial, mental health, or other substantial disabilities in the prosecution or defense of their case.
Co-Founder, Managing Director, The Resolution Center LLC 2012 to present – Attorney in solo practice, 1985 to present – Domestic and Civil Mediator, 1992 to present – Several thousand domestic (divorce and family) mediations over 25 years
Our Mediators help parties define the issues and the deep-felt needs underlying each party’s position. The Mediator then guides the parties through each—helping them define options for addressing each issue in a way the party can live with. Then, a legally binding agreement which expresses the decisions of the parties is filed with the court. Offering far more flexibility than a court is able, Solution-Focused Conciliation allows the parties to control the decisions with which they must live. When we use a mediation/arbitration process, the mediator functions as the final arbiter of any ouotstanding issues.
Christian Theological Seminary, MA, Pastoral Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy – Indiana University Indianapolis School of Law, JD, Law – Wesleyan University, BS, Psychology
At The Resolution Center, we want clients focused on resolving their disputes—not on watching the clock or the bank account. So, we view pricing differently. Our preference is to offer a flat fee, scaled based on income and assets to allow us the freedom to serve the clients and not the clock. We combine services in a team approach that is intended to fully meet the clients need. We extend the services beyond the simple resolution of the dispute (divorce) so that we can continue to “mop up” any issues that crop up after the papers are filed.