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Courtney A. Chicvak

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Kings Park, NY 11754

Description of Practice

This Mediator is Certified
Courtney has used the facilitative and transformative mediation models during hundreds of disputes to support participants in conflict and is certified through the International Mediation Institute (IMI). Her mediation experience includes commercial, civil, employment, workplace, personal injury, community, special education, housing (residential landlord-tenant), intellectual property, co-parenting (custody & visitation), divorce, adult family, trusts and estates, and pet disputes in several settings: community dispute resolution centers, the New York State Unified Court System, a non-profit organization and private mediation practice.

Professional Background

An experienced educator, Courtney is a Lecturer at Columbia University, an Online Adjunct Instructor at Grand Canyon University, and an Online Instructor at Abilene Christian University, teaching conflict resolution courses. Additionally, she serves as a Negotiation Coach with the Women In Negotiation (WIN) Summit and University of California Hastings College of the Law. Courtney attained appointment to the Fulbright Specialist roster through the U.S. Department of State, and she regularly researches, presents, and publishes on conflict resolution, law, and human resources-related topics. Before founding her mediation practice and teaching, Courtney worked in human resources management, gaining experience in employee and labor relations in the technology and healthcare industries; and she balanced her experience by working at a labor union and in legal research. An attorney in New York, Courtney is a graduate of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, the Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Master's Program at Columbia University, and St. John's University School of Law.


  • B.S. Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations
  • M. S. Columbia University, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • J.D. St. John's University School of Law


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
9/2019-10/2019    Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation    Basic Mediation Training (Transformative) (16 hrs)
6/2018    NYSDRA    Special Education Mediation (14 hrs)
6/2018    New York Peace Institute    Advanced Mediation Training (14 hrs)
7/2019    Online Mediator Training (15 hrs)
5/2019    New York Peace Institute    Civil and Housing Court Mediation Training (14 hrs)
4/2019    Nassau County Bar Association    Advanced Commercial Mediation Training (16 hrs)
2/2019    New York Peace Institute    Divorce Mediation Training (22.5 hrs)
6/2018    MediateArt    Mediate Art Mediation Training (15 hrs)
5/2018    Elder Decisions    Elder & Adult Family Mediation Training (21.25 hrs)
4/2018    Cornell ILR    Employment Mediation Training (21 hrs)
4/2018    New York Peace Institute    Basic Mediation Training (35 hrs)
8/2010    Cornell ILR    Student Mediator Training (13 hrs)
10/2019    NYSDRA    Restorative Justice (4 hrs)
10/2019    EAC Network     Conflict Coaching with Tricia Jones (14 hrs)
5/2018    Cinergy Coaching    Conflict Coaching (31 hrs)
4/2018    International Ombudsman Association    Foundations of Organizational Ombudsman Practice (24 hrs)
6/2018    NYSDRA    Lemon Law Arbitrator Training (7 hrs)
1/2020    EAC Network    Online Dispute Resolution (2 hrs)
1/2020    New York Peace Institute    Child Custody and Visitation (16 hrs)
8/2020    Community Mediation Services    Surrogate's Court Mediation Training (16 hrs)
8/2020    Pepperdine University School of Law    Apology, Forgiveness and Reconciliation (4 hrs)
10/2021    Wyoming Agricultural & Natural Resource Mediation Program    Basic Mediation Training (Environmental/Agricultural) (30 hrs)


Using contemporary approaches, Courtney facilitates conversations between participants when there is a disagreement stemming from their relationship. From her experiences, she has discovered that building and maintaining positive relationships are more of an art than science, but one great takeaway is the importance of the resolution of disputes. Mediation presents a new and safe environment for participants to diverge from default patterns to achieve creative solutions particular to their needs using a collaborative approach to resolution. Courtney is trained as both a facilitative and transformative mediator.

Areas of Practice

  • Accidents
  • Animal
  • Automotive
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Contracts
  • Cross Cultural
  • Elder
  • Employment
  • Entertainment
  • Family
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Neighbor to Neighbor
  • Online Mediation
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Fees
  • Real Estate
  • Small Claims

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator
  • Parenting Coordinator

References available upon request.

This dispute resolution professional keeps professional liability insurance.