Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). It is a process of negotiation, through the use of a trained neutral party (mediator), as an alternative to trial before a court. The mediator is not a decision-maker. The mediator’s role is to use techniques to help parties communicate, understand each other’s position, and explore mutually-acceptable means to resolve a dispute. Mediation can save parties significant time and money in resolving a dispute and allows parties to participate in finding a solution, as opposed to the litigation process, where a court makes the decision using a strict set of rules.
John C. Cook is certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia to receive mediation referrals from the General District Court. He is a member of the Virginia Mediation Network. Prior to receiving his Virginia certification, Mr. Cook mediated cases for twelve years with the highly-regarded District of Columbia Superior Court Multi-Door Resolution Center. His experience as a former member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors provides him with a unique understanding of land use, HOA, and other community issues requiring negotiation. He is available to conduct private mediations on a wide range of subjects including workplace conflicts, collective bargaining negotiations, personal injury cases, land use disputes, and community and neighborhood issues.