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  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Apology, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation

  • New York State Dispute Resolution Association, Surrogate’s Court Mediation Training

  • New York Peace Institute, Child Custody & Visitation Training

  • EAC Network, Online Mediator Training 

  • Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, Basic Mediation Training (Transformative model)

  • Santa Clara University School of Law and Mediate.com, Online Mediator Training

  • New York Peace Institute, Civil and Housing Court Mediation Training

  • Nassau County Bar Association, Advanced Commercial Mediation Training

  • Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, Transformative Mediation Practice Group

  • New York Peace Institute, Divorce Mediation Training

  • Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, MediateArt Training

  • New York State Dispute Resolution Association, Special Education Mediation Training

  • New York Peace Institute, Advanced Mediation Training

  • Elder Decisions, Elder & Adult Family Mediation Training

  • Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Employment Law Mediator Training

  • New York Peace Institute, Basic Mediation Training (Facilitative model)

  • Cornell University, Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution, Ithaca, NY, Student Mediator Training

Conflict Resolution

  • New York State Dispute Resolution Association, Restorative Justice

  • EAC Network, Conflict Coaching 

  • Columbia University, Facilitation Skills Workshop

  • New York State Dispute Resolution Association, Lemon Law Arbitrator Training

  • CINERGY® Conflict Management Coaching Training

  • International Ombudsman Association, Foundations of Organizational Ombudsman Practice Training



Courtney Anne Chicvak, J.D.

Member & Mediator

B.S. Cornell University, Industrial and Labor Relations

M.S. Columbia University, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

J.D. St. John’s University School of Law

    Courtney has mediated hundreds of disputes through community dispute resolution centers, the New York State Unified Court System, and a non-profit involving a variety of topics.


    Courtney serves as a mediator in the New York State Westchester County Commercial Division mediation program, an apprentice mediator in the Suffolk County Surrogate's Court mediation program, and as a mediator through the Mediation Express program at Mediate.com. She completed mediation apprenticeships through both EAC Network and New York Peace Institute. She is a Volunteer Mediator and Lemon Law Arbitrator with both organizations, as well as a Volunteer Mediator with the MediateArt program and New York State Nassau County Supreme Court. She has completed more than 200 hours of mediation and conflict resolution training.

    Courtney's dispute resolution experience is enhanced through her role as an educator. She is a Teaching Associate at Columbia University for the Introduction to Negotiation, Introduction to Mediation, and Fieldwork courses. Courtney is also an Online Adjunct Instructor at Grand Canyon University, where she teaches Conflict and Negotiation as well as Argumentation and Advocacy. Courtney is a Negotiation Coach with the Women In Negotiation (WIN) Summit.


An attorney in New York, Courtney has received numerous accolades and has presented and published on topics relating to conflict resolution, negotiation, labor, employment, and law. Prior to founding her mediation practice, Courtney worked in human resources, particularly labor and employee relations in the healthcare and tech industries, as well as working at a labor union.

R E C E N T   P U B L I C A T I O N S,   E V E N T S   &   H O N O R S

Co-Chair, Social Media and Publications Sub-Committee

Invited to serve as the co-chair of the sub-committee for Social Media and Publications within the Mediation Committee of the Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA-DRS)


Negotiating the Use of Artificial Intelligence in a Futuristic Workplace

Article selected to be presented at the virtual International Association of Conflict Management 33rd Annual Conference, July 2020 


Negotiating Creatively

Invited to present a webinar on creativity and conflict in partnership with the Women in Negotiation (WIN) Summit, June 2020 

Open Channels: Workplace Dispute Resolution Systems for Sustainable Downsizing 

Poster selected as a Winner of the national Labor and Employee Relations Association (LERA) Best Poster competition, Poster presented at the “Social, Economic, and Environmental Sustainability and the World of Work” 72nd annual conference held virtually and published in the conference materials, June 2020 

Make it work!: Adapting Negotiation Skills to a Virtual Setting

Invited to present an interactive webinar on trust-building, power dynamics and gender in virtual negotiations at the Women on the Frontlines: Leadership During Crisis Virtual Conference organized by the Women In Negotiation (WIN) Summit, May 2020 


Salary Negotiations

Quoted in an article in Dollarsprout.com about salary negotiations, May 2020

The Fulbright Program

Appointed to the Fulbright Specialist Panel for Conflict Resolution through the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, December 2019 - December 2022

Mediator for Advocacy in Mediation Final Exam

Invited to serve as a mediator for the Mediation: Representing Clients (Advocacy and Legal Skills - 6060) mock mediation final exam at the Hugh Carey Center for Dispute Resolution at St. John’s University School of Law, November 2019

The Use of Technology in Mediation Practice

Article selected for publication in the Suffolk County Bar Association Law Journal, The Suffolk Lawyer, and Blog, October 2019 


Job Interview Skills

Invited to serve as a mock interviewer and panelist on job interview skills at an event hosted by the Center for Labor and Employment Law and Jackson Lewis P.C. at St. John’s University School of Law, September 2019



Poem selected for publication in Creations Magazine, September 2019 


An Overview of Mediation

Invited to speak at the Rotary Club in Great Neck, NY, July 2019

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