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  • Wyoming Agricultural & Natural Resource Mediation Program, Basic Mediation Training

  • New York Peace Institute, Human Rights Law and Discrimination in Housing

  • EAC Network, Special Education Solutions, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Veteran Mediator Training

  • EAC Network, Suffolk County Housing Court Mediation

  • 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 Chicvak

Courtney Anne Chicvak, M.S., J.D.

Member & Mediator

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.


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.

Courney Anne Chicvak

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

Transforming Torts: Can the Transformative Mediation Model be Applied to Torts Litigation?, American Bar Association (ABA) Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) Section Newsletter, Summer 2021


How does conflict coaching complement the mediation process?, New York State Bar Association Law Journal, The New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer, Vol. 14, No. 1, Spring 2021


Integrating Language Services in Virtual Mediation, Presented at the American Bar Association (ABA) annual Dispute Resolution virtual conference, April 2021


The Art and Science of Negotiation, Presented at Texas Tech virtually in partnership with the WIN Summit, March 2021


Developing Your Virtual Negotiation Skills

Invited to present a workshop at the annual WIN Summit, December 2020 


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 (remote), November 2020 


Creating Value in Negotiations 

Article featured in the WIN Summit blog, October 2020 


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 at St. John’s University School of Law in Jamaica, NY (remote), September 2020


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, September 2020 - Present


Negotiating the Use of Artificial Intelligence in a Futuristic Workplace

Invited to present at the virtual International Association of Conflict Management 33rd Annual Conference, July 2020