Welcome to Hamilton Law
and Mediation

You have come to the right place if you are in conflict
with someone over an animal.

Mediation is a much kinder, gentler choice for the
people and animals involved in a conflict. And, I am
committed to serving you and your pet in a peaceful
manner so everyone is heard, respected and understood.

We Are A Mediation Practice

forging new frontiers to help pet owners and service providers live and serve more peacefully with animals. We help everyone remain focused on the best outcome for the pet and the people, in that order. Sometimes the needs of the animal get lost in the disagreement and ego. We help everyone come to an understanding that it’s about the pet and you can find a workable solution if you simply feel heard.

Conflicts over animals arise in every area of life including marriage, divorce, trust and estates, civil, criminal, and contract law. Whether your disagreement is with an ex-spouse, neighbor, veterinarian, pet service provider or their staff, mediation is the one and only means by which you get to tell your side of the story.

I help people tell their story and address the conflict that precipitated the story. My mediation practice provides a proven, step-by-step, straightforward method that allows you to communicate and effectively address any issue quickly and with respect. We help everyone feel they are a part of the solution.

Think about the last time you had a conflict.  Maybe it involved your beloved pet or the pet of another.  The sustained fear of addressing the conflict overtook your life.  You suffered in silence or you waited too long to say anything, then exploded in a way you had never intended.  The after effect of such an exchange resulted in losing the right to see your dog in divorce, returning to the veterinarian you respect, maintaining a relationship with a dog walker or destroying a longtime relationship with a breeder or owner.

If you have ever dreamed of being able to address a disagreement over an animal in a way that sustains dialogue, educates everyone involved and provides for happy outcomes, I’m about to share how to make that a reality for you (and it doesn’t need to be frustrating or complicated…)

If you are a veterinarian and want to own a practice filled with clients that can’t wait to refer you to their pet-owning friends and acquaintances and happier employees that all get along, you have come to the right place to vet your conflict.  We help you set up a practice that makes it really exciting for you to get up and go to work every day.

If you are a pet owner who has a cranky neighbor or are going through a divorce and the pet is an object of contention or if you co-own a dog and the parties are at each other’s throat, this is the method to employ to find that path of least resistance to solution and happier future conversations on the matter.

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What Our Clients Are Saying

Debra is kind and caring and very skilled in helping resolve issues surrounding our pets. She takes time to listen and offers wonderful guidance.

She recently assisted me with a health issue with one of my dogs and we are working towards a resolution. I would highly recommend Debra. She is dedicated and committed to getting to a positive outcome for all, especially our animals. Thank you, Debra.

Susan Wagner McKenna

New Jersy

We are very impressed with how Debra mediated a recent “in office” conflict among employees.

She gave them the tools, skills, safe space and confidence to resolve the issues that had come between them. Our office is happy again and we recommend her to everyone!

Jennifer G Miritello

New York

Thanks so much Debra for a wonderful seminar!! It was so informative and so much fun!!

It was not only “Playing Nice At The Dog Park” – it was using skills to diffuse any potential conflicts involving our beloved animals.

Using these easy to remember techniques (so hard to think when a dispute flares up unexpectedly) made Debra’s information so valuable!!

Debra can really help with all of our concerns with our animals- creating a care plan for them in case of our illness or accident as well as mediating issues with divorce, landlord or neighbor issues.

Debra is a great speaker and a unique resource we can all use!!

Barbara Buscareno


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