Praise For Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton And HLM

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about working with Debra

I highly recommend Debra for guidance, coaching, and legal services…

Debra Hamilton is a great resource for pet parents. She taught me that setting up a trust and instructions on how I’d want my dogs cared for if something happened to me was of paramount importance.

It always made me very uncomfortable when my husband and I traveled together. What would become of our four furry babies, should tragedy strike? We don’t want to think that, but unless we’re prepared, our beloved animals are the ones who will possibly suffer.

Today, because of Debra’s insights and follow through, I have a safe haven for each of my dogs. Each trusted caretaker knows exactly how I’d want that pup cared for; their quirks and needs.

We pray this is proactive but never needed, of course, but I know that because of it, I feel so relieved and prepared! I highly recommend Debra for guidance, coaching, and legal services to prepare you to ensure your babies will be in good hands and live the life you’d want them to live.

Jody Miller-Young
Fashion Editor, Hamptons Pet Magazine, Bark And Swagger

Wonderful seminar. Informative and so much fun. Great speaker and a unique resource.

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
LI-DOG

Debra is kind and caring and very skilled in helping resolve issues surrounding our pets.

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 Jersey

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

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

Thank you for making such a difference…

Thank you for making such a difference in our lives this year and giving of yourself so kindly.  You are truly an angel.

Joseph Malone

We’ve already invited her back!

Debra’s warmth, humor and boundless knowledge made our program both entertaining and substantive! We’ve already invited her back!

Kyle Silvers, Chair of the Animal Law Committee Ohio State Bar Association

Debra’s presentation was masterful…

Debra’s presentation was masterful. She brings tremendous competence, experience, and compassion to the field of animal law mediation and is a true benefit to any legal team.

Dr. Mark J. Bamberger, Esq.

I was in an irresolvable situation with Irish Setter Rescue…

I was in an irresolvable situation with Irish Setter Rescue, who contacted Debra. Debra provided a safe environment in which to resolve our conflict, to the satisfaction of all parties. She set up a telephone conference in a timely manner, and guided us through a very difficult but productive conversation wherein we were heard, respected, and which ended in a resolution that was truly in the best interest of the dog, and all the people involved I am so grateful to Debra, and would recommend her to anyone in conflict over animal custody.

Elizabeth Wood, Canine Behavior Specialist

As an animal lover and 21st century forward thinking lawyer…

As an animal lover and 21st century forward thinking lawyer, Debra fulfills the unique circumstances surrounding animal issues with effective and holistic mediation. For many people, pets are their children and that emotional
connection is the heart and soul of Debra’s mission. She is truly the go-to lawyer for ensuring that human and animal needs are properly attended to and resolved without the cost, time and stress of a court battle.

Jean Gillis, Esq.

When life decisions had to be made for a co-owned dog…

When life decisions had to be made for a co-owned dog, Debra worked with all of us – the breeder, the co-owners and the foster family. She helped us mediate our way to a solution that worked for the people AND the dog. Avoiding a court battle was important to my husband and me. This was our first time using mediation and Debra guided us through the process. We will definitely use HLM if a future need arises.

Denise Porterfield

about Debra's book

Communication is the key. Mediation turns the key.

This book gives the reader a comprehensive review of what mediation is (and why), how it works, and where to go to find a mediator. It’s easy to read with great examples and metaphors. Debra does a great job at describing how it works. I particularly like her “formula” of “Stop, Drop and Roll,” making… CONTINUE READING… “Communication is the key. Mediation turns the key.”

Carolyn Shadle

Very interesting, informative, and totally worth reading!

I just finished reading Nipped in the Bud not in the Butt: How to Use Mediation to Resolve Conflicts over Animals and it was extremely interesting. I learned that mediation is better and drastically different than any type of litigation or negotiation. The best thing about mediation is that while you dissolve a conflict between… CONTINUE READING… “Very interesting, informative, and totally worth reading!”

An Amazon Reader

This book is easy to read with good examples…

This book is easy to read with good examples, providing a clear understanding of where and how a mediator would be valuable in settling disputes that involve animals. It contains much wisdom that can be used to avoid escalation from minor issues to major ones in the first place.

Kathy

At the heart of Debra’s book are the fur-children who just want to feel safe and loved…

I’m an applied behaviorist and a suburban mom. This book crosses all genres and helps both the layperson and the professional alike to cope in a world obsessed with confrontation and stress. At the heart of Debra’s book are the fur-children who just want to feel safe and loved, which of course only happens when… CONTINUE READING… “At the heart of Debra’s book are the fur-children who just want to feel safe and loved…”

Sarah Hodgson, the Dog Mommy IAABC, Author

I really enjoyed this book since it opens the knowledge of techniques …

Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton is an attorney and mediator who has a lot of experience in the mediation over animal conflicts. I really enjoyed this book since it open the knowledge of techniques on mediation that are really unique and helpful for everyone. Conflicts over animals and pets are really difficult (they are like children in… CONTINUE READING… “I really enjoyed this book since it opens the knowledge of techniques …”

Ana Paula Medeiros

Debra’s book will save pet owners time, money…

Debra’s book will save pet owners time, money, and aggravation – it’s a must needed resource for every pet owner.

Catherine

Why consider litigation at all when Mediation is likely to leave both conflicting parties happier in the short and long term?

I have heard Debra speak on these topics before and was very excited to see the information get into print. It is often things that we as veterinarians and animal owners think but cannot find a way to separate emotion from logic. This book gives us great ideas, background, and a thoughtful forward approach through… CONTINUE READING… “Why consider litigation at all when Mediation is likely to leave both conflicting parties happier in the short and long term?”

Karl Jandrey, DVM, MAS, DACVECC

Best Book For Pets

Debra, I loved your book. What an inspiration to all those who would like an answer to their questions, what happens to my pet if I die? Or, if I get divorced? You have reached the solution for these questions and many more. This book is a must read for anyone who has a pet.… CONTINUE READING… “Best Book For Pets”

Elaine Moorhead

MUST READING for all of us who love our companion animals!!

As a veterinarian of twenty plus years in practice, I have heard many complaints from individuals (clients and others) who have felt mislead and betrayed by my colleagues concerning the treatment of their beloved four-legged family member and often poor outcomes suffered. Though I have never had a conflict with a client over their pet,… CONTINUE READING… “MUST READING for all of us who love our companion animals!!”

A Veterinarian...

Over a year ago I ended a 40 year relationship …

Over a year ago I ended a 40-year relationship. In the process, I took the dog – Diesel. I was lucky my husband did not want Diesel. I really do not know what I would have done it Diesel would have been the focus of a possession struggle. In reading Nipped in the Bud, Not… CONTINUE READING… “Over a year ago I ended a 40 year relationship …”

DeDa Studios

Definitely Worth Reading – by Everybody.

Just finished reading this book and recommend it to everyone. It is concise, informative, relevant and a good read. The tools and information about moderation passed on via anecdotal stories really makes a lot of sense. And this doesn’t only apply to our pets, but all of life everywhere we happen to be.

Lisa Brambilla-Doble

This book is easy to read with good examples

This book is easy to read with good examples, providing a clear understanding of where and how a mediator would be valuable in settling disputes that involve animals. It contains much wisdom that can be used to avoid escalation from minor issues to major ones in the first place.

KEH

Thoroughly enjoyed reading it!

Being an animal lover I found this book extremely intriguing. It is enriched with a lot of resourceful information if you find you are in a conflict/situation requiring mediation. It is a practical guide for strategy and understanding of how mediation works. It provides you with great insight in how to approach and resolve conflicts… CONTINUE READING… “Thoroughly enjoyed reading it!”

Doris Humber

Five Stars!

Excellent book !

Carola

Who Gets Custody Of The Dog? How To Avoid Bitter Disputes Over Your Pets

I wanted to read this book for two reasons. Firstly I know exactly how much a pet can mean to you. I lost my beloved cat Samson a few years ago. Secondly, I spent over 13 years working for various law firms (in marketing, not law) and I was really interested to read how mediation… CONTINUE READING… “Who Gets Custody Of The Dog? How To Avoid Bitter Disputes Over Your Pets”

Linda Hobbis

No Fighting Over This Dog Bone

Debra is one savvy cookie. In our mutual mastermind she has shared ideas, strategies and techniques to help Pet Parents manage conflicts over their pets. I knew this would be a great book and recieve much support from the Women In The Pet Industry Network (WIPIN) who work with animals and their owners daily. Teaching… CONTINUE READING… “No Fighting Over This Dog Bone”

Judy Helm Wright

Hear it from the Best!

Debra is *the* animal mediator. Learn from the best with this book! Must read for anyone going through an animal dispute, especially one involving companion animals.

Cari B. Rincker

Mediation — Your “day in court” better! Where you can speak, listen and resolve conflict in the best interest of your pet.

If you know me, you know I picked up this book since it has to do with our animal friends, but wow! I learned so much that I can apply to teaching high school and everyday life as well. Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton is on the leading edge of what must be a new way of… CONTINUE READING… “Mediation — Your “day in court” better! Where you can speak, listen and resolve conflict in the best interest of your pet.”

DENISE FLECK

Gives a very deep understanding of that deep bond between animals and the people who love them…

This book is superb! It should be required reading not only for parting couples with pets but by every law student, lawyer and family court judge in the country. I’ve been a mediator for almost 40 yrs, now specializing solely in pet custody mediation, and I learned more than I thought I would from Vey… CONTINUE READING… “Gives a very deep understanding of that deep bond between animals and the people who love them…”

Charles Regal, MSW, M.Div

Great overview of mediation…

This is a great overview of effective mediation…what it is and what it isn’t! And why it’s so preferable to going to court…as long as it’s done with someone who knows what they’re doing. And this book can guide attorneys and prospective mediators in knowing how it’s done and why it’s the way of the… CONTINUE READING… “Great overview of mediation…”

R.Ferber

If you love or work with animals, you must read this…

A comprehensive, yet easy guide to avoiding litigation and achieving success through mediation in disputes over animals. This is a must read for pet owners, veterinarians, trainers, barn managers, grooms (in barn settings) pet groomers, pet rescue and adoption organizations and anyone else who wishes to avoid the pain and pitfalls of court battles over… CONTINUE READING… “If you love or work with animals, you must read this…”

Alexandra

A short, useful resource and guide that can help you right away

What makes this book attractive is it’s not a textbook, written for other academics. It’s in conversational language, from the heart, and to the point – 119 pages. Human breakups are often overflowing with emotion. Add the love of a pet to the equation and you have escalating distress, fear, and anger. The book details… CONTINUE READING… “A short, useful resource and guide that can help you right away”

Michael

Negotiation vs Mediation- it’s a good thing to know about.

Great book, really learned about the difference between negotiation and mediation. If you have issues surrounding your pets, this is a great book on how to handle them.

Erin

Tremendous Read…

This book really resonated with me. Debra does an excellent job providing a realistic approach to conflicts over pets. When I opened the book , I immediately noticed Debra’s passion with regards to animal conflict resolution. She does an excellent job explaining the history of mediation, and the significance of mediation in resolving conflict. Being… CONTINUE READING… “Tremendous Read…”

LEX

A must read for anyone with an animal in your household

I liked how Debra combined her many years in law with her lifetime of experience with dogs/animals to create a very handy guide on animal mediation. Her examples made me realize just how useful her knowledge would be to many people in a variety of situations.

Linda F Switzer

Gives a very deep understanding of that deep bond between animals and the people who love them–a bond that goes back to our ancestors

This book is superb! It should be required reading not only for parting couples with pets, but by every law student, lawyer and family court judge in the country. I’ve been a mediator for almost 40 yrs, now specializing solely in pet custody mediation, and I learned more than I thought I would from Vey Voda-Hamilton’s… CONTINUE READING… “Gives a very deep understanding of that deep bond between animals and the people who love them–a bond that goes back to our ancestors”

Charles Regal, MSW, M.Div

I also have written on mediating animal law conflicts…

I also have written on mediating animal law conflicts, although on a much narrower academic-type level, and I can honestly say that Debra Voda-Hamilton has written a very accessible and relevant book that someday should be on the shelf of all local libraries. She explains in an easy-to-grasp manner the bonuses of using mediation to… CONTINUE READING… “I also have written on mediating animal law conflicts…”

Michael Kaiser

I absolutely enjoyed reading this book!

I absolutely enjoyed reading this book and glad I was given the chance to review it. It provided great advice for pet owners, I learned new and really interesting information. It became clear where and how a mediator would be valuable in settling disputes that involve animals and how this could possibly be used in… CONTINUE READING… “I absolutely enjoyed reading this book!”

Stacey Schneller

Everyone should read this book. It explains the process of mediation from one end to the other using anecdotal situations

Everyone should read this book, especially at this time when hatred is being spewed all over–the internet included! I have never been a fan of “legal remedies”. Actually, I don’t trust lawyers all that much–It goes against my grain that they can one minute be fighting for the plaintiff then the next switch gears and… CONTINUE READING… “Everyone should read this book. It explains the process of mediation from one end to the other using anecdotal situations”

Miki Hope

This was recommended to me

Not a lawyer, but an owner with occasional pet “issues”. This was recommended to me, and now I have a much better perspective of the parties involved.

Amazon Customer

If you are going thru a custody battle for your pet this book will help you avoid much frustration and come up with a happy medium.

I have used mediation in the past to solve problems to avoid the high cost of litigation, This book explains the pros and cons of mediation vs. court. If you are going thru a custody battle for your pet this book will help you avoid much frustration and come up with a happy medium for… CONTINUE READING… “If you are going thru a custody battle for your pet this book will help you avoid much frustration and come up with a happy medium.”

Roberta Morales

It is much like people and their animals…

Debra hit on the compassion that includes people with animals and people in general. Our animals are a part of our family as our children. She addresses the kindness toward the human spirit. As an educator of young people she hit a chord of parents and their children. It is much like people and their… CONTINUE READING… “It is much like people and their animals…”

Diane Bertoluzzi

A must read for anyone interested in animal welfare and intelligent conflict resolution

As a retired animal cruelty prosecutor and animal protection lawyer, I can tell you that Ms. Voda-Hamilton really knows what she’s talking about and offers a common-sense, hugely effective, non-litigious means of conflict resolution in animal dispute cases of all kinds (and other types of disputes as well). Ms. Voda-Hamilton shares a wealth of wisdom… CONTINUE READING… “A must read for anyone interested in animal welfare and intelligent conflict resolution”

Geoffrey C. Fleck