About Us

Understand. Engage. Succeed.

Our mission is to provide better options for conflict resolution than are typically available today. We help our clients suspend the conditioned “fight-or-flight” response to conflict and engage with each other in order to:

  • Uncover new possibilities;
  • Generate outcomes that lower cost and create value; and
  • Strengthen relationships and prevent future disputes.

Our purpose is to help that happen for our clients. Our vision is for it to become the norm.

Our Founders

Virginia HopmanCharlie RowanVirginia Hoptman and Charlie Rowan have mediated, represented clients, and otherwise engaged with conflict in disputes involving businesses of all sizes, from the Fortune 50 to closely held companies, banks, insurers, and universities, as well as individual employees, inventors, students, and professors. Our dispute prevention and conflict resolution experience spans a wide range of contexts, including high-stakes business, environmental, and employment tort litigation; multi-party, multi-layer insurance-coverage claims; disputes involving complex information-technology, commercial, and construction projects; patent-infringement and other intellectual-property lawsuits; and the disputed interpretation of statutes and regulations, including constitutional and preemption challenges. For examples of our relevant experience, please visit Experience by Subject Matter and Experience by Service Type.

Virginia clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and Chief Judge Collins J. Seitz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She has litigated, negotiated, and mediated complex cases in private practice, earning peer recognition in Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and Litigation Counsel of America. A nuanced thinker and empathic listener, Virginia understands the human and financial costs of litigation and the power of collaborative brainstorming to reach better solutions. Virginia is a Mediator for the D.C. Circuit and District Courts, and is a member of the Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence. She is a member of the DC, Maryland and Virginia Bars. Download Vcard

Charlie clerked for U.S. District Judge Howard Corcoran and tried cases at two major law firms. Then, as Assistant General Counsel of Unisys Corporation, he helped create satisfying solutions in a wide range of complex, high-stakes business, environmental, and insurance disputes. Charlie is a relentless and creative problem solver. Charlie chairs the ADR Section of the Fairfax Bar Association, is a Fairfax Circuit Court Neutral Case Evaluator for commercial and family cases, is a Virginia Certified Family Mediator, and is a member of the Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence. He is a member of the DC and Virginia Bars. Download Vcard

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