Your Divorce Support Team
Walid Abdul-Jawad is a calm and collected mediator who is intuitively in tune with the parties. Throughout his mediation experience, Walid shows concern for the wellbeing of the parties involved bringing steadiness and purposefulness to the process. In a balanced manner and a soft approach, Walid is able to guide the process to the calm shores of a fair agreement.
Walid's commitment to facilitating agreements is exemplified in his dedication to helping people through alternative dispute resolution. He founded Aether Mediation to serve as a platform for dispute resolution education and avail the process to the communities of Washington, DC and Virginia. In addition to conducting mediations for conflicting parties, he also holds free divorce workshops to help guide people through a stressful period in their lives.
Mediation has yet to be an option for most people due to the lack of understanding of the process. Therefore, Walid holds educational workshops and talks to explain how mediation and dispute resolution tools and professionals can help. He is the Second Saturday's Washington DC leader holding divorce workshops on a rolling basis in the District. Also, he gives talks throughout Northern Virginia on the topic of dispute resolution and the mediation process. His pro bono work is offered through the Arlington County Department of Human Services. Beyond that, he offers a sliding scale fee structure for underprivileged disputants.
Of most allure of the Human Conditions to him is "conflict." His life's journey is focused on alleviating the destructive aspects of conflict by helping parties resolve their disputes amicably and fairly. Walid is a practitioner with a decade's worth of conflict analysis and resolution experience. He is a Virginia Supreme Court certified mediator and a member of the American Bar Association as well as the Virginia Mediation Network. Building on his Master's degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and his undergrad in Decision Science he led discussions between the U.S. government and different groups and individuals around the world.
You can reach Walid at:
phone: (202) 670-5255
Hillary Hoffman has been practicing law for more than 20 years. She grew up in rural New Mexico. After high school, she attended Texas Tech University where she graduated with a Bachelor in Business Administration.
After college, Ms. Hoffman was accepted to Baylor Law School. Baylor is the oldest law school in Texas. With a bar passage rate of one hundred percent, the highest in the nation, it is considered “the Marine Corps of law schools.” According to Princeton Review, the school has a reputation for “crafting great trial lawyers.” Baylor has an intensive program that provides law students with first-hand experience in trying a case from beginning to end, including pre-trial preparation, motions, depositions, jury selection, opening statements, direct and cross examinations, and closing arguments.
After graduating from Baylor Law, Ms. Hoffman clerked at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims for two years. She initially worked as a plaintiff’s attorney in New Mexico, working on breast implant cases. Then, she went into a career in government service, first handling cases involving children with special needs in education, training attorneys to deal with issues of child support, and finally working in administrative law involving employment, discrimination, and revocation of licenses. Ms. Hoffman also taught legal writing and drafting at George Mason School of Law.
Ms. Hoffman is a single parent who loves taking art classes with her daughter and leading her Girl Scout troop. In her opinion, the family is one of the most important things in life. She looks forward to working with her clients to get them back to what is most important to each of them.
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Melissa is the Founder and Lead Advisor with EViE Financial, a full-service financial planning and wealth management firm serving clients with a focus on instilling independence and empowerment. For nearly 15 years, she has offered expert and actionable advice to clients on topics from retirement readiness and personal financial management, to entrepreneurship and wealth building. Melissa also has an extensive history of providing sound, thoughtful education on financial and business ownership topics, delivered through wellness courses and workshops presented to individuals working through various stages of life. Her passion for financial wellness marries with her formal education and real-world experience to help clients manage their money in a realistic, efficient way.
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