About Amelia Nickles
Amelia graduated from Columbia University School of Law in 1989 and practiced litigation at firms in New York City through 2002. Amelia left the practice of litigation in 2002 to pursue her passion in mediation, having worked for the previous five years exclusively in the field of matrimonial law as both an associate and a partner in the Family Law Department of Morrison, Cohen, Singer & Weinstein, LLP. Amelia started her practice of family mediation in both New York and New Jersey in 2005. Amelia is also trained in the practice of Collaborative Law and has completed advanced trainings in the fields of both mediation and Collaborative Law in New York and New Jersey.
Amelia’s first-hand knowledge of the litigation of family disputes informs her passion that these issues are best resolved in a collaborative setting. In addition, Amelia’s extensive knowledge of family law, gained from a litigation perspective, allows for a balanced and realistic view of the landscape facing her mediation clients. Amelia’s practice of mediation utilizes the understanding based approach, relying on the firm belief that the parties are in the best position to make decisions about their life and their families based on an understanding of their own, as well as their partner’s, needs and values.
Some of the organizations of which Amelia is a member are:
- The Center for Understanding in Conflict (formerly the Center for Mediation and Law) including ongoing professional development and training,
- The New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators (NJAPM),
- The New York State Council for Divorce Mediation (NYSCDM),
- The Family Law Section of the New York State Bar,
- The Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the New York State Bar,
- The Family Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar,
- The Collaborative Divorce Association of North Jersey (CDANJ)