Susanne J. Hale is an experienced Family Law Mediator and Parenting Coordinator, who believes compassion and communication are often missing from legal disputes, which can lead parties down a contentious path.
Her practice includes her work in Elder Care Mediation, as a team with Senator Tina Polsky, using a unique team approach of alternative dispute resolution dedicated to helping families address their legal disputes without the pitfalls that come with a courtroom battle. Realizing lawsuits are expensive and can take up to years to resolve Susanne and Tina work diligently to guide families to a perceivable settlement in a far more cost efficient and less argumentative manner.
Mediation provides an opportunity to explore an issue from all angles, get past the barriers that are precluding families from reaching agreements; including the emotional aspects of the situation. Susanne takes pride in working towards successful resolution quickly, thoroughly and amicably. By neutrally breaking past communication barriers, families can express their individual needs and formulate plans that will ultimately lead to a settlement agreement that satisfies all involved.
Prior to mediating full-time, Susanne worked as a teacher and counselor of high-risk students in an effort to reduce the drop-out rate and learned that respect and the ability to listen was needed to help young people make the best choices. She has transferred her kindness, understanding and patience to her mediation practice.
Susanne is a graduate of the State University of Albany and a cum laude Master’s graduate of New York University, and is a volunteer with PAP Corp. (for cancer research), Anti-Defamation League and has written and been awarded various grants for the betterment of education and drop-out prevention in New York and Florida. Susanne is the author of Shades of Gray, an account of life in inner-city schools, and Molly and Magruder Return to New York, a children’s book about hope during the Covid-19 pandemic
- New York University, MA: 1985
- SUNY Albany, BA; 1984
Areas Of Expertise
- Family Law
Areas Of Certification
- Family Law