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Mediator: Family and Community Disputes  202-544-2448,  202-215-5896

Sig Cohen has conducted hundreds of family mediation cases in which custody, visitation, child support, and property issues were involved.  He is dedicated to helping family members resolve their issues in ways that foster better communication and reduce hostility.  During his 12 years as a DC Superior Court mediator many of his most sensitive and successful cases have resulted in settlements that ensured that both parties have a healthy involvement with their children and a positive acceptance of property division.

In addition to family cases Sig mediates landlord-tenant, child abuse and neglect, and small claims cases.  He has also mediated special education cases for the District of Columbia Public School system.  His step-by-step approach to issue resolution seeks to engage parties in focusing on their respective futures and avoiding time consuming and costly litigation.

His prior professional experience includes a 29-year career as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer (U.S. Information Agency) with overseas assignments in Dacca, Bangladesh; Calcutta India; and Bonn and Hamburg Germany.  His most recent overseas position was as Press Attache at the American Embassy in London.  He has also served as Director of Public Affairs in the former Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and Director of Programs for the Television Service of U.S.I.A.

Other professional experience includes work as a fund raiser for a non-profit social services agency, executive director of a neighborhood-based family strengthening collaborative, and working in ex-offender affairs.  His community service has involved serving as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children and membership on the Board of Directors of the Capitol Hill Group Ministry.  He is also a Community Emergency Response Team member for the District of Columbia.  In addition he served two years in the U.S. Army.

Sig received his B.S. degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago.

"We brought Sig and Carolyn a hopeless impasse and two parties not at all inclined to compromise. We couldn't even speak to each other. At the start I was honest and open about my utter lack of confidence in Sig and Carolyn or in the process. But they grasped the essential dynamic of our conflict pretty quickly, gained our trust with humor and understanding, and found more common ground than I thought we had. And unlike other facilitators we'd sought out for help in the past they kept the inspirational rhetoric to a minimum, focusing instead on the nuts and bolts of compromise. It was a ... miracle."
- Happily divorced in the District