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Arbitrator / Mediator: Tax and Commercial Disputes  202-359-6141,  202-362-5428

Judge Carolyn Miller Parr founded Beyond Dispute Associates in 2002, when she retired from the United States Tax Court after 16 years of service.   She has been settling cases and resolving conflicts since 1977 as a Judge, litigator, and Special Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General (Tax) at the Department of Justice.

Judge Parr is committed to helping clients achieve peaceful, respectful, fast and fair resolutions of disputes, whether through mediation, arbitration, or conciliation.   Since 2002 Judge Parr has mediated or arbitrated more than 200 matters on a wide range of issues.   [see: Recent Matters Mediated or Arbitrated ].  She is a popular speaker before bar associations and other groups.

Judge Parr holds a J.D. from Georgetown University, an M.A. from Vanderbilt, and a B.A. from Stetson University who, in 1988 awarded her an honorary doctorate (LL.D) and in 1992 named her Distinguished Alumnus.   Judge Parr has nearly 200 hours of specialized training in conflict resolution, including negotiation (Department of Justice), mediation (CDR Associates, Boulder, CO), advanced mediation (Center for Dispute Settlement, Washington DC), and family, real estate, and other specialized matters (Multi-Door program of the D.C. Superior Court).

Judge Parr is dedicated to peacemaking at every level from the family to the international community.   Her pro bono service has been honored by the Women Judges' Fund for Justice and the National Debate for Peace in El Salvador.   She speaks Spanish. She has served on boards of an AIDS hospice for homeless men and a drop-in center for young immigrant families in Washington.   She is a member of the Advisory Committee for the American University Law School Tax Clinic.

Professional affiliations include the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution, Association for Conflict Resolution, the National and International Associations of Women Judges, and the Bars of the District of Columbia, Maryland, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. District Court, and U.S. Tax Court.

"I've known Carolyn through a spiritual community for about 20 years and have had the wisdom of her drive, insight, integrity, truth-speaking, humor and intelligence. When I was given the opportunity to buy a business with another acupuncturist I knew that engaging Carolyn's partnership could create a lot of ease and perspective with the complex dialogue, negotiations, power struggles, vision and contractual details. Her presence, deep listening and reflection did just that and served not only myself but everyone involved in the process. Now that I'm moving ahead with the business I have the confidence of knowing that I can always re-engage Carolyn if I need to and that gives me great comfort!"
- Gretchen