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About Amy Coopman

“Believing there is a bridge from where you are to where you want to go is 99% of the battle. The other 1% is to cross it.”

~ R.R. Norton ~

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Amy Coopman

With 28 years of state and federal litigation and dispute resolution experience, Amy Coopman is skilled at helping parties bridge the gap to resolve disputes. 

Amy is a mediator who instills immediate trust and confidence in the mediation process.  She mediates a wide variety of civil disputes, including:

Employment (workplace personnel disputes, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour, employment agreement and noncompete claims, etc.);
 

Education (Title IX; students' rights; teachers' rights; special education, school safety; harassment, discrimination, assault; conduct and discipline; special education); 
 

Personal Injury (medical negligence, wrongful death, motor vehicle, civil claims for assault, other bodily injury, etc.);
 

Property/Real Estate (non-disclosure, misrepresentation, appraiser/realtor disputes, claims for specific performance and general breach  of contract claims);
 

Business (commercial contracts, transactions, dissolution, partner and organizational disputes, including disputes between businesses involving terms of contract, satisfactory completion of project);
 

Nonprofit Philanthropy (founder transition and succession disputes, multi-generational disputes, governance and board disputes, personnel matters, mission and vision changes).  

Amy has a track record of national leadership on employment law issues, and she developed a wide range of experience on the defense and insurance side of business and personal injury matters while working for 15 years at a prominent Kansas City law firm that represented individuals, businesses and insurance companies in complex litigation throughout the United States.  Amy’s training and background also makes her well-suited to mediate challenging education and nonprofit philanthropy disputes.

“Understanding both sides” is a skill that Amy applies throughout the mediation process.  She has an innate ability to get to the heart of a dispute.  Amy uses various tools to manage difficult emotions, knows how to listen well, asks the right questions, and stays focused on helping the parties find a way to reach a deal and resolve their dispute.

Amy is firmly committed to guiding the parties to a successful resolution.  Her words and actions show respect for all parties, representatives and attorneys involved in the mediation.  They trust her, and as a result, trust themselves to achieve favorable outcomes, even when the stakes are high, the matter is complex, and the parties appear unyielding.

 

Amy is professional, patient and persistent, and these qualities result in a high rate of mediation success.

Community Involvement

Amy serves on the Boards of the following organizations: The M.R. & Evelyn Hudson Foundation, The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation, the Association of Missouri Mediators and The University of Kansas Honors Program Advisory Board.

 

Education/Certifications

University of Kansas School of Law, J.D., 1995

University of Kansas, B.A., 1992, Highest Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa

Admitted to the Bar, Kansas, Missouri, U.S. Supreme Court

Eighth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeal

Qualified Neutral, Missouri S. Ct. R. 17

Approved Mediator, Kansas S. Ct. R. 901 

Approved Outside Mediator, W.D. Mo., D. Kan.

Approved FINRA Arbitrator

Leadership America, 2020-2021; CCC Leadership Program for Women, 2017

 

Professional Affiliations and Memberships

National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, Kansas Chapter

Association of Missouri Mediators

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association 

Kansas Bar Association

Missouri Bar Association
Philanthropy Southwest

Schedule a Mediation

 

Amy is based in Kansas City and is available to mediate disputes nationwide.

In person mediations typically occur at the office of one of the parties, their attorney’s office, or a mutually agreed neutral site.  Virtual mediations are conducted via Zoom.  

Amy’s Mediation Rate:

$380/hour

*The hourly rate includes all time spent by the mediator, including preparation time, telephone time, and attendance at the mediation session.  Please contact Amy regarding travel-related expenses.

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