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Amy Coopman

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:

$330/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.

“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

With 25 years of state and federal litigation and dispute resolution experience, Amy Coopman is skilled at helping parties build bridges to resolve disputes. 

Amy is a mediator who instills immediate trust and confidence in the mediation process.  She can assist parties in mediating a wide variety of civil disputes, individual, class and qui tam actions, including:

Employment (workplace personnel disputes, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour, safety and health, etc.);

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

Personal Injury (medical malpractice, wrongful death, motor vehicle, civil claims for assault, etc.);

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

Business (commercial contracts, transactions, dissolution, partner or organizational disputes, including disputes between businesses involving terms of contract, timeliness of delivery, and satisfaction with contract, disputes involving real estate purchase contracts, satisfactory completion of project, appraiser malpractice, realtor malpractice);

Nonprofit Philanthropy (founder transition and succession disputes, multi-generational disputes, governance and board disputes, 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 insurance and defense side of business and personal injury matters while working for 15 years at a prominent Kansas City law firm representing individuals, businesses and insurance companies in complex  litigation throughout the United States.  Amy’s background makes her especially 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 accurately reads body language and tone, uses various tools to manage difficult emotions, knows how to listen well, asks the right questions, and always works toward keeping the process productive and professional.

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 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

CCC Leadership Program for Women, 2017

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

 

Professional Affiliations and Memberships

Association of Missouri Mediators

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (Co-Chair, Labor & Employment Law Committee, 2018-2019)

Kansas Bar Association, Alternate Dispute Resolution Section

Missouri Bar Association
Philanthropy Southwest