On January 30 and 31, 2014, our family law associate, Laura Nichelle Wardrip, attended mediation training with Early Settlement, which operates under the Oklahoma Alternative Dispute Resolution Act.  Mediation is a great process by which parties of an action can sit down with a neutral party, a mediator, to help facilitate a settlement in their actions.  Mediation is generally used in small claims cases and family actions, such as divorce and paternity actions.  Mediation is sometimes required in cases and other times it is optional.  The parties are not required to come to an agreement in mediation, but it often results in settlements that are beneficial to both parties.  Here is a link to information regarding Early Settlement on the Oklahoma Supreme Court Network’s website.

laura.wardrip.tulsa.family.law.attorneyLaura Nichelle Wardrip is a Tulsa native. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law and her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Tulsa. Through her academic career, she has focused her education on issues related to the family, such issues as domestic violence, mental disorders, and helping bring people together by finding a common ground. As an attorney licensed in Oklahoma and a member of the Tulsa County Bar Association, Ms. Wardrip’s primary area of practice is that of family law, which includes such actions as divorce, paternity, child support, guardianships, and adoptions. Her broad experience in the area of family law includes having practiced in Tulsa County, Wagoner County, Muskogee County, Washington County, Pawnee County, Osage County, Okmulgee County, and Creek County. Ms. Wardrip is diligent in professionally handling cases in an informative and personal manner. She is dedicated to the client’s needs and is an advocate for the client’s goals. It is important to work with the client to find the best results for each client. A strong commitment to the community has been a driving force for Ms. Wardrip as she is a frequent volunteer with organizations working to help the homeless in the Tulsa area including Tulsa’s Day Center for the Homeless and Iron Gate.