VIE_1826_Perez, Joelle
Joelle A. Perez, Esq.
I am an attorney and divorce mediator who works with clients as a neutral third party to assist them in achieving a mutually agreed upon settlement of divorce.  As a mediator, my goal is to provide my clients with information and a supportive environment that fosters mutual respect and that ends with the best results for both of the parties and their children.

Having been through divorce mediation personally, I embrace the mediation process not only as a practitioner advocate, but also as a former client of mediation.  This experience has given me the unique ability to understand and appreciate first-hand how it feels to be on the other side of the mediation table and most importantly, to empathize with my clients’ situation.

After successfully completing the forty-hour divorce mediation program given by The Center for Mediation and Training, I started Peacemaker Divorce Mediation with a mission to assist my clients in navigating the divorce process in the least resistive and most cost effective way possible.

I am currently a Board Member of the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the highest professional standards of divorce mediation. To further advance my mediation skills, I continually attend meetings and participate in training seminars to keep up to date on the latest developments in law and mediation.

Prior to becoming a divorce mediator, I worked as a Litigation Associate for a general commercial litigation firm in Huntington, New York and also as Associate General Counsel for Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, where I assisted the General Counsel in overseeing all aspects of the University’s legal affairs. Following my graduation from law school, I practiced as a Litigation Associate for Bingham & McCutchen and Loeb & Loeb in New York City, where I worked in a fast paced high pressure environment and gained extensive experience in many areas of the law.

I graduated Hofstra University School of Law in 2000 at the top of my class where I was a member of the Hofstra Law Review.

A philanthropist at heart, I have dedicated much of my time to raising funds and awareness for autism as the executive director a non-profit organization that raises funds to assist children with autism in obtaining treatments and therapies not otherwise covered by insurance.

Family is by far the most important part of my life—I live in Cold Spring Harbor with my husband, my three children and our beagle named Lou.