International & National Mediation

International & National Mediation

Is mediation the right choice for me?

Mediation is a method of alternative dispute resolution that allows disagreeing parties to avoid a trial and instead attempt to arrive at an independent resolution while prioritizing courtesy, mutual respect, and cooperation.

Mediation provides a venue for the parties to come together to present the facts and issues in order to reach an agreement in a guided and controlled setting. This process allows the parties to avoid the expense and hassle of the time-consuming litigation process. You can rely on my ability as an experienced and knowledgeable New York attorney and mediator to guide the discussion and help you arrive at a beneficial resolution.

Benefits of Mediation

Some of the many advantages offered by the mediation process include:

  • Higher likelihood of compliance from both sides
  • Less expensive than litigation
  • Faster than litigation
  • Facilitates mutual satisfaction for both sides
  • Allows the parties to maintain ultimate control rather than submitting the final decision to a judge
  • Encourages and fosters cooperation rather than hostility

What is the mediator's role?

The mediator is not a judge or arbitrator. My role as mediator is to provide a venue where necessary discussion can occur in order to ensure that all important and pertinent information is made available and understood.

I support the parties in reaching an agreement and strive to guide them toward a mutually agreeable solution. I am also prepared to write up the agreement or contract that each party must sign. I am very optimistic and confident regarding the mediation process and the possibility of achieving a solution through hard work and cooperation.

Mediator Panels

  • New York State Supreme Court
    • Commercial Division New York County (Manhattan)
    • Commercial Division Westchester County
    • Commercial Divison Kings Country
    • Commercial Division Nassau Country
  • American Arbitration Association (AAA) International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR)
  • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

International Mediation

In international mediation cases, I help the parties involved overcome cultural difficulties and misunderstandings. As a New York lawyer with years of experience, I understand the legal issues involved in these types of disputes.

Having lived in various cultures around the world, I am able to successfully and sensitively guide discussions between parties with different cultural backgrounds. My goal is to facilitate the structuring of a resolution so that it will be understood within the framework of the cultures of the parties.

International Commercial Mediation Attorney

Cultural miscommunication can compound and exacerbate the disagreements you may already be facing in an international commercial context. Utilizing my extensive cross-cultural experience, I provide seasoned mediation support for clients in commercial matters. With an extensive understanding of international laws and the kinds of cultural issues that can tend to impact any attempt at dispute resolution, I am confident in my ability to help you find a solution and achieve a positive outcome.

Extensive Cross-Cultural Experience

In addition to English, I am fluent in Mandarin Chinese, speak Spanish functionally, and read French. I lived in Asia for 12 years and served as the head of an international law consultancy. I have also served as an international in-house counsel for major corporations, including Schering-Plough Corporation and S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. I was also the head of the law department of the international division of Ralston Purina Company.

Now, I run my private practice in New York - Carolyn E. Hansen, Esq. Attorney at Law & Mediator. My focus is on international law and alternative methods of dispute resolution, including mediation. My goal is to help my clients achieve peaceful and satisfactory resolutions to the disputes they face through the process of mediation.

Professional Affiliations

I am on the Executive Committee of the Dispute Resolution Section of the NY State Bar Association. I Co-Chair of the Section's International Mediation Subcommittee and its Diversity Committee. I am also on the American Bar Association (ABA) Dispute Resolution Section.

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1981
  • Wisconsin, 1974
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1986


  • Free University of Brussels School of Law, Brussels, , Belgium, 1973
    Honors: Cum Laude
    Honors: Full Fellowship for International and Comparative Law Studies, 1972-1973
    Major: International and Comparative Law
    Law Journal: Texas International Law Journal, 1976
  • The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1972
    Honors: Top 10% on Work during Final Year
    Honors: Summer Session, Intl. Ct. of Justice, Hague Academy, Hague, Netherlands
    Honors: Best Written Brief, Jessup Moot Court, 1971
    Major: International and Comparative Law
  • University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, 1969
    Honors: Summer Session at United Nations, University of Wisconsin, New York, 1968
    Honors: Distinguished Alumni Award, 1994
    Honors: Outstanding Alumni Award, 1976
    Honors: Outstanding Senior Award, 1969
    Major: Political Science and International Studies

Meet with Mediator Carolyn E. Hansen, Esq. Attorney at Law today!

Learn more about the benefits of the mediation process when you meet with me at my Stone Ridge law office. When you choose Carolyn E. Hansen, Esq. Attorney at Law & Mediator, you can be confident that your interests will be prioritized and your questions answered every step of the way.

Since 1974, I have served clients throughout New York and around the world. My in-depth understanding of cross-cultural issues contributes to my ability to see a matter from multiple perspectives and to guide parties toward a peaceful resolution. I practice law with an emphasis on pursuing healing and holistic outcomes for my clients.

Call Carolyn E. Hansen, Esq. Attorney at Law today to request a consultation .

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