Mediation Center Hampton Roads

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Passion. Experience. Diligence.


In an effort to reduce the number of cases being seen in Virginia's court system, the Supreme Court of Virginia began training and certifying professional mediators in the late 1980's. Our founding President, Dave McDonald, was among the first mediators in Virginia to be trained and certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia. At the time he was working in the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney in Virginia Beach resolving conflicts between Virginia Beach citizens and businesses. Armed with extensive training in family mediation Dave opened the Mediation Center of Hampton Roads in 1992 working part-time at night while still serving the citizens of Virginia Beach. Within five years the company had grown to the point where he decided to leave the City of Virginia Beach and devote his energies to his growing company.  As the largest mediation practice in Hampton Roads the company focuses on resolving conflicts for families and employees in many different areas including family law, family and elder mediation, parental abduction and employer-employee conflicts. The company also provides training in conflict management and the development of parenting skills. 


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Our Team


Founder and president

David McDonald

Dave McDonald is the founding President of the Mediation Center of Hampton Roads.   He was among the first mediators in Virginia to be trained and certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia in the late 1980’s and has extensive experience in family law, family and elder mediation, parental abduction and employer-employee conflict resolution.  He has also handled other types of disputes including those pertaining to contractual matters as well as EEO cases for the United State Postal Service.  Dave is a noted speaker on consumer and business issues and has effectively mediated and resolved more disputes in Hampton Roads than any other local mediator.  In 1994, he founded the Virginia Beach and Norfolk Courts mediation programs which provide mediation services for court users in those cities. Prior to starting his company in 1992, Dave served for 18 years as a mediator for the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney.

Dave received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Pittsburgh and his Master of Public Administration, with an emphasis in Conflict Resolution, from Old Dominion University. Dave has been active in his community and currently serves on the Board of the Granby YMCA and the Ghent Business Association.  He is also a member of the Hampton Roads Parenting Education Network and is a coach for the New Energy Striders Youth Team.  He is a former President of the Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League, a former Board member of the Friends of the Norfolk Juvenile Court and a former member of the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board.

Dave and his wife, Sharon, reside in Norfolk, VA.  They have two adult daughters who, to the dismay of their parents, live out of town. They also share their life with their cat, Tucker, and their blind rescue dog, Spud.

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Bacherlor of Science, 1997

M.A Public Administration,1982




Rachel Perry

Rachel Perry is an experienced mediator and negotiator in all aspects of the alternative dispute resolution process. Her enlistment in the U.S. Army as a military police woman during the height of the Gulf War is what prompted her interest in resolving conflict. As a third-party neutral with a background as both a service member and a dependent, Rachel specializes in military divorce, separation, deployment planning, military family care plans (DoD Directive 1342.17), parenting plans, support issues, visitation, financial issues and pensions.

Rachel is a graduate of George Mason University with a M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution specifically marital conflict. She has over twenty years of mediation experience in both the public and private sector. She is also a former civil service employee with experience in the resolution of discrimination and labor/management disputes.

Rachel is an active member of her community serving as a volunteer for the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter #20, and the Princess Anne High School PTA.  She is also a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution and the NAACP.  Rachel resides in Virginia Beach with her daughter.  



Masters in Sciences, 1999




Lynn Marlowe

Lynn Marlowe is our bookkeeper and all around office computer expert.  She studied at the University of Pittsburgh and moved to Norfolk in 1999 to be closer to family.  Lynn’s passions are swimming and needlecraft. She is an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs and knows their stats better than anyone.  Lynn has always loved music, especially Rock Music and has attended over 300 concerts to date.  Her biggest passion is The Who, which she has seen nearly 20 times! She is a passionate animal rights activist and dearly devoted to her neices.  

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