Sharon L. Mchold Esq.
Conflict Solutions | Sharon L. Mchold
Sharon L. Mchold Esq.
Sharon is an experienced mediator who combines the right temperament, maturity, and sensitivity with a unique background in both psychology and law.
mediation approach reflects her
background and beliefs:
THE TASK OF MEDIATION IS PROBLEM SOLVING AND THE OPPORTUNITY OF MEDIATION IS TO BEGIN TO TRANSFORM THE WAY PEOPLE INTERACT AND DEAL WITH CONFLICT
Developmental Psychologist: Sharon
brings to the mediation table an understanding of human interaction, the outgrowth of years of studying and teaching psychology.
She has a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and minor in biology from the University of Delaware and earned a Masters of Science degree in psychology from Tufts University.
taught general and developmental psychology in colleges in Indiana and Maine for ten years.
Developmental Psychology courses examined the stages of both child
development and adult development.
taught over 800 students, ranging in ages from 18 to 63 years old, who needed a good understanding of psychology to complete their education as nurses or teachers.
was often sought out as a counselor by her
students for both education related and personal issues.
Lawyer/Problem Solver: Sharon
is a problem solver, trained by the study of law and the rigors of 10 years of practicing law.
After graduating from the University of Maine School of Law in 1983, she worked for thirteen judges in the busiest Superior Court of Maine as the Law Clerk.
As the judges' Clerk (assistant) she was immersed in the litigation process and had the opportunity to become familiar with the court's workings from within the system.
practiced law for nine years, mostly in a medium sized Portland firm, in the areas of real estate, family, and environmental law.
Sharon L. McHold, Esq.
In this work, Sharon
had extensive experience in negotiation.
learned how damaging, difficult, and expensive litigation can be for the persons who initiate or get caught up in a law suit.
observed how family, community, and/or business relationships suffer when people are involved
background in child development, Sharon
understood how children often pay a high price when divorcing parents look to the courts to settle
turned to mediation as a way to lessen the turmoil and animosity of conflict which is moving towards or already in the courts.
Mediator: Since January, 1994, Sharon has worked at Conflict Solutions as a full time mediator with a very high success rate.
has handled over 500
mediations, primarily in the area of real estate and family law, including divorce, paternity, and parental rights and responsibility cases.
Increasingly, Sharon is being asked to mediate post-divorce disputes relative to children issues and also to serve as an ongoing mediator who meets with ex-spouses on a regular basis in high conflict cases.
Beyond divorce and post divorce cases, she
has worked with families when conflict has arisen in the distribution of estate assets, in family shared real estate, and in family run businesses.
She serves as mediator or arbitrator due to her expertise in real estate matters such as boundary disputes, construction problems, and municipal/permitting disputes.
Training: Sharon began her training in mediation at Harvard Law School (40 hour course).
completed the University of Southern Maine Mediation Certificate Program
and has 100ï¿½s of hours in one to three day training in advanced mediation workshops.
has had an extensive apprenticeship with Patrick Coughlan of Conflict Solutions.
has observed or co-mediated over 180 hours with Mr. Coughlan.
continues to attend programs on mediation and seminars for lawyers on family and real estate law.
Although most of her work has been in the mediation context, she can be appointed by the court to serve as Referee (arbitrator) to decide matters when
the parties do not reach a settlement.
Facilitation and Conflict Management: Sharon
has facilitated a number of meetings/retreats, primarily for nonprofit organizations or governmental agencies, as well as conducted approximately 200 hours of conflict management workshops.