Welcome to Hamilton Law
and Mediation

You have come to the right place if you are in conflict with someone over an animal.

Mediation is a much kinder, gentler choice for the people and animals involved in a conflict. And, I am committed to serving you and your pet in a peaceful manner so everyone is heard, respected and understood.

We Are A Mediation Practice

forging new frontiers to help pet owners, pet service providers and those passionate about animals who find themselves embroiled in conflict, live and serve more peacefully with and for animals. We help everyone remain focused on the best outcome for the animal and the people who are their champions. Sometimes the needs of the animal get lost in the people’s disagreement or their ego gets the better of them. We help everyone come to a desirable understanding that helps the animal while those who disagree find a workable solution. It is simple once you feel heard.

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AVMLA Webinar - Practical Solutions to Combat Cyber Threats | June 27 3:00 pm ET | Attending

AVMLA Continuing Education Webinar Series:

Be sure to register for the next AVMLA Webinar, Practical Solutions to Combat Cyber Threats, presented by Mary Ellen Seale, Founder/CEO,  National Cybersecurity Society.

AVMLA Members’ registration is complimentary,  June 27, 2019 3 PM ET.

Small businesses account for a large proportion of the U.S. economy, yet they are particularly vulnerable to the risks posed by cybersecurity threats. With 30.2 million firms employing over 58.9 million people, small businesses account for 99% of businesses in the United States. (SBA Office of Advocacy, 2018)

The National Cybersecurity Society (NCSS), a national nonprofit organization, was established to educate small businesses on IT security best practices and advise them on the type of products and services they need to protect themselves.

In this webinar, Mary Ellen Seale, CEO and Founder of the NCSS, who is a leader in national cybersecurity strategy and cyber operations having served over 30 years in Federal service, will provide an overview of the cybersecurity risks that threaten your business. Ms. Seale will outline the likelihood of these events occurring; the impact such events could have on your operations, and actionable steps you can take to protect your business.

To learn more visit NCS at: www.nationalcybersecuritysociety.org

Ask the Vet on Sirius XM Stars Channel 109 with Dr. Ann Hohenhaus (Animal Medical Center) | July 3 - 3:00 pm | Guest

I'm speaking with Dr. Ann Hohenhaus (Animal Medical Center) | July 3 - 3:00 pm on her popular Ask the Vet Podcast on Sirius XM Stars Channel 109. We'll be speaking about pet estate planning.

Dr. Ann Hohenhaus, a third generation veterinarian who received a BS from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, with honors, Phi Beta Kappa and her DVM from Cornell University. She has achieved American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine board certification in both Oncology and Small Animal Internal Medicine. Dr. Hohenhaus serves as the hospital’s spokesperson, speaking to national media outlets about issues related to veterinary medicine. In addition to AMC’s blog, she also writes for Vetstreet.com, she served as a blogger for WebMD, and has created content for publications such as Ladies Home Journal and Real Simple Magazine.

You can learn more about how she serves the animal community on her website.

And you can follow her on Twitter https://twitter.com/drannamcny

AVMLA 2019 Annual Continuing Education Program in Washington, DC, August 3-4 | Attending

The AVMLA will host the 2019 Annual Continuing Education Program in Washington, DC, August 3-4, in conjunction with the AVMA Annual Meeting to be held at the Marriott Marquis Washington.

Meet today’s featured speaker and sponsor for the 2019 Annual AVMLA Continuing Education Conference:

Session Title: Creating a Litigation Free Workplace

Session Presenter & Conference Sponsor: Frank C. Muggia, Partner, Harris Beach, PLLC.
Session Description: 
Legal issues in the workplace cause costly litigation, bad publicity, and workplace disruptions for employers and employees.  These challenges can adversely affect productivity, business profitability, and employee morale.  As companies grow, well-drafted and consistently implemented employment policies are essential to prevent and minimize costly litigation. However, even with the best policies in place there are a number of behaviors that can make a workplace hostile.

Learn how to take steps necessary to maintain a peaceful working environment in this informative legal session.

Register for the AVMLA Continuing Education Conference today by clicking here.

For any questions or assistance with your registration, please contact our office info@avmla.org.

Thank you for sharing this information with your industry colleagues!

Jacquie Ball – Director of Administration

American Veterinary Medical Law Association (AVMLA)

1750 K Street, NW, Ste. 700, Washington, DC 20006

202.449.3818 O - 202.449.8560 F


Cover Your Tails | Pet Care Planning For the Short and Long Term | Sept 14 - 10am - 12pm | Bethany CT | Presenting

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Conflicts over animals arise in every area of life including marriage, divorce, malpractice, trust and estates, civil, criminal, and contract law. Whether your disagreement is with an ex-spouse, neighbor, veterinarian, pet service provider or their staff, mediation is the one and only means of telling your story and having the opportunity to hear your counterpart’s story in a safe environment.  You are always able to sue, but wouldn’t you prefer to tell your side of the story first and see if a resolution can be achieved?

Through the mediation process, I help people tell their story and address the conflict that precipitated the conflict. Mediation provides a proven, step-by-step, peaceful method of allowing the parties to communicate with each other effectively, directly or online, addressing the issues that have come between them, quickly and with respect. We help everyone feel they are part of the win-win solution.

Think about the last time you had a conflict.  Maybe it involved your beloved pet or the pet of another.  The sustained fear of addressing the conflict overtook your life.  You suffered in silence or you waited too long to say anything and then exploded in a way you had never intended.  The after effect of such an exchange may result in losing the right to see your dog in divorce, returning to the veterinarian you like and respect, maintaining a relationship with a dog walker or destroying a longtime relationship with a breeder or owner.

Have you ever dreamed of being able to address a disagreement over an animal in a way that sustains a dialogue, educates everyone involved about the underlying cause of the disagreement and provides a happy outcome? Let me share with you how to make that dream a reality and it doesn’t need to be frustrating or complicated.

If you are a veterinarian and want a practice that is filled with happy clients that can’t wait to refer you to their pet-owning friends and acquaintances and employees that are happy and get along, you have come to the right place.  Let us help you learn how to easily set up a practice that makes it exciting to get up and go to work every day.

You may be a pet owner with a cranky neighbor who is really upset about your barking dog, a co-owner disagreeing with the future of a pet or a divorcing couple and the pet is the object of contention.  You are at each other’s throats.  Mediation is the method you should choose to employ first when trying to find a path of least resistance to solution and happier conversations on the matter.

Meet Debra

Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton is the principal at Hamilton Law and Mediation, PLLC, (HLM) the first solo mediation practice in the US dedicated to helping people resolve conflicts involving animals.

HLM uses alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to help resolve conflicts ranging from divorce disagreements over the family pet to helping animal rights advocates see the benefit of sitting down with their adversaries and having a neutral discussion before, during & after litigation is initiated.

Debra also works with pet service providers and professionals to help them pursue their passion for helping people and their pets while reducing their exposure to costly litigation.

She presents programs that teach people how to communicate, as a speaker and receiver of information without feeling they need to resort to litigation. Debra is the go-to person for information regarding the use of mediation in disagreements over animals for the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Sun Times, Bloomberg and the US News and World Report.

Debra hosts free online webinars, which teach pet owners and pet service providers how to address conflict in their business or relationships with clients, colleagues or pet service providers. She also helps pet owners and pet service providers aid each other in the creation and implementation a SIMPLE short and long-term pet care plan. The MAAP Plan enables beloved companion animals get the care their owners want them to have any time their owner is personally not able to care for them.

Debra graduated from Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School in 1983 and was admitted to practice in New York in 1984.

What Our Clients Are Saying

I highly recommend Ms. Hamilton for veterinary mediation and law work. She exudes competence and compassion in all her work and relationships.

G Lynn Davis


We are very impressed with how Debra mediated a recent “in office” conflict among employees.

She gave them the tools, skills, safe space and confidence to resolve the issues that had come between them. Our office is happy again and we recommend her to everyone!

Jennifer G Miritello

New York

Debra is kind and caring and very skilled in helping resolve issues surrounding our pets. She takes time to listen and offers wonderful guidance.

She recently assisted me with a health issue with one of my dogs and we are working towards a resolution. I would highly recommend Debra. She is dedicated and committed to getting to a positive outcome for all, especially our animals. Thank you, Debra.

Susan Wagner McKenna

New Jersey

Thanks so much Debra for a wonderful seminar!! It was so informative and so much fun!!

It was not only “Playing Nice At The Dog Park” – it was using skills to diffuse any potential conflicts involving our beloved animals.

Using these easy to remember techniques (so hard to think when a dispute flares up unexpectedly) made Debra’s information so valuable!!

Debra can really help with all of our concerns with our animals- creating a care plan for them in case of our illness or accident as well as mediating issues with divorce, landlord or neighbor issues.

Debra is a great speaker and a unique resource we can all use!!

Barbara Buscareno


Debra Hamilton is a great resource for pet parents. She taught me that setting up a trust and instructions on how I’d want my dogs cared for if something happened to me was of paramount importance.

It always made me very uncomfortable when my husband and I traveled together. What would become of our four furry babies, should tragedy strike? We don’t want to think that, but unless we’re prepared, our beloved animals are the ones who will possibly suffer.

Today, because of Debra’s insights and follow through, I have a safe haven for each of my dogs. Each trusted caretaker knows exactly how I’d want that pup cared for; their quirks and needs.

We pray this is proactive but never needed, of course, but I know that because of it, I feel so relieved and prepared! I highly recommend Debra for guidance, coaching, and legal services to prepare you to ensure your babies will be in good hands and live the life you’d want them to live.

Jody Miller-Young

Fashion Editor, Hamptons Pet Magazine, Bark And Swagger

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