Praise For Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton And HLM

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I was very impressed with Debra’s promptness, understanding, and compassion to my situation.

I contacted Debra when I was having a pet custody dispute with my fiancée after a separation. My fiancée and I were not agreeing that I should be still be involved in our dog’s life and I was devastated.

After having contacted various attorneys to explore my options, I decided to try to search for pet mediators. I came across Debra’s name and some of the publications she had been featured in and decided to reach out to her to find out more about her services.

She was very timely in responding to my initial email and offered me a phone consultation to further discuss my situation. During the phone consultation, Debra was very knowledgeable and attentive regarding my circumstances.

I am pleased to announce that since then, my fiancée and I have come to an agreement where our beloved dog will remain a part of my life. I was very impressed with Debra’s promptness, understanding, and compassion to my situation.

Matthew L.

If it were not for our call, I would be out a lot of money to an attorney who wanted to litigate.

Debra,

Thank you for your time and speaking with me. I genuinely believe what you are doing with your career is fantastic. If it were not for our call, I would be out a lot of money to an attorney who wanted to litigate. I wanted to send you an email of appreciation. It’s a hard time for me emotionally and having Z with me is making it a bit easier. T

Thank you for your help.  BS & Z

Your approach is so needed in this litigious society…

Debra,
 
Thank you for the time sharing your wise counsel yesterday.  I realize this was precious time out of your busy schedule.  There is such an ease and friendliness to your approach which naturally would make anyone want a peaceful resolution to any dispute.  Your approach is so needed in this litigious society. Thank you again for your time.
 
Good luck to your red-haired baby.  They are a joy!
 
Regards,
 
P.j. Kelley 

I highly recommend Debra for guidance, coaching, and legal services…

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

Wonderful seminar. Informative and so much fun. Great speaker and a unique resource.

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
LI-DOG

Debra is kind and caring and very skilled in helping resolve issues surrounding our pets.

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

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

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

Thank you for making such a difference…

Thank you for making such a difference in our lives this year and giving of yourself so kindly.  You are truly an angel.

Joseph Malone

We’ve already invited her back!

Debra’s warmth, humor and boundless knowledge made our program both entertaining and substantive! We’ve already invited her back!

Kyle Silvers, Chair of the Animal Law Committee Ohio State Bar Association

Debra’s presentation was masterful…

Debra’s presentation was masterful. She brings tremendous competence, experience, and compassion to the field of animal law mediation and is a true benefit to any legal team.

Dr. Mark J. Bamberger, Esq.

I was in an irresolvable situation with Irish Setter Rescue…

I was in an irresolvable situation with Irish Setter Rescue, who contacted Debra. Debra provided a safe environment in which to resolve our conflict, to the satisfaction of all parties. She set up a telephone conference in a timely manner, and guided us through a very difficult but productive conversation wherein we were heard, respected, and which ended in a resolution that was truly in the best interest of the dog, and all the people involved I am so grateful to Debra, and would recommend her to anyone in conflict over animal custody.

Elizabeth Wood, Canine Behavior Specialist

As an animal lover and 21st century forward thinking lawyer…

As an animal lover and 21st century forward thinking lawyer, Debra fulfills the unique circumstances surrounding animal issues with effective and holistic mediation. For many people, pets are their children and that emotional
connection is the heart and soul of Debra’s mission. She is truly the go-to lawyer for ensuring that human and animal needs are properly attended to and resolved without the cost, time and stress of a court battle.

Jean Gillis, Esq.

When life decisions had to be made for a co-owned dog…

When life decisions had to be made for a co-owned dog, Debra worked with all of us – the breeder, the co-owners and the foster family. She helped us mediate our way to a solution that worked for the people AND the dog. Avoiding a court battle was important to my husband and me. This was our first time using mediation and Debra guided us through the process. We will definitely use HLM if a future need arises.

Denise Porterfield

about Debra's book

Gives a very deep understanding of that deep bond between animals and the people who love them…

This book is superb! It should be required reading not only for parting couples with pets but by every law student, lawyer and family court judge in the country. I’ve… CONTINUE READING… “Gives a very deep understanding of that deep bond between animals and the people who love them…”

Charles Regal, MSW, M.Div

I also have written on mediating animal law conflicts…

I also have written on mediating animal law conflicts, although on a much narrower academic-type level, and I can honestly say that Debra Voda-Hamilton has written a very accessible and… CONTINUE READING… “I also have written on mediating animal law conflicts…”

Michael Kaiser

A short, useful resource and guide that can help you right away

What makes this book attractive is it’s not a textbook, written for other academics. It’s in conversational language, from the heart, and to the point – 119 pages. Human breakups… CONTINUE READING… “A short, useful resource and guide that can help you right away”

Michael

If you love or work with animals, you must read this…

A comprehensive, yet easy guide to avoiding litigation and achieving success through mediation in disputes over animals. This is a must read for pet owners, veterinarians, trainers, barn managers, grooms… CONTINUE READING… “If you love or work with animals, you must read this…”

Alexandra

No Fighting Over This Dog Bone

Debra is one savvy cookie. In our mutual mastermind she has shared ideas, strategies and techniques to help Pet Parents manage conflicts over their pets. I knew this would be… CONTINUE READING… “No Fighting Over This Dog Bone”

Judy Helm Wright

This was recommended to me

Not a lawyer, but an owner with occasional pet “issues”. This was recommended to me, and now I have a much better perspective of the parties involved.

Amazon Customer

Very interesting, informative, and totally worth reading!

I just finished reading Nipped in the Bud not in the Butt: How to Use Mediation to Resolve Conflicts over Animals and it was extremely interesting. I learned that mediation… CONTINUE READING… “Very interesting, informative, and totally worth reading!”

An Amazon Reader

This book is easy to read with good examples…

This book is easy to read with good examples, providing a clear understanding of where and how a mediator would be valuable in settling disputes that involve animals. It contains… CONTINUE READING… “This book is easy to read with good examples…”

Kathy

Over a year ago I ended a 40 year relationship …

Over a year ago I ended a 40-year relationship. In the process, I took the dog – Diesel. I was lucky my husband did not want Diesel. I really do… CONTINUE READING… “Over a year ago I ended a 40 year relationship …”

DeDa Studios

MUST READING for all of us who love our companion animals!!

As a veterinarian of twenty plus years in practice, I have heard many complaints from individuals (clients and others) who have felt mislead and betrayed by my colleagues concerning the… CONTINUE READING… “MUST READING for all of us who love our companion animals!!”

A Veterinarian...

Hear it from the Best!

Debra is *the* animal mediator. Learn from the best with this book! Must read for anyone going through an animal dispute, especially one involving companion animals.

Cari B. Rincker

At the heart of Debra’s book are the fur-children who just want to feel safe and loved…

I’m an applied behaviorist and a suburban mom. This book crosses all genres and helps both the layperson and the professional alike to cope in a world obsessed with confrontation… CONTINUE READING… “At the heart of Debra’s book are the fur-children who just want to feel safe and loved…”

Sarah Hodgson, the Dog Mommy IAABC, Author

This book is easy to read with good examples

This book is easy to read with good examples, providing a clear understanding of where and how a mediator would be valuable in settling disputes that involve animals. It contains… CONTINUE READING… “This book is easy to read with good examples”

KEH

I absolutely enjoyed reading this book!

I absolutely enjoyed reading this book and glad I was given the chance to review it. It provided great advice for pet owners, I learned new and really interesting information.… CONTINUE READING… “I absolutely enjoyed reading this book!”

Stacey Schneller

Best Book For Pets

Debra, I loved your book. What an inspiration to all those who would like an answer to their questions, what happens to my pet if I die? Or, if I… CONTINUE READING… “Best Book For Pets”

Elaine Moorhead

Great overview of mediation…

This is a great overview of effective mediation…what it is and what it isn’t! And why it’s so preferable to going to court…as long as it’s done with someone who… CONTINUE READING… “Great overview of mediation…”

R.Ferber

A must read for anyone interested in animal welfare and intelligent conflict resolution

As a retired animal cruelty prosecutor and animal protection lawyer, I can tell you that Ms. Voda-Hamilton really knows what she’s talking about and offers a common-sense, hugely effective, non-litigious… CONTINUE READING… “A must read for anyone interested in animal welfare and intelligent conflict resolution”

Geoffrey C. Fleck

Communication is the key. Mediation turns the key.

This book gives the reader a comprehensive review of what mediation is (and why), how it works, and where to go to find a mediator. It’s easy to read with… CONTINUE READING… “Communication is the key. Mediation turns the key.”

Carolyn Shadle

Everyone should read this book. It explains the process of mediation from one end to the other using anecdotal situations

Everyone should read this book, especially at this time when hatred is being spewed all over–the internet included! I have never been a fan of “legal remedies”. Actually, I don’t… CONTINUE READING… “Everyone should read this book. It explains the process of mediation from one end to the other using anecdotal situations”

Miki Hope

It is much like people and their animals…

Debra hit on the compassion that includes people with animals and people in general. Our animals are a part of our family as our children. She addresses the kindness toward… CONTINUE READING… “It is much like people and their animals…”

Diane Bertoluzzi

Debra’s book will save pet owners time, money…

Debra’s book will save pet owners time, money, and aggravation – it’s a must needed resource for every pet owner.

Catherine

Tremendous Read…

This book really resonated with me. Debra does an excellent job providing a realistic approach to conflicts over pets. When I opened the book , I immediately noticed Debra’s passion… CONTINUE READING… “Tremendous Read…”

LEX

I really enjoyed this book since it opens the knowledge of techniques …

Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton is an attorney and mediator who has a lot of experience in the mediation over animal conflicts. I really enjoyed this book since it open the knowledge… CONTINUE READING… “I really enjoyed this book since it opens the knowledge of techniques …”

Ana Paula Medeiros

Thoroughly enjoyed reading it!

Being an animal lover I found this book extremely intriguing. It is enriched with a lot of resourceful information if you find you are in a conflict/situation requiring mediation. It… CONTINUE READING… “Thoroughly enjoyed reading it!”

Doris Humber

Negotiation vs Mediation- it’s a good thing to know about.

Great book, really learned about the difference between negotiation and mediation. If you have issues surrounding your pets, this is a great book on how to handle them.

Erin

A must read for anyone with an animal in your household

I liked how Debra combined her many years in law with her lifetime of experience with dogs/animals to create a very handy guide on animal mediation. Her examples made me… CONTINUE READING… “A must read for anyone with an animal in your household”

Linda F Switzer

Gives a very deep understanding of that deep bond between animals and the people who love them–a bond that goes back to our ancestors

This book is superb! It should be required reading not only for parting couples with pets, but by every law student, lawyer and family court judge in the country. I’ve… CONTINUE READING… “Gives a very deep understanding of that deep bond between animals and the people who love them–a bond that goes back to our ancestors”

Charles Regal, MSW, M.Div

Why consider litigation at all when Mediation is likely to leave both conflicting parties happier in the short and long term?

I have heard Debra speak on these topics before and was very excited to see the information get into print. It is often things that we as veterinarians and animal… CONTINUE READING… “Why consider litigation at all when Mediation is likely to leave both conflicting parties happier in the short and long term?”

Karl Jandrey, DVM, MAS, DACVECC

Mediation — Your “day in court” better! Where you can speak, listen and resolve conflict in the best interest of your pet.

If you know me, you know I picked up this book since it has to do with our animal friends, but wow! I learned so much that I can apply… CONTINUE READING… “Mediation — Your “day in court” better! Where you can speak, listen and resolve conflict in the best interest of your pet.”

DENISE FLECK

If you are going thru a custody battle for your pet this book will help you avoid much frustration and come up with a happy medium.

I have used mediation in the past to solve problems to avoid the high cost of litigation, This book explains the pros and cons of mediation vs. court. If you… CONTINUE READING… “If you are going thru a custody battle for your pet this book will help you avoid much frustration and come up with a happy medium.”

Roberta Morales

Five Stars!

Excellent book !

Carola

Who Gets Custody Of The Dog? How To Avoid Bitter Disputes Over Your Pets

I wanted to read this book for two reasons. Firstly I know exactly how much a pet can mean to you. I lost my beloved cat Samson a few years… CONTINUE READING… “Who Gets Custody Of The Dog? How To Avoid Bitter Disputes Over Your Pets”

Linda Hobbis

Definitely Worth Reading – by Everybody.

Just finished reading this book and recommend it to everyone. It is concise, informative, relevant and a good read. The tools and information about moderation passed on via anecdotal stories… CONTINUE READING… “Definitely Worth Reading – by Everybody.”

Lisa Brambilla-Doble

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