Patuxent Mediation Services, LLC, Mediation Services, Simpsonville, MD

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Gandajika Alternative Dispute Resolution Experience:

  • Hoofddorp Member, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Maryland Carey School of Law, Dispute Resolution and Negotiation
  • Mediator
    • Certified as a mediator by the Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution
    • Panel mediator for:
      • ▪ District of Columbia Court of Appeals
      • ▪ Allegany County Circuit Court
      • ▪ Anne Arundel County Circuit Court
      • ▪ Baltimore City Circuit Court
      • ▪ Baltimore County Circuit Court
      • ▪ Charles County Circuit Court
      • ▪ Frederick County Circuit Court
      • ▪ Howard County Circuit Court
      • ▪ Montgomery County Circuit Court
      • ▪ Talbot County Circuit Court
      • ▪ Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court
      • ▪ Nuclear Regulatory Commission
      • ▪ Better Business Bureau
      • ▪ Maryland Commission on Civil Rights
      • ▪ National Security Agency (2004-2013)
  • Arbitrator, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Better Business Bureau
  • Settlement Conference Facilitator, Charles County Circuit Court
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Program Reviewer, National Security Agency
  • Facilitator, Maryland Commission on Civil Rights

Work Experience:

  • Principal, Patuxent Mediation Services, LLC, 2013-present
  • Senior Counsel, National Security Agency, 2012-2013 (retired)
  • Associate General Counsel (Information Security/Cybersecurity), National Security Agency,
    2008-2012
  • Associate General Counsel (Legislation), National Security Agency, 1999-2008
  • Legislative Attorney, National Security Agency, 1996-1999
  • Legislative Attorney, Intelligence Community, 1994-1996
  • Litigation Attorney, Intelligence Community, 1990-1994
  • Associate, Private Practice, Baltimore, MD, 1987-1990
  • Intelligence Analyst, Intelligence Community, 1980-1987

Education:

  • J.D., University of Maryland School of Law, with honors, 1987
  • M.A., Cornell University, Jacob and Louise Ihlder Teaching Fellowship, 1979
  • B.A., Colgate University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Charles A. Dana Scholar, 1977

Awards/Affiliations:

  • Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Council, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member, Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence
  • Member, American Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • Current Member and Past At-Large Director on Board of Directors, Maryland Council for
    Dispute Resolution
  • Governor of Maryland’s Volunteer Service Certificate, 2013
  • National Security Agency Director’s Distinguished Service Medal, 2013
  • Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Senior Career Employee, 2010
  • Admitted, Maryland and District of Columbia Bars

Alternative Dispute Resolution Training Given:

  • “Dispute Resolution and Negotiation,” course taught at University of Maryland Carey School of Law, 2016-present
  • “Can We Talk?: Conversations Between Litigators and Mediators on Improving Client
    Outcomes,” Panelist, Maryland State Bar Association Legal Summit and Annual Meeting, 2018
  • “Collaboration & Negotiation,” Leadership Essentials, Leadership Howard County, 2017
  • “Mediation in Personal Injury Cases: What it is, What it Isn’t, and How it Can Help Your Client,” Maryland State Bar Association Mid-Year Meeting, 2017
  • “Advances in Neuroscience: Your Brain in Negotiations,” for staff at a federal agency, 2016
  • Conflict management training for staff and students of Howard Community College, 2014
  • Conflict management training for staff at Howard County Detention Center, 2014

Alternative Dispute Resolution Training Taken:

  • Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County
    • “Cognitive Barriers to Success in Resolving Conflicts: Practical Suggestions,” 2018
    • “The Power of Persuasion in Mediation: Trampling on Party Self-Determination?” 2018
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
    • “Advanced Mediation Training Course,” 2017
  • American Bar Association
    • Judge and Mediator for the Regional Competition in Mediation, 2017
    • Annual Spring Conference, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, 2016-18
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
    • “Appellate Mediation Training,” 2017
  • Better Business Bureau
    • Arbitrating Consumer Cases, 2017
  • Circuit Court for Baltimore City
    • Mediator Training, 2017
    • “When It’s All About the Money,” 2015
    • “Ethics Training,” 2015
  • University of Maryland Carey School of Law
    • Global Pound Conference, 2017
  • Maryland State Bar Association
    • “Broader Than Ourselves,” 2017
  • Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution and University of Maryland Francis King Carey School
    of Law

    • “Breaking Impasse With Science,” 2016
    • “Professional Skills Program in Dispute Resolution: Strategic Negotiation,” 2013
  • Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution
    • “The Power of Difference,” 2016
    • First Mediator Colloquium, 2015
    • “Mediating High-Conflict Disputes,” 2015
    • “Building Your Professional Practice,” 2015
    • “Destabilizing the Conflict Story: Toward ‘Better-Formed’ Stories,” 2014
    • “A Delicate Balance for Mediators: Conflict and Safety,” 2013
  • Talbot County Circuit Court
    • “Advanced Mediation Training,” 2014
  • Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office
    • Maryland Mediators Convention, biennial 2004-2014
    • Maryland Mediators Convention, 2003
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
    • “Dispute Resolution: Expungement,” 2014
    • “Dispute Resolution: Basic Arbitrator Training,” 2013
  • Cornell University, Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution
    • “Employment Law Mediator Training,” 2013
  • Maryland Commission on Civil Rights
    • “The Art of Effective Questions,” 2013
    • “Reflective Discussion Facilitation Training,” 2013
    • “Confidentiality & Other Ethical Flashpoints for Mediators,” 2012
    • “Strategic Listening,” 2010
    • “Ethics & Confidentiality in Mediation,” 2009
  • Center for Creative Leadership
    • “Intermediate Conflict Management,” 2012
    • “Advanced Conflict Management,” 2012
  • Justice Center of Atlanta, Inc.
    • “Mediation in Workplace Disputes,” 2012
    • “Basic Conflict Management for Executives,” 2002
  • Harvard Law School, Program on Negotiation
    • “Advanced Negotiation: Difficult Conversations,” 2006
    • “Negotiation Workshop: Ways to Organize and Use the Basic Elements of Negotiation,” 2002
  • Center for Dispute Settlement
    • “Advanced Mediation Techniques,” 2003
    • “Mediation for the Professional,” 2003