"You're right ...

... that's not what our agreement said. I'm sorry -- I won't do that again."

Read the full story of the words that began John's career as a mediator.




About John Spiegel

John Spiegel has worked exclusively as a mediator and mediation trainer since 1996. Prior to that, from 1985 to 1995, John worked as a practicing family law attorney. It was through his experiences in litigating family law cases that John became deeply committed to mediation because he saw that mediation provides a humane and effective alternative to litigation. 

John received his legal education and J.D. degree from Yale Law School and his B.A. from Stanford University. He is a member of the Bars of Maryland, the District of Columbia, and California. In 2001, John received recognition as a Certified Mediator from the Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution (MCDR).

John has worked actively to promote the use of mediation for separation and divorce and other family matters. In 1996, in addition to establishing his private mediation practice, he founded the specialized family mediation program at Jewish Family Services in Baltimore and served as its mediator for a decade. In 2003 and 2004 John served as President of MCDR, a statewide professional organization of mediators and other alternative dispute resolution practitioners. In 2005-2008 and 2012-2014, he served as President of the Montgomery County Divorce Roundtable, an interdisciplinary organization composed of judges, other court officials, attorneys, mediators, and mental health professionals. He has published articles on mediation and law reform issues and lobbied on behalf of MCDR and of the Divorce Roundtable before the Maryland General Assembly.

John has also been active as a teacher. He served as Adjunct Professor of Law at American University, teaching juvenile law, and he has taught courses in mediation and in conflict resolution at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and the University of Maryland, College Park. He has been a frequent presenter for the Montgomery County Commission for Women and has provided conflict resolution trainings for governmental agencies, psychotherapists, teachers, PTAs, and religious organizations. He has been a presenter at major professional conferences nationally, including those of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), and the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

The father of four children and grandfather of three, John views mediation as a continuation of his earlier legal work on behalf of children and families.

John is a MCDR certified mediator, having demonstrated “the highest standards of practice” as stipulated by the Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution. John is also a member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM).


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