Nancy Fay Karkowsky

NF Karkowsky, Esquire

Leesburg, Virginia 20175


Business, Child Custody, Commercial, Contract, Co-Parenting, Divorce, Divorce Modification and Enforcement, Employment, Family, Landlord/Tenant, LGTBQ, Partnership Disputes, Personal Injury, Pet Mediation, Probate, Real Estate, Trusts and Estates, Workplace

Mediation is an opportunity for a conversation, a chance to communicate, a place where all parties can hear & be heard in a respectful manner. I try to create a space where participants can establish priorities as to their own needs, obtain insight as to others' perspectives, gain clarity, consider options. The conversation is open yet confidential, far-reaching yet focused. It can empower the participants and the people they care about.

Through the process of this conversation, parties may come to an agreement of how to proceed that resolves some or even all of their differences. Perhaps they will be able to craft a plan that allows all of them to move forward in a more positive and fulfilling way.

The potential is limitless. The process is worth a try.

I have training & experience in mediating various types of issues including family matters, workplace & EEO conflict, child welfare, workers' comp, personal injury, estate & probate, contract, & other civil matters in different jurisdictions in the greater DC area.

I would be honored to have a role in facilitating your conversation.

Specialized Training & Experience in Mediation, ADR, Collaborative Law, & Child Welfare

matters from the Circuit Courts of Maryland, US Postal Service, others 1997-present Mediate a variety of civil cases, including domestic and child welfare issues, workplace conflict, EEO complaints, workers’ compensation claims, and personal injury, throughout Maryland, DC, & Virginia.

Attorney, matters from DC Superior Court, Circuit Court of Montgomery County, others 1992-present Represented minors, juveniles, and adults in child welfare, personal injury, domestic, and juvenile law cases in Maryland and Washington, DC. Obtained witness statements and evidence, prepared and filed documents in court, summarized depositions, and maintained client contact.

Legal Writer and Editor, assignments from Federal Judicial Center, Legal Times, others 1992-present

  • Legal Implications of Neonatal & Fetal HIV Testing, Children's Legal Rights Journal, ABA Center on Children & the Law, 1995.
    • Synopsized cases for the case digests section of the Legal Times, DC’s legal newspaper, 1994-1995.
    • •Wrote Finding & Hiring a Lawyer in DC, DC Bar Practice Section,
      • Wrote and developed script for video introduction to the Reference Manual of Scientific Evidence.
      • •Assisted with organizing CLE and pro bono programs regarding topics in family law, employment law, and torts, such as welfare reform, child support, child abuse & neglect, family law, & travel-related injuries.
      • •Prepared and sent memoranda to members of Congress clarifying issues in a proposed amendment (subsequently passed) to the Ryan White Health Care Act.


  • Civil Mediator (8th Judicial Circuit, Baltimore City; 3rd Judicial Circuit, Baltimore County; 7th Judicial Circuit Court, Prince George’s County; 5th Judicial Circuit, Ellicott City, Maryland)
  • Domestic Case Mediator (Circuit Court for Baltimore City; 7th Judicial Circuit Court, Pr. George’s County, MD)
    • Child Welfare Mediator (7th Judicial Circuit Court, Prince George’s County, Maryland)
    • Domestic Property & Financial Case Mediator (7th Judicial Circuit Court, Prince George’s County, MD)
    • Civil & Small Claims Mediator (District Court for Montgomery County, Maryland)
      • REDRESS Program Mediator, US Postal Service (Capital Metropolitan Area)
      • Multidoor Program Mediator, DC Superior Court (Washington DC)
      • Consumer Complaints Arbitrator, Better Business Bureau (DC, Virginia, Maryland)



Washington College of Law, American University, Washington, DC                                             Spring, 1994

Juris Doctor, May, 1994, GPA: 3.29

Columbia University, New York, NY                                                                                                  Spring, 1973

Master of Fine Arts, Film & Television Production, Departmental Assistant, ‘71-72

University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA                                                                Spring, 1970

Bachelor of Arts, English, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna cum laude

Continuing Education, courses in mediation, collaborative law, family law, and adoption                 on-going

Bar Memberships:

Maryland, District of Columbia,

US District Court for the District of Maryland

1142 Kersey Road
Silver Spring, MD 20902

P: 301-452-9322
F: 301-649-5535
E: [email protected]
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