Trip Shawver

N. Trip Shawver, Esq.

El Dorado, Kansas 67042


Business, Child Custody, Divorce, Elder, Family, Personal Injury, Probate, Workplace

Mr. Shawver has been mediating since 1985.  He was one of the original federal mediators set up by Judge Pat Kelly.  He helped establish the Family law and Probate mediation programs in the 18th Judicial district and has trained several hundred mediators.  He taught at President's College and has taught mediation for the KBA, WBA, Butler County and Cowley County.  He is a practicing attorney with over 45 years of litigation experience.  He has represented plaintiffs and defendants in everything from medical malpractice to family law matters.  He has tried many jury trials and keeps a book of jury verdicts if it helpful in the mediation process.  He has mediated personal injury matters, probate, guardian and conservator, elder law matters, family law matters, custody, property division, employer / employee matters, contract claims, real estate, neighbor disputes,  organization issues, student facility, parents and children, and parents and their parents to name a few.  He has mediated thousands of cases.  He has mediated issues in a law office that had become dysfunctional.  His largest single case was mediation with over 100 individuals at one time.  He received his training at Friends University, Center for Dispute Resolution in Boulder Colorado, Saint Louis and Montreal, Canada.  He is past president of the Mediation Center of Wichita, Heartland Mediators, ADR section of the Kansas Bar Association and Sedgwick County Bar.  He teaches over 40 hers a year.  He is approved by the Supreme Court of Kansas as a Civil, Domestic, and Parent Adolescent mediator and is also listed by the Kansas Supreme Court as a trainer in all those areas.

Mediation, as used in law, is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), a way of resolving disputes between two or more parties with concrete effects. Typically, a third party, the mediator, assists the parties to negotiate a settlement. Disputants may mediate disputes in a variety of domains, such as commercial, legal, diplomatic, workplace, community and family matters.

The term "mediation" broadly refers to any instance in which a third party helps others reach agreement. More specifically, mediation has a structure, timetable and dynamics that "ordinary" negotiation lacks. The process is private and confidential, possibly enforced by law. Participation is typically voluntary. The mediator acts as a neutral third party and facilitates rather than directs the process.

Mediators use various techniques to open, or improve, dialogue and empathy between disputants, aiming to help the parties reach an agreement. Much depends on the mediator's skill and training. As the practice gained popularity, training programs, certifications and licensing followed, producing trained, professional mediators committed to the discipline.

634 N. Broadway

Wichita, KS. 67214

Phone: 316-262-6466

Fax:     316-262-6012

Email: [email protected]