- Practice Commenced: 2011
- Total Mediations (as of Jan 2023): 2000
- Total Arbitrations (as of Jan 2023): 20
I started practicing as a patent litigator at Morrison & Foerster in Palo Alto, CA, and then clerked for courts in the Northern Mariana Islands (my international bent) and in Colorado. Returning to Boulder, CO to raise my family, I was an associate and partner in the litigation group at Chrisman Bynum & Johnson, which merged with Faegre & Benson. I left to form Robinson-Tweedy, a boutique real estate/construction/school litigation firm, which I managed for ten years. I started Tweedy Law to practice ADR full time in 2015. Between 2011 and 2022, I was also a contract mediator for the Colorado Office of Dispute Resolution.
As mediator, I begin by listening closely to counsel and clients in a separate, safe environment. You are free to share the information most important to helping me understand the key issues in the mediation. This sharing of information is completely confidential. I ask each mediation participant how much of what they have told me I can share with the other side. The answer can be all, some, or none. Furthermore, the entire process is confidential and protected from anyone outside of it, and nothing you say or hear can be used later on in court.
After each party shares his/her perspective, I offer suggestion and ideas for potential solutions to the problem. My experience with complex lawsuits makes me well-qualified to mediate commercial, construction, and other business cases involving multiple parties and claims, insurance coverage considerations, and intricate fact patterns. In mediation, information can be shared, key factual disputes pinpointed, assumptions tested, ideas explored, and concepts shaped into proposals for consideration by both sides. This process can take place in a joint session of the parties, or, if counsel or parties prefer, I can continue to meet with the parties separately.
The final stage of the mediation involves bargaining over particular aspects of the proposal under consideration. Often, mediation participants can agree on an overall framework but disagree on details. At this stage, it is often helpful to think about the risks associated with both parties’ positions if the case were to proceed to trial. As a litigator for many years, I can offer my perspective on these risks. In this way, participants can zero in on the key issues that are preventing settlement, assess the risks and values involved, and make an informed decision on whether to settle the case.
- Arts (Fine/Performing)
- Business Dissolution
- Community Associations
- Contract Disputes
- Cross Cultural
- Debt Collections
- Divorce (High Asset)
- Family Businesses
- Land Use/Planning
- Legal Malpractice
- Personal Injury
- Professional Fees
- Professional Malpractice
- Professional Negligence
- Property Damage
- Real Estate
- Title Disputes
- Wrongful Death
- Stanford Law School, 1991
- Masters in Sociology (International Development) from Brown University, 1987
- BA, summa cum laude, from the University of Colorado at Boulder, 1982
- Both basic and advanced training in mediation
Memberships & Affiliations
- Member of the American Bar Association
- Member of the Colorado Bar Association
- Member of the Boulder Bar Association
- Member of the Mediation Association of Colorado (TheMAC)
- Contract mediator for special education matters for the Colorado Department of Education.
Please call for details. Additional expense rates apply for in-person mediations outside the Denver metro area.