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Nancy S. Cleaves
1800 E. William St., Ste. 204

P.O. Box 4256
Carson City, NV 89702
Fax: 775/887-0303


Description of Practice

Nancy is an experienced mediator who has successfully mediated over 3,000 cases for Douglas County, Carson City, Reno, Lake Tahoe and surrounding areas in Northern Nevada and California. Nancy has focused her mediation practice on ongoing relationship disputes in the following areas: Child Custody/Parenting Plans, Family/Elder Disputes, Divorce, Workplace/Business/Small Claim Disputes, Special Education Mediation and IEP Facilitation services. She is also an Adjunct Professor for the University of Denver Sturm College of Law's MSLA Department's online learning program.

Professional Background

Nancy entered the field of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in 2000 and has mediated with hundreds of people. She has focused her practice in ongoing relationship conflicts and presents an 40-hr Divorce & Child Custody Training annually. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law's MSLA Department's online learning program (Introduction to ADR and ADR for the Law Firm/Court Administrator.)


Nancy has mediated over 3,000 cases and is a custody panel mediator (1st, 2nd & 9th Judicial District Courts) a juvenile dependency mediator (1st & 9th Judicial District Courts), and a workplace contract mediator (2nd Judicial District Court) in Northern Nevada. She also serves as a special education mediator & IEP facilitator for the Nevada Department of Education and has a private mediation practice offering mediation services in the areas of family/elder/divorce workplace, and business/small claims disputes. Nancy achieved the ACR Advanced Family Practitioner Mediator designation in 2002 and received the Outstanding Mediator Award from the Neighborhood Mediation Center in 2007.


*University of Wyoming, Bachelor of Science (BS)- Social Work/Sociology *University of Denver College of Law (nka Sturm College of Law) Master of Science/Legal Administration (MSLA) - Legal/Judicial Administration.


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
January 1996    University of Denver - College of Law    Negotiation/Mediation & Other ADR Processes
June 2000    Elizabeth Allen, Esq.    Divorce & Family Mediation - 40 Hr. Certification
January 2001    Trip Barthel, MA    Community & Small Claims Court Mediation - 40 Hr. Certification
November 2001    Forrest S. Mosten, Esq.    Advanced Family Mediation w/ Domestic Violence Training - 20 Hr. Certification
April 2002    John Allen Lemmon, Ph.D    Advanced Family Mediation - 14 Hr. Certification
April 2004    Robert Whippe, MA    Real Justice Conference Certification - 20 Hr. Certification
June 2006    Pepperdine University School of Law - Straus Institue for Dispute Resolution    Advanced Family Mediation Skills - 18 Hr. Certification
January 2008    Gary Lenkeit PH.D&Stephanie Holland, PSY.D    Parent Coordination Training - 12 Hr. Training
October 2009    Association of Family & Conciliation Court & Universit of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law    Advanced Interventions for Parent Coordinators - 13 Hr. Training
June 2011    Association of Family & Conciliation Courts & University of Kansas City School of Law    Advanced Concepts/Case Management Strategies for Parent Coordinators - 12 Hr. Training
September 2012    Pepperdine University School of Law - Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution     Advanced Mediation - 18 Hr. Professional Skills Training
March 2013    Pepperdine University School of Law - Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution & University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law    Strategic Negotiation Skills - 18 Hr. Professional Skills Training
July 2015    Nevada Department of Education    Special Education Mediation/IEP Facilitation - 40 Hr. Certification
June 2017    Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution    Conflict Resolution Consulting - 18 Hr. Professional Skills Training
October 2017    Nevada Department of Education    Advanced IEP Facilitation Training - 8 Hr. Certification
2000-Present    Nancy has obtained over 250 hours of continuing mediation education   

Other Information

Past President Nevada Dispute Resolution Coalition (NDRC) 04/2007-04/2010; Vice President NDRC 04/2010 to 04/2011;
Education Committee co-chair- 04/2010 - 2013.

Areas of Practice

  • Adoption
  • Adult Family
  • Business
  • Community
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Education
  • Family
  • LGBT
  • Parent-Teen
  • Special Education
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator
  • Advanced Mediation Trainer

References available upon request.

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