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Christie Dowling

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300 Office Park Drive
Birmingham, AL 35223
205 803-3339


Description of Practice

ISSUES MEDIATED: Family including Divorce, Elder Care, Adult Child and Caregiver, Healthcare Billing and Coverage, Special Education, Gay and Lesbian Partnership

Professional Background

Christie Lyman Dowling is an attorney and mediator with more than a decade of experience, most recently as a partner in one of the largest law firms in Alabama. As a thoughful Birmingham divorce attorney, she is caring and compassionate with the experience to handle even the most complex family and financial issues. Ms. Lyman Dowling is a volunteer mediator in the Birmingham Courts Mediation Project and a certified guardian ad litem for Alabama's children. She is also specially trained and registered as a domestic relations mediator with the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution, which was established by the Alabama Supreme Court and trained as a collaborative divorce lawyer pursuant to the standards set by the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Ms. Lyman Dowling is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Alabama, Georgia and Virginia


Ms. Lyman Dowling is a regular mediator in the Jefferson County District Court volunteer mediation program for pro se parties.


B.S. Human Development and Family Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY JD, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
    Atlanta Divorce Mediators    Divorce Mediation Training 40 Hours
    Mediation Media Troy Smith JD    The Mediation Process and the skills of Conflict Resolution 20 Hours
    Rita Pollack and Cathy Heenen from Boston Sponsors: Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois (CLII)     Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce Training 16 Hours


Ms. Lyman Dowling uses a facilitative approach to help the parties define the issues and brainstorm solutions that meet their interests and needs. The parties are in control and choose the outcome.


Free initial consultation to see if mediation is right for clients. Hourly fee for mediation and administrative services.

Areas of Practice

  • Adoption
  • Adult Family
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Education
  • Family
  • Marital Mediation
  • Parent-Teen
  • Prenuptial
  • School/Education
  • Special Education

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Conflict Coach
  • Representational Lawyer

This dispute resolution professional keeps liability insurance.