About our team
A.Blanton Massey, J.D., LL.M.
Blanton’s 25 years’ experience mediating and finding acceptable and often creative solutions in well over a thousand divorce cases will help you and your spouse stay in control of decisions, keep the discussions civil, share all pertinent financial data, and explore the effects of various options, thus reducing the time, expense and frustration typically experienced when you turn over control to lawyers and the adversarial legal system.
The focus is on creating a new co-parenting model of two homes, where the effects of the separation on the children are minimized and they aren’t caught in the middle between opposing sides.
Blanton found his calling, his niche, mediating divorce, custody and small business split-ups. He uses his intuition, perception, critical-thinking and people skills helping parties listen to each other, focus on their real interests and needs and create unique, acceptable solutions that aren’t limited by divorce laws.
He received his JD from U.Va. & his LL.M. in taxation from Georgetown Law School. He has over 1,000 hours of education and training in family law, psychology, mediation, arbitration & negotiation and has mediated more than 1,000 cases, including divorce, custody and family-business matters.
He is an Advanced Practitioner in the Association for Professional Family Mediators, has served as a Consultant with the Academy of Family Mediators and is a Mentor with the Va. Supreme Court’s Dept. of Dispute Resolution. He completed the College for Financial Planning’s prerequisites for becoming a Certified Financial Planner®, and previously held that designation.
As a member of our team, his extensive training and experience as a mediator, financial planner and divorce and custody litigator, assure our clients that all aspects of their separation and divorce can be covered. Virginia Business magazine recognized Mr. Massey as one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite” in Alternative Dispute Resolution. Northern Virginia magazine recognized him as a “Top Lawyer.”
Carolyn Graham, LPC
Carolyn Graham is a licensed professional counselor (“LPC”), certified mediator and court-approved “Parent Education” instructor. She has received designations as a Certified Mediator and a Parent Educator from the Executive Secretary of the Va. Supreme Court.
Her twenty years of experience mediating child custody and visitation cases and helping parents draft parenting plans began in Charles County, Maryland. She has been working with clients of Virginia Mediation since 2011, providing mediation, coaching, as well as teaching parent education classes. She provides personal mental health counseling as a volunteer through the Lake of the Woods Church.
She brings to mediation and to her parent education classes her extensive knowledge in child development and psychology based on her master’s degree (M.Ed.), clinical work in Maryland, where she was a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, years of serving as a secondary school teacher and school counselor, having attended annual continuing education training for counseling and for mediation, and having mediated custody and visitation cases for over twenty years.
She was described as a “phenomenal” mediator and given the Liberty Bell Award by the Charles County Bar Association in recognition of her outstanding service to the Charles County Circuit Court Mediation Program. The director of that Program described her as having “provided exceptional mediation services,” and as being “highly organized, efficient, and extremely knowledgeable of family mediation practices.”