When people hear what Pat does for a living, they ask why anyone would want to step between parties in conflict. Acknowledging that it can be a bloody business, Pat notes, “For me the answer is simple. I really don’t want others to make the same mistakes I have.” Pat married when he was 18 and fathered three children. He went on to pursue an undergraduate degree in psychology and a graduate degree in law before joining his family’s large business. “Then, I chucked it all in a mid-life crisis,” says Pat. “The mistakes I made then formed the genesis of what I do now. Helping others avoid those same mistakes has become my driving passion.”
All the elements of Pat’s background—experience in both small and large businesses, practicing law, church life, as well as serving as an officer in a variety of state and national associations—convinced him of one thing. People can settle their own disputes—without resorting to the legal system. “The trick has always been to look at the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ of the relationship itself, and not so much at the conflict. If you can find the shared values of the situation, you can settle the conflict.”
Pat knows about settling conflict. He has served as an Attorney-Mediator in private practice in Zionsville, Indiana, for over 20 years—combining his training in Pastoral Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy with his training as an attorney to conduct thousands of mediations. He was a Founding Board Member and Past President of the Indiana Association of Mediators. He serves as the immediate past Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Indiana State Bar Association. He was a principal drafter of the amendments to Indiana’s Rules of Alternative Dispute Resolution concerning the allowable and ethical practices of domestic mediators with unrepresented parties in family law cases. He currently serves as a member of the Indiana ADR Rules Review Task Force. His legal representation has been limited to divorce clients who are disadvantaged by financial, mental health, or other substantial disabilities in the prosecution or defense of their case.
Pat notes, “The founding of The Resolution Center brings together all of my past history with all of my skills, talents and experience. I am truly honored to be a member of an extraordinary group of professionals who are dedicated to serving people in crisis.”