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Donner Mediation and Coaching LLC

Dispute Resolution, Conflict Management, and Coaching

Divorce, Eldercare, Civil, Workplace, Family Conflict

Donner Mediation and Coaching LLC is a mediation and coaching firm, helping parties in conflict resolve disputes related to divorce, child custody, eldercare, family conflict, workplace issues, and civil matters.

Our mediation services provide a neutral, confidential setting where individuals can reach mutually-agreeable solutions that address the concerns of both disputing parties. Our mediators are experienced and committed to providing dispute resolution services that focus on the needs of the mediating parties.

We are also one of the few firms in Atlanta offering mediation coaching. Our mediation coaching service prepares individuals going into mediation to:

  • feel more comfortable and confident about the process,
  • be more knowledgeable about what to expect during mediation,
  • be better prepared to communicate their side of the dispute, and
  • deal more effectively with the dynamic, and frequently emotional, nature of a mediation session

Our divorce coaching services guide individuals through the confusing maze of legal and financial challenges that face anyone navigating the divorce process. Our professional and personal experience with the divorce and mediation processes enable us to empower divorcing individuals to make wise, informed decisions – decisions that can make the difference between outcomes that produce financial security and desired results or outcomes that lead to regret and financial hardship in the future.

Founded by Atlanta mediator and coach JoAnne Donner MS, CDFA, CDC, CDPC, Donner Mediation and Coaching LLC, fulfills your mediation and coaching needs by offering the services of experienced lawyer and non-lawyer professionals who are committed to treating cases with the utmost care, confidentiality, and professionalism.

From non-contested divorces with basic issues to resolve to complex, multi-party disputes, Donner Mediation and Coaching LLC, is equipped to guide disputing parties to a resolution that saves time, money, and emotional stress for all concerned.

We are committed to treating your case with the utmost care, confidentiality and professionalism.

Our belief in the power of mediation and its ability to resolve disputes in a financially-affordable, non-litigious setting led to the formation of Donner Mediation and Coaching LLC.


JoAnne Donner MS, CDFA, CDC, CDPC

Founder and President

Mediator, Mediation Coach, Divorce Coach, Conflict and Communication Coach

JoAnne Donner MS, CDFA, CDC, CDPC, a trained, certified and registered Atlanta mediator is the Founder and President of Donner Mediation and Coaching, LLC, a division of Mediation Services of Georgia, Inc. She graduated Magna Cum Laude (first in class) with a Master’s of Science degree in Conflict Management, and is a Certified Financial Divorce Analyst (CDFA), a Certified Divorce Coach (CDC), and a certified conflict dynamic consultant. A skilled and experienced communicator, Ms. Donner excels as a mediator and coach.

As a mediator, she is trained to handle divorce, eldercare, workplace, and civil disputes. Her belief in the power of mediation and its ability to resolve disputes in a financially-affordable, non-litigious setting led to the formation of Donner Mediation and Coaching LLC.

As a divorce coach she is a dedicated ally, guiding divorcing individuals through the many emotional, financial, and logistical challenges of the divorce process. She serves as a resource for divorce information, support, and professional referrals. As a mediation coach, she assists disputants in preparing for the pressures and possibilities of a mediation session. She is a firm believer that pre-mediation preparation can make the difference between a successful outcome at the mediation table or years of wishing something different had been decided on mediation day. In conflict and communication coaching, Ms. Donner assists individuals and families as they navigate relationship and communication difficulties both at home and in the workplace.

In addition to serving as a mediator and coach for Donner Mediation and Coaching, Ms. Donner is also the coordinator for the company’s panel of both lawyer and non-lawyer mediators. Adept at listening and identifying a client’s needs, Ms. Donner is able to match the right mediator or co-mediator with a particular case, whether an amicable divorce with basic issues to resolve or a complex dispute involving multi-parties. In all cases, the arbitrators, mediators, and coaches of Donner Mediation and Coaching LLC are dedicated to treating each case with the utmost care, confidentiality and professionalism.

Ms. Donner is a Magna Cum Laude (first in class) graduate of the Master’s Program in Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University, a graduate of Kent State University, and a member of the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame for Cleveland Heights High School in Cleveland, Ohio. She is named in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in the Registry of Business Leaders, Who’s Who in the Media and Communications and Personalities of America. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honorary.

An award-winning interviewer and writer, she has been an active part of Atlanta’s professional community for more than 25 years. She has also been active in Atlanta’s charitable community, donating her time to many worthwhile causes especially those assisting the elderly and the developmentally-disabled. She currently is a corporate sponsor, board member, and past Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of Visions Anew Institute, an organization that supports and educates individuals and families in the divorce process. She also contributes volunteer time to The Link Counseling Center, a nationally-recognized facility for psychological counseling in Atlanta, Georgia.

In addition to divorce, elder care, civil and workplace mediation training, Ms. Donner has attended the following advanced training seminars:

  • “Confidentiality in Mediation”
  • “Understanding and Managing High Conflict People in Legal Disputes”
  • “Advanced Agreement Writing”
  • “The Children’s Checkbook Method of Child Support”
  • “Building Your Agreement Toolbox”
  • “Mediating Values-based and Identity-based Disputes”
  • “The Power of Mediation: Listening, Apology and The Positive ‘No’”
  • “Conflict Coaching Conversations – Strategies to Facilitate Constructive Communication with Individuals, Couples and Families in Conflict”
  • “Strategies for Successful Mediation”
  • “Mediation Ethics: Many Paths, A Single Destination”
  • “Understanding the Role of Productive Tension in the Coaching Process”
  • “The Transformational Power of Coaching”
  • “Workplace Mediation”
  • “Conflict Management Training for the Workplace”
  • “Winning at Mediation”
  • “Crucial Conversations”
  • “Conflict Management Styles”

Mediation Articles Authored by Ms. Donner:

  • When Does Mediation Really Start?
  • Mediation’s Most Common Mistake
  • How To Create a Conflict-Conscious Workplace
  • Facing Mediation: Five Key Strategies You Need To Know
  • A Dozen Dilemmas That Sabotage Mediation Success

Professional Affiliations:

  • Affiliate Member of the Atlanta Bar Association
  • Affiliate Member of the American Bar Association
  • The Association of Conflict Resolution – National Chapter
  • The Association of Conflict Resolution – Georgia Chapter
  • Georgia Mediators Association
  • International Coach Federation – Georgia Chapter
  • Board Member and Corporate Sponsor of Visions Anew, a non-profit that supports and educates individuals going through divorce
  • Volunteer Member of The Link Counseling Center, a nationally-recognized
    facility for psychological counseling



Robert S. Thaler, Attorney at Law

Certified Mediator

Robert S. Thaler is an attorney admitted to practice law in Georgia and New York, a registered mediator with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution (GODR) qualified in civil and family mediation, an arbitrator for the Georgia Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection, and a GODR approved mediation trainer who offers training in basic and eldercare mediation.

As a conflict management professional, Rob has mediated more than 500 cases, supervised over 8,000 cases, and has trained hundreds of mediators. He has served as the Director for the New York State Unified Court System’s Community Dispute Resolution Center Program for Queens County, NY, and helped design, establish, and manage the NYC Family Court Mediation Program in all five boroughs of New York City. Rob’s extensive program development work also includes collaborating on the design of a joint mediation program for the Nassau County Family Court and Nassau County Department of Social Services.

Rob has held faculty appointments teaching conflict management theory and practice as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgia State University College of Law; Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution Studies in the Graduate College of Kennesaw State University; Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at Hofstra University School of Law; and, Adjunct Professor at CUNY – John Jay College.

Rob earned a BA from Hobart College, a JD from Brooklyn Law School, and an MA from Columbia University in Social Psychology with a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution Studies. Prior to devoting his career to dispute resolution work, Rob was an attorney in private practice in NYC, as well as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn and in the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York.

Rob is active in the Atlanta community contributing his time and expertise to the Long-Term Care Volunteer Ombudsman Program and the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyer Foundation’s Guardian Ad Litem panel. He lives in Sandy Springs with his wife and two daughters where he mediates conflicts on a daily basis.


Barbara Keon

Barbara E. Keon, Attorney at Law

Certified Mediator

Barbara E. Keon received her law degree in 1979 from the University of South Carolina and her undergraduate degree in 1975 from Wake Forest University where she graduated cum laude. She served as Assistant District Attorney in South Carolina before entering private practice in Georgia in 1985. She specializes in family law including divorce, custody, modification of support obligations, and contempt. She also frequently writes and speaks on family law issues and is certified to conduct divorce and family mediation in the State of Georgia. She has been featured on WXIA-TV (“Noonday”), WTBS, GCTV,

GLTV, WNNX, and WSB Radio, as well as in Women in Greater Atlanta, the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Verdict Magazine, and the Fulton Daily Report. She has been a lecturer for the Real Estate Section of the State Bar of Georgia on “Marital Rights to Real Property”; to the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia on “Equitable Division of Property”; and to the State Bar of Georgia Litigation Section on “Overview of Georgia Divorce Law: What Are the Courts Doing With Your Money and Your Children?” She has been featured multiple years as a Super Lawyer in Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine and Atlanta Magazine, as well as in Georgia Trend as one of “Georgia’s Legal Elite”. She is a member of The State Bars of Georgia and South Carolina. AV Peer Review Rated.


Steve Land

Stephen A. Land, Attorney at Law

Certified and Registered Mediator

Stephen A. Land, Attorney at Law, is a highly-respected attorney with 35 years of in-depth experience in family law and civil litigation. He is an expert in divorce, property division, custody and child support issues as well as paternity/orders of legitimation, adoption, relocation, visitation/parenting plans and modification matters.

Steve is a former Fulton County District Attorney and a member of the American and Atlanta Bar Associations, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the Lawyers Club of Atlanta. He has received the highest rating under Martindale Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating process.

A firm believer in the power of mediation, Steve is a pragmatist who uses his excellent negotiating skills to grasp the key issues of a dispute and expedite resolutions in even difficult cases. Following the philosophy that mediation is the preferred method of conflict resolution and litigation is the absolute last resort, he stresses that “going to court” leads to increased hostility, estrangement of children and other family members, overwhelming financial burdens and unnecessary emotional stress.

Steve served in the J.A.G. unit of the United States Air Force as a Captain. He received his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School and graduated cum laude from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He has been quoted in many Atlanta publications on the subjects of divorce, child support and other family law issues.

Steve is a former Fulton County District Attorney and a member of the American and Atlanta Bar Associations, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the Lawyers Club of Atlanta. He has received the highest rating under Martindale Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating process.


Alan Granath

Alan C. Granath

Certified and Registered Mediator and Arbitrator

Alan has been a successful Georgia Registered Neutral since June, 1999. On January 1, 2007, he was appointed and sworn in to a five-year term to serve on the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution. In his role with the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution, he is the Chairman of the Liaison Committee and serves on the Rules, Ethics, and Budget Committees.

Alan is certified to conduct mediations in civil, divorce, domestic violence, and juvenile matters and his experience includes a broad range of issues including domestic, employment, credit, business, personal injury, landlord/tenant, real estate, construction, securities, juvenile deprivation, and interpersonal relationships. He has extensive mediation experience with metro Atlanta County Court Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) programs, the U.S. Postal Service and the Social Security Administration. In addition, he is a public arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority FINRA (formerly NASD).

Alan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting. His varied professional background includes expertise in consulting and sales and marketing management. He has also developed and taught employee and management training programs, which focus on communications, leadership, supervisory issues, teamwork, conflict management, quality issues, time management and marketing subjects. He also conducted employee skills assessments.

Alan is Chairman of the Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition (GPCC), a non-profit, all-volunteer organization that is dedicated to saving lives by making men and their families more aware of this potentially devastating disease.

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