The North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission (NCDRC) has named Ketan Soni as the 2018 recipient of the Up and Coming Mediator Award. The award was presented by the Commission staff during a reception celebrating Conflict Resolution Week at the North Carolina Judicial Center on Thursday, October 18.
"I am honored to be recognized for what I love doing," said Soni. "I am fortunate to be in the presence of so many who understand the importance of resolving disputes to achieve what the court system may never accomplish: the satisfaction of self-determination."
Soni is a practicing family law attorney with Hull & Chandler in Charlotte. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law, has practiced law in North Carolina for over 18 years, and has been mediating family financial disputes for over 7 years. Soni holds a dual certification from the Dispute Resolution Commission to mediate both Family Financial Settlement Conferences and Superior Court Mediated Settlement Conferences and is a member of the N.C. Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section.
Soni is an experienced litigator, negotiator, and mediator who has achieved great success through his creative solutions and problem solving techniques. Over the past 10 years, he has made substantial contributions to the legal education of judges, attorneys, and mediators in this state. He taught family law as an adjunct professor at the Charlotte School of Law and provided numerous Continuing Legal Education courses over the years. In addition, he co-teaches an ethics course for Continuing Mediation Education bi-annually and has recently collaborated with a few of his colleagues to provide a 40-hour Family Financial Settlement mediation training course in Charlotte.
The North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission was established in October 1995, pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. § 7A-38.2. The Commission is charged primarily with certifying and regulating private mediators who serve the courts of this state. The Commission also recommends policy, rules and rule revisions relating to dispute resolution in North Carolina's courts; provides support to court-based mediation programs; certifies mediation training programs; serves as a clearinghouse for information about court-based mediation programs; and assists other state agencies interested in or providing dispute resolution services to their constituencies.