Member of Academy of Professional Family Mediators and Oregon State Bar’s Family Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections
Jo Zucker believes most disputes—legal or otherwise—are resolved more successfully through mediation than through litigation.
Jo grew up in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Tufts University in Massachusetts in 1983, then worked in New York City and Portland before attending Lewis and Clark Law School, from which she graduated in 1988. Jo has been a member of the Oregon Bar since that time.
After law school graduation Jo served as Legal Counsel to the House Judiciary Committee for the 1989 Legislative Assembly. She then spent a few years as a public defender in Washington County, Oregon. After a year living in Europe, Jo practiced family law at a firm in Portland, and then moved to Central Oregon where she focused on raising her children. She worked as a reporter for the Sisters Nugget Newspaper and the Bend Bulletin.
Significantly, Jo received formal training for court-connected mediators in 1997, and has been mediating on and off for the past twenty years. Jo has served as a court-connected mediator in small claims court and on landlord/tenant matters, as well as mediating a wide range of issues including: small business disputes, divorce, custody, intra-family disputes, conservatorship/guardianship matters, neighbor conflicts, and many others. Jo represents banks in foreclosure hearings. She is the magistrate for Sunriver. She has served on the Deschutes County Board of Property Tax Appeals since 2012.
Jo’s an endorphin junkie, and can often be found running, biking (mountain and road), hiking, x-country skiing, traveling or reading a good book.
Dick began his mediation practice in 1994. He participated in the first Court Mediation Training in Deschutes County and volunteered for the court system in small claims and landlord-tenant disputes. Two years later Dick helped create the first non-profit community based mediation center east of the Cascades: Central Oregon Mediation. He served on their Board of Directors for six years. In 2010 Dick was named to the Central Oregon Mediation “Hall of Fame” and he continues to be active with training and mentoring at the Center today.
As a member of the Oregon Mediation Association, the States’ largest mediation organization, Dick was elected to the Board of Directors and served in that capacity from 2002 to 2004. He continues to be active with OMA and attends their annual convention held each November.
In addition to his mediation practice, Dick serves as a Court Appointed Visitor for Deschutes County and also represents the court in Guardianship/Conservator cases in Deschutes, Jefferson, and Crook Counties.
As an insurance agent/broker for more than 40 years, Dick brings a unique set of skills to the mediation table. His strong family background and varied case exposure has allowed for a broad spectrum of experiences in divorce, family disputes, business and corporate challenges, employee relations, and a myriad of personal and professional situations.