Debra A. Vey Voda-Hamilton
Member, Mediators + More
DEBRA A. VEY VODA-HAMILTON has 30 years of experience as a practicing litigator. Her focus for the past 4 years is as a mediator working to resolve disputes between people involving animals.
During her lengthy litigation career, Ms. Vey Voda-Hamilton was an Assistant District Attorney in Westchester County, an Assistant Inspector General for the NYS-MTA Inspector General and in private practice. She has extensive experience in animal, criminal and contract law having handled cases in numerous situations, including animal abuse, contract disputes, civil disagreements and family disputes about an animal.
Ms. Vey Voda-Hamilton has far-reaching experience in resolving conflicts between people involving animals. She is well known in the world of pure breed dogs, as a top breeder and exhibitor of Irish setters and longhaired dachshunds. Throughout her solo litigation career she brought or defended actions involving disagreements involving animals.
Ms. Vey Voda-Hamilton now exclusively mediates disputes between people involving animals nationwide and internationally. She co-chaired the 2011 ABA-TIPS Animal Law Committee in conjunction with St. John’s University titles, It Doesn’t Have To Be Dog Eat Dog – Introducing Mediation to the Animal Law Practitioner at St. John’s University Law School. She has been a speaker at several State Bar Association Animal Law committees’ annual meetings in 2013 & 2014. She has moderated and co-chair several NYSBA Committee on Women in the Law annual events including the 2014 NYSBA CWIL Women on the Move event Negotiating Your Value.
She is a member of the ABA-TIPS-Animal Law Committee where she is a frequent contributor to the TIPS newsletter, outlining the use of mediation in conflicts between people involving animals. Debra is a member of the ABA TIPS Dispute Resolution Committee and the ABA Women in Dispute Resolution, Women’s Advocate Committee and Women Rainmakers Committee. She is a member of the New York City Bar Association Animal Law Committee and the NYCLA Animal Law Committee. Debra is the go to person for information regarding the use of mediation in disagreements involving animals for the NY Times, Wall Street Journal and US News and World Report.
Debra is the principal at Hamilton Law and Mediation, PLLC (HLM), the first solo mediation practice dedicated to helping people resolve conflicts involving animals. HLM uses alternative dispute resolution to help resolve divorce disagreements over the family pet, neighbor arguments over a barking dog and looks forward to helping animal rights advocates see the benefit of sitting down with their advisories and having a discussion before, during & after litigation is initiated.