Melissa A. Kucinski, Esq.

Ms. Kucinski is the owner of MK Family Law,
PLLC.   As part of her law practice, she
mediates complex cases that span multiple
states and countries.   In 2013, Ms. Kucinski
consulted for The Hague Conference on
Private International Law.   She has authored
over a dozen publications, many with a focus
on cross-border family mediation, including
on cross-cultural aspects and the use of
technology and distance mediation as a tool
for families.   She has presented at nearly 50
national and international conferences on
cross-border family cases.   Most recently, Ms. Kucinski chaired an International Steering Committee for International Social Service in Geneva, Switzerland, and was designated as a Legal and Mediation Expert to an international delegation to The Hague Conference’s 7th Special Commission meeting on the Practical Operation of the 1980 and 1996 Hague Conventions.   She sat as an advisor on several delegations for the U.S. government, including for The Hague Conference’s 6th Special Commission meeting in 2011, and a delegation that traveled to Tokyo in 2014 to discuss bilateral operation of the Hague Child Abduction Convention with Japan’s Foreign Ministry.  While in Tokyo, Melissa conducted a 2-day mediation training for Japanese family mediators.  She designed a 40-hour international family mediation training offered by the American Bar Association in 2013 and 2015, and is working with the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution in the D.C. metro area and Hastings Law School in San Francisco, California to offer an advanced cross-border family mediator training in 2019.  Ms. Kucinski, a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and active on its Dispute Resolution Committee, is a panel mediator for 5 separate state and federal courts in 3 different jurisdictions in the United States.