Biographies

Please click on any of the photos below to learn more about our team of 6 professional, dedicated associates.

Jane Dittmar is a principal in Positive Solutions Group and a business consultant specializing in strategic planning. Her background is business; she has owned and worked with many businesses in the Commonwealth, particularly when she served as President of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce from 1992-2000.

Dittmar’s practice areas include all issues involving business and consumer disputes, with emphasis on partnership reorganization; real estate, construction, landlord-tenant, insurance claim and contractual disputes; workforce and organization conflicts, with an emphasis on team rebuilding and training; and neighborhood and church disputes. In addition to her private practice, Dittmar mediates court-referred cases and is certified through the Supreme Court of Virginia to practice as a mediator in General District and Circuit Courts in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Dittmar currently serves as the Chair of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, representing the Scottsville District. A key focus during Dittmar’s tenure on the Board has been deploying reliable, affordable Internet and cell service to the county’s rural areas. In 2015 she was appointed to the Governor’s Broadband Advisory Council.

She is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she earned her degree in Economics. Since then, she has attended the UVA Darden School’s Executive Program and Virginia Tech’s Center for Public Administration and Policy.

Jane Dittmar and her husband, Frank Squillace, reside in Albemarle County, Virginia. They have raised six children (Will, Mary, Virginia, Leia, Jed, and Joe), four of whom are in college.

Phil LaMar is a principal in the Positive Solutions Group, LLC firm. He is a mediator certified, with Mentor status, by the Supreme Court of Virginia to mediate both general district court case and circuit court civil cases. In addition Mr. LaMar is an arbitrator who established an Arbitration Unit at the Community Mediation Center in Charlottesville and serves on the Virginia’s Office of Consumer Affairs’ Arbitration Panel.

Mr. LaMar’s business mediation cases have included those involving issues of construction, intellectual property, insurance, consumer-business matters, contracts, landlord-tenant and employment. To business mediations he brings years of successful business experience which includes serving in many executive positions, including General Manager, at the Michie Company, (now Lexis Nexis), operation of his law practice and of Positive Solutions Group.

Mr. LaMar also specializes in mediating family and personal injury cases. He mediates family issues involving estate planning and will disputes and issues related to divorce and separation such as division of property, child and spousal support, custody and visitation, separation agreements.

In addition to his roles as mediator and arbitrator Mr. LaMar currently practices law in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Alternative Dispute Resolution Joint Committee and the Virginia Mediation Network.

Chuck Kiehl is certified as both a Circuit Court-Civil and General District Court Mediator and is an associate with the private practice mediation firm of Positive Solutions Group, LLC. Recently retired from a large national multi-line insurance company, he brings several years of senior management experience, primarily in the fields of human resources and insurance claims.

Kiehl received his Bachelor of Science Degree In Management from West Liberty State College, WVA and his MBA Degree In Human Resources from Illinois State University. He also holds the professional CLU designation from the Society of Chartered Life Underwriters.

Chuck’s primary mediation expertise has been in the area of insurance claims, including personal injury, wrongful death, property damage, medical malpractice, and workers compensation. He also has mediated contract, landlord-tenant, business-consumer, neighborhood, and employment cases.

In addition to Kiehl’s work with the Positive Solutions Group, he also provides voluntary mediation services for the Community Mediation Center of Charlottesville and the Albemarle County Police Department. He is a member of the Virginia Mediation Network.

Robin Miksad is a certified mediator in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is an Associate Mediator with Positive Solutions Group. She is certified to mediate both family and civil matters before General District Courts, Juvenile and Domestic Courts and Circuit Courts. She is also a certified mentor for aspiring mediators. Robin mediates both court-referred and private cases, including family matters, work place conflicts, and commercial/business issues.

As a family mediator Robin has mediated cases involving contested wills; leadership succession in a family business; couples separation (both married and unmarried); division of property and divorce; and child custody and visitation. Her business cases have included dissolution of a partnership, employee conflict; unpaid rent; breach of promise; and disputed property ownership. Prior to becoming a mediator Robin held administrative positions at two major universities; taught business courses at the college level; and served on the boards of professional and non-profit organizations.

Her education includes an MBA (Organization Development) from Sloan School, MIT and an AB (Biology) from Harvard University. She is a member of the Virginia Mediation Network.

Don Morin is a Partner with the law firm of Morin & Barkley LLP in Charlottesville. He is a mediator certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia to mediate both general district court and circuit court civil cases. Mr. Morin participates in mediations as both a mediator and as counsel for parties in mediation. He specializes in mediating personal injury and commercial cases.

Mr. Morin has successfully mediated medical malpractice cases, significant personal injury cases, real estate transaction litigation and land use disputes between neighbors and commercial disputes. His law practice focuses on medical malpractice defense, health professional representation and counseling, other professional liability defense, personal injury defense including claims of catastrophic injury, commercial litigation, and significant personal injury claims.

Mr. Morin has served as the President of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association and the Thomas Jefferson Inn of Court. He currently serves as a Director on the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys. He has been named as one of the Best Lawyers in America and a Super Lawyer in Virginia.

In 2007, Mr. Morin was elected to membership in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Membership in the ACTL is considered for those lawyers who are outstanding and considered the best in their state. He currently serves as the Chair of the State Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Eric Paltell is a partner in the law firm of Kollman and Saucier, P.A. Mr. Paltell has practiced law since 1987, concentrating in the representation of individuals and employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. Mr. Paltell is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Virginia, where he received a B.A. (with High Honors) in 1983 and a J.D. in 1987.

In additional to his law practice, Eric spends a substantial portion of his time mediating employment law disputes. Eric has been mediating with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission since 1998, and he has the highest success rate of any pro bono mediator in the Commission’s Baltimore Office. He also serves as a trainer for other EEOC mediators.

Mr. Paltell has received a number of awards for his expertise in employment law. Best Lawyers in America named Eric the “Lawyer of the Year” for Labor and Employment Law in Baltimore in both 2014 and 2015, and Super Lawyers has named him one of Maryland’s Top 100 Lawyers each year since 2012. In 2014, Eric was elected a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, an honor reserved for the leading practitioners in the field nationwide.

Mr. Paltell is co-author of the Employment Law Handbook, has published one of the leading articles on the Family & Medical Leave Act, and is a contributing author to CCH’s Wage & Hour publications. He has been a presenter at the Virginia Mediation Network Fall Conference, has taught an employment mediation seminar at the University of Virginia School of Law, and is on the faculty of National Employment Law Institute. Mr. Paltell also publishes the Virginia Employment Law  blog at http://www.kollmanlaw.com/category/virginia-employment-law.

Eric splits his time between Baltimore and Charlottesville, where he and his wife have a North Downtown residence. He is an active member of the Charlottesville Albemarle Bar Association and the Virginia Mediation Network, and he continues to serve as a guest lecturer in Employment Law at the University of Virginia School of Law.