If You Or Someone You Love Is Facing a Distressing Situation...
My passion is and always has been, to genuinely help others in life, and to be an instrument of peace. You will find that I am accessible all the time, and fully committed to helping you, your family and friends to successfully and very quickly resolve any disputes, and to move on and enjoy a “fresh start” in life.
I have been on all sides of the equation from Assistant State Attorney (prosecutor), to trial lawyer (27 years) in the areas of criminal defense, personal injury, wrongful death, family law and civil rights litigation, and most recently as a Circuit Court Judge, so I can certainly relate to both sides in almost all cases.
Now that I have left my judicial position as a Circuit Court Judge, I’m now available to help families in my private practice as a Mediator, Business and Life Coach Consultant, Author and Author Rep/ghostwriter (I will write YOUR book!) — and when working closely with a recommended lawyer, I will help you and coordinate all Paralegal and Investigative Services.
“[John] has helped me navigate some challenging times and some different conflicts...”
– Pastor James Welch
I’m unapologetic about helping you select the right lawyer for your unique situation, and for this kindness, I will NOT charge you a fee like the lawyer referral services will do — To save a lot of money, many people retain me as the Mediator in their case … OR, they decide to retain me to stay with a lawyer I recommend—to work closely with the lawyer, spearheading the paralegal and investigative services at a much lower rate than the higher rates charged by lawyers. This is always the client’s option or choice. The additional good news: I will ONLY connect you and your family with a very caring, competent, and affordable lawyer.
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I have known John since he was 7 years old or so. We grew up together and remain friends now in the wiser years. He has always been a good man, with strong character. He can help you. – Jay Richards
It’s Not Only WHAT You Know… But WHO You Know.
During my law career I witnessed way too much pain. It made me want to serve people the best way I know how. If your case DOES require a lawyer, I’ll be happy to point you in the right direction. Connecting those who have a need with a competent, caring person who can help, is faster, more effective, and more affordable than any other method I’ve encountered.
I will not provide you with any legal advice, but as a former Judge, I will provide you instead with something more helpful and more valuable, and that is, HOW a Judge thinks, or best yet, WHAT your Judge will be looking for — and needing to see and hear, BEFORE ruling in your favor — and I’ll share this knowledge and judicial perspective with you.
"John Contini mediated one of the most convoluted contract/family law cases that I've ever had. His (a) wisdom, (b) insights, (c) experience, (d) knowledge of the law, and (e) his patience were key to a settlement that was in every party's best interest. I had little hope for a successful mediation but Mr. Contini kept everyone on track. I recommend Mr. Contini without hesitation. I most certainly engage his talents in the future."
"My firm has mediated with former judge Contini several times. He is one of the best mediators in town. He has the patience and the passion to help people, which makes him truly unique. He also understands how to approach difficult clients. I highly recommend him to all individuals who want to spend less money on litigation, and more money on their families."
"Thank you John. Even though you were new to the Probate World, you did an excellent job of picking up quickly on the relevant concepts and I thought you did an excellent job of guiding the mediation to its ultimate successful conclusion. Kudos to your skills as a mediator! Bill and I spoke last night and we both agreed that we would be calling on you in the future for your mediation services. Thank you again for helping us get this matter resolved."
"I want to thank you, John Contini, for being who you truly are: A man with a heart for helping people who NEED help. You helped us when our son was in trouble and all the other lawyers just wanted our money and advised us to cop a plea when he was not in the wrong. You stay true to your commitment of helping people make wise decisions, utilizing your years of experience and wisdom. Thank God for your devotion!"
"John Contini has been a tremendous blessing in the life of our family for past 14 years. He is an empathic, effective mediator who will stop at nothing to help achieve a peaceful outcome. His wisdom and years of experience are second to none. I highly recommend John Contini. You will not be disappointed!"
"I had a very good experience with John Contini. He was very attentive, empathetic, and an excellent mediator all around. My client even commented on how attentive he was, and listened to both sides in order to reach a peaceful resolution. I will definitely use him for my future mediations."
Galit Harel Bechor
"Contini Solutions is a place that truly cares about helping people. They put people first. It is refreshing to get honest answers to questions and realistic solutions to problems."
"I just wanted to take the time to tell you, from the bottom of my heart, thank you! Your services have been invaluable to me and the efficient and satisfactory mediation that you performed for me has made my life considerably improved, and I am now able to breathe freely without a dark cloud over my head. I would recommend your service to anyone who is in need of someone who can see the way to solve their problems without unnecessary and hateful litigation."
John Morton IV
"If anyone is looking for a serious and knowledgeable family law mediator, look no further than the one and only former Judge John Patrick Contini. With his decades of experience in criminal law, and his years of experience as a family judge, he sure knows how to settle cases. And if your client can’t afford $350 or $400 an hour for a mediator, Judge Contini offers a very competitive rate."
Family Lawyer - Jonny Kousa
“This my friend and brother in Christ, John P. Contini... He is an expert mediator with a wealth of experience in and out of the courtroom. Most people don’t realize that NOT every squabble, lawsuit, and dispute needs to have an attorney. As a matter of fact most legal problems can be settled without going to court. This is where you will have a legal leg up with the help of this incredibly gifted man. Mr. Contini can help you as a mediator, to solve your legal problems for just a fraction of what an attorney’s fee would be, and if it is beyond his scope of legality he will, at no charge to you, set you up with any number of highly qualified attorneys that will get the job done at the best price available..."
Pastor - John O’Connor
"I have known John for over 30 years and can attest to his dedication and wealth of knowledge in the law. Of the many attorneys I have known over the years, John would be the only person I would call if I needed a mediator."
My 35 years in the legal system as a judge and trial lawyer,
gave me the right contacts and experience to now be of help to you and your family.
Solve Your Problem More
Quickly & Affordably
A lawyer can only represent one party and will try to achieve the most favorable outcome for the party who hired them. A mediator spearheads the better "conflict resolution" approach to conflicts, to amicably resolve conflicts, acting as an objective and neutral third party, guiding both parties through the process, helping both sides come to a peaceful win-win agreement.
Litigation and mediation reach outcomes in a different way. Mediation turns out to be far more cost-effective (lower fees), arrives at a peaceful and quicker resolution, there's more personal control and more privacy.
If you and the other party have a stake in an ongoing relationship, and if you think your dispute can be resolved peacefully without the need for a lawyer, then you should probably hire a mediator.
Whereas a lawyer will fight hard for only one party, a Mediator will instead listen intently and work tirelessly on behalf of both parties — like a judge might do at first, and then help both sides reach a compromise agreement, like a friendlier settlement of sorts, rather than fighting in court.
You can pay enormous money to your expensive lawyers over many months or sometimes years, to fight in court over the problem, or you can pay very little money to a mediator for a much quicker, peaceful solution — that’s always your choice, so choose wisely.
Absolutely. The cost of mediation is a fraction of the cost of litigation. Moreover, the cost of litigation is not only higher economically, but it’s also emotionally depleting as well; and there are additional costs that are even more debilitating, e.g., lack of peace, profound stress, health issues, aging a decade almost overnight, etc.
Among the many benefits of mediation rather than litigation,
Mediation nets a much quicker resolution, while litigation goes on for years;
Mediation is voluntary and helps maintain relationships;
Mediation is amicable and peaceful;
Mediation is much less expensive, and very affordable.
Mediation allows you to keep everything private and confidential, and this can be very important to your whole family or your business. This is a huge additional benefit of Mediation, whereas Litigation, i.e., paying lawyers to fight in court, is unfortunately public and allows the whole world to know your intimate lives or your business.