About Iska Ziver

I come to the legal profession with a rich and varied professional career. I have worked in a large corporation, owned and run a small business and participated in managing an arts organization. I started my legal career in 2001 representing children in Family Court. Through this work, it became clear to me that there must be a better way to resolve these deeply personal family issues that bring people to the court house, which many times is ill-suited to provide adequate resolutions. In the past ten years, I have developed my knowledge and training in mediation and collaborative law. In addition to my private practice, I am a volunteer mediator at Community Dispute Resolution Center in Ithaca, NY, and am currently the vice-president of the Ithaca Area Collaborative Law Professionals practice group. I also volunteer as a legal presenter for the Parents Apart Program in Tompkins County, a six-hour class that offers parents information and guidance in helping their children adjust to their separation and divorce.

I am divorced, have two adult children, and also teach ballroom dance at Cornell University.


  • JD, Cornell Law School, 1994
  • BS, Business Administration, State University of New York at Albany, 1981 magna cum laude
  • Licensed to practice Law in the State of New York, 1995

Professional Activities

Professional Training

  • 2001, Attorney for the Child training, NYS Third Department
  • Yearly, Attorney for the Child continuing education, NYS Third Department
  • 2005, Mediation Training, Community Dispute Resolution Center of Tompkins County
  • 2005, Mediation Training, Center for Mediation in Law
  • Yearly, Advanced Mediation Training, Center for Mediation in Law
  • Yearly, Advanced Mediation Training, NYS Council on Divorce Mediation
  • 2006, Basic Collaborative Law Training
  • Yearly, Advanced Collaborative Law continuing education
  • 2011, International Academy of Collaborative Practice Forum, San Francisco, CA
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