About Us

Finger Lakes Mediation Services was founded in 2010, as a mediation practice specializing in divorce and family mediation. We’ve since grown our firm to help resolve not only family disputes but business and community conflicts as well.

We believe that there is an appropriate, affordable solution to every problem, and we want to help you find yours. For your convenience, Finger Lakes Mediation Services is located at 100 Linden Oaks, Suite 107, Rochester New York 14625. This professional and comfortable location is easily accessible for all throughout the greater Rochester area; Provides ample parking: Includes an Electric Automobile recharging station for our clients. We strive to provide our clients with a comfortable, private space where they can feel safe and confident.

At Finger Lakes Mediation, we believe that every person has the right to voice their needs, their frustrations, their hopes and fears, while being actively listened to. When you enter our offices, you can be confident that you are important and will be treated fairly without bias.

Michaele C. Gantz

Owner and Mediator

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Michaele is a respected professional in the Wayne, Ontario, and Monroe County communities, providing only the highest standard of mediation. She has a B.S. in psychology from SUNY Brockport, is a member of the New York City Council on Mediation, and is experienced in marital and family mediation of all sorts as well as community and business mediation. Michaele has an extensive record of facilitating compromises that save time, resources, and distress as those involved reshape their lives. Throughout the mediation process, Michaele serves as a guide for each individual, using focused discussions to define the issues and explore fair settlement options.

Michaele earned her certification at The Center for Dispute Settlement, taught anger management for the courts and provided conflict resolution training classes for Rotary International.

Jon Getz

Mediator

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Born in Jacksonville, North Carolina, Jon grew up in Buffalo/Rochester region. Graduating in 1989 with honors in honors in history and political science at the University of Rochester, Jon then received Juris Doctor degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law in 1992.

Married and the father of two daughters, Jon’s work history includes Solo Practitioner of law; Partner – Vahey Getz LLP from 2018 to 2021; Partner – Muldoon Getz & Reston from 2009 to 2018; Partner – Muldoon & Getz from 2002 to 2009.

Areas of Practice include Mediation, Civil litigation, Criminal defense; Civil Rights, Civil & Criminal Appeals in the state and federal courts.

Jon’s professional achievements include serving as President of the Monroe County Bar Association from 2018 to 2019, District representative for the New York State Bar Association, WDNY Magistrate Merit Selection Panel in 2019; WDNY Magistrate Review Panel in 2018;  Committee member for the Court’s Alternative Dispute resolution panel for the State Court, Seventh Judicial District, Board of Directors of Volunteer Lawyer Services Program; New York State Bar Association Delegate for 7th Judicial District from 2017 to present; Recipient of Leader in Law in 2018; Recipient of President’s Award from the Monroe County Bar Association in 2012 and 2014; Recipient of Charles F. Crimi Award from the Monroe County Bar Association; Recipient of Criminal Justice Act Award from the United States District Court for the Western District of New York in 2012; Recipient of New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Gideon Award in 1999; Recipient of New York State Bar Association’s Most Outstanding Young Lawyer Award in 1995; Co-director of the Innocence and Justice Project at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law; Instructor at the College at Brockport– Political Science – Constitutional Law.

Recognized as Super Lawyer in General Litigation and Insurance Litigation.

Recognized as Distinguished Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell

Other Achievements:

  • Past President of the Penfield Strikers Soccer Club
  • Head coach of the Penfield Strikers Soccer Club from 2008 to 2019
  • Board member of University of Rochester History Advisory Counsel
  • President of Wimbledon Home-Owners Association