Nadia N. Shahram
Nadia N. Shahram received her B.S. in Business Administration in 1988 from the State University of New York at Buffalo, followed by her J.D. in 1998. After receiving her Jurist Doctorate, Nadia trained as a family mediator at the Rochester Mediation Center and was mentored by pioneers of mediation, Dr. Jake Heister and Mediation- Attorney Tim Mordant. In addition to her extensive training and continuing education in her field, she also spent several years traveling internationally, expanding her knowledge in the practice of Conflict Resolution.
Nadia Shahram’s experience in Divorce Mediation spans two decades and has resulted in the successful and amicable separation of thousands of couples. She has served on the board and is an active member and participant of the New York State Council of Divorce Mediation. Nadia’s sense of caring and concern for families has placed her on the board of the Family Justice Center of Erie County since 2010.
As an active member in the Greater Buffalo community, Ms. Shahram has served on various advisory boards and collaborated with numerous cultural, civic, humanitarian, and educational organizations including: the International Institute of Buffalo, Journey’s End, Jericho Road Community Health Center, Buffalo Public Schools, Zonta International, Women’s Interfaith Institute, Response to Love Center, the Massachusetts Avenue Project, the Wester New York Peace Center, the YWCA of Niagara County, the Niagara Falls Underground Heritage Center, and the American Association of University Women (AAUW).
As a result of her extensive civic commitment, Ms. Shahram has received a number of awards including “Cultural and Education Award” from Buffalo Public Schools, “Women of Influence” from Business First, the “Yellow Rose Award” from Zonta International (Outstanding Community Contribution by a Woman), the “Legal Elite Of Western New York”, and the “Diversity Award” from Buffalo Leadership in 2018. She is a regular contributor to the Erie County Bar Bulletin, the Buffalo News, and NPR’s “You and The Law” section of “All Things Considered.”
Nadia has been an Adjunct Professor in Law and Government Program at Hilbert College and the State University at Buffalo School of Law. Nadia is currently one of the featured stories in WNED’s “Making Buffalo Home.” She has authored a Persian cookbook and uses her culinary talents in elaborate fund-raising events for her non-profit causes. She has two beautiful daughters pursuing careers in law and lives in Amherst NY.
Karin L. Rupp
Karin L. Rupp is a family law attorney and mediator. Karin graduated with her B.S. in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance, summa cum laude from the University at Buffalo in 2004. She obtained her Masters in Business Administration, with honors, and her Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from the University at Buffalo in 2009. Following Law School, Karin worked at Citigroup for nearly seven years as a Vice President of Risk Management, specializing in compliance with financial regulations.
It wasn’t until after the birth of her twin boys, while going through her own her lengthy, litigated divorce, that Karin developed an interest in divorce mediation. As her own divorce dragged on, with mounting legal bills and increasing stress levels, Karin felt that there must be a better way to get divorced. Her desire to provide a less stressful, less time consuming and less expensive alternative to clients is what led her to train as a mediator with the Center for Resolution and Justice and join the Matrimonial Mediation Center of Buffalo, Inc. By combining her experience in accounting, finance and contract law with her passion for helping others, Karin seeks to help her clients find economical, mutually beneficial solutions to divorce, and to draft agreements that will protect both of their interests and avoid future litigation.
Karin lives in Grand Island with her six-year-old twin boys. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors with her children, camping and traveling.