Rory C. Godowsky (Retired)

Attorney at Law

Location: Wilmington, Delaware
Phone: 302-478-4445
Fax: 302-478-4432

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Rory joined Gonser and Gonser, P.A. in September of 2014.  Prior to that she conducted mediations as part of her family law practice since 1992.  She has extensive training in all aspects of mediation and  works with families and others who are involved in conflicts.   While Rory’s experience is primarily in family law matters, she mediates cases in Chancery Court as well as personal injury matters.

As an attorney and mediator she brings extensive experience to the mediation table which allows her to help people resolve their differences without the need for costly litigation.  She has mediated all manner of cases not just limited to family law matters.

When she  first began practicing law 35 years ago, she made a commitment to herself and to her clients that she would specifically try to make the process of divorce more peaceful and less emotionally charged. With this frame of mind she has devoted herself to working with her clients to amicably resolve their differences.  This process allows parties to work through their conflicts and reconcile their differences.

She’s  been asked many times what matters can be resolved through mediation and what matters require litigation. It is her firm belief that any dispute can be resolved through mediation if the parties are willing to commit to the mediation process.

  • Divorce (all Family Court Matters)
  • Mediation Involving Any Disputes
  • Personal Injury
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Conflict Coach
  • Mediator

J.D., Widener University School of Law, 1978
Bachelor of Science, University of Delaware, 1975

Delaware State Bar Association – December 1978
Began Family Law Practice – 1978
United States District Court – May 1979

Certified Family Mediator – 1992
The New Mediation:  A Practical Way to Resolve Disputes/DSBA – June 1996
Coast to Coast Mediation Training, Divorce and Family – April 1997
Superior Court Mediation Training – June 1998

Mediation/DSBA – June 1995
Getting Results from Your Client: Mediation:  How and Why
Mediating Legal Issues/DTLA– June 1996
Mediation/DSBA – June 1996
Mediation Training Program/Superior Court – July 1998
Ethical Issues in Mediation – Conflict of Interest – July 1998
Conflict Resolution/University of Delaware – March 1999
Conflict Resolution at the University of Delaware – March 1999
Intro to Adult Guardianship Mediation/DSBA – October 2005

Mediation Training, Part 1 with Superior Court of Delaware – March 2005-present
Mediation Training/Superior Court – May 2007-present
What’s Happening in Delaware ADR/DSBA – November 2001
Mediation Training Seminar/DSBA – October 2002
Guest lecturer University of Delaware – 2002 – 2007

1979 – Present            Partner – Green, Green, Godowsky & McFadden
1993 – Present            Founder and Director –Delaware Mediation Services

American Bar Association
Delaware State Bar Association
American Trial Lawyers Association
Delaware Trial Lawyers Association
Cab Calloway School of the Arts – Board Member
Board Member of Various Civic and Community Associations
Commissioner on the Delaware Commission for Women from 1980-1983
Family Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections of the Delaware State Bar Association
Member of the International Alliance of Holistic Lawyers
Member of the Delaware Federation of Dispute Resolution
Organizer and Contributor of the Legal Handbook for Delaware Women by the Women’s Rights Committee of the Delaware State Bar Association, the Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women and the Delaware Association of Lawyer’s Wives Foundation
Dispute Resolution Section, American Bar Association

Annual Family Law Update – March 1992
It Works – 1996
Getting Results from Your Client/DTLA – February 1996
Ethics  Professionalism/DTLA – March 1996
7th Annual Retreat for Women Lawyers and Judges/DSBA – April 1999
Child Custody Parenting Class – November 1999
Ethics & Professionalism Update/DTLA – December 2002
Mediation Training/Superior Court – December 2003
ABA Dispute Resolution in New York City – April 2004
Annual Convention/DTLA – June 2004
Annual Convention/DTLA – June 2006
Family Law Update – September 2006

Honored as one of the 1st 75 women to be admitted to the Delaware Bar
Presenter and Speaker at Delaware Superior Court Mediation Training – 2006
Panelist – Training for Delaware Superior Court Mediation – 2006
Speaker – University of Delaware, “The Language of Mediation”