Spotlight on Kate Deiter-Maradei

DR Spotlight is a Q&A series that focuses on Dispute Resolution Section members.

Kate Deiter-Maradei is a mediator in Raleigh at Deiter Mediation. Kate has been mediating full time for almost six years after practicing as a litigation attorney for 10 years with Teague Campbell. She has been on the NCBA Dispute Resolution Section Council for several years and is currently the secretary. Kate enjoys travel, is passionate about adoption and enjoys working with Essential Partners to conduct facilitated dialogues between law enforcement folks and African-American community leaders in the Triangle.



Q: One tip you think all mediators should know?

A: Never underestimate the power of establishing a rapport with mediation participants. In my experience, the conference is generally more fruitful if folks take a breath and process the information in a more relaxed manner.

Q: What’s your secret life hack?

A: I keep a kitchen apron in my car to protect my work clothes when I am eating lunch on the road in between mediations.

Q: Name a book that changed your life.

A: I love to read so I have a long list for the one. The most riveting book I have read recently is “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover.

Q: Favorite podcast?

A: I am a podcast junkie. My current favorites are “Last Seen,” “Ear Hustle,” and “Happier.”

Q: Share a quote that you love and that gives you strength or peace.

A: My very first mentor from a law clerk job with a non-profit in college gave me a poster that is framed over my desk. It contains this quote by Alice Walker which inspires me:  “I am the women offering two flowers whose roots are twin. Justice and hope. Let us begin.”