Key Mediation Award

Founders and partners Christine Marinello and Kristen Sloan Maccini are honored and pleased to have both been recognized as mediators in RI Monthly’s Professional Excellence in the Law, June 2022.


Christine L. Marinello and Kristen Sloan Maccini just opened the doors to their newly outfitted North Kingstown office when COVID-19 hit. Suddenly, the conflict resolution the two longtime attorneys and mediators planned to offer through Key Mediation LLC was no longer possible – at least not in the traditional, in-person sense.

North Kingstown, RI – June 4, 2020 – Attorneys Christine Marinello and Kristen Sloan Maccini have together formed KEY MEDIATION LLC, a Rhode Island-based dispute resolution company. Key provides mediation of all civil disputes. Its partners are currently providing remote mediations using videoconferencing platforms, including Zoom.

Established just prior to the Governor’s stay at home order, Key’s partners quickly pivoted to expand its in-office mediations with remote options to ensure seamless service. “We had to close our physical doors to our recently renovated office space,” said Christine Marinello whose solo law practice has been based at the same address in the historic Lafayette Mill since 2013. In light of COVID, “we quickly accommodated to online platforms which have helped us to continue to meet client needs and interests,” said Kristen Sloan Maccini, her Key business partner, whose solo Jamestown-based law firm has served Of Counsel to Marinello Law since 2019.

Trained mediators and attorneys with more than 40 years’ of combined experience, Christine and Kristen met and discovered their shared interest in mediation when both were appointed to the panel of approved mediators for a state agency. Throughout their careers, Christine ( and Kristen ( have witnessed the toll litigation took on their clients due to the required investment of time, money and mental energy. Both believe that mediation offers parties an efficient way of resolving disputes that values party experiences and circumstances as well as their positions. Both have received formal training and utilize various mediation methods, including facilitative and case evaluative, tailored to the unique needs of the parties and their disputes. Each has provided mediation services through her own law practice, but decided to form Key Mediation to combine their skills and resources to address the needs of parties in all areas of the civil law. These include, although are not limited to, employment, family law, contract, probate, construction, property and regulatory matters. Through Key, they look forward to helping parties open the door to resolution.


Key Mediation LLC
650 Ten Rod Road
North Kingstown, RI 02852
(401) 379-2539