My practice with individual clients is limited to consensual dispute resolution (settlement) of family law disputes (divorce, separation, premarital agreements), without going to court and without the intervention of third party decision makers. Such processes include working in Collaborative Practice, as Settlement Counsel and as a consulting attorney for a client in mediation.
I also serve couples and families by helping them to resolve their own disputes in private and on their own terms by acting as a neutral mediator.
I help people to reach fair and equitable resolutions that respect the needs of both parents and the needs of their children. I believe that people should have every opportunity to craft their own solutions when their family undergoes a transition. In my experience, this leads to better results and minimizes the emotional anf financial damage that can occur in a hostile and adversarial separation and divorce.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Northern California Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2010|
|Northern California Super Lawyer - Top 100||Super Lawyers||2009|
|Northern California Super Lawyer - Top 100||Super Lawyers||2008|
|Northern California Super Lawyer - Top 100||Super Lawyers||2007|
|Eureka Award||Collaborative Practice California||2007|
|Distinguished Service Award||State Bar of California, Family Law Section||2007|
|Northern California Super Lawyer - Top 10||Super Lawyers||2006|
|Northern California Super Lawyer - Top 100||Super Lawyers||2005|
|Northern California Super Lawyer - Top 100||Super Lawyers||2004|
|One of the Bay Area's Top Family Law Attorneys||N/A||2003|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Council of State Bar Sections, State Bar of California||Co-Chairman||2002 - 2003|
|Family Law Section, State Bar of California||Chairman||1999 - 2000|
|Family Law Section Exec. Comm., State Bar of California||Member/Advisor||1996 - 2007|
|Family Law Section, Bar Assn of San Francisco||Chairman||1995 - 1995|
|State Bar of California||Member||N/A|
|Bar Association of San Francisco||Member||N/A|
|International Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Association of Certified Family Law Specialists||Member||N/A|
|Association of Family and Conciliation Courts||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Golden Gate University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1987|
|University of California - Berkeley||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1983|