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About Me

My practice focuses on
helping divorcing couples to resolve conflict through mediation, collaborative practice,
and private judging, offering clients options for resolving disputes respectfully without
going to court.

My goal is that each client is satisfied that the best possible outcome was reached,
using the most appropriate process for their circumstances. I believe that understanding
and compassion can create a path for resolution.

I am committed to advancing appropriate conflict resolution.  I am a mediation and collaborative practice trainer and have written a manual for collaborative practitioners.

See my profile on my firm website at for more detailed information about my experience and background.


Practice Areas


  1. Uncontested Divorce: 20%
  2. Marriage & Prenuptials: 20%
  3. Mediation: 20%
  4. Divorce & Separation: 20%
  5. Family: 20%



Hourly ($400/hour)

Payment Types:

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Contact Info

829 Sonoma Ave
Santa Rosa, CA, 95404



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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2014
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2013
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Santa Rosa Family Law Lawyer of the YearBest Lawyers in America2012
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2012
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2011
Northern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2011
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2010
Northern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2010
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2009
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2008
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
Eureka AwardCollaborative Practice California2007
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2007
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2007
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2006
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2006
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2005
Rex Sater Award for Excellence in Family LawSonoma County Bar Association Family Law Section2003
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2000
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerConner, Lawrence & Rodney1983 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsPresident2012 - 2013
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsDirector2008 - Present
Collaborative Council of the Redwood EmpirePresident2004 - 2006
Sonoma County Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution SectionMember1994 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1982 - Present
Publication NameTitleDate
Collaborative Council of the Redwood EmpireCollaborative Family Law Materials2002
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
UC Berkeley SOL Boalt HallLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
Univ of California at Los AngelesHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1978
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
MediationFest trainingCollaborative Team Work2014
Collaborative Practice VancouverOvercoming Impasse2014
Collaborative Family Law Council of Florida 1st Annual ConferenceThe Role of Law in Collaborative Practice2013
Canadian Bar Association Legal ConferenceNavigating Impasse in Negotiations2013
Collaborative trainings in AustraliaWorking in an Interdisciplinary Team2012
Collaborative Practice California Annual ConferenceBringing Interests Down to Earth2012
CP-Cal Pre-Conference InstituteSelf Reflection for Conflict Professionals2010
CP-Cal conferenceCollaborative teams2010
Challenging Conflict ConferenceInterdisciplinary collaborative team dynamics2010
IACP Pre-Conference InstitutePractice Group Leadership2009
IACP Pre-Conference InstituteRole of the Law in Collaborative Cases2009