I have been serving the LGBT community in the Bay Area for over 17 years, helping... more
I have been serving the LGBT community in the Bay Area for over 17 years, helping families protect their rights through adoptions, domestic partnership consultations, and formation and dissolution of legal relationships.
I did not start out planning to practice family law, but after my first family law... more
I did not start out planning to practice family law, but after my first family law case, I knew I had found my destiny. I find my job rewarding because I get to help people in crisis. Working with me, a client will see that there is light at the end of the tunnel. I work hard to leave the client feeling empowered---they may not like the choices, but at least they get choices. Through informatio... view profile
I went to UC Hastings College of Law with the intention of practicing Family Law. I... more
I went to UC Hastings College of Law with the intention of practicing Family Law. I was drawn to the emotional nature of the work, and to the great positive impact that my work could have on families. To that end, I worked for the San Francisco Family Law self-help center all through law school, and was selected to be a judicial extern for the San Francisco Unified Family Court. I also wor... view profile
For the last 6 years, my practice has been exclusively devoted to collaborative... more
For the last 6 years, my practice has been exclusively devoted to collaborative practice, mediation and negotiated agreements. I am committed to facilitating respectful negoitation and creative settlements. I am a foundng board member of Collaborative Practice California. I am also a member of the steering committee of Collaborative Practice East Bay, the Chairperson of Collaborative Law Alamed... view profile
I believe that most families and children are best served by being supported in... more
I believe that most families and children are best served by being supported in working together to solve their family law issues. Consequently, I specialize in Collaborative Law (Collaborative Practice) and mediation. Because I think it is important to keep learning and to improve my skills and abilities to better serve my clients, I have completed all the following trainings in mediation and... view profile
When you marry, you enter a relationship contract with your spouse that entitles you as a couple to certain legal rights and responsibilities. Family lawyers specializing in marriage can write prenuptial agreements for a couple before marriage. A prenuptial agreement can be especially important if you have financial interests you've accrued earlier in life and wish to clarify how they will or won't be shared with your new spouse. A written prenuptial agreement sets out the financial expectations of your marriage and anticipates what will happen to your assets should you divorce. The process for creating an airtight prenuptial agreement can be complicated, and a lawyer with a marriage and prenuptial practice can make sure the agreement is properly written.