As a 13 year cancer survivor, I decided to shift my practice to mediation. I no longer litigate (aka "going to court").
Houstonia Magazine listed me as one of the top family law attorney-mediators in the Houston area for the past 3 years.
For 2015, In H-Texas Magazine I was selected as one of the best attorney-mediators in Houston.
I encourage people to mediate their case instead of allowing a stranger (a judge) to determine what is best for their children. YOU know what will work best for your family. Mediation offers you more options than the judge can order.
I handle mediations at the beginning of a divorce (known as early intervention mediation), early in the divorce process (known as temporary orders) and the mediation right before trial (known as final orders). Sometimes I actually work with the people several times during their case.
In mediation, the parties control the process. I facilitate the process. My prices are much more affordable than hiring attorneys and doing a traditional divorce. I'm currently married to my 3rd husband -- so I understand how difficult ending a relationship can be for people.
I am able to mediate afternoons, night & week-ends to accommodate most people's busy schedules. Convenient location & free parking. Casual, safe & cozy atmosphere.
My prices are set to make mediation affordable to everyone. A 4-hour mediation is $300 per side (or $600 for 4 hours) and if we go longer than 4 hours I charge by the hour.
If I serve as your mediator, I am unable to act as an attorney. Therefore, I urge parties to retain legal counsel. I am not allowed to prepare any legal documents. I can give you the names of some affordable attorneys - but you make the final decision as to the attorney you hire to draft the final paperwork or use the free forms on www.texaslawhelp.org
The Mediated Legal Agreement is written in plain, easy to understand English so an attorney can prepare the final paperwork in "legaleze" for a Judge to sign.
In 2016, I am serving on the boards of Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity-Bellaire Alumni Chapter, Association for Conflict Resolution-Houston Chapter and Texas Association of Mediators. I belong to several professional mediator and family law attorney groups.
Visit my website (www.familylaw4u.com) for my resume and more information on mediation.
I offer a 10 minute free phone consultation to see if I am able to assist you.
Hourly ($300-350/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (10 minutes)
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|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||1991||01/19/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|One of Houston's best attorney-meduaitors||H-Texas Magazine||2016|
|One of Houston's best attorney mediators||H Texas Magazine||2015|
|Named as one of the leading mediators in Houston||Houstonia Magzine||2015|
|One of the top family law attorneys in Houston||Houstonia Magazine||2014|
|One of the top family law attorneys in Houston||Houstonia Magazine||2013|
|Admitted to the U. S. Supreme Court||U. S. Supreme Court||2009|
|An Equal Access Champion 06-10||Houston Bar Association||2006|
|Volunteer Recognition||Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program||2001|
|AIDS Advocate Award||Houston Bar Association for Human Rights||1993|
|Mediator & Attorney||Law & Mediation Office of Fran Brochstein||2004 - Present|
|Mediation Instructor||National American University||2015 - 2015|
|Intership||247th Family Court of Harris County||1990 - 1991|
|Staff Attorney & Project Coordinator||Houson Volunteer Lawyers Program||1990 - 2004|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Academy of Professional Family Mediators||Member||2016 - Present|
|Association of Family Conciliation Courts||member||2015 - Present|
|Texas Association of Mediators||Board Member||2015 - Present|
|Association of Attorney-Mediators||Member||2014 - Present|
|Texas Mediator Roundtable Association||Member||2013 - Present|
|Association for Conflict Resolution||Member||2011 - Present|
|Texas Association of Mediators||Member||2007 - Present|
|Houston Chapter - Association for Conflict Resolution||2016 President||2006 - Present|
|Texas Mediator Credentialing Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|Harris County Dispute Resolution Center||Volunteer Mediator||2005 - Present|
|Houston Bar Foundation||Fellow||1995 - Present|
|Houston Bar Association||Member||1991 - Present|
|State Bar of Texas||Member||1991 - Present|
|Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity||Alumni||1991 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2012 - 2013|
|Texas Family Law Foundation||Member||2012 - 2013|
|Phi Gamma Nu Business Fraternity||Board Member||2007 - 2013|
|International Alliance of Holistic Lawyers||Board Member||2005 - 2011|
|Houston Holistic Chamber of Commerce||Member||2003 - 2005|
|Domestic Violence Mediation||Very successful - hugs from both parties!|
|Domestic Violence Mediation||Very successful - hugs from both parties!|
|45 year marriage mediation||Took several meetings but worked 100%|
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|South Texas College of Law||N/A||N/A||1990|
|University of Houston||Business Technology||B. S.||1976|
|Family Law Mediation Training||Family Law Mediation Training||2016|
|Association of Attorney-Mediators 2016 Houston seminar||Family Law Mediation Ethics||2016|
|Met with approx. 10 women to discuss their concerns & to have them better understand Texas laws||Estate Planning for Women||2015|
|Dr. Barbara Manousso's Family Law Mediation Training||Family Law Mediation Training||2015|
|40 Hour Basic Mediation Training||National American University Mediation Training||2015|
|Family Law Mediation Training||Dispute Resolution Center - Break-out session Leader||2014|
|Family Law Mediation||Intro to Texas Family Law||2014|
|Dr. Barbara Manousso's Basic 40 hr. Mediation Training||Basic Mediation Training - I was one of the trainers||2013|
|Dr. Barbara Manousso Family Law Mediation & Training Seminar||Basic Family Law Training - I was one of the trainers||2013|
|Dr. Barbara Manousso's Basic 40 hour Mediation Training||Basic Mediation Training - I was one of the trainers||2012|
|Dispute Resolution Center's Family Mediation Training||Family Mediation Training - I was one of the trainers||2012|
|January monthly meeting of the Houston Holistic Chamber of Commerce||Importance of Estate Planning||2009|
|Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity Conference||Solo Practice||2009|
|Inner City Senior Citizen's Group||Estate Planning||2008|
|Elkins High School||The Importance of Jury Duty & Now that your are an adult||2008|
|Blue Moon Family Law Paralegal Seminar||Mediation||2008|
|HBA Law Week & HISD High Schools||The Importance of Jury Service||2006|
|TX Family Law Practice for Paralegals||Mediation||2005|
|Practice Areas for Paralegals||Factors to consider when working in a family law office||2005|
|TX Family Law Practice for Paralegals||Mediation||2003|
|Frequent speaker to AIDS groups in the Houston area||The Importance of Estate Planning||2003|
|Frequent speaker to local high schools & AIDS groups||AIDS & the Law||2002|
|Frequent speaker to the elderly & low income groups||Putting Your Affairs in Order||2001|