I practice law in accordance with my values. These include respect for the inherent worth and dignity of every individual, and justice, equity, and compassion in human relations. Consistent with these values I provide innovative legal tools to resolve disputes, including mediation and Collaborative Law.
Divorce is not primarily a legal problem. It is an emotional problem with legal consequences. And in most cases, traditional litigation only serves to exacerbate both the emotional and financial problems, and is a poor way to deal with the legal consequences. There is a role for litigation, however, where a spouse is unable to be honest and respectful, or where there is addiction or domestic violence.
J.D., University of Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA, 1999
Sr. Articles Editor, Santa Clara Law Review
AmJur award Legal Research & Writing
Comment published in Santa Clara Law Review, Emissions Trading: Pollution Panacea or Environmental Injustice
B.S., University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C., Canada, 1982
Biology & Psychology
Jurisdictions Admitted to PracticeCalifornia, April 2000
Professional & Bar Association Memberships
Callifornia Bar Association, Family Law Section
Santa Clara County Bar Association
Alameda County Bar Association, Family Law Section
International Association of Collaborative Professionals
Collaborative Practice Silicon Valley
Collaborative Practice East Bay
Association for Conflict Resolution
Mediators Without Borders, Founding Member
International Alliance of Holistic Lawyers
Founding Member, Academy of Professional Family Mediators.