I am a family law attorney and limit my practice to settlement, specializing in collaborative law, and mediation. I also provide ‘unbundled’ or ‘limited scope’ services to help with specific questions or issues as needed, serve as a consulting attorney and settlement counsel.
I believe that divorce is a problem to be solved, not a battle to be won. And because it is important to me that my work align with my values, which include respect for the inherent worth and dignity of every individual, and justice, equity, and compassion in human relations, my practice is limited to out of court settlement options. 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.
As the child of a sad and painful divorce that resulted in total estrangement from a parent, I know too well that divorce done the wrong way can cause financial and emotional pain that lasts for generations. And I am committed to helping resolve these issues outside of court with their personal and economic dignity intact.
I offer an initial consultation for you to learn about the various options available to resolve your family dispute or dissolve your marriage so that you can make an educated choice about how best to proceed.
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
California 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.