I believe that families do not belong in court. That is why I have chosen to work to help couples resolve disputes peacefully, with respect and dignity.
I became an attorney in 1988, joined a prestigious law firm in San Francisco, and I trained as a litigator. After several years I left to open my firm, practicing family law litigation.
Over the years I have handled many contested hearings and trials, including custody, support, and property division. I have seen the toll litigation takes on couples. Fear and anger make it hard for normally reasonable people to compromise. The children are under great stress. Even when one side “wins,” both sides come away emotionally damaged.
After handling a number of difficult trials in a row, I began to look for alternatives to traditional family law litigation. My quest led me to mediation and collaborative practice, and I became trained in both. I am grateful to have real tools to use to help families reduce the tension and conflict of a divorce, allowing them to reach durable agreements outside of the court system using a structured alternative dispute resolution process.