Arlington, Virginia 22201
My vision is to assist clients with reaching a quality settlement agreement which addresses the best interests of the children and the financial needs of the parties and focuses on the future instead of the past. This agreement can be achieved without court intervention. A goal is to minimize the emotional and financial cost to parties and their family members while preserving assets and/or restoring positive relations between parties and family members.
Professional Activities~Selected by peers and listed in The Best Lawyers in America and US News and World Reports Best Law Firms, (2018); ~ Council Member and Past Chair, Virginia Collaborative Professionals, (2018); ~ Liaison, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, (2018); ~DCACP (D.C. Academy of Collaborative Professionals) in the areas of Collaborative Law/Family Law and Family Law Mediation; Executive Board Member (2013-2015); ~Past Co-Chair, CPNV (Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia); ~Substitute Judge, Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and Commissioner in Chancery(1997 - 2005), Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Arlington, Virginia; ~Adjunct Professor, Alternative Dispute Resolution, George Mason University School of Law (1996 - 1997); ~Virginia State Bar: 4/91 to present; ~Virginia Bar Association: 11/00 to present; ~Virginia Alternative Dispute Resolution Joint Committee, Council Chair 2004 -- 2005; ~Virginia Coalition on Family Law Legislation: 9/96 to 9/98; ~Arlington County Bar Association: Chair, Family Law Section, 1995-97; Fairfax Bar Association: Member, 1991 to present, Family Law Section, 1991 to present, previously served on the Public Service Committee and Public Relations Committee; ~Virginia Mediation Network: 1995 to present; ~Virginia Women Attorneys Association: Northern Virginia Chapter, Past- President, 1996-97, Northern Virginia Chapter Member, 1991 to present; ~Arlington Chamber of Commerce: Board of Directors(1997-99)
B.S., Psychology, College of Charleston, Magna Cum Laude, 1984
J.D., George Mason University School of Law, Member of Law Review, 1990
Certified Family Law Mediator (Advanced Level), Supreme Court of Virginia