Greensboro, North Carolina 27455
United States
Office Phone: 2769719001
Member since 2006
Membership Type: Emeritus (non-practicing)


Lawyer, Mediator

'Never cut what you can untie.'

That sentiment by the French writer Joseph Joubert expresses my philosophy toward inter-personal relationships. I view myself as a problem-solver. The Collaborative Process is the best tool I have discovered for that goal. It recognizes that, in a divorce, it is your family and your future that is involved and that you and your spouse are in the best position to make sound, mutually beneficial choices.

Area(s) of Practice: Formerly Civil Law, Collaborative Law, Family Law, Mediation, Real Estate Law; currently not engaged in the active practice of law
License(s): Virginia State Bar ~U.S. District Court, W.D. of Virginia ~Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Activities

Member, North Carolina Academy of Professional Family Mediators; Board of Directors of disAbility Law Center of Virginia; Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Family Law Section: former hearing officer for Special Education Due Process hearings; former Special Justice for civil commitment hearings; former member of Governing Board of Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy (prior to merger into dLCV)

Undergraduate Education

B.S. in Finance from VPI&SU (Virginia Tech) in 1978, Graduation with Distinction

Professional Education

J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1981


I first took training in Collaborative Law in 2001 when the benefits of the process to the client and myself became obvious. I joined the Collaborative Professionals of Roanoke in 2007. My passion is to bring this wonderful concept to my part of the world (termed 'back of beyond' by an award-winning local author) before too many more families are unnecessarily destroyed by a needlessly acrimonious parting of ways.