George Richardson

3790 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, California 94306
United States
Office Phone: 650-324-4801
Member since 1999
Membership Type: IACP


Lawyer, Mediator

George has been a Collaborative Practitioner since the early 1990's and is a former President, Secretary, and Director of Collaborative Practice California, his statewide organization. Over the years, he has represented clients in scores of Collaborative Practice cases and has been a teaching member of teams that have trained hundreds of lawyers, mental health professionals, and financial specialists in Australia and throughout the United States and Canada.

Area(s) of Practice: Collaborative Law, Family Law, Mediation, Teaching, Trainer
License(s): California State Bar ~Certified as a Specialist in Family Law by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization

Professional Activities

Collaborative Practice California: Founding member: Board of Directors, Past President, Past Secretary IACP: Founding member; Member without interruption since founding; Member of IACP Training Faculty; ~Santa Clara County Bar Association, Family Law Section. Former Treasurer, member of Executive Committee, and member of Board of Trustees; ~Palo Alto Area Bar Association: Former President;

Undergraduate Education

Princeton University, 1969, B.A. in History, cum laude

Professional Education

Stanford University, 1972, J.D.


George is a pioneer in Collaborative Practice. He is a founder and former President of Collaborative Practice Silicon Valley, one of the oldest collaborative practice organizations in the world, and co-chair of Collaborative Practice San Mateo County. He has handled scores of collaborative cases since his first case in 1995. He is a charter member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and is former co-chair of its Standards Committee (charged with drafting standards for practitioners, trainers, and trainings in Collaborative Practice) and co-founder and former co-chair of the Advisory Council on Collaborative Training. He has presented on specialized topics at IACP's Skills Institute and at numerous IACP Network Forums. He is also a founding Board Member, officer, and Former President of the second largest Collaborative Practice association in the world, CP Cal, the California state Collaborative Practice organization. George is a member of the IACP Training Faculty, responsible for training new Collaborative Practice professionals worldwide. Since 1999, he, together with others, has trained hundreds of collaborative practitioners with one-, two- and three-day introductory, fundamental, and advanced courses in Collaborative Practice. George received his BA from Princeton University, cum laude, in 1969 and his JD from Stanford Law School in 1972.
Training Offered

Advanced, Intermediate, and Basic trainings in contemporary protocols (streamlined) for Collaborative Practice from the interdisciplinary team approach.
In addition, Interest Based Negotiation training and trainings built around the unique circumstances of your group — designed to address the specific areas of concern that you want addressed.

Collaborative Training Offered

Since 1997: Advanced and Basic Nuts and Bolts training for Lawyers

Since 2004: Advanced and Basic Interdisciplinary Team Training for mental health, financial, and legal professionals;

Since 2006: Interest-Based Negotiation basic and advanced techniques;

Collaborative Training Reference

References upon request