Kathryn Lazar

280 Route 82
Hopewell Junction, New York 12533
United States
Office Phone: 845-896-9651
Member since 2004
Membership Type: IACP


Lawyer, Mediator

Kathryn is a leader in the Collaborative Divorce movement in Dutchess County, New York and in the Hudson Valley. As one of the founding members of both an interdisciplinary divorce mediation group and the interdisciplinary collaborative practice group, she has worked in the field for over thirty years, and has provided training to many other professionals. Devoting her law practice to the respectful resolution of disputes, Kathryn is energetic in making sure her clients work out an agreement that will be effective in the years to come. Her commitment to her clients includes a determination that the clients thoroughly understand their situation before they agree to a resolution, that their children's interests are protected, and that the client has what they need to move forward into the next stage of their life peacefully, securely and with confidence.

Area(s) of Practice: Collaborative Law, Estate Law, Family Law, Mediation, Probate Law, Trainer
License(s): Admitted to practice law in New York State Courts - 1977 ~ ~Admitted to practice law in New York Federal Courts - 1977 ~ ~Association for Conflict Resolution - Advanced Practitioner Member

Professional Activities

Co-Founder and co-chairman - Hudson Valley Collaborative Divorce Regional Association 2004 - 2008 ~Co-Founder - Collaborative Divorce Team of the Hudson Valley 2002 to present ~Trainer - Collaborative Divorce 2001 - Present ~Trainer Mediation - 1983 - Present ~President: Mid-Hudson Divorce and Family Mediation Center, Inc. 1980 - Present ~Delegate to the NYS Bar Association 1996 - 1998 ~New York State Bar Association Tax Force on Family Law 1994 - 1997 ~Zoning Board of Appeals Member 1996 - 2001 ~Ethics Committee - Dutchess County 1982 - 1992 ~Grievance Committee - Dutchess County Bar Association 1982 - 1991 ~Presenter: IACP National Conferences 2005, 2006, 2008 ~Partner in Law Practice with husband, Robert Schwartz, since 1982 ~Active in establishing battered women's services in Dutchess County, New York in 1976 - 1985 ~Association for Conflict Resolution - Advanced Practitioner Mediator 1990 - present

Undergraduate Education

Reed College - Graduated with honors 1971

Professional Education

Cornell University School of Law - Graduated cum laude 1976


I have been actively involved as a trainer and as a student of all matters related to collaborative divorce, including ongoing seminars on matrimonial law, custody, the best interests of children, financial matters affecting divorce, including pensions, divorce tax law. I am also involved in providing training in mediation skills, and have initiated many seminars for lawyers, psychologists, social workers and financial specialists on the issues involved in divorce.
Training Offered

Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice; Advanced Issues in Collaborative Practice; Basic Mediation Training; How to Build Your Practice; Why is a Team Worth the Troublez;

Training Conducted

Social Workers and the Law - 1980 - 1983
Mediation Training - 1983 to date
Collaborative Training - 2002 to date
Coordinate regional training events on numerous courses, both substantive and procedural, including Understanding Pensions, Family Law Software, LGBT Training, Children of Divorce and many others

Collaborative Training Offered

Recent trainings listed:
2007 Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Training, Wave Hill, New York
2008 Dutchess County Bar Association Collaborative Presentation
2008 IACP: Deepening the Conversation
2008 Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Training, Tarrytown, New York
2008 Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Training at NYS Judicial Institute White Plains, NY
2009 Advanced Interdisciplinary Training, Westchester County, NY
2010 Social Science Meets Family Law with Joan Kelly
2011 Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Training, Bear Mountain
2012 Roadman Retreat for Mid-Jersey Collaborative Law Alliance
2012 Interdisciplinary Teams: Are they Worth the Bother, New Jersey Council of Collaborative Practice Groups
2012 Interdisciplinary Teams: Are they Worth the Bother' Connecticut Collaborative Council
2012 Roadmap: Keeping the Parties and Team on the Road towards a Successful Conclusion, 4th European Collaborative Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland
2012 Introduction to Collaborative Law, Newburgh, NY
2013 Basic Interdisciplinary Training, Bear Mountain, New York
2013 Streamlining the Collaborative Process: Roadmap, Maryland Statewide Association
2013 Creativity Through Comparative Law, IACP

Collaborative Training Reference

Dr. Maria Alba Fisch, 845-896-7787
Richard Mandell, 845-294-2616
Daniel McCabe, 845-454-3441
Micki McWade,