Sacramento, California 95819
My personal legal practice is limited to 'Appropriate' Dispute resolution as either a collaborative lawyer or divorce mediator. I am co-founder and President of the Sacramento Collaborative Practice Group and regularly present seminars for mental health, financial and other professionals on the benefits of collaborative practice and mediation. Since 1985 I have been the co-instructor for an eight hour class on Tax Aspects of Marital Dissolution and the co-author of a 400 page text on Divorce Tax. In 2006, I became the first President of CP California and currently serves as an Advisor to the CPCal Board. As part of the Sacramento Collaborative Practice Training Team we have presented aTwo Day Basic Training 14 times (as of January 2016).
Professional ActivitiesCo-founder and President Sacramento Collaborative Practice Group ~Past Chair Sacramento Co. Bar Family Law Section ~Family Law Section of State Bar of California - member and advisor ~Instructor - CPA Educational Foundation for 26 years - Tax Consequences of Divorce ~Co-author Text on Tax Aspects of Marital Dissolutions - 2016 ~Co-author - Child Custody - A Practical Guide for Parents - 1998 Sacramento Region Edition ~Life Member - Academy of Family Mediators ~Fellow - American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers ~Instructor Univ. of Calif - Davis Extension - Family Law Paralegal Program 1991-1998 ~Lecturer - Calif. Continuing Education of the Bar ~Fee Arbitrator - Sacramento County Bar Association ~Instructor for Sacramento Campus of National Univ. on Divorce and Divorce Mediation ~Family Service Agency of Sacramento/The Effort- regular seminar presenter ~CPCal - Interim Executive Committee Member 2006 ~Co-Founder CPCal 2005 ~President Collaborative Practice California (CPCal) 2006-2008 ~CPCal Board Member 2005-2011, 2012-2015 Advisory Board Member 2015- ~Senior Mediator - Sacramento County Superior Court Family Law Mediation Panel ~Eureka Award Recipient - CP California 2007 ~SuperLawyers NorthernCalilf. 2004,2005,2006,2007,2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 20`7, 20`8~President - Northern Calif. Chapter - AAML 2010 ~Certified Mediator - Mediator.com ~Avvo - Top Rating 10.0 ~Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating -Martindale-Hubbell - Preminente Lawyer ~President - Sacramento Rotary Club (1998-99) ~Rotary Paul Harris Recipient -Co-recipient along with my law partner of the Sacramento Family Law Section's Kobayashi award for contributions to the family law community in 2015 -Best of the Bar - Sacramento Business Journal
Univ. of Calif. - Davis -B.A. Degree 1968
U.C. Davis School of Law J.D. Degree 1971
U.C. Davis School of Law J.D. 1971
Advanced Practitioner - Assoc. for Conflict Resolution 2000-Present
Certified Mediator - American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 2001-present
Certified Family Law Specialist - The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization 1980-Present
CommentsI am co-founder and President of the Sacramento Collaborative Practice Group. As a divorce mediator and a Certified Family Law Specialst for over 35 years I have seen the need for another 'appropriate' dispute resolution (ADR) - other than resorting to the adversarial system. I am dedicated to being a peacemaker and helping families resolve their disputes in a more respectful manner. My original trainings with Pauline Tesler and Chip Rose and being collaborative counsel in over 100 cases only confirms the tremendous benefit to divorcing couples of the collaborative process. Please visit our firm's website at www.DivorceWithRespect.com for further information.
Basic and Intermediate Interdisciplinary Training