Catherine Conner

Collaborative Council of the Redwood Empire
829 Sonoma Avenue, Suite 1
Santa Rosa, California 95404
United States
Office: 707-523-0480
Member since 2004
Membership Type: IACP
Profession(s): Lawyer, Mediator

My practice is devoted to collaborative practice, mediation, private judging and other appropriate dispute resolution as I believe that most people wish to resolve conflict amicably. My goal is to provide compassionate and knowledgeable guidance to assist people in reaching a well-informed and mutually acceptable agreement. My commitment to Collaborative Practice is reflected in my leadership roles in our local community and the co-authorship of a practice manual for collaborative practitioners. I was on the Board of Directors of IACP for 6 years and the 2013 President.

Area(s) of Practice: Collaborative Law, Family Law, Mediation
License(s): Attorney since 1982. ~Certified Family Law Specialist since 1992.
Professional Activities: Sonoma County Bar Association, 35 years, including membership in the Family Law Section, Collaborative Law Section, and ADR Section ~Sonoma County Women in Law ~Frequent speaker on family law issues ~Co-Author, Collaborative Practice Materials ~2018 Honoree, Sonoma County Bar Association Careers of Distinction ~2003 Recipient, Rex Sater Award for Excellence in Family Law. ~AV rated, Martindale-Hubbell since 2000, Northern California Super Lawyer 2005 to present, Best Lawyers in America 2006 to present
Comments: Collaborative Practice and Mediation allow me to assist people who wish to resolve conflict in a respectful and creative manner which honors the hopes and interests of each person. I am a Past President of the Collaborative Council of the Redwood Empire, an interdisciplinary group bringing collaborative process to family, civil and probate matters. I also co-authored Collaborative Practice Materials, a handbook of forms and procedures for collaborative practitioners. I am also a Collaborative Practice trainer. I was on the IACP Board of Directors from 2008 through 2014 and the President in 2013.
Training Offered

Basic Interdisciplinary Training; Intermediate Interdisciplinary Training, including the following topics: Mediation Skills for Collaborative Practitioners, The Role of the Law, The Collaborative Advocate, Difficult Conversations with Collaborative Colleagues, Skills for a Collaborative Meeting and Negotiations in a Collaborative Case; Power and Gender in Collaborative Cases

Training Conducted

Mediation Skills for Collaborative Practitioners (3 days, November 2004; 2 days, September 2005);
The Role of the Law in Collaborative Cases (2 days, November 2005 and March 2008); The End Game (2 days, November 2006; 2 days, June 2008; 2 days, May 2009; 1 day, May 2009; 2 days, November 2009); Mastery of Collaborative Practice (10 class series from March 2007 through December 2007) (8 class series from January 2008 through October 2008); Introduction to Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice (3 days, Germany, August 2007 and 3 days, February 2008) (2 days, Hong Kong, February 2010); Creating the Collaborative Team (3 day; September 2007); Collaborative Negotiations (2 day, November 2007); Difficult Conversations (1 day, November 2007); Power and Gender in Collaborative Cases (2 days, November 2009)

Collaborative Training Offered

See above.

Collaborative Training Reference

Suzan Barrie Aiken, sbaiken@earthlink.net.
Nancy J. Foster, njfoster@ncmc-mediate.org.
Natalie Leininger, natalie@leiningerfinancial.com