Catherine Conner

829 Sonoma Avenue, Suite 1
Santa Rosa, California 95404
United States
Office Phone: 707-523-0480
Member since 2004
Membership Type: IACP


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

Undergraduate Education

UCLA, 1978

Professional Education

UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall, 1982


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,
Nancy J. Foster,
Natalie Leininger,