Barbara Burr

1666 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 540
Washington, District of Columbia 20009
United States
Office Phone: 2023479002
Member since 2006
Membership Type: IACP


Lawyer, Mediator

Family matters. At the Burr Law Firm, we understand that separation, divorce and all family matters can be a traumatic time filled with all sorts of conflict -- emotional, financial and relational. Through good counsel and careful guidance, we help clients manage the conflict, minimize the pain and move through these difficulties to the most positive and peaceful future possible.

Barb helps each client choose the best dispute resolution process for their goals -- whether those goals be to minimize the parties' pain; protect the emotional health of the children; preserve the family's financial stability; control the timing of the process; protect the parties' privacy. She then works with clients in a partner-like relationship to obtain and share information, evaluate options and make sound decisions.

In this way, Barb guides each client through the challenges of conflict and difference to the relief of respectful and realistic resolution, always keeping in mind that family matters.

Area(s) of Practice: Family Law
License(s): JD

Professional Activities

DC Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Founding member, past President, past Treasurer. Collaborative Project of DC founder and Board member (bringing collaborative practice to family of modest means). Collaborative Project of MD founder and past Board member. Collaborative Practice Center of Greater Washington (founding member). Collaborative Practice Training Institute (2008-present). Women's Bar Association Foundation (DC), past Board member. Women's Bar Association of DC (member). DC Bar, Family Law Section. Maryland Bar, Bar Association of Montgomery County Family Law Section. DC Family Law Self-Help Center family law volunteer.

Undergraduate Education

University of Washington, BA, magna cum laude, 1984

Professional Education

Harvard University Law School, JD, cum laude, 1989


For many people going through separation or divorce, Collaborative Practice offers a more supportive, respectful and civil process that leads to a more peaceful and positive outcome. I welcome the opportunity to discuss whether Collaborative Practice is the right fit for you.
Training Offered

As part of the Collaborative Practice Training Institute (CPTI) faculty, Barbara develops and presents a variety of interdisciplinary basic collaborative trainings that are known for their highly effective use of interactive and interesting techniques. These include Basic 2-day and 3-day Collaborative Trainings as well as 30-hour Mediation and Interest Based Negotiation Skills Trainings.

Barbara also develops and presents intermediate and advanced Collaborative and dispute resolution trainings that focus, in particular, on helping participants obtain greater self-awareness of their own experience with conflict and combines this with effective training in expanding and improving conflict resolution skills.

Bar, interdisciplinary Collaborative trainings at all levels that encourage the advancement, innovation, and best practices of Collaborative practitioners.

Training Conducted

Basic Collaborative Training (2-day and 3-day).
Mediation Skills and Interest Based Negotiation.
Advanced Collaborative and Dispute Resolution Skills.
Working with Parents on Child-Related Issues in Separation and Divorce.
Power of Apology in Collaborative Practice.
Delving in the Heart of Conflict.
Emotional Dynamics of Divorce.
Difficult Conversations.

Collaborative Training Offered

Interest-Based Negotiation & Mediation Skills Training, 2009, Barbara Burr with CPTI
Two Day Collaborative Practice Training for Attorneys, 2009, Barbara Burr with Frank Morrision and Dillina Stickley
Collaborative Boot Camp, 2009, Barbara Burr with Lisa Herrick and Jamie Lapin
Interdisciplinary Collaborative Team Training (3-day), 2010, Barbara Burr with CPTI
Interest Based Negotiation and Mediation Skills Training (30 hours), 2010, Barbara Burr with CPTI
Power of Apology in Collaborative Practice, 2010, Barbara Burr
Reference Points for Making Decisions and How to Talk about the Law in Collaborative Practice, 2010, Barbara Burr
Creating a Deep and Durable Collaborative Parenting Plan, 2010, Barbara Burr with Lisa Herrick and Kate Scharff
Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Training (3-day), 2011, Barbara Burr with CPTI
Working with Parents on Child-Related Issues in Separation and Divorce, 2011, with Lisa Herrick and Kate Scharff
Delving into the Heart of Conflict, 2011 IACP Pre-Forum Institute, Barbara Burr with CPTI
Power of Apology in Collaborative Practice, 2011, Barbara Burr with Frank Morrison
Introduction to Collaborative Practice Seminar (3 hour), 2011, Barbara Burr

Collaborative Training Reference

Lonnie Broussard 757-473-9022
Lisa Herrick 703-847-5793
Kate Scharff 301-260-0223