901 Peralta Ave
Albany CA 94706
Yes, feel free to call for an initial discussion of how I may best be able to assist you.
$300 per hour.
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
During my many years as an attorney representing clients in court, I came to see how detrimental our adversarial legal system can be to families. I wanted to find a way to help people avoid the polarization and financial and emotional costs involved in litigation. As a family law mediator, I feel, I have become a part of the solution, rather than the problem.
I enjoy working with informed clients. The more informed a person is, the better prepared s/he is likely to be for mediation and for negotiating sound decisions. I review relevant law, from a neutral perspective, in the mediation process and encourage informed decision making.
I am glad to review documents.
While my practice focuses on mediation, I also consult with clients who are in mediation with someone else or who seek an understanding of their legal rights and obligations.
I bring more than 30 years of combined family law and mediation experience to my practice, as well as a background in psychology.
I offer a forward looking, respectful, compassionate and structured approach to resolving financial, legal and practical disputes in a timely and cost effective manner.
From 1981-1985, I worked as a legal aid attorney in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and served as directing attorney for the Micronesian Legal Services Corporation in Truk, Federated States of Micronesia in the Pacific. I then worked for Lyon & Beverly, a small firm in Kensington, focusing on family law litigation, until I started my own office in 1993.
31 years of legal and mediation practice and my background in psychology have helped me to become a compassionate and efficient mediator.
I am a focused person and brings both a compassionate heart and helpful structure to the process. I am very able to hold and honor opposing views and feelings and to tolerate differences. I believe my strengths lie in my understanding of people's emotional realities and in my focus on resolving the practical aspects of their disputes.
I have a practical approach which focuses on the future, not the past. While I honor my clients' feelings and make room for emotions in the process, I tend to structure mediation sessions around the practical aspects of the dispute, in a dissolution for example, the property division, care of the children and support. On each issue, I look for ways to bring together the essential needs expressed by both parties. I work on keeping the discussion focused and thus keep the number of sessions to a minimum.
I love being with my young son and family, being in nature, hiking and gardening and doing international human rights work.
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