ACCREDITATIONS

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Member; New York Association of Collaborative Professionals (NYACP)

Member; International Association of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)

Member; American Bar Association

Member; Family Divorce Mediation Council

Member; Northern Westchester Collaborative Divorce (NWCD)

SPECIALIZED TRAINING

Advanced workshop on collaborative practice

Symposium on late life divorce

Conflict resolution – from blame to understanding

Mediating high conflict divorces

Center for Mediation in Law
Mediation Intensive Training Program

Hudson Valley Collaborative Divorce Training Consortium
Interdisciplinary Training in Collaborative Divorce

NYACP

  • Support and Development Collaborative/Mediation
  • Self-Reflection in Action for Conflict Professionals
  • Collaborative Break Points
  • Practical Considerations in New York State Mediation
  • Recent Developments in New York Matrimonial Law
  • Ethical Conflicts Among Collaborative Professionals
  • Attachment Styles and Relationship Breakdown

COMMUNITY

Environmental Review Board, New Castle, N.Y.

Town of New Castle Conservation Board

Whippoorwill Lake Property Owner’s Association (Board of Directors/President), Chappaqua, N.Y.

New Castle Baseball & Softball Association (coach), Chappaqua, N.Y.

Chappaqua (N.Y.) Central School District (Committee chairperson and volunteer)

I BELIEVE IN THE LASTING VALUE OF FINDING A MEANINGFUL AND SATISFYING RESOLUTION TO CONFLICT.

After receiving my J.D., I began practicing civil litigation in New York City, where I amassed over a decade of experience conducting trials and appeals in a broad range of matrimonial and complex commercial matters. While I enjoyed and appreciated the strengths of the judicial system, I also recognized its shortcomings in delivering meaningful and satisfying resolutions to conflicts.

I discovered mediation and collaborative law after my three daughters were born, after I had some time away from litigation. In fact, the farther I got from litigation, the clearer it became that I did not want to return; preserving families and protecting children seemed inconsistent with that system. I even took a brief detour to develop a different passion, earning a master’s degree in landscape design. Studying something so removed from law helped me clear my mind and reassess how I could contribute to, and not detract from, other peoples’ lives. Eventually, I resolved to reinvent my legal career in a way that was more consistent with my values and goals.


I’m here to provide support, compassion and direction, and to guide you to emerge ethically, emotionally and (yes) financially equipped to move forward.


My daily interaction with a network of professionals and support resources keeps me on top of legal developments and provides me with the most up-to-date options for clients. I continue to further my education through those at the forefront of alternative dispute resolution, conflict management, mediation, and collaborative law.

Simply put, I’m here to help you get to the heart of your issues and achieve what matters most to you. With support, compassion and direction, I can guide you to emerge ethically, emotionally and (yes) financially equipped to move forward with the rest of your, and your family’s, life.

EDUCATION

B.A., Brandeis University, 1990
J.D., Brooklyn Law School, 1993
M.S., Columbia University, 2010

SPECIAL SKILLS

Creative problem solving

Helping people in conflict understand and achieve what matters most to them.

Keen focus on working through the process to achieve resolution.

Extensive litigation background. Real-world experience, including complex commercial litigation, gives me a breadth of knowledge and depth of understanding of issues you may be facing.

Continual training and development of critical skills enable me to bring the most current, proven strategies to bear for you.

Focus. Understanding. Commitment. Support. Compassion.