Solving Problems with Dignity

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of joining a video conference with Donna Hicks, Ph.D, author of Dignity: Its Essential Role in Conflict Resolution. There were 15 integrative attorneys and mediators on the call from across the country, all there to learn how to...

We’re Divorced. Now What?

Going through a divorce is a major life transition. It necessitates a whole host of huge decisions from the who/when/where of parenting time to deciding where each spouse will live and how assets and debts can be divided in an equitable manner. Once the final papers...

The First Response, Not The Last Resort

It doesn’t always feel like it, but conflict can be a catalyst for needed change. It is the proverbial canary in the coal mine that lets us know when things aren’t working the way they should. Mediation provides individuals and organizations with a process for...

New Beginnings

Recently I launched a new website and logo. I wanted something that would reflect the different type of practice that I have developed. I am a fixer not a fighter. Clients come to me in times of stress as they are preparing to make a major life change. My first job is...

Collaborative Innovation

What image comes to mind when you think of an attorney? Perry Mason? Jack McCoy? Denny Crane? In the traditional paradigm of law lawyers are trained to fight. To be gladiators for their clients and for justice. Sounds noble, doesn’t it? It can be noble. Our history...

Finding Our New Normal

No one expects to get divorced. Marriages are built on hopes and dreams. We make plans for a home and kids and growing old with our partner. Unfortunately, life can often take us down another path. Studies have found that couples going through divorce often experience...

Naming Elephants

We’ve all been there. Those awkward situations. Maybe at work, a big family gathering or with a group of friends. There is an undercurrent. Something that everyone knows, everyone feels…and everyone ignores. Elephants. They hunker down in the middle of a situation and...