Collaborative Practice East Bay is an alliance of individual, unaffiliated, collaborative professionals trained and experienced in collaborative negotiation. Our group consists of family law attorneys, mental health professionals, and financial professionals. All members have completed required trainings in the collaborative process and are members of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP).

The following list is alphabetical by profession.

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Attorneys

Patti L. Abramson
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Firm: Family Law Group, LLP
Address: 1840 4th Street, Suite 200
Livermore CA, 94550
Phone: 925-447-3322
Fax: 925-447-0272
Email: patti@cafamilylawgroup.com
Karen Berdy
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Addresses: 2540 Camino Diablo, Suite 201, Walnut Creek CA, 94597
4733 Chabot Drive, Suite 203, Pleasanton CA, 94588
Phone: 925-937-0440
Fax: 925-871-4052
Email: Karen@dissolawyer.com

General Comments

Karen Heller Berdy practices family law as a sole practitioner with offices in Walnut Creek, California and Pleasanton, California. Her practice currently focuses on representing family law clients in mediation, collaborative law and other settlement oriented dispute resolution processes. Karen has been practicing law since 1980 and has handled primarily family law matters since 1994. Prior to 1994, Karen was a real estate and corporate transactional attorney, first with Morrison and Foerster in their San Francisco office and then with Feldman, Waldman and Kline in their San Francisco office. Karen received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA in 1976, and received her JD and MBA degrees from Columbia University in New York, NY in 1980. Karen is a founding member of the Collaborative Law Association of Contra Costa (currently serving as the chairperson) and the Collaborative Practice Group of Contra Costa (currently serving on the steering committee). She is also a member of the Alliance of Collaborative Professionals of the East Bay, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the Northern California Public Education Committee (Collaborative Practice), the Eastern Alameda County Bar Association (currently serving as a board member) and the Contra Costa County Family Law Section.

Thomas G. Borst
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Firm: Law Offices of Thomas G. Borst, Inc.
Address: 18 Crow Canyon Ct, Suite 300

San Ramon CA, 94583

Phone: 925-718-8201
Fax: 925-718-8909
Email: tgb@tomborstlaw.com
Website: tomborstlaw.com

General Comments

I have been practicing law since 1989, virtually all of which has been devoted to family law, first as a litigator, then mediation, and beginning in 2004, collaboration. My current practice is comprised of all three models. I believe it is important for every client to understand each of the three available paths to resolving their divorce, and then pick the model that best suits their particular situation. My preference is to resolve issues outside of court. When clients and their attorneys make a commitment to do that, which is the hallmark of a collaborative divorce case, the clients are best able to maintain control over their lives and the outcome of the issues in their divorce. While collaborative divorce can be exceedingly challenging, I have found it to be the most rewarding work I have done as a family law attorney. I grew up in the East Bay and received my undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and law degree from Golden Gate University. I currently live in Oakland with my wife and daughter. Len Weiler and I have been law partners since 1999. Our office has been in San Ramon since 1990. I have been an active member (treasurer and steering committee currently) of our local collaborative practice group (now Collaborative Practice East Bay) and a member of The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals since 2004. I have been a member of our three local bar associations, Contra Costa County, Alameda County, and Eastern Alameda County, for the last 19 years. I have served on the Board of The Eastern Alameda County Bar Association since 1994 and am a Past President (1999). I also joined the Board at my daughter’s school in May 2007 and have very much enjoyed the challenges that presents.

Emily M. De Falla

Firm: Law Office of Emily DeFalla
Address: 1990 N California Blvd
Suite 600
Walnut Creek CA, 94596
Phone: 925-309-4550
Fax: 415-480-1699
Email: Emily@DeFallaLaw.com

General Comments

Compassion, communication, and authenticity are as important to my work as are my legal and business skills. I never forget that my work is in service to my clients and I strive to bring respect and empathy to all my interactions.

I became an attorney in 1988 and joined a prestigious law firm in San Francisco, where I trained as a litigator. After several years I left to open my firm, practicing general litigation and ultimately focusing on family law litigation. Over the years I have handled many contested hearings and trials, including custody, support, and property division, and have seen the toll litigation takes on couples going through it. Fear and anger make it hard for normally reasonable people to compromise. The children are under great stress. Even when one side “wins” both sides come away emotionally damaged.

After handling five very difficult trials in a row, I began to look for alternatives to traditional family law litigation. That led me to mediation and collaborative practice, and I became trained in both. I now bring those principles and skills to all my cases, including those that remain in traditional litigation. I am grateful to have real tools to help families reduce the tension and conflict in a divorce or other dispute, allowing them to reach durable agreements with dignity and respect.

As much as I advocate cooperative divorce I know it is not going to be for everyone. I am also a highly experienced litigation attorney when that is what is required. I am known for my ability to settle difficult cases, and to take those that do not settle to trial.

Emily Doskow
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Firm: Emily Doskow
Address: 180 Grand Avenue
Suite 1300
Oakland CA, 94612
Phone: 510-698-4902
Fax: 510-318-7701
Email: Emily@EmilyDoskow.com
Website: emilydoskow.com

General Comments

Emily Doskow has been practicing family law in the Bay Area since 1989. She specializes in family formation matters including adoptions, surrogacy agreements, prenuptial agreements, donor agreements, and parentage, as well as collaborative and mediated divorce. She is the author or co-author of numerous books published by Nolo, including Nolo’s Essential Guide to Divorce; Nolo’s Essential Guide to Child Custody & Support, and The Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples. Emily is a frequent speaker on LGBTI family issues. She is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Women Lawyers of Alameda County and the Center for Understanding in Conflict. She is a past member and co-chair of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, where she currently sits on the National Family Law Advisory Council, and a past board member of InterACT. Emily has been practicing mindfulness meditation for over 18 years and has taught mindfulness to attorneys at JFK University Law School, Continuing Education of the Bar, the Alameda County Bar Association, and Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

Karen S. Fenchel
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Firm: Law Office of Karen S. Fenchel
Address: 1440 Maria Lane, Suite 100
Walnut Creek CA, 94596-8801
Phone: 925-280-1108
Fax: 925-280-1109
Email: Kfenchel@gmail.com
Website: kfenchellaw.com

General Comments

Karen S. Fenchel is a sole practitioner in Walnut Creek, CA. She is a Certified Family Law Specialist, focusing on all areas of family law. Ms. Fenchel has a strong commitment to helping clients resolve issues without going to court. Her practice is settlement oriented and includes both family law mediation and collaborative practice. Ms. Fenchel was admitted to the bar in 1983 and has practiced exclusively in the area of family law. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley, master’s degree from San Francisco State University and JD from Hastings College of the Law. Her background includes teaching in the areas of elementary school and special education in addition to teacher training. As an attorney, she has spoken on family law issues to local legal secretaries and worked with a CPA to provide tax seminars to other attorneys. Ms. Fenchel previously served on the steering committee of the Collaborative Practice East Bay and was chair of the programming committee for six years.  Additionally, she belongs to the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Ms. Fenchel is a member of the Contra Costa County Bar Association, including both the Family Law and Women’s Section. She served on the Family Law Board for six years and chaired the Custody Issues Committee for seven years. She volunteers in the Superior Court, assisting family law judges in settlement of cases where parties are self represented.

David Fink
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Address: 291 Geary Street, Suite 600
San Francisco CA, 94102
Phone: 415-399-8380
Fax: 415-399-8390
Email: david@nachlisfink.com

General Comments

My practice is limited to helping families resolve their disputes out of court, using a non-adversarial, humane and holistic problem-solving approach to conflict. This includes serving as a consulting attorney, mediator and as an attorney in the Collaborative Process. I was a founding member of Collaborative Practice San Francisco (2001) and joined Collaborative Practice East Bay in 2005. I have previously served on the board of Collaborative Practice California from its inception in 2006 until 2015 and as Board President in 2012-13. I am Certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a Family Law Specialist (1993). I am a former chair of the family law sections of the San Francisco Bar Association (1995), the State Bar of California (1999-2000) and a Certified Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (2000), serving as Northern California Chapter President in 2008. I have been selected as a Northern California Super Lawyer by Law and Politics magazine every year since 2004.

Donna Gibbs

Firm: Blum, Gibbs & Davies, LLP
Address: 1939 Harrison Street, Suite 818
Oakland CA, 94612
Phone: 510-465-3927
Fax: 510-465-4222
Email: donna@bbgfamilylaw.com
Tamarah B. Haet
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Firm: Tamarah B. Haet
Address: 936 Dewing Ave., Suite N
Lafayette, CA 94549
Phone: 510-908-4733
Fax:
Email: tamarah@tbhmediation.com
Website: tbhmediation.com

General Comments

Tamarah Haet is an experienced family law attorney providing family mediation and collaborative practice services for clients in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. She is committed to providing skilled services to married couples, unmarried couples, and domestic partners in all areas of family law, including dissolution and legal separation, child custody and support, spousal support, property division, and pre- and post-marital agreements. Tamarah earned her law degree at the UC Davis School of Law and a Dual B.A. in Social Welfare and Legal Studies at UC Berkeley.

Faith Jansen

Address: 540 Lennon Lane, Suite 290
Walnut Creek CA, 94598
Phone: 925-274-0900
Fax: 925-274-0364
Email: fjansen@ifn.net
Websitge: fjansenlaw.com

General Comments

FAITH JANSEN, a solo practitioner, was admitted to the California State Bar in 1981. She has over twenty-five years experience as a family law courtroom advocate, over fifteen years experience as a family law mediator and consulting attorney to clients mediating with other professionals, and over eight years experience as a collaborative lawyer. She joined the Collaborative Practice Group of Contra Costa in 2006, because of the unique features which the interdisciplinary collaborative approach offers to clients. Ms. JANSEN believes that the collaborative practice model offers parties the best of both the mediation and the advocacy worlds, in that the process is 100% committed to a fair out of court settlement, and the clients have the support of legal and psychological counselors both as advisors and spokespersons during negotiation. Ms. JANSEN graduated from Sarah Lawrence College (B.A. in Social Sciences, 1977) and received her J.D. degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in 1981. In 1991, she was certified by the California State Bar Association as a family law specialist. She is recognized as an Advanced Practitioner Mediator by the Association for Conflict Resolution. She is the chair of the Mediation Committee of the Contra Costa Bar Association’s Family Law Section and has received an award for recognition for exceptional service from the Contra Costa Bar Association for her work in 2001 in redesigning and promoting the Family Law Alternative Resolution (“FLARe”) panel of the Contra Costa County Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service. She has taught mediation courses to attorneys since 2002, and also taught workshops to psychotherapists concerning family law litigation and privacy rights. She has published articles and been a guest speaker at numerous local civic organizations on the topic of mediation and alternative dispute resolution processes as an alternative to litigation.

Camille King

Firm: Collaborative Law and Mediation
Address: 1061 Eastshore Highway, Suite 206
Berkeley CA, 94710
Phone: 510-685-7948
Email: camille@camillekingfamilylaw.com
Website: camillekingfamilylaw.com

General Comments

Camille King is a family law mediator and collaborative attorney, specializing in dissolution of marriage and domestic partnerships, as well as cohabitation agreements and premarital agreements. In addition to her private practice, Camille serves as a court-recommended mediator and community mediator for Seeds Community Resolution Center. Camille is a member of the Alameda County Bar Association, The Mediation Society, Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California, Collaborative Practice East Bay, and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Camille received her J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law and her B.A. from University of Georgia.

Arlene Kostant
Address: 220 Montgomery Street, 15th Floor
San Francisco CA, 94104East Bay meetings:  3402 Hall Lane,Lafayette, CA  94549
Phone: 415-433-2863
Fax: 415-397-1577
Email: akostantlaw@gmail.com

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General Comments

Arlene Kostant is a State Bar Certified Family Law Specialist assisting clients in resolving family law issues through negotiation, mediation and collaboration. She is an active participant in Collaborative Practice San Francisco, Collaborative Practice East Bay and Collaborative Practice California. In addition to her work with collaborative practice groups, Arlene is a member of the Contra Costa Bar Association’s Family Law Section, as well as its Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. In addition, she is a  member and former chair of the San Francisco Bar Association’s Family Law Section. Arlene has acted as judge pro tem for the San Francisco Family Law court and has an “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell. She was selected by the San Francisco Daily Journal as one of California’s 25 most sought-after family law mediators and is regularly listed as a Northern California “Super Lawyer” by Law and Politics Publishers. Arlene has trained extensively in mediation and collaboration skills, has previously taught mediation at Hastings Law School and currently teaches classes in negotiation at Hastings and UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall) Law Schools. In addition, she leads negotiation workshops for law firms, collaborative practice groups and private industry. Arlene is committed to helping parties stay out of court and to reaching solutions that truly work for them.

Meredithe Kreis

Firm: Lawhon Law & Mediation, P.C.
870 Market Street, Suite 1151
San Francisco, CA 94102

3569 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Suite 220
Lafayette, CA 94549
Phone: 415-398-3400
Email: meredithe@lawhonlaw.com
Website:  www.lawhonlaw.com

General Comments:

Meredithe Kreis works as a family law mediator, collaborative professional, and consulting attorney throughout the Bay Area with offices in Lafayette and San Francisco.  Though she no longer litigates in court, her prior experience doing so makes her all the more committed to helping clients avoid that financially and emotionally expensive path.  Meredithe serves as a volunteer family law mediator for the Contra Costa County Bar Association and a family law Settlement Conference Master for the San Francisco Superior Court.

R. Kamela Laird
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Firm: R. Kamela Laird
Address: 317 Washington Street, Suite 168
Oakland, CA  94607
Phone: 510-457-1753
Email: kamela@integratelegacylaw.com
Website: IntegrateLegacyLaw.com

General Comments:

She is currently the President of the Board of Directors at Community Boards, as well as a volunteer mediator there. She is an active member of Integrative Mediation Bay Area where she co-mediates with mental health professionals. As a pioneer of the collaborative estate planning field, she works on interdisciplinary teams with other Attorneys, licensed Mental Health and Eldercare Professionals, and Certified Financial Planners to deliver her clients a holistic and transformative experience.

Kamela Laird provides estate planning, probate, trust administration, and mediation services. She founded Integrate Legacy Law with the commitment to guide her clients to identify their life purpose and then integrate that legacy into their lives in a way that makes a lasting difference. As an experienced communication and relationship coach, mediator, and spiritual counselor, Kamela integrates these skills with her legal training to provide a holistic approach to estate planning. She has a special knack for supporting clients through conversations with family members regarding end of life, incapacity, and guardianship.

Meghan Lang
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Firm: North Star Mediation Partners LLP
Address: 1946 Embarcadero, Suite 220
Oakland, CA 94606
Phone: 510-384-3788
Email: meghan@northstarmediation.com
Website: www.northstarmediation.com

General Comments

Meghan Lang works as a collaborative professional, mediator, conflict coach, and consulting attorney in Oakland. She received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and her JD from the UCLA Public Interest Law and Policy Program.  She specializes in helping people in emotionally complex relationships navigate challenging conversations, including premarital and cohabitation agreements, the dissolution of marriage and domestic partnerships, and co-parenting agreements. Meghan believes that every conflict is an opportunity to enhance understanding, improve communication, and repair relationships.

Meghan is a member of the State Bar of California, the Bar Association of San Francisco, Alameda County Bar Association, and the Berkeley-Albany  Bar  Association. She also an member of Collaborative Practice East Bay (CPEB), the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), and the Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California. Meghan volunteers as a mediator and coach with SEEDS Community Resolution Center in Berkeley and Community Boards in San Francisco.

Christina B. Littlefield

Address: 1290 B Street, Suite 118
Hayward CA, 94541
Phone: 510-247-0199
Fax: 510-538-2660
Email: littlefieldlaw@sbcglobal.net
Website: www.littlefieldfamilylaw.com

General Comments

Christina B. Littlefield” has practiced family law in the San Francisco Bay Area for over twenty five years. A Certified Specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, she is a founding member of the original Alameda County Collaborative Practice Group, and has served as a board member of a number of family law bench and bar associations, Collaborative Practice organizations,  Mills College Alumnae Association. Her practice emphasizes alternative dispute resolution including Collaborative Practice, mediation, consulting, and cooperative and unbundled or “a la carte” litigation. She has served as a Judge pro tem and Special Master in family law matters for the Superior Court and as an Arbitrator for the Alameda County Bar Association. She was the Director of the Southern Alameda County Domestic Violence Law Project. Chris has degrees from Mills College, the University of Maryland, and the University of California, Davis, where she was a Law Review editor and author. Chris is the mother of a teenager and sings with the Pro Bono Players. She has been repeatedly recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by San Francisco Magazine. Chris was co-chair of the annual Collaborative Practice California Celebration Conference for 2008.

Deborah J. Marx
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Address: 1300 Clay Street, Suite 820
Oakland CA, 94612
Phone: 510-763-5611
Fax: 510-763-3430
Email: debmarx@sbcglobal.net

General Comments

Deborah J. Marx has been practicing family law since 1981 and is happy to be participating in this new model for conflict resolution. She is a Certified Family Law Specialist (State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization). She is the divorced parent of two grown children.

Deborah Jo Sandler

Firm: Law Offices of Deborah Jo Sandler
Address: 1990 North California, Suite 600
Walnut Creek CA, 94596
Phone: 925-943-7456
Fax: 925-943-5440
Email: djsesq@mindspring.com
Website: deborahjosandler.com

General Comments

Deborah Sandler has been practicing family law since 1985. Her practice has included divorce, custody and visitation, Court-appointed representation of Minors, property division, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, domestic partnerships, and support. She has served as a Judge Pro Tem in the Family Law Division in Contra Costa County, and as Court-appointed Minor’s Counsel in numerous cases. She has presented at Court-sponsored Minor’s Counsel trainings and at the Contra Costa County Family Law Section’s Custody Issues Committee on Minor’s Counsel issues, as well as mentoring newly trained Minor’s Counsel attorneys. Deborah was recognized by STAND for Pro Bono representation of a domestic violence victim at trial, and by the Contra Costa County Family Law Division for her work on behalf of Minors. She has also provided Pro Bono mediation at Court. After extensive litigation experience, Deborah began to look for different options to help families resolve their disputes with mutual respect, and to better protect children. Her practice expanded to include mediation in 1992, and collaborative law in 2009. Deborah finds collaborative law to be some of the most rewarding and creative work she has ever done in family law, and she is committed to increasing its use to resolve family law disputes. She currently serves on the Steering, Public Education, Modest Means and Membership Committees of Collaborative Practice East Bay. She is actively involved in planning and implementing the monthly Divorce Options seminars, as well as the Pro Bono Modest Means Collaborative Clinic at the Contra Costa County Bar Association. Deborah is a member of the State Bar of California, the State Bar’s Family Law Section, the Contra Costa County Bar Association, the Contra Costa County Bar Association’s Family Law and Solo and Small Practice Sections, and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. She received her Bachelors degree from Pitzer College, and her JD from Golden Gate University.

Unmani Sarasvati

Firm: Mediation Offices of California
Address:

3911 Harrison Street Oakland, CA  94611

220 Montgomery Street, Ste. 410, San Francisco, CA 94104

Phone: 800-486-0220
Email: ums@mediationoffices.net
Website: MediationOffices.net

General Comments

Unmani Sarasvati offers family law mediation, Collaborative Practice, and consulting attorney services with offices in Oakland and San Francisco. After graduating from UC Berkeley and Golden Gate School of Law’s Honors Lawyering Program, Unmani focused exclusively on practicing non-adversarial lawyering. In 2012, she earned an LLM in Taxation Law from Golden Gate University School of Law’s program. Unmani has been an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University School of Law, teaching Consensual Dispute Resolution, and co-presented at CP Cal’s Celebration V Convention.

Marcy Sharafian
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Firm: Marcy Sharafian, Mediation and Family Law
Address: 2832 College Avenue Berkeley, CA 94705
961 Ygnacio Valley Rd, Walnut Creek, CA  94596
Phone: 925-408-1736
Fax: 510-373-6168
Email: marcy@SharafianMediation.com
Website: SharafianMediation.com

General Comments

Marcy Sharafian works as a collaborative professional, mediator, and consulting attorney in Berkeley and Walnut Creek, helping clients better understand themselves, each other, and family law so they can reach mutually satisfying agreements and reduce conflict in the present and the future. She received her bachelor’s degree in Economics from UCLA and her JD from UC Davis and has studied conflict resolution for years at the Center for Understanding in Conflict in Marin, and the Bay Area Non-Violent Communication Center in Oakland

Olivia Sinaiko

Address: Berkeley, California
Phone: 415-332-9400
Email: olivia@aiken-sinaiko.com
Website: aiken-sinaiko.com

General Comments

Olivia Sinaiko is a mediator and collaborative attorney based in Berkeley, whose practice is dedicated to helping people in conflict find workable paths forward. With a focus on family law, Olivia works with individuals and couples navigating divorce and child custody, as well as issues related to premarital, postmarital, and cohabitation agreements. With compassion, understanding, and creativity, she offers respectful and cost-effective alternatives to litigation that address the unique interests and needs of the parties involved. Olivia understands the emotional impacts that separation and divorce can bring, and she works to facilitate a dispute resolution process that eases these transitions as much as possible. In addition to her private practice, Olivia serves as a settlement conference panelist with the Marin Superior Court, including in the context of the county’s innovative Interdisciplinary Settlement Conference (ISC) program, which addresses high conflict custody matters. Olivia earned her law degree from Yale Law School, and her bachelor’s with distinction from Stanford University. She has trained extensively in mediation, and is a certified collaborative attorney.

Catherine Trimbur
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Firm: Burnstein & Trimbur
Address: 1803 Sixth Street, Suite B
Berkeley CA, 94710
Phone: 510-548-5075
Fax: 510-849-4827
Email: CT@BT-LAW.NET

General Comments

Catherine Trimbur is in private practice with an emphasis on collaborative family law. She represents clients in the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco. She has been a member of the California Bar for over 20 years. Catherine enjoys the challenge and opportunity for creativity that collaborative family law presents. Clients remain in control of their cases and, with assistance from the collaborative team, reach settlements that work for them and their families. Catherine has done extensive training in collaborative divorce and mediation. She is a founding member of the Alliance of Collaborative Professionals of the East Bay (Collaborative Practice East Bay) and a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Collaborative Practice Group of Contra Costa County, and Collaborative Law Association of Contra Costa. In addition to family law, Catherine also provides legal services in the areas of estate planning and employment advice for employers and employees.

Ariel B. Winger

Firm: Mediation and Collaborative Practice of Ariel Winger
Address: 2832 College Ave
Berkeley CA, 94705
Phone: 510-333-3489
Fax: 510-550-2710
Email: ariel@wingermediation.com
Website: wingermediation.com

General Comments

Ariel Winger has been practicing family law since 1999 and served as a Staff-Attorney for a local non-profit where she litigated domestic violence cases for 5 years. Recognizing the benefits of non-adversarial options for parting couples, Ariel started her private practice in 2007, offering compassionate and cost-effective services as a mediator and collaborative attorney. Ariel believes the emotional impact of divorce and separation can be minimized by the support and partnership of the attorney-client relationship. By understanding her client’s needs and goals, Ariel works to empower her clients in taking an active role in their case and its outcome. Offering non-judgmental services to all couples and families, Ariel welcomes those traditionally under-represented in the private legal sector and offers sliding scale services on a case by case basis. Ariel is a member of the Alameda County Bar Association (Family Law Section); Collaborative Practice East Bay (Modest Means Committee, Public Education Committee), and International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP).

Mental Health Professionals

Melanie Belmont, MFT, Coach
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Address: 1425 Leimert Blvd, Suite 200
Oakland CA, 94602
Phone: 510-531-1383
Email: melanie.belmont@gmail.com
Marc Berke, Ph.D., LMFT, Coach & Child Specialist

Address: 913 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Suite #280
Danville CA, 94526
Phone: 925-838-2558 ext 2
Fax: 925-827-0157
Email: dr.berke@sbcglobal.net

General Comments

I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with nearly 30 years experience. I provide collaborative coaching and mediation services as well as therapy to individuals, couples, families, adolescents and their parents. My aim is to assist clients to find healthy solutions to individual, marital, and family issues. I have a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from John F. Kennedy University, a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology from Saybrook Institute (formerly Humanistic Psychology Institute), and post graduate training in child custody evaluation, mediation, and the fundamentals and principles of collaborative divorce. As a divorce coach I find that couples divorcing often believe that intractable problems can only be solved by divorce. Many clients believe that getting a divorce will allow the family to move into a better place. Divorce can be a step toward resolution but not necessarily a resolution. A positive transition through the difficult process of divorce can lay the foundation for better and more satisfying relationships in the future. In my experience as a coach I find that the present predicts the future. Couples often go through the divorce process with the same unresolved issues they have during the marriage and often worse. If their style of communication does not change, these issues will continue not only during the divorce process, but long into the future. Therefore the need to improve the quality of communication between the couple is critical and especially if children are involved. In fact, studies have shown that families where parents are not divorced but live with high conflict have more child adjustment problems than the divorced families with less conflict. Th
us, the same factors that led to the divorce likely have had a negative impact on children by the time the divorce actually occurs. It is for these reasons I believe the value of improving communication in order to craft agreements that take into account the best interests of the whole family. Collaborative divorce aids in restructuring the nuclear family. The aim is to create a family that functions better than the previous family structure. Collaboration is consensus building that is based on a solution that works for everyone, a win/win. The collaborative process holds much promise for a successful outcome to a difficult life transition.

Alisa Genovese, MFT, Coach & Child Specialist
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Address:376 Colusa Ave Suite 1
Kensington, CA 94707

Phone: 510-286-7599
Email: alisagenovese@gmail.com
Website: alisagenovese.com

General Comments

Alisa Genovese, MFT, a licensed Marriage Family therapist, has been working with families in transition for over 28 years. Her emphasis has been on families with issues related to the divorce process, parenting planning, co-parenting counseling and blended families. She is passionate about helping families divorce respectfully so that the entire family can heal and thrive. Being a child of divorce herself, Alisa has a particular interest in advocating for the children of divorce. She has assisted families in dealing with the consequences of divorce both emotionally and practically, including evaluating and educating parents about the needs of the children and developing and working on effective ways of co-parenting to help minimize the adverse effects of the transition for the entire family.

As a team member involved in the collaborative process, she is excited about helping to facilitate a respectful, thoughtful, cooperative approach to the termination of marriage.

Chandler Hoffman, Psy.D., Coach & Child Specialist
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Firm: Amity Consulting
Addresses: 1736 Franklin Street, Suite 350, Oakland CA, 94612
Phone: 510-847-7917
Fax: 510-208-1162
Email: dr.hoffman@amity-consulting.com
Website: Amity-consulting.com

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Chandler Hoffman, Psy.D. received his undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland, College Park and holds both a masters and a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. He has been a licensed clinical psychologist since 2000 and is a full member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the Alliance for Collaborative Professionals, East Bay. In 2005, Dr. Hoffman created Amity Consulting, a psychological consulting firm that seeks to prevent and lessen the negative effects of divorce and separation on families. He acts as a Divorce Coach or a Child Specialist in the collaborative divorce process. Dr. Hoffman teaches classes on “Understanding Adolescents”, “Divorcing the right way” and leads groups for Kids Turn, an agency seeking to assist children and their parents adjust to divorce and family separation. Dr. Hoffman currently holds two positions within the Superior Court-Alameda County as a mediator in Juvenile and Family Court and as the coordinator of the Mental Health Hearing Program. Dr. Hoffman sits on the Community Outreach Committee for Administrative Offices of the Court (AOC), and has been a faculty member at the AOC’s state wide educational conferences. He has also been a guest lecturer at both Stanford University and San Francisco State University on the topic of Multiparty Mediation in the Family and Juvenile courts.General Comments

Debbie Katz, MFT, Coach & Child Specialist
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Address: 2950 Camino Diablo, Suite 120
Walnut Creek CA, 94597
Phone: 925-472-9426
Fax: 925-253-1446
Email: dkatz84141@aol.com
Stuart Lord, MA, LMFT, Coach & Child Specialist
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Address: Office: 925 Ygnacio Valley Road, Suite 102B, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Mail: P.O. Box 5192, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Phone: 510-543-8854
Email: stuart@stuartlordmft.com

General Comments

Stuart Lord has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1981. For more than twenty years, he was a Mediator, Evaluator, and Child Custody Recommending Counselor with Family Court Services of the Contra Costa County Superior Court. Although his primary focus has been working with adults and children struggling with the pain and turmoil associated with separation and divorce, he taught at Head Start and at a day treatment program for young children with serious emotional, behavioral, and developmental issues, including autism. Additionally, he has worked in residential and out-patient psychiatric treatment facilities with adults, adolescents, and children and has conducted psychotherapeutic and psycho-educational support groups for children and adults. He has been a community mediator and a private family therapy consultant. In his current private practice he offers, in addition to Collaborative Practice Coaching, Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy, Co-Parenting Counseling, Child Custody Mediation, and Coaching for parents involved in child custody evaluations and litigation.

John Osborne, LCSW, Coach & Child Specialist
JOHN OSBORNE

Address: 1280 Boulevard Way, Suite 212
Walnut Creek CA, 94595
Phone: 925-932-0173
Fax: 925-932-0606
Email: j_c_osborne@hotmail.com

General Comments

I am one of the founding members of our collaborative practice group and served on the original steering committee. I have an extensive background in working with children and families and care deeply about the long-term outcome of divorce. When I work as a coach I support my client’s ability to tolerate the emotional discomfort of the immediate process and to hold true to the values they hold closest to their heart. When I work as a child specialist I learn about each child’s developmental needs and bring that information back to the parents and the team. Children are the most at risk in a divorce and creating a clear vision about their future is essential. Infused in each of these roles is my commitment to bring mindfulness and compassion to this profound life change.

JoAnn Rodrigues, MFT, Coach & Child Specialist
JOANN RODRIGUES

Address: 2723 Crow Canyon Road, Suite 211
San Ramon CA, 94584
Phone: 925-820-4443
Email: joannrodriguesmft@yahoo.com
Website: joannrodriguesmft.com

General Comments

In private practice for over 25 years, I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in San Ramon. I work with a variety of clients including children, families, and adults. In the Collaborative Divorce process I work with families as a Coach and Child Specialist.

I started my career working with preschool aged children and their families. Working with families, I began to develop a specialty in helping both children and adults with the adjustment to divorce. I have seen the devastation that can result from a divorce. Collaborative Divorce is a unique opportunity that allows families to have the support of a team to help reach agreements that reflect mutual respect, personal integrity, and the needs of all the parties involved.

As a Coach, my focus is on the emotional impact of the divorce on the spouses. Divorce is both a painful and confusing process. Dealing with strong emotions in a healthy way, with the help of coaching, allows the parties to make sound decisions and helps to preserve relationships.

As a Child Specialist, I spend time with the children and the parents to gain a picture of how the children are adjusting to the divorce. With this knowledge, I provide a voice for the children in the process, informing the parents and the team about the children’s needs both in the present and going forward.

Robert Terris, JD, MFT, Coach

Address: 832 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA  94705
Phone: 510-684-2171
Email: famcmc@gmail.com
Website: www.robertterris.com

General Comments

Robert Terris is dedicated to finding lasting solutions to family problems. Robert has been practicing understanding-based mediation for 15 years in a variety of family and legal settings. As both a licensed attorney and family therapist, he offers unique skills in settling legal issues with emotional undercurrents. He is committed to helping people work through their problems and preserve their relationships. He has an uncanny ability to understand his clients’ points of view and zero in on the concerns underlying their positions. He asks everyone in the room to delve deep, to listen and understand, and to clarify and articulate their needs and interests. This leads to enhanced empathy, more creativity, practical solutions, and long-lasting agreements. For more information about Robert’s work as a mediator, see www.famcmc.com, and for more information about his work as a therapist, see www.robertterris.com.

Lisa Tust** Psy.D., Coach
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Address: 2006 Dwight Way
Suite 201
Berkeley, CA 94704

870 Market Street
Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-530-4488
Email: drtust@me.com
Emily Weaver, MFT, Coach
emily-weaver

Address: 1425 Leimert Blvd, Suite 301
Oakland CA, 94602
Phone: 510-869-4170
Email: emily@eweavermft.com

General Comments

Commitment, Respect, Integrity. These words hold important meaning to Emily, and she measures herself against these words in her work with collaborative practice clients. The collaborative divorce process requires a commitment from every member of the team totreat each other, and the process itself, with integrity and respect. Emily believes that this commitment offers an opportunity to move through a divorce without the devastation often associated with the traditional court based model of divorce, and offers the potential for relational growth and healing. Emily assists clients to bring their best selves forward to make agreements that will serve the needs of the entire family. In this time of pain and confusion, she helps clients to manage complex emotions, identify needs and goals, and communicate in a clear and productive manner. She believes that the interdisciplinary team approach to collaborative practice offers clients a support system that optimizes the family’s ability move through t is difficult transition and to create a new family system (when a couple has children), to allow for growth and healing in the future. After the divorce, Emily remains available to work with her clients, on an as needed basis, to assist in further post divorce transitions. Emily’s work as a collaborative divorce coach is informed by her experience of working for sixteen years as a family law paralegal. Her legal experience, combined with her experience and training as a mental health professional, give her a uniqueperspective in working with collaborative divorce clients, ending a marriage or domestic partnership. Emily received her BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her MA in Clinical Psychology from John F. Kennedy University. She has trained extensively in Powerful Non Defensive Communication. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Oakland, California. Emily is a founding member of the Collaborative Practice East Bay, and is a member of Collaborative Practice San Francisco. She is also a member of the International Association of Collaborative Professionals, Collaborative Practice California (currently serving on the Board of Directors, and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Financial Professionals

Susan Campbell, CFP, CDFA

Firm: Buena Vista Financial Resources
Address: 225 Bush Street, 16th Floor
San Francisco CA, 94118
Phone: 415-439-8811
Fax: 866-844-0191
Email: BVFinancial@comcast.net
Website: BVFinancialResources.com

General Comments

Buena Vista Financial Resources provides fee-only financial planning services, specializing in divorce and other life transitions and serves clients throughout the Bay Area. Susan Campbell, Principal of Buena Vista Financial Resources, is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ and has been a Certified Financial Planner® for over 18 years. Prior to forming Buena Vista Financial Resources, Ms. Campbell had extensive experience in the financial services industry heading a Financial Planning department at a local CPAfirm, as well as her years with Merrill Lynch and Charles Schwab & Co. Ms. Campbell works closely with clients and their advisors on a comprehensive analysis to help them understand the financial impact of divorce and help set realistic expectations. Her clients may be in various stages of the divorce process, from just contemplating a divorce and concerned about their future, to clients in the midst of litigation and settlement negotiations. Using detailed spreadsheets and graphs to analyze the short and long-term financial impact of different settlement proposals, a financially equitable divorce settlement that meets the personal needs of the family can be achieved. The divorce settlement analysis services Ms. Campbell provides allow people to move on to their post-divorce life with confidence. Ms. Campbell received both her undergraduate degree and a Masters of Science in Financial Services degree from San Diego State University. She received the CFP® designation from the College for Financial Planning and the CDFA™ designation from the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts. She has completed 40 hours of mediation training through Professional Mediation Associates and completed the Interdisciplinary Team Training on Collaborative Divorce in January 2007. Ms.Campbell is a member of the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts, the Financial Planning Association and California Divorce Planners Network. She is also the Treasurer of the Collaborative Practice San Francisco group. Ms. Campbell has been published in the San Francisco Business Times and California Physician magazine and her speaking engagements have included UCSF, the Total Woman Expo, and Bank of America. Related to divorce, Ms. Campbell has given presentations to the California Association of Legal Document Assistants, Divorce Support Group of San Francisco, and the California Society of CPAs. She is also a frequent guest of Rob Black on KRON News.

Jennifer Dowdell** CPA, CFA, CDFA

Firm: Eclipse Consulting Group
Title: Principal Solutions Consultant and Wealth Manager
Address: 350 Rhode Island Street, South Building, Suite 240
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: 415-999-6724
Fax: 415-767-3601
Email: JDowdell@eclipseconsultinggroup.com
Website: eclipseconsultinggroup.com/

General Comments

Jennifer Dowdell provides fee-only financial analysis, coaching, advice, and financially-focused consulting to businesses and individuals. Her practice is focused on helping clients in conflict and transition achieve sustainable financial solutions.

Jennifer is a licensed California Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA), and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (CDFA™). Prior to founding Eclipse, she managed finance functions, accounting operations, regulatory relations, and investor relations for large public companies. Jennifer has also worked in financial services as an equity and fixed income securities analyst, project finance banker, and executive for a venture capital-funded start-up.

As a mediator and collaborative practice professional, she has facilitated over 100 mediations in a wide variety of dispute areas, including work at the Alameda County Superior Court, the San Francisco Office of Citizen Complaints, and SEEDS Community Resolution Center in Berkeley California. She is also a Financial Regulatory Agency (FINRA) arbitrator (inactive), with regard to brokerage and investment disputes.

Jennifer maintains memberships in Collaborative Practice East Bay (CPEB), the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), The Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts™, CFA Institute, the San Francisco CFA Society, and the California CPA Society.

Her educational credentials include a BS in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, and a MBA from The University of Chicago, Booth Graduate School of Business. Jennifer also holds a Graduate Certificate in Accounting from Golden Gate University. She is committed to an active program of continuing education, including training in securities, investments, real estate law, tax accounting and financial planning to maintain current knowledge in support of her financial practice.

For fun, Jennifer enjoys music, swimming, hiking and ancient history.

Gary LaMusga**
gary-lamusga

Firm: The LaMusga Co.
Address: 2125 Oak Grove, #110
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Phone: 925-287-1567
Fax: 925-287-1987
Email: gary.lamusga@sgc-financial.com
Natalie A. Leininger, CFP, CDFA
Firm: Leininger Divorce Planning Services
Addresses: 5776 Stoneridge Mall Road, Suite 115, Pleasanton CA, 94588
3402 Hall Lane, Lafayette CA, 94549
Phone: 510-728-3578
Fax: 510-728-3579
Email: Natalie@Leiningerfinancial.com
Website: llfinancial.com

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General Comments

Natalie Leininger, CFP®, CDFA is a Certified Financial Planner® in practice since 1989 and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst since 2000. She is active in Collaborative Practice, working with the Collaborative team since 2000 in the role of a financial neutral. When working as a financial neutral on the collaborative team, Natalie helps to educate the clients about the short-term and obvious, and the long-term and not so obvious financial results of suggested financial settlement options. Natalie is an active member of Collaborative Practice East Bay, Collaborative Practice Group of San Mateo County as well as the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.

Beth McClelland, CFP, MBA, CDFA
Beth Blue Portrait

Firm: East Bay Divorce Financial Planning
Addresses: 2832 College Ave. Berkeley, CA  94705
1990 N California Blvd. #600, Walnut Creek, CA  94596
Phone: 925-876-7668
Fax: 855-726-4504
Email: beth@lamorindafinplan.com
Web Site ebdivorcefinplan.com

General Comments

East Bay Divorce Financial Planning and Lamorinda Financial Planning, LLC were founded with the goal of assisting clients in moving through life’s transitions in a manner that preserves dignity, peace, and prosperity.    As a Certified Divorce Financial Planner, I can help you navigate your way as you set yourself up for the next chapter of your life. I work with individuals and couples before, during, and after divorce.

Lisa A. Schneider, CFP, RFC, CDFA

Firm: Schneider Financial Advisors, AIG
Address: 220 Montgomery Street, Suite 408
San Francisco CA, 94104
Phone: 415-287-7807
Fax: 415-287-7829
Email: Lisa.8@schneiderfa.com
Website: divorceplanningservices.com

General Comments

Planning for the future is an essential part of every divorce settlement. The divorce will soon be your past but the decisions made during the process will have a significant impact on the future of you and your family. As a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® and Certified Financial Planner®, I am able to help create a picture of the potential short and long-term consequences of possible settlements BEFORE you make a commitment that could be difficult or impossible to change. I have extensive experience working on collaborative and mediated cases since 2000. I continue to participate in collaborative groups around the Bay Area and speak about the collaborative process and the role of the financial professional. It has been my experience that financial issuesare often cloaked in fear and uncertainty. My personal desire is to take away this fear and replace it with positive and productive action by providing information and perspective that is often hard to see while trying to cope with the difficult and emotional issues in a divorce.

** Indicates Associate Team Member: All members are licensed or qualified in the State of California and are in good standing with their profession. Team members have three or more years of professional experience working with divorcing or separating individuals, have completed at least 15 hours of Collaborative Practice training, and have completed at least 12 hours of Mediation training. Full Team members that are financial professionals have a CDFA and CFP or CPA certification in addition to the other requirements. Associate Team members lack one or more of these requirements, but are actively working toward becoming full Team members.