I practice family law for the opportunity to support people through difficult times and circumstances. It’s as simple as that: I want to help people survive difficult times and move forward.
When I started practicing family law, I did what most family law lawyers do: I focused on litigation. I wanted my clients to win in court! But it didn’t take long to see the reality of most family law cases: No one “wins.” Court proceedings can be unsatisfying and traumatic even for the “winner” of a particular motion or trial.
For that reason, I have always tried to keep my cases from going to court. I try to reach resolution through negotiation and settlement. After nearly 14 years of practice, I am convinced this is optimal for everyone in the long run. However, negotiation and settlement are possible only when both parties and both attorneys are on board, and that is not always the case. Sometimes court is unavoidable, but I will work just as hard to reach resolution in court as I do outside of court.
I also practice divorce mediation, which can help people resolve these issues on their own, without courts or attorneys. As a mediator, I don’t represent either party, and I have no agenda; I am simply trying to help both parties reach a resolution so they can move on with their lives.
I grew up in Berkeley, so I am particularly grateful for the chance to live here again and to work throughout the Bay Area.