Mediation and Family Law Experience


(415) 474-1011
2135 Lombard Street, Second Floor,
San Francisco, CA 94123


 Licensed Marriage, Family and Child Therapist  (MFC# 7071) 1975
 Mediator, Arbitrator, Mediator Trainer 1977
 Attorney, State Bar of California 1978
 State Bar Certified Specialist – Family Law 1984
 Admitted to Practice before the United States Supreme Court 1986
 Hall of Fame Award – Association of Certified Family Law Specialists 2011


Divorce and Family Law Attorney since 1978.  Expertise and litigation experience in domestic relations, dissolutions of marriage, custody, visitation and adoptions, property division; child and spousal support; tax aspects of support and property division; premarital and post marital and domestic partner agreements; elder abuse, conservatorships and guardianships; juvenile law; probate; estate planning; will drafting.  Served as an expert witness in family law matters.  Appellate Cases: Marriage of Cademartori (1981); Woods v Superior Court (Jones) (1985) cert. den. U.S. Supreme Court;  Marriage of Chan (1994). Named by peers as one of  the top 5% of  Northern California Super Lawyers in 2006 and 2007.

Mediator since 1977.  Mediated over 1500 family law cases involving divorce,     custody, property settlements, child and spousal support, and premarital and post   marital agreements.  Arbitrated and mediated estate, probate, and elder abuse  disputes as well as partnership dissolutions, real estate, monetary, and  neighborhood disputes.  Pioneered the integration of mediation, counseling and family law disciplines with the establishment of Family Law Counseling Services.

Family Therapist since 1971.  Counseled couples, children and families.  Director of Community Drug Council, 24-hour youth crisis intervention program, 1971-75.  Bereavement facilitator, Center for Attitudinal Healing.


J.D.         University of San Francisco School of Law                  1978

American Jurisprudence Award – Community Property

Finalist – Western Regional Client Counseling Competition

M.A.        Stanford University            Counseling                        1969  National Honor Society

B.A.         Stanford University            History                              1968  cum Laude


Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (ACFLS)

President, 2000, Board of Directors, 1989-present, Director – North, Secretary, Parliamentarian, Historian, State Bar Program Coordinator, Amicus Curiae Committee, Seminar Instructor

American Arbitration Association (AAA)

Co-founder – Family Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, Northern California, 1994

Family Law Mediator and Arbitrator

San Francisco Bar Association (BASF)

Family Law Section; Executive Committee, 1983-present: Chair, Program Coordinator, Committee for Alternative Dispute Resolution in Family Court

Fee Dispute Panel Section: Arbitrator, 1986-present

Alternative Dispute Resolution Section

State Bar of California

Family Law Section: Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, 1995-present; State Bar Convention Program Planning, 1995-97

Marin County Family Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee

Author- Minority report on ADR Programs in Family Court, 1994

Council of Lawyer Mediators (COLM)

Meeting Coordinator, Chair, Program Presenter, 1982-1996

University of San Francisco School of Law Women’s Council

Advisory Board Member, 1989-present; Mentor Program

Northern California Mediation Association (NCMA)

Presenter, Member, 1986-present

San Francisco Women’s Lawyers’ Alliance

Women Owned Law Firms (WOLF)

Academy of Family Mediator


San Francisco Superior Court Judge Pro Tempore

Settlement Conference Judge

Short Cause Calendar Judge, Family Law Department

Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (ACFLS)

Panelist: Parenthood, California Style, 1998 Spring Seminar

Parenthood, California Style, 1997, CA State Bar Convention

Elder Law: When is Divorce a Good Idea?, 1996, CA State Bar Convention

Tax Traps in the Practice of Family Law, 1995,  CA State Bar Convention

How to Make a Full Time Mediation Practice Profitable, 1995 Spring Seminar

Surviving the Recession and Making a Profit Too, 1994 Spring Seminar

The Attorney’s Role in Reviewing Mediation Agreements, 1993 Spring Seminar

Family Law Appellate Practice, 1990,  CA State Bar Convention

San Francisco State University

Instructor in Family Law – Peer Legal Counseling Program, 1986-present

Barristers’ Club

Speaker – Bay Area Elementary, Middle and High Schools, 1984-present

San Francisco Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services (VLSP)

Representation for indigent clients, 1978-present

California Pacific Medical Center, Women’s Health Resource Center

Instructor – Taking the Stress Out of Divorce by Using Mediation, 1998

Radio Station KBPA

Talk Show Guest – Taking the Stress Out of Divorce by Using Mediation, 1998

Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)

Instructor – Counseling Aspects of Dissolution, 1981

Mental Research Institute (MRI)

Mediator trainer – 1981

Instructor – Counseling Aspects of Dissolution, 1981


 Almonte District Improvement Club, Inc.

President, 1997-99; Board of Directors, 1992-2004

Business Network International

Vice President – Civic Center Chapter, 1997-98;  Treasurer – 2002 President 2004.

Center for Attitudinal Healing

Bereavement Facilitator – Children’s Program, Adult Program, 1992-97

San Francisco Community Boards

Chair – Mission Area Committee, 1981-85

Mediator – Neighborhood Conciliation Panels, 1980-90

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