Celebration XIV’s Presenters
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Dr. Constance Ahrons works with those navigating through a divorce and its aftermath as a Collaborative coach, Mediator and/or Family Therapist. She coined the term “binuclear family” and was an early champion of collaborative divorce and mediation. Connie is the bestselling author of The Good Divorce and We’re Still Family and co-authored the highly regarded book, Divorced Families. Her DVD, Making Divorce Work: A clinical Approach to the Binuclear Family, is used in many graduate training programs around the world. She was on the academic faculties of USC and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and was the Director of the Marriage and Family Doctoral Training Program at USC. She is an acclaimed speaker, and presents workshops nationally and internationally. She lives and works in San Diego, CA.
Ann Buscho, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in family issues and issues related to divorce, parenting, parenting planning, and co-parenting counseling. She is passionate about helping parents divorce respectfully so that the entire family can heal and thrive. Dr. Buscho’s experience and training in working with families where divorce is current or past has taught her to focus on helping parents develop parenting plans which support the health and well-being of all family members. She has a depth and breadth of professional and personal experience in nesting, coparenting, step-parenting, and single-parenting issues. In 2013, Dr. Buscho was honored with the Collaborative Practice California Eureka Award, and she is currently writing a book about nesting.
Kathy Campbell is a former litigation attorney now focusing on family law mediation and collaborative practice through her practice: Campbell Family Law, located in Campbell, California. She volunteers at the superior court to facilitate settlement discussions at both Mandatory Settlement and Settlement Officer Conferences and she teaches parenting classes.
Bart J. Carey, Esq., has a busy private practice in Orange County with offices in Anaheim Hills and Irvine. As a family dispute resolution professional with 22+ years of litigation, 20+ of mediation, 12+ of collaborative family law, and a full spectrum of unbundled family law services, Bart’s practice for the past several years has been limited to non-court, non-adversarial, client centered process options including interdisciplinary team approaches. Bart is an adjunct professor at Western State University College of Law, teaching mediation concepts, skills and techniques. A past Eureka Award winner, Bart is a Collaborative Divorce Interdisciplinary Team Trainer and frequent speaker to professional organizations, Church groups, Divorce Recovery groups and the public on topics of resolving family disputes peacefully.Bart has served on the Bishop’s Committee to help bring the first Catholic Diocesan divorce recovery program, Journey to Hope, to Orange County and is also a frequent presenter/panelist at other church based Divorce Recovery programs around Orange County. To learn more about Bart, kindly visit his website: www.familypeacemaker.com. To learn more about CDEI, kindly visit their website: www.collaborativedivorceeducationinstitute.com.
Sharon Clark, PhD is a psychologist with a private practice in San Jose for twenty years. She is a therapist that works with individuals, children, teens and families. Dr. Clark provides services as a Mediator, Co-parenting Counselor, Collaborative Coach and Child Specialist. She performed custody evaluations for 15 years and works with high conflict families of divorce. Dr. Clark started training and experience in Collaborative practice in 2006 and dropped custody evaluations from her practice and never looked back.
Sharon Clark has presented educational trainings at CP-Cal conferences, collaborative practice group programs and retreats, and at Bar Association and Psychological Association workshops. Dr. Clark is on the Executive Committee for Collaborative Practice Silicon Valley and is a member of the Board at CP-Cal. She serves as co-chair on the Practice Excellence Committee and chairs the Professional Education Initiative. She is a Eureka Award recipient for 2018 demonstrating her dedication to service to the California Collaborative Practice community.
Professional, CDFA®, MAFF®
Cathleen Collinsworth is a CDFA®, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst and a MAFF®, Master Analyst in Financial Forensics who has been practicing as a sole practitioner in Irvine since 2000. She has been retained as a forensic accountant and expert witness to provide services in the area of family law for almost 20 years. As a member of Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County since 2007 she has provided services as a Neutral Financial Specialist and team facilitator. Cathleen has served on the Board of Directors of CDSOC and is currently serving as the Chairperson of Advertising and Marketing that includes the presentations of Divorce Options Workshops in Orange County. She has extensive training in mediation and the interdisciplinary team model of collaborative practice and frequently mentors collaborative practitioners. She has authored articles, presented seminars, been a guest speaker and has prepared instructional videos in the field of finances and family law during the last 20 years. She currently serves on CDEI’s Leadership and Training teams and is a frequent trainer at the annual conferences of CP Cal, IACP and other professional conferences throughout California. In 2015 Collaborative Practice California (CP CAL awarded Cathleen the Eureka Award, which recognizes those who have made significant contributions and demonstrated an abiding dedication to establishing and sustaining Collaborative Practice in California. Cathleen is also a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) and a detailed list of her training can be found at here For additional information, please visit her website at cccdfa.com.
Jason Crowley, CFA, CFP, CDFA is a Founding Partner at Divorce Capital Planning, Co-Founder at Divorce Mortgage Advisors, and Founder at survivedivorce.com. A leading authority in divorce finance, Jason has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and other major media outlets. He has the distinction of being one of the select few financial professionals who holds the Chartered Financial Analyst, Certified Financial Planner, and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst credentials. A frequent guest speaker on the financial and tax issues in divorce, Jason was also selected to the prestigious Forbes Finance Council. Jason also serves as a Financial Advisor at Capital Planning Partners, an independent wealth management firm serving high net worth families and corporate clients. Jason graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.A in Business Economics and Accounting.
As a leader in Collaborative Practice, Cathy continues to emphasize the development and evolutionary nature of the financial professional’s role. Completing ongoing traingins ina variety of family law, estate, facilitation, and dispute resolution subjects since 1998, she specializes in no-court, working with families utilizing Collaborative or mediation structures for conflict resolution.
A sought-after neutral financial professional, facilitator, team member, speaker and trainer, Cathy’s most recent endeavors offer practice group retreat workshops. As a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®), Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ (CDFA®) and CPSV member since 1999. She was instrumental with CPSV’s shift to an interdisciplinary practice group and was its first financial professional President in 2006. Serving on committees at both the local and international level combined with hands-on work with Collaborative financial practitioners, earned her recognition as a dedicated Cal Eureka Award Recipient; given to those who “have made significant contributions and demonstrated an abiding dedication to establishing and sustaining Collaborative Practice in California”. Is a member of Collaborative Practice Vermont and is helping to launch Divorce Options in New England. Cathy believes that financial consulting is about integrity, training, experience, and understanding. It is an honor to act in a most trusted role.
Gisette Denker, owner of Denker Mediation, is a Mediator and Collaborative Attorney in San Jose, as well as co-owner of the Denker Basketball Academy. She is a Board Member of Collaborative Practice Silicon Valley, and serves as a Settlement Court Officer with the Santa Clara County Superior Court.
Sharon Strand Ellison is an international consultant, award winning speaker, and the author of Taking the War Out of Our Words. She and her daughter, Ami Atkinson, produced the audio-book, Taking Power Struggle Out of Parenting winner of a Benjamin Franklin Award. Sharon has provided conference keynotes and training programs for Collaborative Family Law Groups across the US and Canada. She has also been an invited speaker for the US department of Justice and the 9th Circuit Court Conference in Anaheim. She was one of 55 invited participants at an International Symposium, cosponsored by the Minnesota Collaborative Law Institute and the Fetzer Institute, focused on how to bring greater compassion into our legal institutions. In addition, she was an invited participant at the International Symposium on Human Dignity and humiliation at Columbia University, focused on the role of language in international conflict resolution. The guest speaker at the 11th annual Kaplan Lecture, Sharon received an honorary award as a pioneer in the field of communication.
Pam Flournoy, CFP®, CDFA™ and LPL Financial Advisor is the principal of her business, Flournoy Wealth Management. She is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst and has been a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional for over ten years. Pam has clients throughout the Bay Area of Northern California.
Trained in both mediation and collaborative divorce, Pam and is a Board Member of Collaborative Practice Silicon Valley. She is also a member of the Association of Divorce Financial Planners, Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Santa Clara County Estate Planners Council, and an affiliate member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association. Pam offers securities through LPL Financial. Member FINRA/SIPC.
Dr. Furze is a psychologist with thirty years of experience in the Bay Area helping people overcome life changes and transitions. Her specializations are clinical psychology, marital therapy and mediation. She is a member of the Collaborative Practice of Silicon Valley and International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
Ross Garcia, CDLP is a Managing Partner at PREI Capital Group, and Founder of Divorce Mortgage Advisors. Prior to joining PREI, he worked for the Private Mortgage Bank at Wells Fargo located in Beverly Hills where he funded over $400 million in loan volume. Ross’ extensive experience with complex cases provides him with critical insight into the way lenders think and operate. He has earned a unique designation as a Certified Divorce Lending Processional (CDLP). As a result, he has a high-level of expertise as it pertains to loan structuring, loan underwriting, and loan processing. Ross is a Member of the Forbes Finance Council and frequently contributes mortgage relates content for Forbes. He is well versed in navigating complex divorce scenarios which require specifically structured financing and sophisticated planning. Ross earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Mark Hill is a nationally-recognized speaker on the financial aspects of divorce. From 2001 to 2009 he was the primary financial trainer with Collaborative Divorce Team Trainings, an organization responsible for training hundreds of lawyers, mental health professionals and financial professionals throughout North America in alternative dispute resolution. In 2006 Mark was honored to receive CPCal’s Eureka award for his contribution to the Collaborative movement. He holds an honors degree from the University of Keele, England, and is a graduate of the College for Financial Planning.
Marcus Hinds is the broker/owner of Hinds Realty Group, a thriving Northern California real estate firm characterized by a highly connected, family-like team of professionals representing more than forty years of real estate experience helping sellers and buyers make their dreams come true. From first-time buyers to rightsizing empty-nesters; from people selling the family home to those buying their final estate; from relocating sellers to investors building up their real estate portfolios—Marcus and his team serve all buyers’ and sellers’ dreams, fully embracing the concept of putting clients ahead of their own interests.
Coach and Child Specialist
Carol Hughes, Ph.D., LMFT, is a California licensed psychotherapist and board-certified hypnotherapist, who has been in private practice in Laguna Hills, CA, since 1983. As one of the founding members of Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County (CDSOC), since 2003 she has provided services as a Divorce Coach, Child Specialist and Team/Case Manager. She has extensive training in mediation and in the interdisciplinary team model of collaborative practice and frequently trains and mentors collaborative practitioners. Carol is also a cofounder of the Collaborative Divorce Education Institute (CDEI), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide excellent training for collaborative professionals as well as education for the public about peaceful and respectful solutions for families who are restructuring before, during and after the divorce process. She currently serves on CDEI’s Leadership and Training teams and is a frequent trainer at the annual conferences of CP Cal, IACP and other professional conferences throughout California. In 2011 Collaborative Practice California (CP CAL awarded Carol the Eureka Award, which recognizes those who have made significant contributions and demonstrated an abiding dedication to establishing and sustaining Collaborative Practice in California. Carol is also a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and a detailed list of her training can be found here . Please visit her websites at www.DivorcePeacemaking.com and www.DrCarolHughes.com.
Mr. Hunt is a Senior Partner in the accounting and litigation services firm of White, Zuckerman, Warsavsky, Luna & Hunt. He is a Certified Public Accountant and an Accredited Senior Appraiser in business appraisal. He has extensive experience with family law matters, including business appraisals, property division and child and spousal support as well as all other tasks related to the financial aspects of divorce. He has extensive experience in Mediation and Collaborative Divorce.
Ellie Izzo, PhD, LPC created and developed the Rapid Advance Process in 1990. It was originally conceived as a process to quickly offer relief to adult survivors of childhood trauma. The process has been globally effective because it trains the client to move out of negative brain circuitry and to build new neural pathways to the higher brain. This neural shift results in a better thinking and feeling outcome and contributes to optimum health. She created and wrote about the Rapid Advance Process in her doctoral dissertation and with Vicki Carpel Miller, LMFT, further developed the process for treatment of Vicarious Trauma.
Ellie is co-founder of and a core trainer with the Vicarious Trauma Institute and the Collaborative Divorce Institute Ellie is the author of The Bridge to I Am: Rapid Advance Psychotherapy©2007 and co-author with Vicki of Second Hand Shock and the Just Stop Series. She authors a blog at docellie.com.
Ellie created and developed with Vicki, an Emotional Intelligence APP, Sentbeat ™, which is currently available in the Apple and Google Play Stores. This app helps the user to immediately reposition to healthier thinking at the critical point of upset.
Ellie conducts various dimensions of counseling and coaching. She specializes in working with families in transition. She also serves as a Trainer, Communication Coach, Child Specialist, and/or Team Manager in the process of Collaborative Practice and Collaborative Divorce, whereby a team of professionals works together with clients to resolve disputes respectfully, without litigating.
Ellie presents for numerous conferences and conventions. She appears regularly on television as an expert for supporting people in transition. She hosted her own call-in radio show in Phoenix and served as Self-Help Editor for a nationally syndicated trade magazine. She has served on the IACP Task Force for Training Development and has served as President and Board member for Collaborative Divorce Professionals of Arizona.
Ellie is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association, the American Mental Health Counselors Association, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and Collaborative Divorce Professionals of Arizona. She is married with children and grandchildren. Her office is located in Scottsdale, Arizona. To reach Ellie, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeffery is partner at the family law firm of Jacobson Scully Shebby LLP, with offices in West Los Angeles and Hermosa Beach. His practice is devoted exclusively to Family Law, with a special focus on Consensual Dispute Resolution (including Mediation and Collaborative Practice). He is certified as a Specialist in Family Law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Los Angeles Magazine recognized him as a Super Lawyer for 2011 – 2018 and a Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2005– 2010. Jeffery is the past chair of the Family Law Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Board of Directors of Levitt & Quinn Family Law Center and the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association. He is a member of Los Angeles Westside Collaborative Divorce Professionals and A Better Divorce, interdisciplinary groups of professionals in Los Angeles and the South Bay committed to non-court solutions for family law matters.
Cinda L. Jones began her career in 1988 as a Certified Financial Planner. She saw that Clients who came to her after the divorce often realized they could have made better decisions during the divorce. As a result she became a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) in 1997. In 2002, she relinquished her securities and insurance licenses to open Divorce Financial Solutions and concentrate exclusively on providing divorce financial and support management services. Cinda has been a member of the Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego since its inception.
Jon Kramer has built his professional identity over the past 20+ years helping couples and families stay together. He believes that sometimes the best way a family can stay together is for the parents to part ways. The collaborative process is all about “how” this occurs. Research has shown that children do well in life, even in a 2-home configuration, when their parents are cooperative and respectful with one another. Where the decision to divorce is ultimately made, Mr. Kramer is someone who provides support, speaks directly, and helps hold the line so the divorce process can move forward in a productive and timely manner. Jon is a founding partner of the Collaborative Center of Southern California (www.collabctr.com), located in Hermosa Beach. This is a practice group dedicated to providing services for couples and families-all in one place-for anything related to divorce or reconciliation. Mr. Kramer also holds a private practice in Santa Monica and continues to teach on this topic as well as family therapy throughout the Los Angeles area. In addition to divorce and co-parenting communication coaching, Jon’s services include couples and family therapy, as well as discernment counseling. The latter being a structured way for couples to look at their options before making a final decision about divorce. Jon is a member of the prestigious International Family Therapy Academy (IFTA) and has also received extensive training in Mediation and Collaborative Divorce. He has published articles for Collaborative Practice California, as well as the LA County Bar, and the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association. Jon Kramer was honored to be nominated and to receive for 5-years in a row (2013-2017) the “Best of Psychotherapist Award” by the Hermosa Beach Award Program.
R. Kamela Laird 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 care, mental incapacity, and inheritance disputes.
Stephanie Maloney, CPA, CDFA, is a financial who is President and owner of Peace Talks Mediation Services and serves as their Collaborative Financial Mediator. Stephanie is a Collaborative Divorce trainer for Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association and Collaborative Divorce Institute of Arizona and an experienced mediation trainer with Peace Talks Mediation Services.
Diana is a Family Law Lawyer practicing in the counties of San Bernardino, Orange, Los Angeles, and Riverside. Her practice is dedicated to out-of-court dispute resolution through consulting, collaborative, and mediation processes. Ms. Martinez is also a trainer and educator, locally and nationwide, on the topics of family law mediation and collaborative law, confidentiality, cultural competency, and ethics and best practices. As a member of the board of Collaborative Practice California (“CPCAL”), past president of Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County, and former newsletter editor for the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association, Ms. Martinez has facilitated education and enhancement of best practices in professional communities with markedly different demographics and practice philosophies. Ms. Martinez is a co-founder of CultureCounts.net, a program dedicated to bringing awareness of cultural complexities and competency in family law matters. She also volunteers as a California State Bar and San Bernardino County Bar Association Mandatory Fee Arbitrator and as a mediator for Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, and Inyo/Mono county superior courts. She has received Super Lawyers recognition multiple years in a row and is a CPCAL Eureka Award recipient. Diana received her BA from the University of California, at Riverside, and her JD from the University of Southern California School of Law. She is a member of Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the International Association of Collaborative Professionals, and is a nationally certified snowboard and ski instructor.
Erin joined McGaughey & Spirito’s team of Redondo Beach family lawyers in 2003. She handles primarily litigated cases, including cases involving complex custody issues, financial issues, or business interests. Erin is a Certified Family Law Specialist by the California Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California. In addition, Erin has been trained in and practicing collaborative law since 2006, providing a spectrum of solutions to draw from for each client, whether in a collaborative or general dissolution process.
After being named a Super Lawyer Rising Star from 2011 through 2013, a distinction provided to the top 2.5% of attorneys in Southern California, Erin was named a Super Lawyer in 2017 and 2018. Erin is a former president of the South Bay Bar Association and is currently a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Section’s Executive Committee.
Vicki Carpel Miller is co-founder and a core trainer with the Collaborative Divorce Team Trainings, Collaborative Divorce Institute, and the Vicarious Trauma Institute, introducing the Rapid Advance Process for building higher thinking skills. She is co-author of Second Hand Shock: Surviving and Overcoming Vicarious Trauma, and The Second-Hand Shock Workbook; Just Stop Eating That; Just Stop Picking Losers and Just Stop Doing That. Vicki is the co-founder of Collaborative Divorce Professionals of Arizona and functions as a Divorce Coach, Child Specialist and/or Case Manager in Collaborative Divorce files. She has been training Lawyers, Mental Health and Financial Professionals in the Full Team Model of Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce for over a decade throughout the United States, Canada and in Australia, and was instrumental in designing the Full Team and Streamlined Protocols for Collaborative Practice. Vicki is a past Board Member and current professional member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) and served on several committees including Standards, Core Institute, Forum Planning and the original Advisory Council on Training and Practice to the IACP. She is a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), and an Advanced Practitioner Member of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR). Vicki has received advanced training in Family Mediation, Narrative Mediation, Interest-Based Negotiation, High Conflict Personalities, Collaborative Family Law, Collaborative Law in Trusts and Estates, and Collaborative Divorce Interdisciplinary Team Practice, as well as designing curriculum for Introductory, Advanced and Training the Trainers in Full Team Collaborative Divorce. She has offices in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona, and can be reached at <email@example.com>.
Forrest “Woody” Mosten is a Collaborative Attorney(Certified Family Law Specialist) and mediator with offices in La Jolla and Los Angeles who is a frequent and popular CP Cal keynote and workshop presenter. Woody handles matters involving substantial assets and high conflict, generally in an interdisciplinary team. He is a full- time peacemaker and never goes to court on any case. Woody is the author of six books, numerous articles and is passionate about inspiring others to succeed as peacemakers.
Prof. Kelly Lise Murray, J.D. graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford and cum laude from Harvard Law School (in the same class with Justice Neil Gorsuch and former President Barack Obama). With an Illinois law license and Tennessee real estate license, she has been a Vanderbilt Instructor in Law since 2005, teaching legal writing. Prof. Murray presented a 3 hour CLE program at the 2017 IACP 18th Annual Networking & Educational Forum in Philadelphia, PA. As a speaker and interdisciplinary continuing education trainer, Murray co-founded DivorceThisHouse.com in 2008 and has taught divorce real estate to over 2,000 judges, lawyers, mediators, and collaborative professionals in 14+ states, as well as hundreds of real estate professionals.
Alan Nobler, JD began practicing law in 1969, spending most of his time in general litigation. He became a Certified Family Law Specialist in 1980 and became involved in the Collaborative Practice movement in the early 1990’s. Then, in 1999, after 30 years of going to court, he quit litigation “cold turkey” to limit his practice to Mediation and Collaboration. Since then he has worked primarily resolving disputes between family members. He limited his practice to the Collaborative resolution of probate and estate disputes from 2014- 2016 and is now an inactive member of the California Bar. Alan has trained professionals in Mediation and Collaborative Practice, has presented for the Santa Clara County Bar Association, the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, the Silicon Valley Bar Association, the San Francisco Bar Association, the State Bar of California and the State Bar of Idaho as well as International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Collaborative Practice California, and Collaborative organizations throughout California. In September 2012, Alan and Nancy Ross, LCSW, designed and presented the first ever 2-day Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice training for Trust and Estate professionals. This program was updated and presented again in November 2014, January 2016 and again in September 2018.
Beth Proudfoot, LMFT, is a divorce communications coach, child specialist, and Eureka Award winner (2017). She is the owner and founder of the Child & Family Counseling Group, Inc, in San Jose, CA, a private practice mental health clinic for children and their families. Beth is the author of the Trailblazing Parenting Series, and a co-author of The Magic of Positive Parenting on Blackstone Audio. She has been an active member of CPSV, and has been instrumental in bringing our attendance at our Divorce Options class from zero to over 25.
George is a pioneer in Collaborative Practice and has handled scores of collaborative matters. Since 1999, he, together with others, has trained Collaborative practitioners in the United States, Canada, and Australia through fundamental and advanced courses in Collaborative Practice, currently focusing on training with respect to contemporary protocols for Collaborative Practice – streamlining the process. As a charter member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and as a former co-chair of the IACP Standards Committee, he was a principle drafter of IACP’s original standards with respect to Collaborative ethics, practitioners, trainers, and trainings. He is also founder and former co-chair of the IACP’s Advisory Council on Collaborative Training. George is a founder and former President of Collaborative Practice Silicon Valley, one of the oldest collaborative law organizations in North America. He is among the first recipients of the Eureka Award, given by CP Cal to recognize those who “have made significant contributions and demonstrated an abiding dedication to establishing and sustaining Collaborative Practice in California”. He is a founding member of CP Cal’s Board of Directors and its third President. George received his BA from Princeton University in 1969 and his JD from Stanford Law School in 1972. He is a Specialist in Family Law, limiting his practice to non-adversarial family law dispute resolution. Rated “A/V (Preeminent: 5.0 out of 5)” by Martindale-Hubbell, an independent organization that has rated lawyers’ ethical standards and professional ability for over 115 years and, since 2005, he has been identified as a “Super Lawyer” in Northern California by Super Lawyers, an independent service rating lawyers’ professional achievement and peer recognition.
Nancy Ross, LCSW, BCD Nancy is a licensed clinical social worker whose interest has always been in helping couples and families realize their goals of healthier family dynamics. As a mediator, coach and psychotherapist, she works with individuals and families throughout their entire life cycle including pre-marital and marital counseling, in helping them cope more effectively with life challenges. For over 30 years Nancy has helped individuals and groups in developing Collaborative Practice skills and principles; first as a codeveloper of the Collaborative Divorce concept, an interdisciplinary approach to Collaborative Practice, and as a co-founder of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Her focus has been to bring interdisciplinary collaborative principles to professionals and families alike. She has trained Collaborative professionals both nationally and internationally in the Collaborative Divorce team model. Currently she is seeking to bring the same goals of creating healthier family relationships to the Trusts and Estates arena, She recently completed her 4th T&E training. She currently chairs the Trusts and Estates “Think Tank: of Collaborative Practice California”, and along with her colleagues, helped develop the Trusts and Estates Options program.
Warren R. Sacks, CPA, CFF is a senior partner with the accounting firm of White, Zuckerman, Warsavsky, Luna, & Hunt, LLP. Warren has over thirty years’ experience in assisting clients through their divorces. Warren was the President of the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association in 2013 and has been on the board since 2007, was a board member of Collaborative Practice California from 2008 through 2013 and the Treasurer of Collaborative Practice California in 2014, Warren has presented at most of the LACFLA Collaborative Basic Training since 2010 and presented workshops at the CPCAL annual Collaborative Conferences on several occasions.
Shawn Skillin is a collaborative practice family law attorney, mediator, and speaker. Her practice is located in San Diego, CA. She is a mediation trainer and founding partner of the Family Resolution Institute. She is an international speaker and trainer for the High Conflict Institute. She is a former RN, mother of two grown boys, dog lover, bicycle rider and lover of mountains and beaches.
Lynn is the President of the Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego for 2018; a non-profit multidisciplinary referral network of independent Family Law Attorneys, Certified Divorce Financial Analysts and Mental Health Professionals trained to provide clients with alternatives to traditional divorce litigation- clients are empowered to put their families first and keep their issues out of court.
Kerry Wallis is a Certified Family Law Specialist who started her own firm because she wanted to be a peacemaker. After years of civil litigation at a national firm she moved to helping people transition their family in divorce. She is committed to helping clients dissolve their marriage through a consensual dispute resolution process, whether in mediation, a formal collaborative law process, or a hybrid of processes that puts the clients’ unique needs first while minimizing the collateral damage. Her goal is for her clients to be able to dance together at their children’s weddings— and to afford the weddings in the first place. She volunteers at the Los Angeles Superior Court in their mediation program, and mediates her four children’s issues as often as her clients.’ In her spare time, she geeks out on ways to optimize her paperless law practice and drinks snobby coffee.
James E. Walton, Ph.D., LMFT is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, who holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology, who is a Family Divorce Specialist and Collaborative Divorce Coach who has been in private practice over 23 years. He is on the Board of Directors of LACFLA. He is the co-chair of the Advanced Training Program for LACFLA. He was also the president of Family Divorce Solutions in the San Fernando Valley in 2017. He is a statewide speaker for CPCal on the topics of Bias and Diversity. He is a frequent guest lecturer for collaborative law classes at UCLA, Loyola and Southwestern’s law schools and is a volunteer divorce coach at Loyola Law School.
Shawn Weber has a long history with Consensual Dispute Resolution and is known throughout the State of California as an expert in Mediation and Collaborative Practice. Known as a “dolphin” and not a “shark”, Shawn brings a peacemaking philosophy to his nearly 20 year career in family law and divorce work. Shawn understands that divorce is more than just a legal process; it’s a human experience. He has a profound ability to get into the world his clients are experiencing and feeling to uncover the necessary clarity in each divorce relationship dynamic. From there, he uses his gifts to bring a rare sense of calm, resolve and hope. Shawn has a private practice with Weber Dispute Resolution and served as President of Collaborative Practice California (CP Cal) in 2015-2016. In 2016 he was honored with the Eureka Award. He is a co-founder and trainer at the Family Resolution Institute where he regularly provides divorce mediation training. A father of five, Shawn understands the human side of family law and brings his real life experience to the table for his clients.