I have provided quality mediation services as part of my law practice for the past 30 years. My focus is on resolving family disputes: divorces, will contests, care of elderly parents, and family business problems. I also help couples negotiate prenuptial agreements. I have now handled well over 2000 cases. I have taught and written extensively about mediation and family law, and continue to bring new ideas to my practice.
Part of what distinguishes me from other mediators is that I have very broad expertise. I am recognized as highly qualified in the areas of mediation, family law, and estate planning. As a mediator, I was the winner of the Oregon Mediation Association's annual Award for Excellence in 2000 and the Oregon State Bar's Sid Lezak Award for excellence in dispute resolution in 2011. In 2014, Best Lawyers in America chose me as Family Mediation Attorney of the Year for Portland. Beginning in 2006, Portland Monthly magazine has named me annually as one of the top 10 alternative dispute resolution lawyers practicing in Portland. I was their only pick for Family Law Mediator in 2007 and 2008.
I have been selected as an Oregon "Superlawyer" (top 5% of Oregon lawyers) by my peers in every year since 2006. I frequently speak at continuing education programs for lawyers, and have taught family law and family mediation at Lewis and Clark Law School for over 25 years.
I am recognized as a Five Star Wealth Planner. This means that from 2012 to 2014, I have been ranked among the top 20 or so estate planning attorneys in Portland out of a field of about 600.
My main goal in mediation is to create a safe environment in which my clients can discuss their differences in a rational and confidential manner. My hope is that we will find solutions which will be far superior to those achieved through litigation. I believe disputants should be knowledgeable about their rights and responsibilities under Oregon law. I provide legal information for my clients so that they understand the norms of Oregon law.
To find out more about my approach to mediation, I suggest you browse the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) section of this website.
For even more detail, you can go to the Family Law Mediation Chapter I wrote, which is the standard article in Oregon which describes family mediation for attorneys.