About Chip Rose

Beginning in 1980 as a practicing attorney and Certified Specialist in Family Law, Chip became aware of the mediation model for dispute resolution and incorporated it into his professional practice.  In the years that followed, he became committed to offering clients an alternative to the damage inflicted by the traditional approach of litigation and the use of the court system. In the early 90's, he phased out that part of his practice that involved any form of litigation.  His professional work is now limited to providing client-empowered dispute resolution services through the mediation and collaborative practice processes.

He developed his mediation skills over the last twenty five years by focusing on the needs of the clients and developing process structures that facilitate their discovery of the pathways that lead to agreement and resolution.  The goals of the process are:  to create a safe environment in which each party can get his/her needs met without interference from the other; to assist the parties to gather all necessary information and to analyze that information for choices and options; to explore all options to determine the consequences of each of the potential choices; and, to assist the parties in developing settlement proposals and negotiating their perspectives to an agreement. 

With this approach, he has assisted over 2500 couples to reach the most mutually beneficial settlements in a process in which: the clients control the process while it unfolds, control the cost of the divorce proceeding, and control the agreement that settles their issues, disposes of their assets and liabilities, provides for their children, and establishes constructive parenting relationships. Chip maintains private practices in mediation and Collaborative Family Law in the Northern California coastal community of Santa Cruz, CA. Chip is the author of Collaborative Family Law Practiceand authored The Creative Solutioncolumn in the quarterly Family Section publication of the Association of Conflict Resolution.  He authored the chapter on Mediating Financial Issues in the 2004 publication Divorce and Family Mediation. 

He is currently on the Board of the International Association of Collaborative Professionals (IACP). Since 1994, Chip has also been pioneering the development of Collaborative Law through workshops and trainings throughout the United States and Canada. Building on the concept created by Stu Webb, Chip's training programs are primarily geared to the private professional practitioner representing clients in the divorce process. The trainings seek to establish as a standard of practice, the highest level of skill, care and effectiveness in successfully assisting clients to achieve resolution and agreements that they experience to be the best possible outcome in the context of their existing circumstances.