Laurie Israel
Laurie Israel

Senior Mediator

Senior MediatorThis mediator has at least 100 hours of mediation training, 500 hours of mediation experience, agrees to take part in at least 12 hours per year of continuing mediation education, and subscribes to Mediate.com's required standards of mediation practice.

Laurie Israel

I have been practicing law for 35 years.  I started out as a tax lawyer in a large downtown firm, after which I started my own practice in Brookline, Massachusetts.  I had 2 partners and support staff, and we had a general practice in which I concentrated on divorce, mediated divorce, estate planning and probate of estates.  About 10 years ago I got very interested in prenuptial agreements, after seeing the damage the negotiation and terms created for clients. I strove to do a better job, both in result and in process, and found that mediating prenups was generally the most optimal first step.  Eventually, I wrote many articles which are online (many on this website), and a book for people thinking about having one, “The Generous Prenup: How to Support Your Marriage and Avoid the Pitfalls,” which is available on Amazon.  The book and my articles brought me many new clients all over the United States.  At present, I concentrate my practice on prenups and postnups, mediating and consulting.  I’m admitted to the bar in Massachusetts, so in Massachusetts I also represent clients negotiating prenups, as well as serving as a mediator and consultant. prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. I have many articles posted on The Huffington Post (now HuffPost) on these topics and others. My articles on prenups have also been published in the Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, and the New York Times, and I have been interviewed by a number of magazines on prenuptial agreements, including NY Magazine (The Cut).


I went to law school at age 38, and now have been practicing for over 35 years. I started out as a tax lawyer in a large downtown firm. I started my own practice in 1991. I currently confine my practice to prenuptial agreements and postnuptial agreements.  I have a national practice in this field, performing mediation and consulting.  I also represent clients as an attorney in Massachusetts prenups, as well as as a mediator.

ADR Experience

I have been mediating since 1996. In the past, I performed divorce mediation.  I now concentrate my mediation practice on prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and have a national practice at this point.  I am the author of “The Generous Prenup: How to Support Your Marriage and Avoid the Pitfalls” (2018).  My articles on prenups and on mediation have also been published in numerous publications, including mediate.com.   I believe that mediation is a talent, and that remaining neutral and unbiased are two of the most important aspects for success in the process.

Approach

I believe in practicing mediation in the “shadow of the law”. This means that I will make sure mediation clients are informed as to what a legal court process or application of the law would suggest as an outcome, or a range of outcomes. This is because I believe the “law” is a distillation of equitable principles. Then people can make knowing and thoughtful choices and informed waivers. Another important quality of an effective mediator is responding truthfully to what is happening in the room. People trust you if they perceive that you’re being truthful. That helps in the mediation process. Another area of my practice had been estate planning and probate of estates. I formerly practiced real estate law as part of my practice and started my law practice as a tax lawyer in a large downtown firm. This knowledge base and skill set works well with issues that come up in mediation.

Education

A.B. Barnard College, New York, NY 1967 cum laude.
M.A. University of Califoria, Berkeley, 1969.
J.D. Dickinson School of Law (now part of Pennsylvania State University), 1987, magna cum laude.

Areas Of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Contracts
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Elder
  • Estate Planning
  • Family
  • General
  • LGBTQ
  • Marital Mediation
  • Organizational
  • Partnership
  • Probate
  • Real Estate
  • Tax

Additional Services

  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Conflict Coach
  • Estate Planner
  • Facilitator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Representational Lawyer

Fees and Provisos

Contact the office for our rates for mediation, mediation review, divorce work, and collaborative law. My fee is $350/hour for all work.

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

Professional Associations

  • IACP - International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

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