I was a trial lawyer for nearly 20 years, and have handled many cases involving diverse and complex areas of law since embarking on my legal career in 1997. The last several years of my practice were devoted almost exclusively to marital and family law, with most of those cases involving divorce. While I enjoyed this work immensely and was privileged to help many individuals with their transition to a new phase of life, I became disillusioned with a world that revolved around the billable hour, even though this is the standard arrangement when retaining a family law attorney. I also grew to dread seeing the venomous behavior that traditional, attorney-driven adversarial divorces would often bring out in the best of people, despite the skill, experience and best intentions of the lawyers. I longed for a different option for my clients that would provide a healthier and more affordable solution. Read more about David.
“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.” -Mark Twain
With pre-suit mediation, we focus on the issues right from the start, before the parties have engaged in damaging courtroom battles, and before they have invested too much emotional and financial skin in the game and dug themselves into aggressive or defensive positions.
In most cases, you can resolve all issues in a handful of mediation sessions, which are held according to your own personal schedules, eliminating the need to ever appear in court, and resulting in a conclusion in a matter of weeks.
The very best attorneys cannot guarantee results, and any honest family attorney will tell you they have often been surprised at the outcome of a trial, frequently after his or her client has spent many thousands of dollars only to reach a bitterly disappointing outcome.
Many people contemplating divorce feel compelled to immediately hire the most aggressive attorney they can afford, and have a strong desire to get revenge on their spouse by dragging him or her through the mud during the divorce process.
Court proceedings are public record, and although certain judges are specifically assigned to divorce and family law matters, these cases are litigated in much the same way as any other lawsuit, even though they can involve issues that are extremely intimate and personal.
While you have the power to start a contested divorce or paternity proceeding, once it begins it takes on a life of its own, and the costs often become a runaway train that cannot be stopped, each party facing lawyer bills month after agonizing month.
When I had to go to a last-minute court meeting, I was so glad to have David by my side. His calm, professional demeanor was reassuring and eased my anxiety. Working with David made a painful situation much less stressful. I'm very glad to have had the opportunity to have worked with him. -Rebekah
David helped us win a large judgment and we would highly recommend him. He outsmarted a slippery crook who ended up getting jail time. He kept us informed of the process as we went along, gave us his best recommendations. Even after our judgment was received, David helped us with advice on how to collect on our judgment. He is smart, personable and I would highly recommend him. -Brenda
David is thorough, responsive (prompt in getting back with you). Definitely keeps you informed of the legal process so you don't feel you are left hanging. He researches and considers options to provide the best personalized representation. -Constance
David exhibits excellent communication skills both verbally and written. David and his firm rescued my train wreck high conflict divorce. He is knowledgeable and found case law to support my case. Apart from being an accomplished attorney, David listens, is kind and replies straightaway to both my phone calls and emails. -Anonymous
David is a very responsive and technically competent attorney. I was very pleased with his representation. He's very practical and he enjoys his work. I would highly recommend him. -Dick
David made a difficult situation manageable. His experience, education, courteous and respectful nature, along with his efficiency made him a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend David for any need that may arise in Family Law. -Eric
David was extremely responsive with my issue! I felt like a valued client and I got the best result I could have while keeping my fees under control. I would absolutely use him again if I needed an attorney in this field! -Lauren
Devoted to Helping Family Take Control, Avoid Court Battles, and Achieve Balanced Solutions through Confidential, Convenient, and Affordable Divorce and Family Mediation.
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