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Jill Carrade CDLP, NMLS, DRE

Jill Carrade CDLP, NMLS, DRE. I am an Executive Loan Officer with Pro Mortgage, a boutique mortgage firm located in Marin County, California. I am passionate and driven to understand the complexities of a diverse array of financial income situations. I am also a Divorced Certified Lending Professional. I have created a portfolio of lenders that can fund loans for anyone’s financial criteria. Whether it be Conventional, Jumbo, Non-QM, FHA, VA, Private Money, Bridge, Commercial, Construction, Acreage, Land, or REVERSE – I have the resources to strategize and execute. I am known in the industry for being a problem-solver and saving deals. My business is based on referrals and my referral partners consist of CPAs, Attorneys, CFP®s, banks, realtors, and past clients.

Sherry Cassedy, JD, MA

Sherry Cassedy, JD, MA, is a family lawyer, mediator, and private judge with over 35 years’ experience. She is a frequent speaker on family law, conflict resolution, and professional self-care. Sherry has taught Theology of Marriage at Santa Clara University, led marriage preparation and support groups as well as officiating at weddings. Drawing on her personal and professional experience with marriage from every angle, Sherry recently published her first book, Marriage Unveiled, the Promise, Passion and Pitfalls of Imperfectly Ever After.

Brett Cicinelli, CFA, CFP®, CDFA®

Brett Cicinelli, CFA, CFP®, CDFA®, brings a wealth of experience to the table. Brett is highly qualified with the CFA, CFP®, and CDFA® designations. Brett also is credentialed in business valuations and is experienced in separate property tracing. Brett is an experienced financial advisor with a niche in divorce financial planning.

Kimberly Davidson, MA, JD

Kimberly Davidson, MA, JD, is a pioneer in the California Collaborative community. In 2000 she was a co-founder of “A Better Divorce,” one of the first practice groups in Southern California, and was instrumental in establishing many of the other Collaborative groups in the Los Angeles area. Kim went on to assist in the creation of the statewide organization, CP Cal, and served as its second President and was a board member for six years. Additionally, she served on the IACP’s first Public Education Committee which created the initial branding and materials for what became known internationally as “Collaborative Practice.” She was a recipient of the Eureka Award at its inception in 2006 for her leadership in promoting Collaborative Practice in California. Since 2000, Kim’s practice has focused solely on nonadversarial alternatives to divorce including mediation, Collaborative practice and divorce advisement. Her office is located in Hermosa Beach where she has co-founded the Collaborative Center of Southern California. Kim is a graduate of Southwestern University School of Law and also holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola Marymount University. Kim has presented workshops at both CP Cal and the IACP annual conferences. She has been a trainer in Collaborative practice for LACFLA and is a frequent speaker for CDR presentations throughout Southern California.

David Fink, JD

David Fink, JD, brings over 35 years of experience to resolving family conflict. After practicing in a traditional litigation setting for over 20 years, Mr. Fink came to realize that many of his clients who settled their cases had superior outcomes—and were more satisfied with those outcomes—than those clients who proceeded to a hearing or trial. Based on this experience, Mr. Fink. transformed his practice in 2008 to focus exclusively on helping families resolve their disputes outside of court, using a non-adversarial, humane, holistic and creative problem-solving approach to conflict. Mr. Fink serves as a neutral in a variety of settings, including as a mediator, private judge, arbitrator, parenting coordinator, and referee.

Jacinta Gallant, B.A., JD

Jacinta Gallant, B.A., JD, is a respected Canadian Collaborative lawyer, mediator and educator. She is recognized internationally for her insightful and experiential approach to teaching and managing conflict, and has been welcomed as a trainer throughout the Americas, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia. Jacinta’s innovative resources, “Our Family in Two Homes,” and “Designing Our Future Together” help clients prepare to engage deeply, and productively, with Family Lawyers, Mediators and Collaborative Practitioners. Jacinta’s podcast, The Authentic Professional, focuses on how professionals can bring more of who they are to what they do, and her latest book, Going Steady, helps engage couples in conversations that sustain and nourish their relationship. Jacinta’s ultimate goal is to help conflict professionals engage with clients in a more meaningful way, manage conflict more effectively, and get more enjoyment out of this important work.

Kristen Goss, JD

Kristen Goss, JD, is a Collaboratively-trained marital and family law attorney, certified family mediator, and a certified guardian ad litem. Ms. Goss helps divorcing parents accomplish their goal of protecting their children by representing them through the Collaborative Law Process. Ms. Goss has over 15 years of legal, financial, and psychological experience and training, which enables her to effectively advocate for her clients.

Chris Hargrave

Chris Hargrave has dedicated his life and career to developing people and programs in the action sports. As a coach he’s learned from and had the opportunity to work with some of the best snowboarders in the history of the sport. He’s been privileged to work with most of the industry’s best coaches and instructors at all levels. He’s known for changing the way the industry approaches teaching beginners through the highest levels of riding. Working with friends and colleagues in the industry he has had the opportunity to develop the way snowboarders learn, athletes train, and coaches develop professionally. Among other things, he’s known for his ability to break the hard things down and make it easy for people to see their potential and try new things without fear. “I love being a part of the moment of empowerment… that moment when a person realizes they are way stronger and more capable than they ever thought possible. In that moment lives change and we all grow stronger!” Chris has built programs and camps for snowsports lovers around the globe. From the US to Canada to South America and China he’s had a significant impact on our sport and industry.

Carol R. Hughes, PhD, LMFT

Carol R. Hughes, PhD, LMFT, is a California-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, board certified in clinical hypnosis, advanced level EMDR therapist, author, and family-focused divorce professional, who works with children, adolescents, and adults in her private practice in Laguna Hills, California. She holds her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, achieving both summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors, and is a two-time Fulbright Scholar. In 2003, Carol was a co-founding member of Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County and has served on its board of directors in many capacities including past President. She has served on the board of directors of California’s statewide organization Collaborative Practice California (CP Cal) and various IACP Committees. She serves as a Neutral Child Specialist, Neutral Family Specialist, and Collaborative Divorce Coach on Collaborative Divorce and Divorce Mediation teams. In 2011 CP Cal honored Carol with the Eureka Award that recognizes those who have made significant contributions and demonstrated an abiding dedication to establishing and sustaining Collaborative Practice in California. She is the co-author of the recently published book Home Will Never Be the Same Again: A Guide for Adult Children of Gray Divorce.

Sacha Joseph-Mathews, PhD

Sacha Joseph-Mathews, PhD, is the inaugural Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for Stanislaus State University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, as well as a Masters of Science degree and a PhD in Business Administration, both from Florida State University. Professor Joseph-Mathews has been consulting, teaching and coaching for over 20 years. Dr. Joseph-Mathews has taught classes in the US, Europe, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa. She is also an avid researcher and has published articles on several topics including diversity, equity and inclusion, transit inequity, customer service, and ethical consumption.

Jon Kramer, LCSW

Jon Kramer, LCSW, is an experienced Family Therapist. I received my B.A. Degree from the University of Michigan and my M.S.W. postgraduate degree from The State University of New York. I worked in London, England on a research team at the Tavistock Clinic and the University College London. I also received my postgraduate training in Family Systems Therapy at the Family Studies Training Center in New York. I am a member of the prestigious International Family Therapy Academy and I teach family therapy throughout the Los Angeles area. I have been a practicing psychotherapist for over 20 years with a focus on children, couples and families. I was honored to be nominated and to receive, for the past consecutive 8 years, the Best of 2020 Psychotherapist Award by the Hermosa Beach Award Program.

Joseph Kuo, CFP®

Joseph Kuo, CFP®, brings a unique and important history to his work as a financial in Collaborative Trusts and Estates. He obtained a B.A. in Economics at Berkeley, and an M.B.A. at Yale School of Management. Along the way he redefined the role of Financial Advisor and gave up his successful career in corporate finance to start over with something he felt passionate about: guiding others towards financial success, but not at the expense of their relationships and personal well-being. He believes that achieving life’s goals requires more than just entering numbers into a financial or estate plan. He brings this philosophy to his work in Collaborative Trusts and Estates, working with clients to help them define not only their financial options, but their values and life goals as well. Joseph also has an extensive background in working with eldercare issues and institutions. Currently he works as a fee-only fiduciary financial life planner focusing on working with professionals and business owners. In addition to being a founder of Abundance Wealth Planning and now a Partner at Financial Life Focus, LLC, he has served as an Adjunct Professor at Golden Gate University, and had extensive training in both coaching and motivational interviewing. Joseph has lectured and presented at CP CAL on financial issues in Collaborative Trusts and Estates, written numerous articles on financial planning, and finds that he can bring this unique history to help families not only resolve their financial issues, but also find ways to bring meaning to the financial decisions that create their legacy.

Gary LaMusga, ChFC, CDFA®, CEPA®

Gary LaMusga, ChFC, CDFA®, CEPA®, has been in the financial and insurance services business for over 46 years in the Bay Area. He focuses on comprehensive financial planning, investment management services, retirement strategies, tax strategies, insurance, estate, and divorce planning. He has dedicated his years in the industry providing sound advice and solutions to individuals and businesses. With his extensive experience in the divorce process from his own personal case that resulted in a ruling from the California Supreme Court, Gary helps educate members of the community on the ins and outs of the divorce process through monthly seminars. Gary is also available to assist clients and attorneys through the divorce proceedings. He helps clients prepare and analyze their financial picture to help ensure an equitable financial settlement now and into the future. Gary holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of CA Davis. He holds the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) through The American College, the Certified Divorce Financial Analysts™ (CDFA®®) certification and is an active member of the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts (IDFA™) and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA). He is the Chairperson of the Collaborative Practice of the East Bay, (CPEB).

Alyce LaViolette, M.S., MFT

Alyce LaViolette, M.S., MFT, has worked with victims of intimate partner violence since 1978 and founded Alternatives to Violence, one of the first programs in the country to work with abusive partners in 1979. She speaks and trains nationally and internationally and has served on the Speakers’ Bureau for the State Department. She has developed programs for the Department of Children and Family Services and the Probation Department. Ms. LaViolette co-authored one of Sage Publication’s best-selling books, It Could Happen to Anyone: Why Battered Women Stay, and has written articles and a parenting curriculum. She serves as an expert witness for the courts in criminal, family law and civil cases, has appeared on local and national television and radio and has received numerous awards for her work.

Meg Lewis, LMFT, ATR, CCPS

Meg Lewis, LMFT, ATR, CCPS. In just 5 years of completing her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, Meg Lewis has become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Art Therapist, and Clinical Certified Partners Specialist. With a background in public mental health and private practice sex therapy, she has served a diverse range of client issues. She is an expert psychodynamic group therapist and has facilitated a number of workshops for both mental health consumers and professionals. Meg Lewis is a supervisor to Loyola Marymount University art therapy students, and co-founder of My Intimate Self – a group practice helping individuals and couples recover from intimacy issues.

Mary Elizabeth Lund, Ph.D

Mary Elizabeth Lund, Ph.D. After receiving her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UCLA, she conducted postdoctoral research on children and divorce at the University of Cambridge, England. She has trained incoming California judicial officers for 10 years and is on the editorial board of Family Court Review. Dr. Lund has served as a mediator, custody evaluator and parenting plan coordinator for over 35 years. Her articles include original research and theory on effects of divorce on children, parental alienation, divorced fathers, custody evaluations, and mediation training.

Hon. Jackson Lucky (Ret.)

Hon. Jackson Lucky (Ret.) joined JAMS in 2021 following 13 years as a judge with the Riverside County Superior Court. During that time, he presided over thousands of family law and unlimited civil cases. He served as the supervising judge of the family law division for four years, where he developed multiple alternative dispute resolution (ADR) programs, one of which settled 90% of its cases year after year. In his civil assignment, he was a member of the court’s ADR Committee, where he helped develop and participated in multiple settlement programs. He also settled hundreds of family and civil cases. Judge Lucky has been an instructor for multiple organizations on virtual ADR. He is sought after to teach lawyers and judges throughout the state of California due to his ability to explain complex legal and technical topics in plain language. Judge Lucky has been recognized by numerous bar associations for his distinguished service and leadership as a jurist. He was bestowed the Outstanding Jurist Award by the Leo A. Deegan Inn of Court, named Judicial Officer of the Year by the Riverside County Barristers and jointly awarded the Family Law Legacy Award by the Riverside and San Bernardino bar associations.

Kimberly Malesky, CFP®, CDFA®

Kimberly Malesky, CFP®, CDFA®. After working in the financial industry for 15+ years, Kimberly founded Ezharmony, LLC Divorce Solutions, seeing the great need to support couples, at the beginning of their divorce. Kimberly is highly qualified with the CFP®, CDFA® and MBA, and is trained in mediation and Collaborative divorce protocols. She is also a 2023 Fellow with the American Bar Association, serving on their Early Dispute Resolution committee.

Dar Mardan, CPA

Dar Mardan, CPA, is a Realtor with Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty in Orange County. He has an in-depth understanding of the Southern California real estate market and divorce-related issues on the personal, financial, and transactional sides. He holds certificates as a Real Estate Collaboration Specialist, Divorce RCS-D™, and also as a Probate and Trust Specialist. Dar says that when working with clients going through a difficult life transition, such as divorce, he understands the dynamics and challenges that his clients are dealing with. He strives to understand each client’s family dynamics, motivations, and needs. He works closely with financial advisors and attorneys to do what is best for his clients. He aims to preserve homeownership eligibility, maintain neutrality, identify risks, and offer practical solutions that work best for each client.

Diana L. Martinez, JD

Diana L. Martinez, JD, is a Collaborative Lawyer and Mediator practicing in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties. Her practice is dedicated exclusively to consensual dispute resolution processes, primarily in family law matters. She is a lecturer and trainer on the topics of consensual dispute resolution processes, ethics and professional responsibility, and cultural competency and awareness, both locally, nationally, and internationally as a faculty trainer with the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. She also actively volunteers on the boards for Collaborative Practice California (“CP Cal”), the Los Angeles County Bar Family Law Executive Committee, and for Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County (“CDSOC”), of which she is past president, and also volunteers as a mandatory fee arbitrator for the California State Bar and as a mediator for Mono/Inyo County Superior Courts. She is a Eureka Award recipient and is one of a handful of non-litigating family lawyers to receive Super Lawyer designation multiple years in a row.

Thabatta S. Mizrahi B.S.Ed, M.A.Ed

Thabatta S. Mizrahi B.S.Ed, M.A.Ed, is an educator with over two decades of expertise in neurodiversity, special needs, child advocacy, learning development, and curriculum design. She has applied her skills in the United States and abroad providing consulting services, workshops, and presentations to academic and legal audiences. She has helped create community, home, and educational programs from the ground up for organizations, families, and schools internationally through her own educational consulting company, Thabatta SM Consulting.

Alan Nobler, JD

Alan Nobler, JD. Alan practiced law in Silicon Valley for 48 years. He now works as a conflict resolution consultant with attorneys, judges, therapists, and financial professionals in Mediation and Collaborative Practice. Alan has presented for the Santa Clara County Bar Association, the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, the State Bar of California, the State Bar of Idaho, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Collaborative Practice California as well as local Collaborative organizations throughout California. He has written a compelling first novel, The Girl in the Halo, taking the reader into the world of violence and the many aspects of the legal system.

Jaye-Jo Portanova, MD

Jaye-Jo Portanova, MD, is an experienced adult and child psychiatrist specializing in mediation, co-parenting counseling, Collaborative law, attorney/client consultation, and family therapy. She received both her undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of California, Los Angeles. She carried out her medical education at UCLA, and is board certified in both adult and child psychiatry. Dr. Portanova was the medical director at Del Amo Hospital, a psychiatric hospital in Torrance. She was also selected by Los Angeles Superior Court Judges to serve on the Downtown Los Angeles Psychiatric Custody Evaluation Panel and has performed numerous child custody evaluations. She is an experienced mediator with expertise at managing complex high-conflict family law cases. Dr. Portanova practices Collaborative law as a divorce and child specialist coach with A Better Divorce™, the Center for Conflict Resolution, and Peace Talks. Dr. Portanova mediates divorce cases privately and is a parent plan coordinator for high-conflict custody issues. In addition to her clinical practice, she participates as a mediation trainer and speaks at continuing education seminars.

Beth Proudfoot, LMFT

Beth Proudfoot, LMFT, had her first exposure to Collaborative when she was a client in 2007. Since she began working in the field a few years later, she has worked in over 100 Collaborative cases across the state as a coach or child specialist. A Eureka Award winner, Beth is currently a member of the CP Cal Board.

George Richardson, JD, CFLS

George Richardson, JD, CFLS, is a pioneer in Collaborative Practice and has handled scores of Collaborative matters. He has been certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization as Specialist in Family Law for over 25 years and limits his practice to non-adversarial family law dispute resolution. 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 principal 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 and former President of Collaborative Practice Silicon Valley, one of the oldest Collaborative law organizations in North America and former President of Collaborative Practice San Mateo County. He is among the first recipients of the Eureka Award. He is a founding member of CP Cal’s Board of Directors and its third President. George received his BA, with honors, from Princeton University in 1969 and his JD from Stanford Law School in 1972.

Nancy Ross, LCSW

Nancy Ross, LCSW, has worked with individuals, couples, and families for over 40 years, specializing in family systems, chemical dependency, work-family issues, and couples therapy. She has also focused on healing family relationships through weekend workshops (“Family Renewal”) and helping families resolve difficult intra-family issues through mediation. Nancy is a founding member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, a member of Collaborative Practice California, (where she is a recipient of the California Collaborative Practice Eureka Award for practice excellence) and serves as an executive board member for Collaborative Practice Silicon Valley. She is also a co-creator of the Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce model. Currently she seeks to bring the same goals of creating healthier family relationships, to the Collaborative Trusts and Estates arena, where she has created and led four Interdisciplinary Collaborative Trusts and Estates introductory trainings and developed protocols for the Collaborative Trusts and Estates Interdisciplinary Process. She also chairs the Trusts and Estates “Think Tank of Collaborative Practice, Silicon Valley,” and along with her colleagues, helped develop the on-line Trusts and Estates Options program for the general public. Working with allied professionals (estate lawyers and financial specialists) to help family members understand each other, as they discuss the most sensitive and difficult topics of family relationships and inheritance, is now the focus of her work.

Fern Topas Salka, JD, CFLS

Fern Topas Salka, JD, CFLS, is a sole practitioner in Los Angeles. She is a Certified Family Law Specialist, the former Chair of the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar, the Family Law Section of Women Lawyers of Los Angeles, and the CDR/ADR Sub-Committee of the Family Law Section of the California State Bar. She is co-founder and present Trustee of the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association (LACFLA) and was selected as a fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She has been named a SuperLawyer in Los Angeles magazine from its inception in 2004 through the present. She has lectured and written extensively and currently does training for professionals in the field of CDR.

Elaina Serotte, CFP®, CDFA®

Elaina Serotte, CFP®, CDFA®, has worked more than 20 years in Wealth Management and 10 years as a CDFA® helping families and individuals navigate financial decisions in divorce with confidence. She uses a comprehensive process to help clients address a broad range of complicated decisions during a divorce.

Dawn Strahan, CDFA®, RICP®, RLP®

Dawn Strahan, CDFA®, RICP®, RLP®, is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA®), Retirement Income Certified Professional, and a Registered Life Planner. Dawn has been working with divorcing couples and individuals since 2001, and as a Collaborative financial specialist since 2002. She has been a trainer for various Collaborative trainings since 2006. Dawn was a Board member and Officer of the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association (LACFLA) from 2005-2017, a Board member/officer of CP Cal for 7 years during which she was the CP Cal President for 2018-2019. Dawn has been a member of the Southern California practice group A Better Divorce (ABD) since 2010. She received the Eureka award from CP Cal in 2010 and the Fred Glassman award from LACFLA in 2018. Dawn has a B.S. in Accounting and a B.S. in Finance.

RJ Thomas, LMFT

RJ Thomas, LMFT. I am an experienced therapist who loves helping people live happier, more productive lives and communicate better with their kids, their spouses and families. As part of my professional life I am a writer, podcaster and filmmaker. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Washington and Lee University in Virginia and Master’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles. I have done post-graduate training with children, adolescents, families and couples at Airport Marina Counseling Service, one of the premiere training facilities in Los Angeles County. I am also a member of the prestigious American Family Therapy Academy.

Heidi Tuffias, JD, MA, AMFT

Heidi Tuffias, JD, MA, AMFT, has served as both a mediator, litigator and Collaborative law attorney for the majority of her career. Currently, she focuses on dispute resolution processes such as mediation, Collaborative law and serving as a consulting attorney. She graduated in 1987 from the University of California, and in 1990 from the University of Southern California Law Center, receiving the National Association of Women Lawyers’ Outstanding Woman Law Student Award, after which she began practicing family law with an emphasis on mediation. In 1995, Ms. Tuffias became a Certified Family Law Specialist. Ms. Tuffias has been a member of the Boards of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, the Family Law Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and is past President of the Board of Directors and current Board Member for the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law. Ms. Tuffias was the chair of the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar’s 2013 Child Custody Colloquium and had her own column for many years in the Association of Certified Family Law Specialist’s Quarterly Newsletter called “the Human Side of Family Law Practice.” To expand her abilities to serve her clients, Ms. Tuffias received her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University in Los Angeles and focused on the psychology of dispute resolution.

Patricia C. Van Haren, JD

Patricia C. Van Haren, JD, is a Collaborative Family Law Attorney and Mediator with over thirty years of experience in the legal field. Her extensive background in family law and her personal experience as a single mother and someone who has gone through divorce herself have shaped her approach to practice family law. After graduating from law school, Ms. Van Haren established her own practice with a focus on family law. Ms. Van Haren started her practice with a litigation model and resolved family law matters through litigation, Collaborative divorce and mediation. Ms. Van Haren is a co-parenting specialist and is on the court list for her work as Minor’s Counsel and Parenting Plan Coordinator. In 2021, Ms. Van Haren closed the litigation side of her practice and her firm solely handles family law cases through mediation and Collaborative law, focusing on family law matters, including prenuptial agreements, paternity actions, divorces, child custody and visitation, child and spousal support, and property division. She is a member of various bar associations in Southern California, the past president of Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County, the Co-Chair of the Collaborative Practice California Celebration and in 2023, she earned the Eureka Award for her significant contribution to Collaborative Practice.

Shawn Weber, JD

Shawn Weber, JD, has a long history with Consensual Dispute Resolution and is an expert in Mediation and Collaborative Practice throughout California. Known as a “dolphin” and not a “shark,” Shawn brings a peacemaking philosophy to his more than 21-year career in family law and divorce work. Shawn understands that divorce is more than just a legal process; it’s a human experience. Shawn Weber is founder of Weber Dispute Resolution and the Co-founder of Family Resolution Institute, a family law mediation training thought leader. As a practitioner, Shawn 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 has served as the President of Collaborative Practice California (CP Cal), where he spearheaded marketing efforts to include the creation of a Strategic Marketing Plan, branding guide, and creation of the organization website, all of which are still in use today. He frequently trains and lectures on subjects surrounding divorce mediation, Collaborative Practice and the ADR business.