Education and Professional Credentials
Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts, J.D., 1988
Honors: American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in the Study of Constitutional Law; Paul J. Liacos Scholar; Member, J. Braxton Craven National Constitutional Law Moot Court Team
Graduate School (Psychology):
The Wright Institute, Berkeley, California, M.A.*, Counseling Psychology
* Currently enrolled (Weekend Program). Graduation expected September 2019.
University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts, B.A., cum laude, 1985
Admitted to Practice Law in California (2001) and Connecticut (1988)
State Bar of California, Family Law Section
Legal and Legal-Related Experience:
Approved Mediator, Alameda County Superior Court, 2015-present.
Law and Mediation Practice, Berkeley/Oakland, CA, 2001-present. Represent individuals in matters primarily involving divorce and family law integrating mindfulness into law practice to facilitate optimal decision-making.
Founding Member, The Holistic Lawyer Association, HolisticLawyers.org, Oakland, CA, 2014-present.
Attorney, Schatz & Schatz, Ribicoff & Kotkin, Hartford, CT, 1988-1991. Associate Attorney in Commercial Litigation Department of 100+ attorney national law firm.
Principal, Attorneyz.com, Berkeley/Oakland, CA, 1997-present. Provide professional Internet marketing solutions and website design services to attorneys and law firms.
Manager, Legal Cost Containment Unit, Fireman’s Fund, Novato, CA, 1995-1997. Created, developed and managed 5-person unit charged with reigning in escalating outside counsel expenses associated with the defense of insureds in large-scale environmental claims litigation.
Legal Cost Coordinator/Senior Litigation Auditor, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Boston, MA, 1993-1995. Interfaced with outside counsel throughout the United States in corporate-wide effort to control legal costs associated with the defense of multi-district asbestos claims and toxic tort litigation. Primary responsibility for negotiating and resolving legal fee disputes and requests for reimbursement with outside counsel resulting in the recovery of hundreds of thousands of dollars of excessively billed legal fees.
Director, Wallace Law Registry (now Kelly Law Registry), Boston, MA, 1991-1993. Opened and help expand fledgling satellite office of national legal placement firm focused on the recruitment and placement of highly credentialed attorneys in corporate legal departments.
Pepperdine University, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Malibu, CA, Certificate in Family Law Mediation, 2017
SEEDS Community Resolution Center, Berkeley, CA, 6-month Practicum, 2015
Rosenberg Mediation Training, Corte Madera, CA, 40-hour Program, Certificated, 2014
Mindfulness and Meditation Training:
Mindfulness in Law Teacher Training, Certificated, 2015-2016. Provided by Warrior One, this year-long program provided a foundation for teaching mindfulness specifically within the legal industry. 300-hour curriculum included several residential retreats at San Francisco Zen Center’s Green Gulch Farm with 25-person cohort comprised of experienced attorneys from throughout North America.
Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine, Boston, MA. 1991-1992. Program Assistant. Provided eight-week mindfulness training to group of adults based on the Relaxation Response developed by Dr. Herbert Benson in the 1970’s.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA. Participant in training classes on mindfulness meditation, 1995-present.
East Bay Meditation Center, Oakland, CA. Participant in training classes on mindfulness meditation, 2010-present.
Pacific Zen Institute, Oakland, CA. Participant in training classes on zen meditation, 2013-present.
Advisory Board, Next Step Learning Center, Oakland, CA. 2011- present.
President, West Grand Lofts Homeowners’ Association, Oakland, CA, 2015-2018.
Mediator, SEEDS Community Resolution Center, Berkeley, CA.