About me

I received my formal training in resolving disputes at the Harvard Law School Program of Instruction for Lawyers and the Center for Dispute Settlement in Washington, D.C.

I got my training as an arbitrator from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the American Arbitration Association and the Chartered Institute for Arbitrators.

I am a founding director of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council and have been a guest speaker at Collaborative Divorce professional trainings.

In addition to my formal training at Harvard and the Center for Dispute Settlement, I am a member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and serve as a mediator or arbitrator for several organizations.

As a civil mediator, I have successfully mediated in a wide variety of areas. Many resolutions resulted in settlements of over $100,000.00.

As a civil arbitrator, I have rendered awards of over $1,000,000.00.

I am a Senior Trainer for The Negotiation Skills Company, where I have trained negotiators in the United States and Canada, and Europe.

I am a former member of the Boston Bar Association's Family Law Section Steering Committee and the Family Relationship Task Force of the Governor's Advisory Commission on Responsible Fatherhood and Family Support.

Judges have appointed me to serve as a Discovery Master (to act in the place of the judge), Special Master (to obtain a certain result) and Guardian ad Litem (to investigate issues) I have served as a judicial adjunct with jury. These experiences have given me valuable insight into the perspective of a judge and what it is to “sit on the other side of the bench”. Understanding this perspective has enabled me to be aware of what the judge is “looking for”.

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I enjoy helping people and thelaw gives me a chance to do this, especially when I am helping people get through theirdivorce. Divorce can be unpleasant, and I have the ability to make the process a littleeasier for my clients.

When a client relaxes or gives a sigh of relief after I haveallayed an anxiety, answered a question, or confirmed that they've made the right choice,I feel good because I've made a positive difference in their life and I am helping them tomove on.

I know that facing divorce is not easy and I know that I can make a difference in myclient's life.

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