I am a mediator and collaborative attorney in Chicago, Illinois. I concentrate my practice in collaborative divorce, mediation, and alternative dispute resolution. I help my clients resolve the conflicts in their lives in ways that meet their families’ needs and interests for the short and long terms. I also provide estate planning and residential real estate services.
Before hanging out my own shingle, I was an associate at Schiff Hardin LLP’s Chicago office practicing in general litigation and product liability. I have also served as a Public Interest Law Initiative Fellow at the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago (ALCC) and a Fellow at the San Francisco Human Rights Commission.
I graduated from the University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall) where I earned the Public Service Law Certificate. As a student, I served as a board member and chair of the board of the King Hall Legal Foundation (KHLF,) and a leader in the Lambda Law Students, where I was the Director of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Legal Referral Clinic. I was also a Senior Articles Editor for the Journal of Juvenile Law and Policy. I also received the ALI-ABA Award for Scholarship and Leadership.
Prior to attending law school, I lived in San Francisco and worked for more than a decade in the software industry as a Senior Quality Assurance Engineer, Business Analyst and Senior Manager on development teams that created consumer products and products for the financial services industry.
I received my undergraduate degree from Harvard University in psychology and spent a year studying at the University of Bristol, U.K.
I am a volunteer mediator for the Center for Conflict Resolution in Chicago, where I provide mediation services for individuals and in the Cook County Courts.
I first became involved in LGBT and HIV/AIDS organizations in college. Over the years have volunteered with many related groups including the Madison AIDS Support Network, Shanti, ALCC and the National LGBT Bar Association.
I am a current board member of the National LGBT Bar Association, as association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists, and affiliates of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender legal organizations whch promotes justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBT community in all its diversity.
I am a member of the American Bar Association’s Family Law and Dispute Resolution Sections. I serve as the vice chair of the Family Law Section’s Alternative Dispute Resolution and Alternative Families Committees. I served as a Track Chair for the ABA Dispute Resolution Section’s 2013 Section Conference. I am also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, and the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago (LAGBAC).