I began my career as a documentary film editor, where I learned the power of persuasive storytelling and honed my skills at transforming life’s raw material into meaningful narrative. When later called to put my analytical strengths to use as a legal practitioner, I found it natural to use life’s raw material to persuade a different audience (judges) with clear and compelling arguments.
My role as a Conscious Family mediator finally brought together for me a thrilling mix of challenges: the intellectual contest of legal practice, the creative puzzle of developing workable family arrangements, and a unique opportunity to use my gifts for healing (from training in massage therapy).
I am passionate about doing healing work with families, and honored to serve people going through one of the most difficult transitions in life. As a father, I’m driven to help parents create a stable home life for children, under any circumstance. Although I don’t come from a family of divorce, I have gone through my own divorce, and I have seen first-hand how wounds can last a lifetime when a child experiences traumatizing divorce.
I am trained in the the Collaborative Law model, and have practiced exclusively in the area of family law in Colorado since joining the bar: first as a judicial clerk for several judges at the Boulder District Court, then as an associate for an attorney-mediator and former judge. I am an alumnus of the University of Colorado Law School (Law Review); the National Institute of Trial Advocacy; the Colorado Bar Association 40-hour mediation training and Advanced Mediation Training; and the Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals Level I Collaborative Law training. I volunteer regularly for the Boulder County "Ask-an-Attorney" program.
In addition to divorce mediation, I am passionate about facilitating the creation of Conscious Family Contracts for couples entering into long-term relationships, as well as mediating with long-term couples who have a desire to stay together by getting clear on joint intentions, commitments, and key problem areas that must be resolved.
I pursue a personal practice of vedic meditation and bikram yoga, and perform kirtan music professionally. I have been interviewed and speak regularly about issues related to both men and couples.
I am an attorney, mediator and psychotherapist, who focuses his twenty-five years of legal and counseling experience into helping families navigate the process of relationship growth and transition.
After graduating from University of Washington Law School (Law Review) in 1991, I built a reputation for clear, passionate and effective advocacy as a successful litigator in Seattle. Serving a variety of clients and individuals, I gained expertise in negotiation, litigation, and clear advisement of my clients. During this time, I began a disciplined meditation practice and traveled the world to study with a variety of spiritual teachers and masters, giving me the ability to better serve my clients by weaving in mindfulness practices into my work with them. In 2003, I returned to school to obtain a Masters in Counseling from Seattle University.
Throughout my career, I have devoted myself to mastering and incorporating cutting-edge conflict resolution techniques to help individuals, couples, and organizations resolve conflict. Having engaged in hundreds of mediated settlements over the course of my career, I have come to understand that conflict is not to be feared and avoided at all costs—rather, it can often be a trustworthy compass to point individuals and couples to the issues they need to address to lead rich and fulfilling lives. Sometimes, it’s difficult for couples embroiled in conflict to have the perspective to see where their conflict is trying to lead them. It is my greatest satisfaction to help couples spin the straw of their seemingly-intractable differences into the gold of interpersonal empowerment and growth. This is beneficial whether they are staying together or transitioning from an intimate relationship to a co-parenting relationship or other arrangement.
When acting as a supervising advocate, I skillfully and steadfastly pursue our client’s interests, leaving no stone unturned to ensure they are protected. I simultaneously look for opportunities to sidestep unnecessary conflict and minimize the cost - both financial and emotional - to our clients going through divorce.
I serve on the board as past president of the Boulder Interdisciplinary Counsel, an educational group composed of attorneys and mental health practitioners working in the family law arena. I am former co-chair of the Boulder Bar Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution section. I apply the same principles I use at work in my own marriage and growing family, which I consider my greatest proving ground for the work I was born to do.
I have dedicated a majority of my legal career to the practice of family law and representing my clients both in and out of the courtroom. My primary focus in all my cases is creating a safe place where my clients feel comfortable, listening to them, and preparing a path that meets both their short term and long term goals. I believe that an attorney’s role is to serve as an advocate for their client’s position, but not to increase the conflict. I operate under the guiding principle that my clients' needs come first. It is always best to have a knowledgeable, experienced attorney to protect your interests and rights when facing any legal issues. I understand that it can be extremely traumatic and stressful when families are involved in legal proceedings against one other. I am dedicated to providing you with the quality service and representation you deserve. My goal is to set realistic expectations by explaining the legal process so that you know what to expect. From there, I want to provide the support, advice, and tools to help you move not only through your legal situation, but afterwards as well.
I have experience practicing in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Gilpin, Jefferson, Larimer, Routt, and Weld counties. My case experience includes divorce, legal separation, allocation of parental responsibilities (child custody), preparing separation agreements and parenting plans, modifications, protection orders, adoption, contempt proceedings, relocation, grandparent rights, and other family law matters. I also have experience with probate law, preparing wills, powers of attorney, and codicils.
I have lived and gone to school in the Boulder area since 2000. I am a graduate from the University of Colorado (Go Buffs!) with an undergraduate degree in Psychology. I then attended Washburn School of Law in Topeka, KS, where I obtained my Juris Doctorate.
During the week, I dedicate my time to my clients and caseload. However, I do reserve my weekends for spending time with my three rescue dogs, my husband, and cheering on the Buffs and the Broncos during football season!
I have been licensed as an attorney in Colorado since 2003 and my practice has been diverse and varied. My interest in family law developed from a desire to provide meaningful counsel and support for individuals and families in transition following my own experience with divorce and co-parenting. I enjoy working closely with clients navigating the divorce process, and believe that with the right guidance and support it can be an opportunity for significant personal growth and transformation. I strive to establish realistic expectations from the outset, and encourage clients to be accountable for their part in the conflict. This may ultimately allow them to feel more empowered despite the deeply-personal challenges inherent in family law matters. I am mindful not just of my clients' immediate goals but how specific decisions may impact them and the family at large long-term. I appreciate being able to make a difference in people's lives and to do work that aligns so closely with my personal values.
Currently, I represent clients in divorce, legal separation and allocation of parental responsibility cases as well as modifications of maintenance, parenting time and child support and other post-decree matters, and I mediate all family law matters. I also have experience advising same-sex clients in litigation and mediating same-sex divorces, and am knowledgeable about the unique issues that may arise when a same-sex partnership is dissolved.
I graduated from Colby College in Maine with a BA in anthropology, and received my JD from Tulane Law School in New Orleans. I began my legal career in natural resources law as an assistant attorney general with the Colorado Attorney General's office, where I represented state agencies for eight years. I have completed the National Institute of Trial Advocacy's trial course and the 40-hr mediation training with Colorado State University. When I'm not practicing law I enjoy exploring the West with my daughter by bike, raft and ski.