I am passionate about the well-being of children and families. Having spent nearly 25 years in and out of courtrooms on behalf of clients, I know first-hand that family litigation causes unnecessary trauma, expense, and the destruction of parenting relationships which are so very important to the well-being of children experiencing divorce. I also saw awful results in many cases; results that neither parent thought was workable or in the best interest of their family. This in turn led to further and sometimes unending litigation for families. It is heartbreaking not only to witness such suffering but to be a part of causing it.
Having worked in mediation, alternative dispute resolution and collaborative divorce while at the same time litigating family law cases for my entire career, in 2017, I decided to put into action my belief that a courtroom is no place to resolve complex family matters and embarked on a full-time peacemaking practice.
I am a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and on the board of the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals and chair of the Access to Collaborative Committee, working to bring collaborative process to underserved populations. I am a member of the Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida. I have been recognized by my peers having received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a rating achieved by only 5 percent of attorneys and was placed on the 2013 Martindale-Hubbell Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers.
My passion for families extends to my community involvement. I serve on the boards of directors for Community Partnership for Children and The House Next Door. Additionally, I volunteer time for several hours each week to record books and periodicals for the visually handicapped which are distributed throughout the state by the Talking Book Library of the Florida Division of Blind Services.
In my collaborative work and my board service, I utilize my skills to collaboratively solve problems and understand differing viewpoints and competing interests. I am known for being relentlessly responsive to my clients, opposing counsel and peers, my collaborative approach to problem-solving and for my professionalism, efficiency and organization.