I have been a practicing attorney as a member of the Oregon State Bar since 1983. During this time, I have litigated matters that include cases that include criminal defense, civil commercial litigation, bankruptcy, probate, but primarily domestic relations matters. I have also been involved transactional matters like the preparation of promissory notes, contacts, deeds, but primarily estate planning documents. The vast majority of my clients have been individuals. I have a lot of experience discussing and evaluating legal issues with persons who are not lawyers.
I have completed the Basic Mediation Training Program sponsored by Mediate.com. As a member of Mediate.com I am participating in ongoing monthly training programs. It's said that it's called the practice of law because you never stop practicing, you never stop learning. What's true as a lawyer is also true as a mediator. The ongoing education is specific as well as general. Each mediation is an opportunity to learn something very important. It is an opportunity to learn about you. It is an opportunity to learn about your concerns, conflicts, worries, hopes and dreams. The key to mediation is not so much what I tell you as it is what I ask you and what you tell me. We can then find and explore viable solutions to your issues.
Most of the domestic relations cases I have been involved in have settled. This is due in large part due to the hard work and sincerity and common sense of the persons involved. Many times, the most difficult cases are not the ones where the result is obvious. The most difficult cases are the ones where both sides have serious concerns and have really good arguments. Those are the cases where mediation can be very beneficial.
Some of the most difficult negotiations have occurred in disputes involving probate and trust administration matters. While not categorized as a domestic relations matter, they typically involve families. Sometimes these families were held together by the person who has died. Again, these are cases where mediation can be very beneficial.
I can help because I have spent a lot of time in the position where your attorney is now, talking , listening, and working with people in the same position where you are now. I look forward to meeting and being of service to you and the person you may be having a problem with.
I have 35 years as a litigator working in domestic relations and estate planning. That experience allows me as a mediator to understand your issues so we can efficiently work toward a resolution. .