An innovative strategist
A compassionate listener
A step in the right direction
Having both lived and practiced law north of the Canadian border most of my working life, my experiences are unlike most West Coast conflict resolution professionals. Getting an infant into a one-piece snowsuit and off to daycare, in -30 degree weather and 3 feet of snow, to catch a train to the office at 7 a.m., and finding the car snowed in - in 3 inch heels and without a shovel - takes some serious problem-solving skills.
Understanding that all things in life can't be fixed with a cardboard box, some duct tape, and an old grocery bag (but secretly hoping they could), I set out to Southern California where I trained and worked with some of the country's top mediators, earning my Masters of Laws (LL.M.) in Dispute Resolution from the highly acclaimed Straus Institute at Pepperdine University's School of Law. This set the stage for Winestone Mediation, where I work to help families out of their own seemingly impossible snow banks, arising from their separation, divorce, and child custody conflicts.
LAW SOCIETY OF UPPER CANADA (2006)
CALIFORNIA STATE BAR (2015)
LL.M. (dispute resolution), Straus Institute - pepperdine university school of law (2015)
J.D. UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA (2005)
B.A. (HONS.) (ENGLISH AND FRENCH), UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO (2002)
ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
BEVERLY HILLS BAR ASSOCIATION, MEDIATION SECTION CO-CHAIR
los angeles county bar association
international academy of collaborative professionals
association of family and conciliation courts, california chapter
Center for Conflict Resolution (Volunteer Mediator)
High Conflict Institute (New Ways for Families), Liaison and Consultant for program implementation IN ONTARIO, CANADA
former associations and memberships: WOMEN'S LEGAL EDUCATION AND ACTION FUND (LEAF) (2004-2009), ADVOCATES SOCIETY (2006-2013), ONTARIO BAR ASSOCIATION (2006-2013), COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE TORONTO (2010-2013), PEEL/HALTON COLLABORATIVE FAMILY LAW ASSOCIATION (2010-2013)
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
Recipient of Straus Institute Entrance Fellowship (Pepperdine University)
Wendy Landes Recognition Award for excellence in family law dispute resolution studies (California State Bar, Family Law Section)
CALI Award for Advanced Mediation Seminar (Pepperdine University)
OCTOBER 2016 - co-presented parent workshop entitled "the kids are watching: how parental conflict affects children and how to deal with it in your relationship"
August 2016 – Presented seminar on “Launching Your Mediation Practice” at Los Angeles County Bar Association
Monthly 2016 (ongoing)- Leading Mediation Preparation Course at Levitt & Quinn once a month for clients and community members preparing for mandatory custody mediation
May 2016 - Coached JD and LL.M. students at Pepperdine for the Mediation Clinic Course
March 2016 – Presented seminar to JD Students on the “Top 5 Negotiation Mistakes of Junior Lawyers” at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine Law School.
March 2016 – Presented seminar on “High Conflict Personalities” at Los Angeles County Bar Association
February 2016 – Co-moderated panel on proposed California law reform to Mediation Confidentiality at The Beverly Hills Bar Association.
December 2015 - Coached corporate executives, lawyers and business leaders at the Women’s Negotiation Academy.
July 2015 - Coached corporate executives, lawyers and business leaders at the Women’s Negotiation Academy.
December 2014 - Coached corporate executives, lawyers, business leaders and members of the judiciary at the Women’s Negotiation Academy.
COLLABORATIVE FAMILY LAW
NEW WAYS FOR FAMILIES