Upon graduating from the University of Florida with a Juris Doctorate, I was first sworn into the [Georgia] Bar in 1989. Since 1994, I have been a member of the North Carolina (US) Bar.
My career has been focused on humanistic, relational approaches in law. From collaborative divorce practice to restorative justice to values-based contracts (and many others), I have practiced, pioneered, and promoted innovative models and ideas. These approaches have collectively come to be known as Integrative Law.
I am a coach, consultant, and leader and the author of two foundational books for the global Integrative Law movement. (Both books were published by the American Bar Association) and a contributor to The Best Lawyer You Can Be: A Guide to Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Wellness by Stewart Levine (ABA Law Practice Management, 2018.) I was named as one of the first ABA’s Legal Rebels, “finding new ways to practice law, represent their clients, adjudicate cases and train the next generation of lawyers.”
I have trained hundreds of legal professionals on five continents. My most popular training is Values-Based Contracts and I’ve been a student of values, including Spiral Dynamics, for many years. As a legal consultant, I work with companies and organizations on developing values-based legal documents and policies. My consulting clients are on three continents.
I am the founder (or co-founder) of numerous organizations. Currently I am the co-chair of the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section’s Task Force on Relational Practice and I am responsible for the conception and creation of the task force’s Virtual Summit and a team leader in the Forrest Webb Network.
I am a regular contributor to several periodicals including Enlivening Edge and Conscious Company Magazines and a frequent writer for several American Bar Association publications and The Conscious Lawyer (UK) Magazine.