Emily graduated from the University of California Hastings College of the Law with Honors in 1988. After several years at a prestigious San Francisco law firm, she opened her Family Law practice in 1991.
During her decades in court handling contested custody, support, and property cases, she saw first-hand how divorce litigation takes a great toll on a family, with fear and anger making it hard for normally reasonable people to compromise. She observed how it put the children under great stress and that even when one side “won” both sides came away emotionally damaged.
Her search for alternatives to traditional litigation led her to Mediation, Integrative Mediation, and Collaborative Practice where she found real tools to help families reduce the tension and conflict of a divorce.
Emily serves on the Board of Directors of Collaborative Practice California and is the Chair of its Resource Development Committee and President of the CP Cal Foundation. In 2020 she was a recipient of the CP Cal’s Eureka Award. Emily is also a member of Collaborative Practice East Bay, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the Academy of Professional Family Mediators, a member of the Board of Directors of the ADR Section of the Contra Costa Bar Association, and the immediate past president and current board member of Ombudsman of Services of Contra Costa, Solano, and Alameda, a dispute resolution service for residents of long term care facilities.
Emily works with families throughout the Bay Area, the state of California, and internationally, often with the use of videoconferencing.