Address: 4047 Central,
City: Kansas City, Missouri, 64111
Telephone: 816-531-2224
Fax: 816-278-5785



I have practiced law for over 20 years, primarily in the area of family law. Early in my career I was exposed to alternatives to litigation while working with a labor lawyer. His work in arbitration showed me that problems could be resolved quickly and efficiently outside of the courtroom. In my years working with people dissolving their marriages, I have consistently seen that amicable separations were always less stressful on everyone. Wanting to learn more about assisting in this process, I took my first mediation class in 1991. It was here that I was first exposed to the idea of a facilitated collaborative process, that could assist parties in a dissolution make decisions which worked for everyone involved. In 2002, I again took a mediation training, this time a more advanced class.

My work as a court-appointed Guardian Ad Litem for dissolution and minor guardianship cases has made me more conscious of the pain of dissolution on children. This work as an advocate for children has strengthened by resolve to assist families in reaching practical and peaceful settlements. My interest in collaborative law is truly inspired by the stress court battles have on children and their families. My practice is divided between family law and probate law with the majority of my work in family law. My clients are, I believe, representative of the greater Kansas City, Missouri area. In addition to representing countless clients in traditional dissolution of marriage actions, I have worked with parents not married to each other who seek to establish rights in paternity actions. I have assisted grandparents in obtaining visitation with grandchildren; I have helped lesbian and gay people establish and dissolve relationships; I have assisted step parents in adopting step children and I have represented numerous family members in obtaining guardianships of minor and adult children.


Professional Licenses



  • Kansas City, Missouri Bar Association and its Family Law and Probate Committees
  • The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Chaired the Association of Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City Judicial Appointments Committee for two years
  • National Lawyers Guild Foundation



  • J.D. from the University of Missouri at Kansas City 1983
  • M.A. in Library Science from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1972
  • Undergraduate degree from Mount St. Scholastica College in Atchison, Kansas.


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