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Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Tysons Corner, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: General Practice Commercial Litigation Collaborative Law: Civil Criminal Defense: White-Collar Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Plano, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Collaborative Law: Family Law Family Law Collaborative Law: Civil
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Plano, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Collaborative Law: Civil Family Law Mediation Family Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Collaborative Law: Civil Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Commercial Litigation Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Buffalo, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Collaborative Law: Civil Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    First Amendment Law Real Estate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securitization and Structured Finance Law Appellate Practice Criminal Defense: General Practice Mutual Funds Law Banking and Finance Law Native American Law Family Law Mediation Oil and Gas Law DUI / DWI Defense Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Corporate Governance Law Arbitration Litigation - First Amendment Litigation - Patent Litigation - Municipal Privacy and Data Security Law Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Admiralty and Maritime Law Personal Injury Litigation Immigration Law Professional Malpractice Law Gaming Law Technology Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Media Law Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Elder Law Venture Capital Law Military Law Mediation International Arbitration - Governmental CleanTech Law Employment Law - Management Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Energy Law Education Law Public Finance Law Commercial Litigation Government Relations Practice Mass Tort Litigation Product Liability Litigation Administrative / Regulatory Law Transportation Law Commercial Finance Law Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Entertainment Law - Music Trademark Law Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Environmental Law Franchise Law Health Care Law Construction Law Antitrust Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Equipment Finance Law FDA Law Nonprofit / Charities Law Municipal Law Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law Aviation Law Utilities Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television Patent Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Leisure and Hospitality Law Railroad Law Information Technology Law Derivatives and Futures Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Land Use and Zoning Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Collaborative Law: Civil Food and Beverage Law Litigation - Securities Litigation - ERISA Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) Litigation - Antitrust Litigation - Bankruptcy Litigation - Environmental Copyright Law Employment Law - Individuals Family Law Natural Resources Law Trusts and Estates International Trade and Finance Law Collaborative Law: Family Law International Arbitration - Commercial Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Labor Law - Union Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Sports Law Civil Rights Law Insurance Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Medical Malpractice Law Timber Law Securities Regulation Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Commercial Transactions / UCC Law Litigation - Trusts and Estates Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Project Finance Law Communications Law Advertising Law Mining Law Water Law Electronic Discovery and Information Management Law Economic Development Law Financial Services Regulation Law Corporate Compliance Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Construction IT Outsourcing Law Labor Law - Management Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Collaborative Law: Civil Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Tysons Corner, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Collaborative Law: Civil Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Real Estate Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Family Law Collaborative Law: Civil
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Mediation Arbitration Family Law Mediation Collaborative Law: Family Law Collaborative Law: Civil Family Law Arbitration
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Fairfield, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation Collaborative Law: Civil Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Southport, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Collaborative Law: Civil Corporate Compliance Law Arbitration
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Family Law Mediation Family Law Arbitration Family Law Collaborative Law: Family Law Commercial Litigation Collaborative Law: Civil
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Family Law Collaborative Law: Civil Criminal Defense: General Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation Criminal Defense: General Practice DUI / DWI Defense Collaborative Law: Civil Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Collaborative Law: Civil Family Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Collaborative Law: Civil Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2022
  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Transportation Law Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Insurance Law Collaborative Law: Civil
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Plano, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Collaborative Law: Family Law Collaborative Law: Civil
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Public Finance Law Government Relations Practice Equipment Finance Law Litigation - Real Estate Franchise Law Municipal Law Commercial Transactions / UCC Law Corporate Compliance Law Mediation International Arbitration - Governmental Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Derivatives and Futures Law Nonprofit / Charities Law Water Law Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law Litigation - Construction Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law Commercial Litigation Collaborative Law: Family Law International Arbitration - Commercial Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation - Municipal International Trade and Finance Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Land Use and Zoning Law Collaborative Law: Civil Securities Regulation Environmental Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Communications Law Corporate Law Utilities Law Financial Services Regulation Law Corporate Governance Law Arbitration Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Real Estate Law Securitization and Structured Finance Law Project Finance Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Venture Capital Law Litigation - Banking and Finance Litigation - Bankruptcy Construction Law Banking and Finance Law Timber Law Commercial Finance Law Trade Secrets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Construction Litigation - Real Estate Collaborative Law: Family Law Sports Law Construction Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Arbitration Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Community Association Law Family Law Collaborative Law: Civil Mediation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Litigation - Construction Arbitration Consumer Protection Law Commercial Litigation Banking and Finance Law Real Estate Law Collaborative Law: Civil
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Trade Secrets Law Arbitration Commercial Litigation Collaborative Law: Civil Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Individuals Mediation
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Collaborative Law: Civil Mass Tort Litigation Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Collaborative Law: Civil Insurance Law

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Practice Area Definition

Collaborative Law: Civil Definition

Collaborative Law is a voluntary dispute resolution process that often creates mutually agreeable outcomes without the need for litigation or unnecessary judicial decision-making. Couples agree to work together respectfully, honestly and in good faith in order to settle their case in a way that addresses their competing needs and shared interests. In many instances, collaborative settlements can resolve matters faster, with greater privacy and less cost, and can enable couples to resolve their issues without subjecting their children to the potentially damaging effects of courtroom litigation.

In the Collaborative Law process, both parties retain separate, specially trained lawyers to advocate for their interests. The divorcing parties may also choose to involve other professionals such as an estate planning attorney, accountant, forensic accountant, financial planner/wealth manager, therapist, communications coach, or child custody specialist. During this process, the parties may also enter mediation to resolve one or more issues.

The first step is the signing of an agreement by both parties and their attorneys which sets forth the nature and scope of the collaborative process, typically including:

  • Negotiating in good faith;
  • Acting respectfully toward one another;
  • Disclosing all relevant information to the other party;
  • Pledging not to go to court to settle disputes while in the collaborative process;
  • Employing jointly hired neutral experts when appropriate; and
  • Protecting the confidentiality of the collaborative proceedings.

Either party may stop the Collaborative Law process at any time; however, both attorneys are legally obligated to withdraw from the case, and cannot represent either party against the other if the case goes to litigation. This requirement protects the confidentiality of the collaborative meetings and also provides incentive and motivation to the couple and the participating lawyers for the process to succeed. In this way, all participants are equally invested in finding solutions to all the issues in the case and settling outside the traditional divorce process through the court system.

Stacy D. Phillips, CFLS
Founder and Managing Principal of Phillips Lerner, ALC.
Phillips Lerner, A Law Corporation

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Collaborative Law is a voluntary dispute resolution process that often creates mutually agreeable outcomes without the need for litigation or unnecessary judicial decision-making. Couples agree to work together respectfully, honestly and in good faith in order to settle their case in a way that addresses their competing needs and shared interests. In many instances, collaborative settlements can resolve matters faster, with greater privacy and less cost, and can enable couples to resolve their issues without subjecting their children to the potentially damaging effects of courtroom litigation.

In the Collaborative Law process, both parties retain separate, specially trained lawyers to advocate for their interests. The divorcing parties may also choose to involve other professionals such as an estate planning attorney, accountant, forensic accountant, financial planner/wealth manager, therapist, communications coach, or child custody specialist. During this process, the parties may also enter mediation to resolve one or more issues.

The first step is the signing of an agreement by both parties and their attorneys which sets forth the nature and scope of the collaborative process, typically including:

  • Negotiating in good faith;
  • Acting respectfully toward one another;
  • Disclosing all relevant information to the other party;
  • Pledging not to go to court to settle disputes while in the collaborative process;
  • Employing jointly hired neutral experts when appropriate; and
  • Protecting the confidentiality of the collaborative proceedings.

Either party may stop the Collaborative Law process at any time; however, both attorneys are legally obligated to withdraw from the case, and cannot represent either party against the other if the case goes to litigation. This requirement protects the confidentiality of the collaborative meetings and also provides incentive and motivation to the couple and the participating lawyers for the process to succeed. In this way, all participants are equally invested in finding solutions to all the issues in the case and settling outside the traditional divorce process through the court system.