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Collaborative Practice is a voluntary out-of-court process for you and your spouse to resolve the legal, financial and emotional issues of your divorce or separation.  You and your spouse are represented by collaboratively trained attorneys.  These attorneys are disqualified from representing you in court.  Successful teams include coaches for each spouse, the use of a child specialist, and trained divorce financial advisors.

 


 

Sixth Annual Diversity Workshop

 LGBTQI DIVERSITY

&

COLLABORATIVE LAW

 Saturday, June 20, 2015

  Come and participate with our Accomplished Panel of Experts regarding LGBTQI Diversity

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This program will increase your knowledge of the unique needs and perspectives of LGBTQI clients and enhance your ability to address those needs and perspectives in the collaborative dispute resolution process.


LACFLA INTRODUCES OUR MAY MEMBER OF THE MONTH 

LACLFA'S DISTINGUISHED MEMBER

Christine Kerian, Attorney at Law/Mediator

Christine Kerian is an experienced mediation lawyer in Southern California.

As principal of Harmony Family Law Mediation Group with over 15 years experience exclusively in family law matters, Christine has great knowledge on how to handle and resolve complex family disputes without going to court.

She understands the level of patience and cooperation required to help individuals bring harmony and balance back into their lives without having to go to court and exhausting their resources.

Christine currently serves as a pro bono mediator for the Los Angeles Superior Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Department.

About Christine Kerian

Christine Kerian earned her law degree in 1997 from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. During law school, she received achievement awards for seminars in Counseling and Negotiation, Family Law, Women and the Law and Legal Malpractice. Christine was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1998.

She was an Attorney at Freid & Goldsman, a prominent Century City family law firm, for over 12 years. She handled all phases of complex family law matters, including marital dissolution actions involving custody, support, valuation and division of significant assets.

Christine was selected by Super Lawyers magazine as Southern California’s “Rising Stars” in Family Law in 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, and 2005.

In 2012, she was selected by Pasadena Magazine as “Top Attorneys in Family Law”.

In May 2008, Christine completed Collaborative Family Interdisciplinary Training from LACFLA, Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association. In January 2011, she completed Divorce Mediation Training from Mosten Mediation, an approved continuing education provider by the California State Bar MCLE & Family Law Specialization, the California Psychological Association Accrediting Agency, and the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. In 2013, she completed theCollaborative Divorce Streamlined Protocols Training in Phoenix, Arizona.

Fluent in English, Armenian, Bulgarian, and French, Christine is an active member of the the following associations:

Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association (LACFLA)

International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)

Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA)

Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA)

Mediate.com

Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce

Beverly Hills Bar Association (BHBA)

Glendale Area Mental Health Professionals Association (GAMPHA)

Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce

Armenian Bar Association


 


 LACFLA SPOTLIGHT BOARD MEMBER - MAY

Jena Stara

Jena Stara Law and Mediation Offices of Heidi S. Tuffias

Jennifer 'Jena' L. Stara graduated from Ohio State University with a BA and BS in English, Philosophy and Education.

She graduated from Pepperdine School of Law in 1996, cum laude.

She became a Certified Family Law Specialist in December 2002 and has been an associate with the firm since 2000

Jena specializes in custody and high conflict matters.


 

Marital dissolution is not often  merely legal or economic disputes. Because they arise out of the most intimate relationships, they implicate the basic personal, emotional and familial needs of parties and their children. Our court system increasingly has recognized that a judicial decree is far from the final word in a divorce; parental and fiscal responsibilities may last for many years.
The collaborative approach, which includes attorneys for each party, as well as mental health professionals and neutral financial experts to support the family and guide the parties to mutually acceptable resolutions, can provide parties with complementary resources and dispute resolution methods that are simply unavailable in court.
--Ronald M. George, Chief Justice of California Supreme Court of California

 

 


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August 12, 13, 14.

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See new collaborative horizons at Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association’s Monthly Collaborative Law Study Group & Round-Table Discussions

New and Seasoned Collaborators come together to master case success and    develop a satisfying and profitable collaborative practice.  We will learn about practice-enriching topics and discuss your questions, concerns, goals, and cases.
 
The Valley
When:
2nd Tuesday of each month from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
                                                            
Location:
21900 Burbank Boulevard, 3rd Floor, Woodland Hills, California 91367
Host:
Michelle Daneshrad (818) 991-0519 completionlawfirm@yahoo.com
 
West Los Angeles
When:
1st Friday of each month from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.  (Please BYO brown bag lunch.)
                                         
 Location:
11340 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 265, Los Angeles, California 90064
Hosts:
Carol Hirshfield & Jena Stara (310) 207-2500 jstara@heidituffias.com
                                                                              
Light refreshments provided.                                                     RSVPs are welcomed, but not necessary.
 
Please let us know if you want a monthly LACFLA Study Group in a new location.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH & LEARNING:

2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:00 - 7:00 participate in our Monthly Collaborative Law Study Group & Round-Table Discussions

Held in the Valley and on the west side, this is a great opportunity to network and learn from seasoned professionals.  

Contact Michelle Daneshrad for Valley locations:

(818) 991-0519 completionlawfirm@yahoo.com

 

Contact Carol Hirshfield & Jena Stara for locations in West Los Angeles:

 

(310) 207-2500 jstara@heidituffias.com

 

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