My integrated experience and education makes me different.
Typical divorce mediation professionals have one major drawback…
They lack the wide range of subject matter knowledge and/or experience needed to see and understand the multi-layered whole picture.
Divorce-lawyer mediators have limited knowledge about the financial aspects of divorce – so they must rely on accountants to guide them. What’s more, they rarely think about complex or detailed financial and business issues from the client’s point of view. And rarely do they have expert understanding of the emotions / psychology of divorce and loss.
And when was the last time an accountant has been accused of having Emotional Intelligence? Accountants can guide people through many money aspects of their divorce; budgeting, cash flow and tax filings. However, being an accountant doesn’t make them an expert in business, asset valuation, or even taxation (unless they’ve received specialized training). It doesn’t make them a trained negotiator, either. And they rarely know the legal and divorce implications of contracts, agreements, loan covenants, lease provisions, security interests, and corporate / business transactions.
Mental health professionals can really provide value and guidance to many issues; custody, parenting and communication. Just don’t start bring up law or numbers.
When someone has spent years, decades even, lovingly building a family (or building up a thriving business), the prospect of any sort of structural change is emotional and financial. Typical mediators can’t consider all these complex financial issues and entangled feelings, and so the decisions and agreements they reach are often disappointing and dissatisfying for their clients.
I believe that understanding both the psychological and financial aspects of divorce are necessary to guide people toward satisfying long-term solutions.
My experience and education allows me to see the whole picture.
- BA – Communication/Marketing, University of Connecticut
- MBA – Accounting & Taxation, Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Business
- JD (Corporate/Tax Law concentration) – Juris Doctor, Mercer University School of Law
- Graduate Tax (Individual/Corporate/Estate) Coursework, Emory University School of Law
- MS – Psychology (Individual/Organizational), Kansas State University
- Graduate – Divorce Trial Program, National Family Law Trial Institute, Houston, Texas
- Advanced Mediation/Negotiation Training (Business & Divorce), American Arbitration Association / Doug Yarn (Civil), Betty Manley (Divorce) / Henning Mediation & Arbitration / Pat Siuta (Civil, Divorce & Arbitration)
- PriceWaterhouse & Co. (now PwC), Senior Accountant (Family/Small Business Tax), New York City
- Ernst & Young, Senior Tax Accountant/Consultant, New Jersey
- Hansell & Post (now Jones Day), Corporate/Tax Attorney, Atlanta/Macon
- Skinner, Wilson, Strickland & Benson, Corporate/Tax/Litigation Attorney, Atlanta
- LJ Hooker Developments, Director of Dispute Resolution / Senior Corporate Legal Counsel, Atlanta
- McRae & Penn, Corporate/Family Business Attorney, Atlanta
- The Figo Pasta Restaurant Companies, Chief Legal Officer/Chief Financial Officer, Atlanta
- IPennLaw – Georgia Divorce, Divorce Litigation Attorney, Atlanta
- IPennLaw — Divorce Mediation (Individual & Family Business), Atlanta Metro (and beyond via video conference)