Katherine began practicing in the area of family law in 1988. Since the very beginning of her matrimonial practice, she felt there had to be a better way. Litigation was such a poor fit with the structure and purpose of the family unit that it rarely served divorcing couples and their children. She found that not only were divorce proceedings sometimes very long and expensive but that during the course of them, the parties often grew to hate each other.
She was trained in mediation in 1990 and again in 1998. She mediated a few matters in the early years, and found great success applying the mediation techniques to litigation settlement negotiations. As the number of cases Katherine mediated grew, she found herself interested in expanding her dispute resolution practice in the area of Collaborative Practice as well. Katherine is a past President of the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals and has been a member of its Board of Directors since its inception.
Katherine grew up in New York City and graduated from Vassar College in 1982 and from Fordham University Law School in 1986. She is admitted to the bars of New York and Connecticut. She has lectured on Child welfare litigation, child abuse reporting requirements, alternative dispute resolution in family matters and elder law as well as mediation and Collaborative Law. She has taught several courses on Family Law at the White Institute in New York City, lectured on Child Abuse and Elder Law and teaches Mediation and Collaborative Law on a regular basis with the Center for Understanding Conflict (f/k/a Center for Mediation in Law). Katherine also teaches divorce mediation at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City, She litigated many cases before giving up that model in 2002.View Katherine’s CV