About Helene L Taylor

My professional practice is born from a rebellious mission to create a conscious divorce movement.

A movement that rejects the status quo of bad divorces, disempowers broken family law systems, defies attorney stereotypes, connects conscious clients and professionals and makes conscious divorces the norm.

If we are on this earth for a purpose, my purpose is to reduce conflict in love relationships.

It’s odd to think of my work this way, but it makes sense.

When I ask the bigger question, how can I contribute to making our world a gentler, kinder, more peaceful place, I always seem to find the same two-fold answer:

Use my compassion and competence to make legal separation and divorce proceedings easier and marital partnerships stronger, and

Connect conscious clients with conscious professionals.

My professional role is unusual and very worthwhile.

Professional Bio

As a California family law trial attorney and mediator, I litigated and mediated issues of child custody, child support, spousal support, prenuptial agreements, property division, and paternity.

I resolved multimillion dollar complex family law matters and appeared before public and private judges in San Francisco, Marin, Napa, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Stanislaus and Santa Clara.

I served as a family law trial attorney at the law firms of Bley and Bley and Morgan, Lewis, and as a civil trial attorney at Cooper, White, and Cooper. I was a law clerk (3L) at Burke Sakai.

I was mentored by Stephen Bruce Bley and learned from other complex California SuperLawyers. My skills were honed while working with appellate attorney Bernard Wolf and before Donald B. King, a RETIRED ASSOCIATE JUSTICE in the California COURT OF APPEAL. First Appellate District, Division Five.

I completed negotiation training under Roger Fisher, the director of The Harvard Negotiation Project and co-author of the books Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In, Getting Ready to Negotiate and Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as You Negotiate.

I completed mediation training with Gary Friedman, author of Challenging Conflict: Mediation Through Understanding and A Guide to Divorce Mediation: How to Reach a Fair, Legal Settlement at a Fraction of the Cost.

I served as a mediator for the Sonoma Superior Court No-Fee Mediation panel, family law mediation instructor for San Francisco Community Boards and grader for the State Bar of California Committee of Bar Examiners.

I opened my first law firm in 1994 at the age of twenty-four. My practice areas included family law, bankruptcy, estate planning, construction defect litigation, residential real estate development, criminal, juvenile defense and child protective services.

I successfully defended a client’s appeal against the United States Department of Justice Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which resulted in a win at the federal appellate level.

I hold a Bachelor in Business and Juris Doctorate (law).

I studied spiritual psychology at the University of Santa Monica in 1998 and first practiced meditation while studying philosophy and attending services at the Self Realization Temple in 1998.

I’m quoted in Time.com, MSN.com, Reuters.com, More.com. I’m featured in Entrepreneur.com and have written articles for ExpertBeacon.com and Lovetoknow.com. I appeared on Healthy Life Net Radio, Alpha Males Club with James Swanick and The Art of Charm podcast.

Here are some of the kind words my clients have said about me.

I loved working with Helene. She is smart, soulful, kind, and knows her way around the legal system like nobody’s business. Helene made it possible for me to move through my divorce with peace of mind and confidence. Laurie Wagner

Law licenses, education and instruction at a glance
State Bar of California (2001 – 2015)
Hawaii State Bar Association (1994 – 2015)
Bachelor in Business Administration (1990)
Juris Doctorate (1993)
Sonoma Superior Court No-Fee Mediation Panel (2010-2014)
San Francisco Community Boards Instructor (2011-2014)
State Bar of California Committee of Bar Examiners Grader (2002-2004)
Collaborative divorce training (2008)
Challenging Conflict mediation training (2010)
Harvard Negotiation Institute (2002)

 

Professional bio

During my career as a California Bay area family-law trial attorney and mediator, I litigated and mediated issues of child custody, child support, spousal support, prenuptial agreements, property division, and paternity.

I successfully resolved multi-million-dollar cases and appeared before public and private judges in San Francisco, Marin, Napa, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Stanislaus and Santa Clara.

I served as a mediator for the Sonoma Superior Court No-Fee Mediation panel, family law mediation instructor for San Francisco Community Boards and grader for the State Bar of California Committee of Bar Examiners.

I served as an associate attorney at the law firms of Bley and Bley, Morgan, Lewis, Cooper, White and Cooper and Burke Sakai.

Early in my career my practice areas included, family law, bankruptcy, estate planning, construction defect litigation, residential real estate development, criminal juvenile defense and child protective services. I also took on the United States Department of Justice Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which resulted in a win at the federal appellate level.

I completed negotiation training under Roger Fisher, the director of The Harvard Negotiation Project and co-author of the books Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In, Getting Ready to Negotiate and Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as You Negotiate.

I completed mediation training with Gary Friedman, author of Challenging Conflict: Mediation Through Understanding and A Guide to Divorce Mediation: How to Reach a Fair, Legal Settlement at a Fraction of the Cost.

I hold a Bachelor’s in Business and Juris Doctorate (law). I also studied spiritual psychology at University of Santa Monica and began meditating and attending services at the Self Realization Temple in 1998.

A frequent presence in the media, I am featured in Time.com, Entrepreneur.com, MSN.com, Reuters.com, More.com, ExpertBeacon.com and Lovetoknow.com. I appeared on Healthy Life Net Radio, Alpha Males Club with James Swanick and The Art of Charm podcast.

I loved working with Helene. She is smart, soulful, kind, and knows her way around the legal system like nobody’s business. Helene made it possible for me to move through my divorce with peace of mind and confidence. Laurie Wagner

Law licenses, education and instruction at a glance
State Bar of California (2001 – 2015)
Hawaii State Bar Association (1994 – 2015)
Bachelor’s in Business Administration (1990)
Juris Doctorate (1993)
Sonoma Superior Court No-Fee Mediation panel (2010-2014)
San Francisco Community Boards Instructor (2011-2014)
State Bar of California Committee of Bar Examiners Grader (2002-2004)
Collaborative divorce training (2008)
Challenging Conflict mediation training (2010)
Harvard Negotiation Institute (2002)

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