Hello, I’m Helene L Taylor, a complex California family law trial attorney turned teacher and coach.
I have 21 years of experience in meditation, divorce, law, business and real estate.
I use everything I know to make divorces easier, marriages stronger and lives happier.
I co-chaired the Marital Settlement Agreement set-aside trial that led in part, to California Court of Appeals’ published opinion, In re Marriage of Kieturakis (2006) 138 Cal.App. 4th 56, which is widely discussed by legal analysts.
I mediated cases with Donald B. King, a RETIRED ASSOCIATE JUSTICE in the California COURT OF APPEAL. First Appellate District, Division Five and served as co-counsel in a divorce trial before Judge Roderic Duncan (ret.).
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.
Through his writing and teaching, Roger Fisher’s seminal contributions literally changed the way millions of people around the world approach negotiation and dispute resolution… He taught that conflict is not simply a ‘zero-sum’ game in which a fixed pie is divided through haggling or threats. Instead, he showed how by exploring underlying interests and being imaginative, parties could often expand the pie and create value.
I completed mediation training with Gary Friedman, founder of The Center for Understanding and Conflict located in Mill Valley, California and 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 litigated, mediated, settled and resolved hundreds of complex California family law issues on hundreds of occasions.
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’m quoted in Time.com, MSN.com, Reuters.com, More.com. I’m featured in Entrepreneur.com. I’ve 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.
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)
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
I’m here to change the world, one divorce at a time.
If you’d like my help making your California complex legal separation or divorce processes easier or marriage stronger, please complete the form below to schedule a consultation.