My career is dedicated to helping smart successful conscious men and women move through divorce as easily, efficiently, affordably, satisfactorily and friendly as possible in light of their personal circumstances.
I have worn many hats in this quest; California complex family law trial attorney, real estate lawyer, estate planning attorney, mediator, writer, teacher, speaker, business owner, employee, Director of Operations, student of Buddhism, psychology and anthropology.
I worked with and against some of Northern California’s “Best of the Best” Super Lawyers. I was mentored by Stephen Bruce Bley; associate to Samantha Bley DeJean. I learned from many other esteemed professionals like, Bernard N. Wolf, John McCall, Lowell Sucherman, Michelene Insalaco, Judge Roderic Duncan (ret.), Rich Berra.
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 appeared at private hearings and mediation with The Honorable Donald B. King (ret.). Justice King (ret.) is the California family law expert. He’s also co-author of California Practice Guide Family Law published by The Rutter Group, which is heavily relied upon by Judges and attorneys.
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 am quoted and/or featured on Time.com, Entrepreneur.com, MSN.com, More.com, Reuters.com and Lovetoknow.com. I also appeared on Healthy Life Net Radio and The Art of Charm podcast.
Over 21 years I litigated, mediated and settled complex family law cases in San Francisco, Marin, Napa, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Contra Costa and Stanislaus counties, involving these issues and more.
I’ve negotiated, litigated and mediated hundreds of family law issues hundreds of times for men and women separating and/or getting divorced in California.
You’ll find a wiki list of many family law issues I litigated, mediated or otherwise resolved.
I served as a grader for the State Bar of California Committee of Bar Examiners.
I was a mediator on the Superior Court of California Sonoma’s no-fee mediation panel and a family law mediation instructor for San Francisco Community Boards.
I’m licensed to practice law in California (2001) and Hawaii (1994). I earned business and law degrees in 1990 and 1993 respectively.
I am Helene L Taylor.
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