The legal systems in our society can cause harm—and they can make it difficult for us to consciously end marriages.
Traditional representation and adjudication, with its business-centric focus and gatekeepers, can hurt. Self-representation with limited access to competent legal counsel can be damaging too.
The difficulty of navigating these structures can be eased, and the outcomes often improved, by invested and competent legal counsel.
Welcome, I’m Helene L Taylor, California divorce consulting attorney, coach, and confidant.
I’m driven by a calling to right wrongs, reduce suffering, and be a source of inspiration in our world.
I relentlessly study, experiment with, and teach what it takes to make separation and divorce processes easier and a catalyst of dreams.
I’m armed with ingenious litigation, negotiation, and mediation skills honed over 22 years by nationally recognized experts in the fields of negotiation, mediation, litigation, and California family law.
My business, entrepreneurial, and real estate acumen were sharpened by an immersion, and integral role, in my parents engineering, land surveying, and real estate business on Kauai, Hawaii between 1975 and 2014.
Here are highlights from my career, education, and media appearances.
- Associate family law trial attorney to Max Gutierrez of Morgan Lewis, who was listed by the editors of The Best Lawyers in America as the only partner in the country identified as a Best Lawyer for two different practice areas: family law and trusts and estates. Morgan Lewis is a global law firm with 2,000 employees in 28 offices in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East with clients ranging from established, global Fortune 100 companies to ingenius startups.
- Associate family law trial attorney to Stephen Bruce Bley and Samantha Bley DeJean, who specialize in high-asset, high-conflict dissolutions. Stephen and Samantha have been named Super Lawyers for several years by San Francisco Magazine and ranked at the highest level of professional excellence by peers (AV rating). We negotiated, litigated and otherwise regularly resolved disputes in high asset, high conflict cases requiring complex financial tracings, marital standard of living analyses for the purpose of establishing spousal support, valuations of closely held businesses, separate property tracings, reviewing, preparing, and challenging or defending the validity of, prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements. Our clients included CEO’s, local and national celebrities, and business owners of all sizes with significant wealth and diverse asset holdings. The firm is AV rated by Martindale Hubble.
- Co-trial counsel with Stephen Bruce Bley and Bernard N. Wolf in one of the most important family law cases concerning the mediation privilege, In re Marriage of Kieturakis (2006) 138 Cal.App. 4th 56. Bernard N. Wolf represented prevailing parties in well-known family law Appellate cases like, In re Marriage of Epstein (1978) 24 Cal.3d 76, Kumar v. Super. Ct. (Kumar) (1982), 32 Cal.3d 689, In re Marriage of Assemi (1994) 7 Cal.4th 896, In re Marriage of Lehman (1998) 18 Cal.4th 169, and In re Marriage of Iredale; Cates (2004) 121 Cal. App.4th 321.
- Opposing family law trial counsel to Certified Family Law Specialists and Fellows of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, like Michelene Insalaco, Lowell Sucherman, Mindy Ross, Diana Richmond, Jill Hersh, and Robert Blevans
- Trial counsel at mediation and settlement conferences with Donald B. King, a RETIRED ASSOCIATE JUSTICE in the California COURT OF APPEAL, First Appellate District, Division Five and Judge Roderic Duncan (ret.)
- Associate construction defect litigation attorney at Cooper White and Cooper
- Grader for the State Bar of California Committee of Bar Examiners, Estate Planning and Trusts
- Director of Sales Operations at Education Finance Group
Pro Bono Work
- Mediator for the Sonoma Superior Court No-Fee Mediation panel
- Family law mediation instructor for San Francisco Community Boards, which operates the oldest, longest-running public conflict resolution center in the United States with 350 volunteer Mediators. Their professional ADR services are affordably priced for independent contractors, small businesses, tech startups, property managers, homeowner associations, and nonprofit organizations, and Neighborhood mediators mediate various family law matters.
Training and Education
- Negotiation training with 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.
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.
- Understanding conflict 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.
- Spiritual psychology student at the University of Santa Monica
- Meditation student at the Self Realization Fellow
- Bachelor’s degree in Business
- Juris Doctorate in law
- Entrepreneur.com – Business Law: Have you heard the one about the lawyer becoming an entrepreneur? It’s no joke
- Time Magazine Online – How to Tell If Your Relationship Will Survive the Holidays
- Main Street – Splitting Up Your Finances After You Split and Hell Hath No Fury Like an Expensive Divorce
If you’d like my help finding ease and inspiration during separation or divorce in California, call my assistant Laura at 415-968-3028 or complete the form below and schedule a consultation.