I am a Pasadena native, born in the Huntington Hospital. I first heard about divorce mediation in the late 1970s and decided to enroll in law school so that I could become a family mediator. I wanted to help families avoid the drama and grief that my siblings and I experienced when our parents went to trial in one of the last years of fault-based divorce trials in California. In law school, I got side-tracked onto a more conventional legal career path for 13 years, burned out, returned to California and taught English in public schools for 20 years. My varied life experiences and nearly 30 years of participation in spiritual discernment have equipped me to listen with my heart as well as my ears. In 2006, while meditating, I heard the call to “meditation AND mediation.” I have been offering family mediation in Pasadena since 2006, part-time at first while I was teaching, and full-time since June 1, 2017. I am a “Certified Advanced Practitioner” with the Academy of Professional Family Mediators, and a Certified Senior Mediator with Mediate.com.
B.A. Occidental College (Musical Theater and Speech and Drama)
M.A. UCLA (Dance, emphasis in Dance Therapy)
J.D., cum laude, Seattle University School of Law
I was lucky enough to have a broad range of experiences as an attorney, from service as a Naval Reserve JAGC officer on active duty, with a sideline as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney at Naval Station Long Beach, CA, to practicing family law and bankruptcy with private law firms in southern Oregon, and a six-year stint as Assistant County Counsel in Jackson County (Medford) Oregon. In California, I focus exclusively on mediation; I am not a member of the California bar. If you need a referral to a California lawyer, I am happy provide referrals for my clients.
Mediation Training and Experience:
Since 1990, I have completed over 500 hours of mediation training in a wide variety of settings, from private mediation seminars with some of the best trainers available, to short programs at Pepperdine University and ongoing advanced training groups since 2007.
I have taught conflict resolution and character education in urban public schools and in faith-based organizations. I have mediated in a wide range of settings, from a community mediation program with youth in the juvenile justice system, to public schools, to my private practice emphasizing divorce mediation and other family matters, serving families throughout Southern California from Pasadena.
Washington State Bar Association; inactive member in good standing
Oregon State Bar Association; inactive member in good standing
Academy of Professional Family Mediators – Certified Advanced Practitioner
Southern California Mediation Association – member since 2002
Mediate.com – Certified Senior Mediator
I subscribe to the Codes of Ethics of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators, Southern California Mediation Association, and Mediate.com.
Georgia brings reason, clarity, kindness, and professionalism to the table.”
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