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Collaborative Law Section

Provides a forum for lawyers and other professionals who are interested in learning about the collaborative dispute resolution process and advancing their skills in the process. The goals of the Section are: (1) to promote the use of the collaborative process for resolving disputes in various areas of law, (2) to train lawyers and other professionals in the use of the process, (3) to educate the public as to the benefits of the process, and (4) to preserve the integrity of the collaborative dispute resolution process.

Meeting Schedule:   The Collaborative Law Section typically meets at noon on the FOURTH WEDNESDAY of each month at the Belo Mansion.   

Follow us on Twitter here: @CollabLawTx


Upcoming Section Meetings



January 25, Wednesday. Noon at the Belo

Doing Our Best: Lessons We Learned from Gay Cox

1 hour CLE, including 1 hour ethics

Carla Calabrese, Calabrese Huff; Kevin Fuller, Fuller Mediations; Larry Hance, Hance Law Firm: Julie Quaid, Quaid Farish and Dr. Honey Sheff

What could you do to make 2017 your best year of practice? Come listen to our panel of experienced collaborative practitioners and exchange ideas regarding how to do your best as a collaborative lawyer. Discuss ethical issues that exist for lawyers in the collaborative process and what we learned about being a collaborative lawyer from the example and work of the late renowned collaborative attorney, Gay Cox.


Training Opportunities

January 26-27, 2017 Dallas-area Interdisciplinary Family Basic Collaborative Law Training with Melinda Eitzen, Scott Clarke, and Linda Solomon. This 2 day training is for lawyers, financial professionals, and mental health professionals looking to expand their practice to offer Collaborative Law. CLE 12.5 hours with .5 ethics.

  • Cost: $500 per person. Special discount of 50% available to the first 2 registrants who have been practicing less than five years (thanks to Noel Cookman of the Mortgage Institute).
  • For more information, or to register, contact Lindy McMahan at

March 2-3, 2017 Collaborative Law Course in Dallas hosted by the State Bar of Texas and Collaborative Law Institute of Texas. CLE 14.25 hours (2.5 ethics).

  • Cost: $495 per person. Early bird special: $445 through 2/16/17. Texas Collaborative Law Section and Cli-Tex members save $25.
  • BONUS: DBA Collaborative Law Section members receive additional 10% off. Members received an email with instructions on how to claim your discount. If you did not receive, please contact
  • For more information, or to register, click here.


Book Recommendations

Just published by the ABA – Structured Negotiation:  A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits, by Lainey Feingold.  Some of you may have attended the Section meeting in Spring 2015 when Ms. Feingold appeared via skype and presented her Structured Negotiation method to our membership.  Ms. Feingold has used this method, very similar to the Collaborative Process, to achieve settlements and change for disability rights clients involved with entities such as Walmart, Major League Baseball, and local governments.  For more information, and to receive 10% discount on the purchase price, visit


Section Officers:

Name: Jodi McShan
Officer Position: Chair
Law Office of Jodi McShan, PLLC 
Firm Address: 4144 N Central Expy Ste 300
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75204
Business Phone: 214-800-2091

Name: Stephen Rizzieri
Officer Position: Vice Chair
L. Stephen Rizzieri, PLLC
Firm Address: 8150 North Central Expy, 10th Floor.
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75206
Business Phone: 214-434-1017

Name: Elizabeth Chappell
Officer Position: Secretary
Firm Address: 106 N. Denton Tap Rd., 210-209
Firm City, State, Zip: Coppell, TX 75019
Business Phone: 214-614-8304

Name: Brett Christiansen
Officer Position: Treasurer
Firm: Christiansen Davis LLC
Firm Address: 4100 Spring Valley Rd., Ste. 450
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75244 
Business Phone: 214-838-3501

Name: Laura Schlenker
Officer Position: Immediate Past Chair
Firm: Law Office of Laura Schlenker
Firm Address: 401 Tom Landry Hwy #224632
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75260
Business Phone: 214-923-5071

Name: Angelina LaPenotiere
Officer Position: DBA Board Advisor
Firm: Fannie Mae
Address: 14221 Dallas Parkway, Ste. 1000
City, State, Zip: Dallas, Texas 75254
Business Phone: 972-773-7383

Resource Links

State Bar of Texas Collaborative Law Section

ABA Dispute Resolution Section’s Collaborative Law Committee

International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

Global Collaborative Law Council

Collaborative Law Institute of Texas

Houston Bar Association Collaborative Law Section

Lubbock Bar Association Collaborative Law Section

Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council

Section Membership:

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Collaborative Law section, please click here to join online or send a letter of request and the $25.00 membership fee to:
2101 Ross Ave
Dallas TX, 75201
Please note that you must be a member of the Dallas Bar Association to join a section. If you have any questions regarding sections membership, please contact the DBA membership department.

Section Admin-Mass E-mail/Roster

Section Admin-Webpage

For questions regarding Section email/roster/webpage, email Jessica Smith or call 214-220-7477.  

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