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Collaborative Law Section

Collaborative law promotes the private reconciliation of disputes through goal-oriented and client-driven negotiations.

The Collaborative Law Section provides a forum for lawyers and other professionals to promote and expand the use of collaborative law concepts during negotiations and throughout various areas of legal practice. We believe that collaborative tools can be successfully applied in civil, family, probate, insurance, employment and business disputes, and incorporated into the general practice of law.

Through early education of law students, education of attorneys in all practice areas, and education of the public, our goal is to promote private reconciliation of disputes, through goal-oriented and client-driven negotiations.

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


Happy Holidays!

Watch our website and look for emails about our January 2019 Kickoff Party and upcoming programs.

 Additional Section Meetings

2019 Programs TBD 


Training Opportunities


  • 14th Annual Civil Collaborative Law Conference (GCLC) -- Las Vegas -- September 20-22, 2018 (see more information below).
  • 19th Annual Networking and Educational Forum (IACP) -- Seattle -- October 15-28, 2018

Global Collaborative Law Council, the international organization for professionals dedicated to the advancement of civil collaborative law, invites you to attend our Annual Civil Collaborative Law Conference.  This year’s Conference will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada at beautiful Cili at Bali Hai Golf Resort, September 20-22, 2018.  This unique event features a one day basic introductory civil collaborative law training, followed by a two day advanced training which includes hands-on learning through a case study.  The Conference is approved for 19.5 CLE hours by the Nevada Board of Continuing Education (includes two ethics hours).  Don’t miss this chance to transform your legal practice in the company of collegial, progressive practitioners!   Sponsorships still available. 


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: Stephen Rizzieri
Officer Position:  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: Esther Donald
Officer Position: Vice Chair
Firm: Goranson Bain, PLLC
Firm Address: 8350 N. Central Exwy, Ste. 1700
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75206
Business Phone: 214-373-9959

Name: Raechel Parolisi
Officer Position: Programs Chair
Firm Address: PO Box 226268
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75222
Business Phone: 469-385-8898

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: Jodi McShan
Officer Position: Immediate Past 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: Robert Tobey
Officer Position: DBA Board Advisor
Johnston Tobey Baruch, P.C.
Address: 3308 Oak Grove Avenue
City, State, Zip: Dallas, Texas 75204
Business Phone: 214-741-6260

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 $20.00 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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