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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


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2019 at 12:00 P.M.


Toolkit for Success: Assisting Parents and Children in Crisis

Speakers MaryAnn Kildebeck and Robin Watts

The protocol for assisting the “ideal” Collaborative client is markedly different when our client or their children are in crisis during the Collaborative process. 

MaryAnn and Robin will discuss the important tool of reunification to assist our Collaborative clients when a parent/child relationship is fractured. While providing the most up-to-date research on best practices for reunification, they will also share their experiences in assisting clients and their children when our usual kit isn’t enough, including how reunification affects the short term and long term parenting plan developed by the MHP and our clients during their divorce.  


Training Opportunities


April  25-26, 2019
Basic Collaborative Intedisciplinary Training
at the Meadows Foundation Conference Center
2900 Live Oak Street, Dallas, Texas 75204
Thursday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Registration: On Line Registration

Affiliate Membership


The Collaborative Law Section  of the Dallas Bar Assocation welcomes Affiliate Members who are not attorneys but who are interested in collaborative law. Please see the link below for an Affiliate Member application.
Spotlight Affiliate Member
The April  "Affiliate of the Month" Member is the impressive Jerry Perkins who is the Principal Broker at Bradford Reese Realty.  ( Jerry is a real estate broker who has lifelong family connections to the real estate industry. He helps collaborative law and family law clients to determine the most accurate value of a residence through appraisal, along with the best strategy for refinance or sale using a clinical and data-driven approach. He provides a thorough written report to the collaborative team about his findings to help them understand their specific options. Jerry cares deeply about maximizing the parties' financial futures with their real estate and to provide as much information as he can to the team. Jerry's knowledge of real estate is immensely helpful to clients.When he is not working, he is probably enjoying musical theater with his wife or spending time with his two grandchildren, ages 4 and 8. Please introduce yourself to Jerry and remember him for your next case involving sale of a residence!

Section Officers:

Name: Esther Donald
Officer Position: Chair
Firm: Goranson Bain Ausley, 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: Vice Chair
Firm Address: PO Box 226268
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75222
Business Phone: 469-443-4069

Name: Lindsey Obenhaus
Officer Position: Secretary

Firm: Goranson Bain Ausley, PLLC
Firm Address: 8350 N. Central Exwy, Ste. 1700
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75206
Business Phone: 214-373-7676

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: Anita Savage
Officer Position: Programs Chair
Goranson Bain Ausley, PLLC
Firm Address: 8350 N. Central Expwy.  Ste 1700
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75206
Business Phone: 214-373-7676

Name: Stephen Rizzieri
Officer Position: Immediate Past 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: Robert Tobey
Officer Position: DBA Board Advisor
Johnston Tobey Baruch, P.C.
Address: P.O. Box 215
City, State, Zip: Addison, Texas 75001
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 annual 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.


Affiliate Membership available for Non-Attorneys. Please click here: Affiliate Member Application to fill out the form online, or click here for a downloadable version. Please send your $20.00 annual membership fee to: 

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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