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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 LAST Thursday of each month at the Belo Mansion.   

Follow us on Twitter here: @CollabLawTx


Upcoming Section Meetings



October 27, 2016. Noon at the Belo

Using the Collaborative Law Process in Probate,
Will, Trust and Guardianship Disputes

1 hour CLE

Harry L. Munsinger, JD, PhD – Munsinger and Munsinger, San Antonio

Harry L. Munsinger, J.D., Ph.D, a former Vice-Chair of the SBOT Collaborative Law Section, has successfully incorporated the Collaborative Law process in his probate and estates practice in San Antonio.  He will address the benefits and pitfalls of using CL in this practice area, and give examples from his practice.  



December 1, 2016. Noon at the Belo

Looking In the Mirror:  How YOU Impact the Collaborative Process

1 hour CLE

Linda Solomon LPT, LMFT

Linda Solomon is a veteran in the Collaborative Process and is an internationally sought after professional trainer for collaborative attorneys and neutral professionals alike.  Her presentation will examine the impact the collaborative professional has on the process, beyond their professional responsibilities, including impact on team dynamics, and styles when dealing with uncomfortable topics.  


Training Opportunities

  • Dallas-area Interdisciplinary Family Basic Collaborative Law Training will be January 26-27, 2017 with Melinda Eitzen, Scott Clarke, and Linda Solomon. More information coming soon.


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: Laura Schlenker
Officer Position: 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: Ruth Rickard
Officer Position: Vice Chair
Firm: Law Office of Ruth Rickard
Firm Address: 5156 S. Colony Blvd.
Firm City, State, Zip: The Colony, TX 75056
Business Phone: 214-663-1010

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: Julie Quaid
Officer Position: Immediate Past Chair
Firm: Quaid Farish, LLC
Firm Address: 8150 N. Central Expressway, Suite 600
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75206
Business Phone: 214.373.9100

Name: Rocio Christina Garcia
Officer Position: DBA Board Advisor
Firm: Hunton & Williams LLP
Address: 1445 Ross Avenue, Ste. 3700
City, State, Zip: Dallas, Texas 75202
Business Phone: 214-880-0011

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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