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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



Lisanne Glew, AWMA, CDFA

First Vice President – Wealth Management, UBS Financial Services Inc.

“Couples and Money – Financial Insights for Collaborative Divorce Professionals”

Helping Attorneys and other professionals involved in the process to consider the behavior and emotions behind financial decision-making and how to influence the process and outcome.

MARCH 27, 2019


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
May 7-8, 2019
12th Annual Collaborative Law Course
at the Westin Galleria Dallas
Cosponsored by the Collaborative Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and Collaborative Divorce Texas
Click here to register.


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: 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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