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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, MAY 22, 2019 at 12:00 P.M.

The Importance of Empathy and Active Listening in Collaborative Divorce

Speaker Carrie Silvestri, Silvestri Family Law, PLLC

Entering the Collaborative process to resolve a divorce does not eliminate the conflict or stress that our client is experiencing during this significant life event. Empathy and active listening can provide the support and cognitive assistance needed to facilitate reasoned negotiations and decision making. Carrie Silvestri, one of Texas' few Credentialed Collaborative Professionals, will explain the importance of using these tools to assist our client in identifying their real needs and also during option development and decision making in their divorce.


Training Opportunities


May 22-24, 2019
New Ways for Families by Bill Eddy
at the Embassy Suites- Denton Convention Center
Learn a new approach to working with High Conflict Families and their situations form the founder of the High Conflict Institute, Bill Eddy.
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 May  "Affiliate of the Month" Member is esteemed financial planner, Joelle Hinds. Joelle is a Certified Financial Planner™ and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst who began attending the DBA Collaborative Law Section meetings because she was intrigued that there could be a “less painful” way to end a marriage after her contentious divorce.  As a result of attending meetings  and interacting with the extraordinary members, Joelle determined that she could positively impact the Collaborative Law discipline by becoming a Financial Neutral in the process.  She recently completed the Basic Interdisciplinary Training with Collaborative Divorce Texas and will complete the Advanced training this summer.  She is so excited to be a qualified resource for fellow members!  Joelle is the proud mom of 2 daughters Braeden (20) and Spencer (17), and 1 son Jirden (14) and is always excited by the next adventure!  Please introduce yourself to Joelle and remember her for your next case!

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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