Collaborative Practice San Francisco

Attorneys are typically trained to approach cases with the underlying assumption that a court will make the ultimate decision.  Cases are analyzed with this foundation and are settled with the backdrop being "what will happen if we go to court."  "Going to court" can often become a weapon or threat that derails communication rather than moving the clients closer to settlement.  Since settlement has not been the focus from the very beginning, cases often do not settle until the clients are "at the courthouse steps" after incurring substantial attorney's and expert fees and after depleting their emotional resources.

The agreement by both the clients and Collaborative Attorneys that the Collaborative Attorney will not go to court focuses everyone on creative means of settling the case in a way that is acceptable to all clients.  The focus of the process stays on reaching an agreement rather than preparing a case for trial since the Collaborative Attorneys will not be representing the clients in court.  The tendency to "drift" to court as the default decision-making method is reduced.


About CPSF

Collaborative Practice San Francisco is a group of professionals interested in avoiding court battles and power struggles to resolve conflicts. Our group is a multi-disciplinary, multi-field group open to all professionals interested in Collaborative conflict resolution. Read more...

Will CP work for me?

If the following values are important to you, it is likely to be a workable option:

  • I want us to communicate with a tone of respect.
  • I want to prioritize the needs of our children.
  • My needs and those of my spouse/partner require equal consideration, and I will listen objectively.

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