Lawyers as Clients

Sometimes lawyers and other professionals get into legal disputes. How do they handle those disputes?  What is it like to have them as clients?  What can we learn about ourselves as practitioners and what can we take from those experiences to make us better practitioners when we are working with other clients?

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Here’s a link to the case that Woody mentions.

Here are the articles Woody and I mentioned about how lawyers ‘handle’ their own disputes:

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Forrest “Woody” Mosten is a collaborative attorney (Certified Family Law Specialist) and mediator in Los Angeles who handles matters involving substantial assets and high conflict. He is a full time peacemaker and never goes to court on any case. He is in constant demand as a keynote speaker for Collaborative Law conferences (he was CP Cal’s 2011 Plenary Speaker) and trains Collaborative Practice Groups worldwide in creative convening and agreement building strategies, ethics, format design, current hot issues and future trends, and how to build a profitable peacemaking practice and most recently, has offered a Master Class for Collaborative Professionals nationwide with Pauline Tesler. He teaches Collaborative Law in law schools and is the ABA Chair on integrating Collaborative Law into law school curriculum. His 40 Hr Basic Divorce Mediation Training sells out months in advance and is recommended by Collaborative Practice Groups. Woody is the author of four books, Collaborative Divorce Handbook (2009), Mediation Career Guide (2001), Unbundling Legal Services (2000), and Complete Guide to Mediation (1997) and numerous articles on Collaborative Law, Mediation, and Unbundling Woody is the recipient of the ABA Lawyer as Problem Solver Award and Lifetime Award for Legal Access as the “Father of Unbundling and the Client Library, the Los Angeles County Bar Conflict Prevention Award, was named Peacemaker of the Year by the Southern California Mediation Association and Collaborative Member of the Month by LACFLA. He is the Guest Editor of Family Court Review’s Special Issue on Collaborative Practice (April 2011) in which he authored an article on the future of Collaborative Practice. Woody is a member of the faculty at UCLA School of Law, and can be reached at