John has practiced law in the Charlottesville/Albemarle County area since 1969. He has had a concentration in domestic relations law for approximately 25 years. He received his B.A. degree from Birmingham-Southern College and his Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Virginia.
Kitt has been handling collaborative law cases since 2008, in addition to her litigation practice. One of her favorite things about the collaborative approach is the opportunity to “make the pie bigger” by finding creative solutions that result in both sides getting more of what they want, in contrast to the zero-sum game that typifies non-collaborative negotiation or litigation.
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Susan has practiced almost exclusively in the family law area for over 30 years. Since 2004 she has concentrated her practice on collaborative family law and in 2008 she stopped taking any case that seemed to be headed toward litigation out of her belief that no one, especially the children, will benefit from a judge making decisions about what is best for a family. She has successfully completed over 90 collaborative cases. In the majority of these cases she believes that the couples learned to communicate with each other more productively, focusing on the future well being of their family rather than their past problems.
Lynn has practiced family law for more than 17 years as a strong, compassionate, skilled litigator. Lynn loves helping families through difficult times of transition but found that the court system was a poor way to solve family law disputes. Lynn believes that collaborative law is a better way to reach an acceptable resolution without the time, expense and emotional toll litigation takes on the parties and their children. Since 2005, she has helped divorcing couples and their families move beyond the divorce and forward with their lives without resorting to the court system. The collaborative process fosters respect, cooperation and a new pattern of communication the divorcing couple can carry with them as their lives as co-parents or acquaintances evolve. Lynn so believes in the process that she has limited her family law practice to collaborative law.
As a Collaborative Divorce attorney, Annie Lee tries to help the client solve problems constructively in order to maximize the benefits to both parties and their children and to restructure their family rather than tear it apart. She has practiced law in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area, and throughout Central Virginia, for over 36 years, handling family law matters since the beginning of her practice, concentrating in that area for the last 28 years.
Catherine’s practice specializes in family law, mediation, and collaborative law. Her interest in family matters, and particularly custody issues found its way to the forefront of her career due to her passionate interest in helping people create peace in their lives and in their families.
Catherine has been a mediator for approximately 22 years, and a family law practitioner for 10 years. The blend of her mediation skills and advocacy skills naturally evolved to include the practice of collaborative law officially in 2015 when she was pleased to join the Charlottesville Collaborative Divorce attorney group.
Catherine received her JD from Fordham Law School and her BA from Wellesley College, where she majored in French literature and Philosophy. Her legal career began in 1981 with four years in an Admiralty firm on Wall Street, followed by a private practice in Millbrook, New York, where she started her own family. In 1992 she moved to Charlottesville and became a court certified mediator and group facilitator, specializing in family matters and workplace conflict, particularly in medical management, arising from a two year position as a management analyst at the University of Virginia Cancer Center. In 2006 family law and mediation became her sole focus, and since 2008 she has served the courts as a Guardian ad litem.
Committed to minimizing strife, avoiding court costs, and allowing the parties to control their own outcomes, Catherine welcomes the opportunity to offer the collaborative approach to divorcing couples. She is dedicated to serving those who seek to resolve their conflict with compassion and with a higher good in mind.
Collaborative Coaches and Advisers
Tom is a clinical psychologist and organizational consultant practicing for over 30 years. With specialty training as an interdisciplinary collaborative mental health coach, Tom is uniquely qualified to help in the collaborative divorce process. Providing these services with numerous families, Tom has functioned as a joint coach (for both parties in the divorce) resolving individual concerns, the emotional process of ending a relationship, as well as dealing with the needs of the children.
Paul is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™. He is a member of the Association of Divorce Financial Planners; the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts™; the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals; and Virginia Collaborative Professionals. In addition, Paul is a member of collaborative divorce practice groups in Richmond, Charlottesville, and Lynchburg. He has or has had clients throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia as well as the Washington DC area.
He has lectured to various practice groups throughout the Commonwealth on the topics associated with retirement and the psychology of money as it impacts divorce negotiations and has spoken at the University of Richmond Law School on the role of a financial neutral in a collaborative divorce.
Paul holds a BS degree (with honors) with a major in finance from Lehigh University and an MBA from Harvard Business School with a concentration in finance. In addition to his financial planning training, Paul completed the Collaborative Divorce Team Training program, the Interest-Based Negotiation and Mediation Skills Training Course as well as numerous advanced conflict resolution workshops.
He is married, the father of two grown sons, and a grandparent. In his spare time, Paul is the beekeeper at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, James Monroe’s Highland, and at the University of Virginia Morven Kitchen Garden. He started and independently maintains all three projects.