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Collaborative Law Section

Provides a forum for lawyers and other professionals who are interested in learning about the collaborative dispute resolution process and advancing their skills in the process. The goals of the Section are: (1) to promote the use of the collaborative process for resolving disputes in various areas of law, (2) to train lawyers and other professionals in the use of the process, (3) to educate the public as to the benefits of the process, and (4) to preserve the integrity of the collaborative dispute resolution process.

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


The Splitting Syndrome: How to Keep Unity in Your Case

February 28, noon at the Belo
1 hour CLE including .25 hours Ethics

Panel Discussion: Camille Milner, JD; David S. Bouschor, II, J.D.; MaryAnn Kildebeck, LCSW; Steve Walker, CPA.

Methods to recognize and manage the “Splitting Syndrome”, a communication style used by some clients and collaborative professionals, that can inadvertently damage or destroy the collaborative process.



  • March 28, noon at the Belo. "View from the Neutral Zone: An examination of client, attorney and team dynamics that affect and disrupt the collaborative process." Our program will be presented by Kenneth Wise, Psy.D. and Jennifer Leister, M.A, LPC. Ken and Jennifer will address potentially problematic and dysfunctional interpersonal dynamics between clients, attorneys and neutrals. The information presented will help collaborative professionals recognize, address, and respond to these problems as they arise in order to keep the collaborative process on track.​




Save Money on your
State Bar Collaborative Law Conference registration


Interested in saving 10% off your State Bar Collaborative Law Conference? Send an email request (include your bar number) to and let her know you wish to register as a member of the DBA Collaborative Law group. For more information on the conference, click here. Please note: request for discount must be made PRIOR to registration.



Training Opportunities




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: Stephen Rizzieri
Officer Position:  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: Esther Donald
Officer Position: Vice Chair
Firm: Goranson Bain, 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: Programs Chair
Firm Address: PO Box 226268
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75222
Business Phone: 469-385-8898

Name: Elizabeth Chappell
Officer Position: Secretary
Firm Address: 106 N. Denton Tap Rd., 210-209
Firm City, State, Zip: Coppell, TX 75019
Business Phone: 214-614-8304

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: Jodi McShan
Officer Position: Immediate Past Chair
Law Office of Jodi McShan, PLLC 
Firm Address: 4144 N Central Expy Ste 300
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75204
Business Phone: 214-800-2091

Name: Robert Tobey
Officer Position: DBA Board Advisor
Johnston Tobey Baruch, P.C.
Address: 3308 Oak Grove Avenue
City, State, Zip: Dallas, Texas 75204
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 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.

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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