Meet Shawn

What makes me unique from other family law lawyers is that I have spent the last 34 years dealing with families in crisis. The most recent 22 years as a family lawyer, and the prior 12 years as an intensive care and trauma resuscitation nurse dealing with families in crisis on a daily basis. In addition, I am a child of divorce and have been through a divorce myself. This rare background gives me an ability to see all sides of the issues and concerns of those who are going through a divorce, including the children.

When I made the decision to go into law, I thought I would end up in medical malpractice or risk management in a hospital somewhere. But when I opened my first law office in 1995, the first cases that walked through my door were divorce cases. To my surprise, they were similar to my work as a trauma nurse: “Families in crisis, a different kind of crisis.

In the trauma room and the ICU everyone worked together as a team. The objective was to figure out what was wrong, the options we had for treatment and select the best solution.  In addition to healing the patient physically, we also addressed the emotional fallout from the crisis for both the patient and their family.  Because of my trauma background, I take the same pragmatic, solution oriented approach to family law. After years of litigating divorce cases, I learned the best way to resolve family law issues is out of court. That is why I focus my family law services on mediation and collaborative divorce and not litigation.


  • Twenty-two years as a divorce lawyer
  • Sixteen years as a Mediator
  • Twelve years as an Intensive Care and Trauma Resuscitation Nurse
  • Trained Collaborative Divorce Practitioner
  • Trained in managing High Conflict Divorces
  • Former Minor’s Counsel Attorney
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Speaker, Consultant and Trainer on Mediation and Managing High Conflict People

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Call Shawn now at (619) 299-4880 to schedule your complimentary 30 minute phone consultation.