Law and Mediation

Before starting my own practice in 1994, I had been handling a variety of litigation cases including products liability, medical malpractice, automobile, banking and defamation. The stress and difficulties that certain participants (clients and lawyers) seemed to experience led me to the conclusion that I wanted to help people resolve legal matters preferably by out of court settlements. I then opened my own office in West Chester, PA and developed the two businesses described in this website.

When people are going through a divorce or separation, their lives and the lives of their loved ones are often in a state of stress. Going to court (which can easily become very contentious and expensive with unpredictable outcomes) may magnify this stress along with the hurt felt by the parties and their families.

What might make this easier? Stay out of court. I am firmly convinced that much of the time, people do better emotionally and financially this way. (See Mediation Services and Amicable Legal Services.) My goal is to help with this if possible. I believe it makes more people have better lives.

Here is some information about my education and bar admissions.

Education:

J.D. Delaware Law School, Wilmington, DE – May, 1988

Class Rank: Top 1/6

Honors: Phi Delta Phi – Legal Honor Fraternity

Who’s Who Among American Law Students, 8th ed.

Student Law Clerk for the Honorable Joshua W. Martin, III, Superior Court of Delaware. Researched and drafted judicial opinions.

B.A. University of Delaware, Newark, DE – June, 1976

Class Rank: Top 1/6

Honors: Cum Laude

Sociology Honors Society

Bar Admissions:

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania – November, 1988

Eastern District of Pennsylvania – December, 1988

Memberships:

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee

Family Law Section

Statutory Law Committee

Animal Law Committee

Pennsylvania Council of Mediators

I do other things too. Along with my husband, Dr. Mark Turner, I research cognitive abilities and vocalizations of bottlenose dolphins.