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Your Role in Mediation
You need to decide what your areas of disagreement are, and be willing to listen respectfully to the other side's point of view. You need to work with the other person on determining the best solutions.

Teamwork is the key to finding the most creative and innovative solutions for each one of our clients. We work closely together to create the best possible outcome for all parties in each situation.

Jan Stocks:
     As an attorney, I have practiced family law for over 40 years. I was approved by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Family Law Specialist when that specialty was first offered in 1980. Since that time I have practiced exclusively in the field of Family Law and Adoptions. In 1990, I completed a 40 hour intensive mediation study program and I have been handling divorce mediation cases since then. I have been honored by my peers by being selected as a past Chair of Certified Family Law Specialist Committee of the San Diego Bar Association; as a member of the State Bar Family Law Section Executive Committee for 10 years and as a past president of the Southern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
     I know family law and take yearly legal education courses to make sure my knowledge is up to date. In order to assist my mediation clients better, I have taken advanced mediation seminars through the Association of Attorney Mediators; the Strauss Mediation Program at Pepperdine University and through the American Bar Association. For many years, I have participated as a volunteer settlement judge at Family Law Court.

Professional Accomplishments:
Fellow: Academy of California Adoption Lawyers
Fellow: American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Fellow: International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
San Diego Super Lawyers 2007 - 2016 - Top 25 Women Super Lawyers
Listed in America's Top Lawyers 2001-2016

Kristine Pogalies Colburn
      I have been an attorney for over 24 years practicing exclusively adoption and family law. I enjoy helping people solve their legal problems and I have served as a settlement judge for the family court. I have taken mediation training and keep up to date on the latest in family law. I have an expertise in preparing documents for division of retirement plans which is helpful to our clients in understanding these types of issues. I am a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the Academy of California Adoption Lawyers.


Part of our job is to help you find a new way to relate to each other to effectively solve your problems. That takes....

Team Work

We make a great team because we know how to work in harmony toward a common goal. We have the skills and we can teach them to you.

A Common Goal

We will help each of you develop an agenda as we begin the mediation process. This ensures we are all working toward the same goal.

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