About Martie

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Martie's legal approach in resolving family law disputes over the past 20 years has been informed by earlier careers as a social worker and educator. In addition to extensive training in mediation, integrative mediation and collaboration, Martie interned for one year with Alameda County Family Court Services, mediating custody disputes. Martie graduated from USF School of Law in 1994. In addition to her J.D. Degree she holds a B.A. from Antioch College and a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language from Sonoma State University. Her mission is to help couples reach a workable settlement in a calm and respectful manner, maximizing the emotional well being and financial security of the whole family.

Martie is a pioneer in developing the Integrative Mediation Model for dispute resolution, particularly in the area of Family Law and educates other professionals in the Integrative Mediation approach. She serves on the Board of Directors of Integrative Mediation Bay Area (IMBA). Martie is also an active member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the Collaborative Council of the Redwood Empire (CCRE) and the Family Law Section of the Sonoma County Bar Association. She has regularly spoken about Collaborative Practice and Integrative Mediation and was also active in developing the Divorce Options program in Sonoma County.

Martie also volunteers her time at Friends House where she brings music—singing and dancing - to her mother and other elders who live there. Martie is the mother of four grown children and the grandmother of five.

She lives in Cotati with her life-long partner, Robert, with whom she Tangoes and Scottish Country dances.

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Petaluma Argus-Courier’s October 6, 2004 article about Martie’s work

Martie’s Brochure

Martie's article Divorce in Hard Economic Times