Collaboration as an Option

Collaborative Law is a private, confidential and cooperative practice which utilizes specially trained attorneys to reach a fair resolution good for the whole family. The attorneys and other professionals, who may be called upon such as skilled financial experts and coaches, commit Collaborationto resolve a conflict using a cooperative rather than an adversarial approach. In the Bay Area, and San Mateo County collaborative law practice allows the parties to avoid going to court while still retaining the advantages of advocacy provided by their respective attorneys. The collaborative divorce practice approach works best when the parties and their collaborative attorneys in San Francisco and the Bay Area are committed to honesty, cooperation, professionalism, compassion, and integrity.

Philip Shecter is a Collaborative Attorney who serves as an advocate for one party while a separate collaborative lawyer represents the other party. He uses his communication and listening skills to ensure everyone is fully heard and the concerns of all involved, including the children in child custody matters are understood and respected. Everyone agrees in writing that the matter will be resolved outside of court. The Collaborative method provides fair and equitable results for all parties involved and protects the children in divorcing families.

The difference between mediation and collaborative law is that in mediation, Mr. Shecter is an impartial facilitator helping to frame and create solutions in the interests of both parties and the children, while in collaborative law, he is an advocate for her client as well as the family, working in concert with the other party and his/her attorney and any other professional team members to reach an equitable settlement between the parties. In her role as an advocate for the family, Philip also ensures that the children are protected with a parenting plan designed to include the best interests of the children.

Mr. Shecter  represents couples and their families in the San Mateo County and the surrounding areas and helps solve their personal matters by using collaborative family law divorce techniques. Mr. Shecter resolves disputes using skills derived from his practice of law in the fields of divorce and family law, from his attendance and participation at diversified negotiation/behavioral science programs sponcered by Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation, having served as a judge pro tem in family law cases in San Mateo County Superior Court, and from have mediated family disputes.  This vast experience, resolving hundreds of matters, enables him to look for and provide a peaceful, amicable approach to family law.
Mr. Shecter is currently setting up a collaborative practice in all areas of civil dispute, working with other capable, confident attorneys.