Pamela J.P. DonisonIntegrative Attorney, Mediator, Writer I’m not THAT kind of attorney. You know, the kind on a billboard or late night cable tv, the kind of attorney that promises to be your junkyard dog. That method might be okay for some things, but it doesn’t work very well for families. I know from years of seeing the fallout of high-conflict breakups that families can – and should – solve their problems in a way that preserves family relationships, anticipates the future, and creates a safety net for all the “what ifs” that keep you up at night. When a life event happens, I want to be there to help you plan ahead, make smart choices, and hit the pillow knowing that your legal issues are taken care of. The thing about families is that we all come from one. Even though our histories might be very different, most of us have had to shoulder life’s sorrows, including divorce, illness, and death. Like some of you, I am in a long term second marriage and blended family, where we count ourselves fortunate to have shared many moments of joy, and are humbled by our own family tragedies and pain.
I look at life’s twists and turns and wonder: how can I make it better, simpler, less painful, more transformative, and less expensive for everyone? That’s what drives me to do my best work, talk to you about important issues, help you plan for your very best outcomes, and guide you in creating the legacy you intend for your family. After a career in journalism and publishing, I attended the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, graduating in 1999. Since then, I have been practicing law, including three years in complex civil litigation and the remainder in family law. I have been trained in and practicing mediation since 2002 and have been a Collaborative Divorce practitioner since 2005. I have written, presented, and taught on the topics of family law, mediation, and collaborative practice since 2003. My husband and I have a grown daughter who works and lives with our son-in-law in Vancouver, BC. We spend time between Arizona and British Columbia with Camp Dog, a rescue mutt who loves to roam. In addition to being published in three legal anthologies, I co-founded UnBound Writers, I write mystery fiction, and mentor other professional women writers.
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