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John McDaniel

Helon & Manfredo, LLP
Attorney

735 West Alluvial Ave., No. 102
Fresno, CA 93711

Phone: 559-226-4420
Fax: 559-226-1524
E-mail: jmcdaniel@helonmanfredo.com
Website: http://www.helonmanfredo.com

John has practiced family law for over thirty years, and is certified as a family law specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He is a founding member of Central Valley Collaborative Law Affiliates, and offers collaborative practice representation and divorce mediation services.

John believes the most compelling feature of collaborative practice is the ability for the parties to retain control over the outcome. Collaborative practice affords the divorcing couple with a unique opportunity to utilize the collective energy and resources of a team of professionals skilled in helping the parties maximize the options for them and their children. By engaging in a process centered on the concerns, needs, and goals of the family members, an outcome acceptable to the parties and suitable to the needs of the family is more likely to be achieved than typically would be realized in a court-based solution.


John McDaniel

Judith A. Barron

Attorney

5200 N. Palm Avenue
Suite 401
Fresno, CA 93704

Phone: (559) 261-4595
E-mail: jabarron64@sbcglobal.net


Judith A. Barron

Zepure “Zeppy” Attashian

Attorney

191 W. Shaw Ave., Suite 201
Fresno, CA 93704

Phone: 559-233-3355
E-mail: info@zafamilylaw.com
Website: http://www.zeppyattashian.com

Zeppy Attashian has been an active member of CVCLA since 2008. Zeppy is a strong advocate of the collaborative process as she recognizes that divorce and family issues have long-lasting consequences on each family member. Zeppy believes that each individual going through a life transition (i.e. divorce, separation) deserves honest answers, guidance and peace of mind. Zeppy promotes the principles of collaborative law and strives to help you move forward in your life without being embroiled in a bitter, emotionally draining dispute. When couples take a less adversarial approach, the entire family benefits, and children are protected from the harm that a court battle can inflict.


Zepure Attashian

Susan A. Hemb

Attorney

1530 East Shaw Ave., Ste. 104
Fresno, CA 93710

Phone: 559-241-7050
E-mail: susan@hemblawgroup.com
Website: http://www.hembandhemb.com

Susan A. Hemb is one of the founding members of the reconvened Central Valley Collaborative Law Affiliates group and is assisting in the pursuit of CVCLA’s introduction of the collaborative process to families who are in the process of restructuring through divorce.
Susan is currently the co-chair of the marketing committee for CVCLA. Susan received her juris doctorate from San Joaquin College of Law in 2004 and has been practicing in the areas of family law and bankruptcy since being admitted to the California State Bar in 2004. Susan also holds a Bachelor of Arts of Degree in Business Administration from Fresno Pacific University as well as an Associate of Arts Degree in Respiratory Therapy.

Susan has committed to the pursuit of understanding the collaborative process and has attended training sessions in mediation, how to negotiate by taking the war of words, and learning the necessary techniques associated with handling difficult personalities. Susan enjoys her work with all of the team members associated with the collaborative process.

In Susan’s spare time, she enjoys riding her horses, gardening and traveling with her
family.


Susan A. Hemb

Judith L. Lund

Attorney

5200 N. Palm Avenue, Suite #401
Fresno, CA 93704

Phone: 559-261-4595
Fax: 559-261-4598
E-mail: judy@judylundlaw.com

Judy Lund has been a family law attorney for over 30 years and a Certified Specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California for 23 years. She is an active member of CVCLA, and a substantial portion of her practice is mediation and collaborative cases. This experience has illustrated that it is much better, both emotionally and financially, for people who have shared their lives as a married couple to end their marital relationship through the collaborative process rather than court intervention. Judy’s hobbies include flying (private pilot with instrument and multi-engine ratings) and gourmet cooking.


Judith L. Lund

Matthew E. Fletcher

Attorney

7647 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93720

Phone: 559-433-1300
E-mail: matt.fletcher@mccormickbarstow.com
Website: http://mccormickbarstow.com

Matt Fletcher is an ardent champion for the many advantages of collaborative law when people decide to divorce. With his background in civil litigation, he is battle tested from many cases fought out in court. He is now focused on family law and utilizing the collaborative process to assist families in resolving their issues with dignity and respect.

Mr. Fletcher believes that a collaborative lawyer can still be a strong advocate for his client without being adversarial. He is focused on empowering his clients with knowledge and guidance so they have the information they need to resolve their own issues. He believes that when divorcing couples maintain control over the process and work together, they achieve a fair result that affords peace of mind to all involved, especially children.


Matthew E. Fletcher

Katherine Donovan

Attorney

907 Santa Fe, suite 102
Fresno, CA 93721

Phone: 559-228-6655
E-mail: cathi@kdonovanlaw.com

Katherine has been an attorney specializing in Family Law for 20+ years, receiving her certification as a specialist in 1994. She is a founding member of CVCLA and has been active in the legal community since 1989. Focusing on her collaborative process Katherine’s philosophy is to assist families with the restructuring of their lives in a manner that allows them to maintain not only their own dignity and respect, but their respect for the other party as well.

With a B.A. in Communication and a M.A. in Rhetoric and Communication Katherine offers a unique ability in helping the participants in navigating their way through the dissolution process. Katherine takes great pride in being part of a process that allows people to determine for themselves how they choose to restructure their families by maximizing the financial and emotional resources available to them.


Katherine Donovan

Julia A. Brungess

Attorney

5250 N. Palm Ave., Ste 430
Fresno, CA 93704

Phone: 559-226-4008
E-mail: jbrungess@juliabrungess.com

Julia has been practicing family law in the Fresno area for twenty-seven years, including litigating difficult family law issues. She has been a certified family law specialist by the California Board of Legal Specialization/State Bar of California since 1993. She is a past chair of the Fresno County Bar Association Family Law Section and is currently the chair of CVCLA. It was her extensive experience in the courtroom that led Julia to explore a better, family-centered means of resolving disputes that arise between separating couples.

Her search led her to collaborative practice as it allows each party to focus on the best long-term outcome for his/her immediate and extended family members, to preserve the positive aspects of the human relationships involved and improve the communication and cooperation between the two individuals who are transitioning from one family structure to another. Julia encourages all who see separation or legal changes in their family’s future to first seek guidance from a trained collaborative professional before engaging in damaging and destructive litigation: do not cut what can be untied.


Julia A. Brungess

Lenore Schreiber

Attorney

925 “N” Street
Suite 110
Fresno, CA 93721

Phone: (559) 441-1666
Email: Lenore@LSchreiber.com


Lenore Schreiber

Gerald M. Tomassian

Attorney

3419 W. Shaw Ave.
Fresno, CA 93711

Phone: 559-277-7300
E-mail: gmtlaw@aol.com
Website: http://tpslawfirm.com

For the past 22 years I have practiced family law in Fresno and other nearby counties. I have also been appointed to act as a Judicial Arbitrator by both the Fresno and Madera County Superior Courts. For the last 12 years I have sat as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Family Law Department of the Fresno County Superior Court. All this experience has taught me that there should be a more dignified process for people to use to dissolve their marriage. I have watched as husbands and wives have used the traditional “In Court” divorce process to hurt one another and ultimately causing emotional damage to their children. My colleagues and I founded our Collaborative Law Practice Group knowing that a Collaborative Divorce does offer parties an opportunity to end their marriage with the proper dignity and respect that they and their children deserve. If you have no other choice but to dissolve your marriage, choose the Collaborative process for yourself and your family.


Gerald M. Tomassian

Leslie Soley

Attorney

907 Santa Fe Ave Ste 101
Fresno, CA 93721

Phone: 559-265-4292
E-mail: office@soleylaw.com

Leslie Soley is a dedicated and committed convert to the collaborative law process. Instead of a traditional court battle, Ms. Soley prefers thoughtful communication and problem solving so that the entire family benefits. She has found that when couples maintain control over the process and results of divorce they are able to restructure their family and achieve a more positive outcome. This is especially true when married couples with children divorce.

The most difficult “hot button” issue in many divorce cases is child custody. Children of a contentious relationship are regularly caught in the middle, with their needs often ignored. The collaborative approach is especially effective in resolving child custody matters where attorneys and mental health professionals assess the needs of the children first. Ms. Soley considers the greatest benefit of a collaborative divorce to be the increased focus on the needs and long term well being of children.


Leslie Soley

Paul E. Lerandeau

Attorney

265 E. River Park Circle, Ste. 490
Fresno, CA 93720 

Phone: 559-230-2600
E-mail: info@fresnofamilylaw.com

Mr. Lerandeau has been practicing law in Fresno for over 23 years and specializes in family law. He graduated cum laude from Loyola Marymount University School of Law, was the past chair of the family law section of the Fresno County Bar Association, and has served as Judge Pro Tem for the Family Law Department of the Fresno County Superior Court, for over nine years.

Paul believes that difficult marital transitions can be made with as little damage to family relationships as possible when each party has an understanding of the big picture. Replacing contention with consensus is the process of recognizing each party’s actual needs, how the law works, and the long term ramifications of each decision made during the divorce. Organizing each party’s priorities is one of the essential steps with the best interests of the children as always number one.


Paul E. Lerandeau