After graduating from Santa Clara University School of Law, I practiced law for two years in California. In 1980 I relocated to Montrose, Colorado, then a small town of 5,000 people. In 1985 I became the first female partner in a law firm, Woodrow, Roushar and Carey.
It is my firm belief that everyone deserves to be treated with respect and deep concern for their point of view. People may not agree, but everyone has a right to be heard by an attentive and caring listener. Once we listen carefully, it often turns out that it is the words we use that are causing the dispute, not the facts themselves. As an experienced and knowledgeable communicator, I can help people express themselves in a way that leads to resolution of even the most complicated issues.
During my years of practice I have dealt with people in every sort of crisis, from bankruptcy to vehicular homicide and everything in between. In 1995 I became convinced that litigation was only one way of trying to resolve conflict, and probably not the best way. I went back to school, at the Center for Dispute Resolution, and obtained a certified mediator status. Since then I have mediated many cases, many involving divorce or custody, but others involving everything from shared driveway disputes to collections. I have developed the skills I learned at CDR into a program that leads to successful resolution of disputes in 99% of my cases.