San Diego family law attorney Shawn Weber, CLS-F, member and past president of the Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego, was installed as president of Collaborative Practice California (CP Cal), the statewide organization for Collaborative Practice groups, at its annual conference in Los Angeles recently.
Individual members of the practice groups included Collaborative lawyers, mental health practitioners, financial specialists, and other professionals. The Collaborative Process is being used in divorce and family law, domestic partnerships, same sex marriages, employment law, probate law, construction and real property law, malpractice, and other civil law areas.
CP Cal’s mission is to unify, strengthen and support the Collaborative Practice community and to increase public awareness of the Collaborative Process throughout California.
“Divorce is a human experience, not just a legal process,” said Weber. “Collaborative Practice through CP Cal represents a significant shift in our approach toward resolving civil disputes including divorce. The litigation model doesn’t have to be the first choice. In a divorce, we help people resolve their issues without harming each other or their children. We help them arrive at options that preserve the long-term interest of the family.
“My goal during my term as CP Cal Board President is to foster communication about the many benefits of Collaborative Divorce and to encourage more legal, financial, and mental health professionals to embrace this philosophy as a possible solution for their clients.”
For nearly 20 years, Weber has worked exclusively in family law. He specializes in helping clients reach agreements and avoid the heartache and stress of court.
Weber started with the Solana Beach based law firm of Brave, Weber & Mack in 1999. Just a few years later, he became the firm’s managing attorney. He has grown the firm from a small solo practice to a full-service firm. In 2006, he also became a Partner and CFO of the firm and is trusted with the firm’s day-to-day financial management.
Weber served on the Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego board from 2005 to 2013 and served as its president in 2009. He is also a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Weber has been a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, Family Law Section since 2001 and is a member of the San Diego Family Law Bar Association. He received his law degree at the University of San Diego School of Law, and earned his bachelor of arts degree in political science and Germanic studies at Indiana University. He is the father of five children and lives in El Cajon.