Emphasizing Resolution over the Myth of "Winning"

Protecting Children + Preserving Relationships

Facilitating Your Next Chapter with a Focus on the Future

I Emphasize Resolution Over the Myth of “Winning” In Divorce

As a reformed litigator, I reject the notion that zealous advocacy demands “winning” in court. I champion couples through cooperation and conversation to build livable solutions in divorce, parenting disputes, and financial conflicts. You know what’s best for your family, not the courtroom judge.


A better way to move on


Spouses are empowered to reorganize their families for happier, healthier futures.

Cooperation happens in a more comfortable environment.

Flexibility brings efficient and calmer strategic decision making.

Relationships are preserved, privacy is prioritized, and children are protected.

Costs are controlled by avoiding contentious and time-consuming fights.

Attorney Advantage

Over 18+ years of court appearances, settlement conferences, and private negotiations, NEIL FORESTER has seen all types of family law cases, from simple and straightforward to complex and contentious. He brings expertise and an insider perspective about the realities of family court — an advantage to your mediation.

Family Law Specialist

The Certified Family Law Specialist (CFLS) designation is awarded by the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization. It means that Neil maintains a higher level of accountability to continuous learning and achievement in the field of family law. When you are making decisions about the most important parts of life — your children, home, income, retirement, and relationship with your spouse — the higher-price expertise means peace of mind.

Certified Arbitrator

As a Certified Arbitrator and Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Neil offers a modern take on alternative dispute resolution. Learn more here.

Enhanced ADR Training

Neil has received specialized training at the internationally recognized Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine Caruso School of Law. The program is recognized among the nation’s best by U.S. News and World Report. Pepperdine has been recognized by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, California Dispute Resolution Council, American College of Civil Trial Mediators and the International Academy of Mediators.

Insider Perspective

With nearly two decades of experience, Neil can predict where potential problems crop up with proposed agreements. He can anticipate issues that may arise a few years down the road. And perhaps most importantly, he can very clearly advise how an argument will likely play out in a particular court/county or in front of a particular bench officer in Northern California.

Technology Tools

Neil’s clients benefit from all of the specialized attorney platforms necessary to address substantive issues, and the forms to facilitate process issues, including DissoMaster, Propertizer, LawYaw, Westlaw, and Executioner.

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