Collaborative Law is a voluntary process. Frequently, one person will be interested in using Collaborative Law and will talk to the other person about this option. Alternatively, the collaborative lawyer of one of the clients will contact the other (if he or she is unrepresented by an attorney) and explain the collaborative law process and provide that person with a list of local collaborativ…
My goal is to make your divorce or other family dispute as respectful and dignified as possible. Family disputes are stressful and often expensive, but they should not wreck your life. In fact, they can open the way to a better, more peaceful future for you and your family. I have over thirty years of experience in family law, and this gives me the tools to help you find ways to resolve your problems in the best way possible.
Effective resolution of disputes often requires getting help from other professionals or resources in the community. You might need a family counselor, a business valuation expert, or help understanding your Social Security benefits. I use my wealth of contacts in the community to find you the best help for your situation. Not every family problem is a legal problem, and not every problem should be solved by a lawyer. I can help you navigate the resources available to you.
I am dedicated to the collaborative model for resolving divorce and family matters. I was the founding co-chair of Alaska Association of Collaborative Professionals, the organization that brought the collaborative divorce process to Alaska. It is probably safe to say that I have handled as many collaborative divorces as any lawyer in Alaska. This work is my passion because it works for you, the client. I feel so much better knowing I am helping to preserve my client’s dignity, privacy, and peace of mind.
I received my law degree from U.C. Davis King Hall School of Law in 1980, and clerked for the Alaska Supreme Court and for Betty Binns Fletcher on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. I co-own of a boutique firm, Mendel Colbert & Associates, Inc. I served six years on the Alaska Bar Board of Governors. I sit on the National Center for Lesbian Rights National Family Law Advisory Council, an invitation-only group of experienced family lawyers from across the country. I have presented numerous trainings to lawyers and to the public on family law, ethics, and the law of same-sex relationships.
I look forward to helping you.
Collaborate or Litigate? Now a choice in Alaska.
Since 1988, and through my having both litigated and settled hundreds of cases, I have witnessed the real life, enduring harm of family law cases processed through litigation. I have too-often watched avoidable waste of money, time and energy. I have also shared in the work of divorce and custody matters that the parties controlled, instead of a judge, through a growing option now available in Alaska: Collaborative Law.
I am an Attorney member of the Alaska Association of Collaborative Professionals (AKACP) and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP). I practice Family Law/Domestic Relations exclusively in Alaska.
Is Collaborative Law a fit for everyone? No. However, the Collaborative Law approach might be the right choice for you and your family. To learn more, contact Ryan Roley and read a few of my blogs on to my website, which is dedicated to Collaborative Law (http://ryanroley.com). Also, read profiles of other member-lawyers, mental health professionals (MHPs) and financial professionals (FPs) available on our AKACP site.
Collaborative Law: Transforming how people resolve conflict to achieve a more healthy future for clients and families.