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Paula Lawhon
Paula Lawhon

Senior Mediator

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Paula Lawhon

I am a full-time Family Law Mediator and Certified Specialist in Family Law. Our Family Law Mediation Team works with families to focus on creative solutions and enforceable agreements.

In divorce cases, we initiate the court case, prepare financial disclosures, draft the formal Marital Settlement Agreement, and submit the final agreement to the court to complete the case. We enjoy working with clients who are open to brainstorming and collaborating to find alternative solutions and who come into mediation with an open mind and willingness to listen to the other party and accept guidance and coaching from the mediator to help navigate the process.

In premarital and postmarital agreement mediations, we enjoy brainstorming with the couple to help achieve financial and non-financial goals to support their relationship.

I have been practicing law since 1999 and have been a full time mediator since 2007.  I received my law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law (now UC Law San Francisco) in 1999, graduating as a Public Interest Scholar and with a Public Interest Concentration. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Criminology, Law and Society from the School of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine in 1996, graduating cum laude and phi beta kappa.

ADR Experience

Paula has participated in over 200 hours of mediation skills training including:

  • Community Boards, San Francisco, “The Basics of Mediation”
  • University of California, Berkeley, “Commercial Mediation & Conflict Resolution”
  • Northern California Mediation Center, “Civil and Family Law Mediation”
  • San Francisco Superior Court Family Law Self-Help, “FLASH Mediation”
  • San Francisco Bar Association, Mediation Section ongoing seminars
  • Presenter at AFCC, San Francisco Bar Association, Mandell-Gisnet Center for Conflict Management, Monterey College of Law


University of California, Irvine, B.A., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1996

Law School
Hastings College of the Law, University of California, J.D., Public Interest Scholar, 1999

Areas Of Practice

  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Family
  • Marital Mediation
  • Prenuptial

Additional Services

  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer



Liability Insurance

  • Yes

Professional Associations

  • AFCC-Assoc. of Family & Conciliation Courts
  • ACR - Assoc. for Conflict Resolution