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Paula Lawhon

Paula M. Lawhon is a full-time Family Law Mediator and Certified Specialist in Family Law. She has been practicing law since 1999 and has been a full time mediator since 2007.

Our Family Law Mediation Team is made up of two full-time attorney-mediators in addition to our administrative staff. Our office is located in San Rafael. Our two attorney-mediators also serve as Settlement Conference Masters for the San Francisco Unified Family Law Courts and Paula serves on the Marin County Bench Bar Settlement Conference panel.

Paula was admitted to the California bar in December 1999. She received her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1999, graduating as a Public Interest Scholar and with a Public Interest Concentration. She received her 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


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

  • ACR - Assoc. for Conflict Resolution

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