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Robin Sax, JD and LCSW
Robin Sax, JD and LCSW

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Robin Sax, JD and LCSW

Robin Sax, JD and LCSW is an experienced attorney and clinical therapist.   Though Robin accepts a limited number of legal cases, Robin’s primary practice is Dear Co-Parent where she is a parenting plan coordinator (PPC), mediator, and custody coach who helps parents navigate co-parenting, custody and complex issues related to children.  Much of her practice serves clients who find themselves at the intersection of law and mental health particularly cases where there has been abuse, trauma, restraining orders and/or DCFS involvement.   In addition to working with families, Robin coaches individual clients to co-parent and communicate with their ex in a child-centered and effective manner that reduces conflict and keeps children at the center but not in the middle of the issues.

Robin also maintains a limited scope legal practice where she assists people who have a criminal case or cases that require the investigative skills of a former prosecutor.    In her legal practice, Robin’s clients run the gamut from victims of crimes to those accused, college students who have been sexually abused, people who have been harassed, the falsely accused, the bullied, the divorcing and parents who need assistance in determining a co-parenting plan or custody plan.  Robin works with clients who want to avoid court, those who have cases pending in court, those considering filing a case, as well as people who have administrative hearings, Title IX actions, or DMV hearings.

Robin has developed a special niche in the cases where criminal meets family law and vice versa. For example, these cases can involve domestic violence, child abuse, restraining orders, and sexual abuse. Robin has represented victims of crime as well as the people who have been falsely accused of crimes to gain an advantage in a family law case.

In both her practices, Robin draws on her experience as a former prosecutor as well as a clinical therapist.  Robin Sax is a former Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney who focused on prosecuting sex crimes against children. As one of the prosecuting attorneys for the Child Sexual Assault division of the Los Angeles County Sex Crimes Unit, Robin worked with a multi-disciplinary team at UCLA’s Rape Treatment Center/The Stuart House.  While working with law enforcement, victims’ advocates, social workers, and members of the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services, she investigated and prosecuted hundreds of child sexual assault cases.

As a therapist, Robin has worked at LAC/USC, The Violence Intervention Program, Green Dot School as well as the Adult Outpatient Psychiatric Unit at Harbor UCLA.  Robin is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Prolonged Exposure (PE), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), MAP/Practicewise, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT).

Prior to focusing on crimes against children, Robin handled hundreds of other cases including driving under the influence, theft, murder, robbery, and the like. She has conducted hundreds of contested hearings and trials for both the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office as well as the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.

Robin is a nationally recognized expert in child sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. She is an in-demand public speaker on topics where family law and criminal law intersect–child sexual assault, family violence, domestic abuse, stalking, and Internet abuse.  Sax regularly shares her valuable insight and expertise as a legal analyst for such networks as NBC, ABC, CNN, and CBS analyzing high-profile cases and causes.

Robin has written six books that draw upon her vast experience as a criminal lawyer, legal commentator, child advocate and parenting expert.  The titles of her books include: “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Criminal Justice System” and “Predators and Child Molesters:  A Sex Crimes DA Answers 100 of the Most Asked Questions” all of which draw on her vast experience as a prosecutor and victim rights advocate. Her powerful insights regularly appear in Huffington Post, Psychology Today, People Magazine, The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, The Los Angeles Times and the Women in Crime Ink blog.

Approach

In my mediation practice, I employ a thoughtful and directive approach, combining legal acumen with therapeutic skills to guide parties through the resolution process. I believe in fostering an environment where individuals feel heard and acknowledged, recognizing the significance of allowing each party to express their perspectives openly.

By creating a space for genuine dialogue, I aim to unveil the areas of true importance to each participant. This process not only facilitates a deeper understanding of individual needs and concerns but also assists in pinpointing common ground. I have found that, more often than not, parties are not as far apart in their views as they initially perceive.

A key facet of my mediation style is the encouragement of a non-defensive atmosphere. I understand the natural inclination to be guarded during conflict, and I work to dismantle those defenses, allowing for more productive and constructive conversations. By alleviating defensiveness, individuals can better engage with one another, leading to a more effective mediation process.

Moreover, I am mindful of both financial and emotional resources throughout the mediation journey. I recognize the importance of efficient use of time and financial investments, striving for a resolution that is not only legally sound but also considers the broader emotional and psychological impact on the parties involved.

In my practice, I focus on uncovering common goals shared by the parties. By emphasizing these shared objectives, I aim to redirect attention away from adversarial positions toward collaborative solutions. This collaborative approach not only fosters a more amicable resolution but also ensures that the mediation process serves as a platform for building consensus and finding mutually beneficial outcomes.

Areas Of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Bullying
  • Criminal
  • Cross Cultural
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Elder
  • Family
  • LGBTQ
  • Marital Mediation
  • Neighbor to Neighbor
  • Online Family/Divorce
  • Online Mediation
  • Parent-Teen
  • Restorative (Juvenile)
  • School/Education
  • Victim - Offender

Additional Services

  • Collaborative Professional
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Counselor
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Psychotherapist
  • Strategic Planning

Fees and Provisos

Working with Robin Sax involves a careful and structured process to ensure a smooth, transparent, and conflict-free collaboration. If you are a lawyer, please feel free to share this with your client and opposing counsel.

Here are the key steps to potentially work with Robin Sax/Dear Co-Parent:

  1. Initiate Contact:
    • Reach out to Robin’s intake system by emailing [email protected] (copying Robin at [email protected]) or call the office at 424-402-1729.
    • Provide Information in order for us to complete a conflict check (you can reply to this email with this information too):
      • A. Your first and last name.
      • B. Names of other potential parties involved in the case
      • C. Contact information, including email, phone, and physical address.
      • D. Name/contact information of any lawyers involved.
  2. Joint Services (Co-Parenting, Mediation, PPC):
    • If seeking joint services, forward this email or your initial email to the co-parent/spouse/partner, copying the office so everyone sees the same communication at the same time.
    • A conflict check will be performed to ensure there are no conflicts of interest.
  3. Conflict Check (needed for all clients, individual and joint conflicts):
    • The office will perform a conflict check, requesting the first and last names and contact information  (email, physical address, and phone numbers) of all parties.
    • This step ensures there are no conflicts that could compromise the working relationship with Robin.
  4. Intake Form:
    • Once conflicts are cleared, prospective clients will receive an individual intake form.
    • This form should be filled out as completely as possible to expedite scheduling.
    • This comprehensive form is the first step to scheduling a consultation with Robin.
  5. Free Informational Zoom with Robin Sax:
    • After conflicts are cleared, clients have the opportunity for a 20-minute informational Zoom call with Robin Sax.
    • During this call, Robin will explain her practice philosophy, work style, and background.
    • She will review office policies, procedures, and fees and answer any questions clients may have.
    • If attorneys want to attend this meeting, they may but both attorneys shall be invited if there are two attorneys involved.

This meticulous process ensures that clients and Robin Sax can establish a clear understanding, free from conflicts of interest, and allows for a comprehensive intake before moving forward with consultations and services.

Below are my websites where you can get more information about me and my services. The Dear Co-Parent website is specific to my co-parenting work.
https://www.dearcoparent.com/
https://www.robinsax.com/

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