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Teresa Cole, (Lawyer/Mediator)

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Current Prior

Collaborative Practice Training

Year Course Title Instructor Hours Action
Basic/ Introductory Collaborative Law or Interdisciplinary Collaborative Team Training.
30-Hr Interest-Based Negotiation & Mediation Skills
Advanced interest-based negotiation, communication skills, collaborative,professional coach training
Annual 4 hours collaborative continuing education (basic, intermediate, or advanced)


Teresa Cole, (Lawyer/Mediator)



Conflict is resolution waiting to happen. Served as Chair of the Virginia Collaborative Professionals (VaCP) in 2017. Teresa Cole has a background in mediation and more than 25 years of experience as a family law attorney. Teresa Cole works hard to transform problems into solutions. Contact Teresa Cole to learn about a better way to divorce.

Collaborative Practice Group Membership

Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia

Collaborative Services

Transforming problems into good outcomes is not easy work. Families experiencing divorce can truly benefit from a collaborative team approach which recognizes that sometimes it takes a village. As a team member, Teresa Cole brings 25+ years of family law experience and a background in mediation.



Virginia State Bar, 1995
District of Columbia Bar, 1996 ,J.D.

Professional Activities

2017 Chair, Virginia Collaborative Professionals
2018 Immediate Past Chair, Virginia Collaborative Professionals
2018 President, Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia

Selected by peers and listed in Virginia Super Lawyers and Washignton, D.C. Super Lawyers since 2010
Appointed to 3 year term on Special Committee for Lawyer Referral, Virginia State Bar, 2010
Member, Circuit Court Committee of Fairfax Bar Association
Chair Elect of Virginia Collaborative Professionals (2016)
Secretary of Virginia Collaborative Professionals (2015)
Member Group Representative, Virginia Collaborative Professionals (2012-2014)
Board member, Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia (2012-2016)

Collaborative Practice Training

Year Course Title Instructor Hours
Basic/ Introductory Collaborative Law or Interdisciplinary Collaborative Team Training.
2010 Collaborative Divorce Interdisciplinary Team Training CPTI 21
30-Hr Interest-Based Negotiation & Mediation Skills
2009 Interest-Based Negotiation and Mediation Skills Training CPTI 30
Additional 15 hours Intermediate/ Advanced interest-based negotiation, communication skills, collaborative, or basic professional coach training
2011 Working With High Conflict Parents CPNV 1
2011 Timing in the Collaborative Process Paul Smollar, Esq. 1
2011 Spousal Support in the Collaborative Process CPNV 1
2011 Navigating Emotional Currents: Delving Beneath the Surface of the Collaborative Process Kate Scharff, MSW and Lisa Herrick, Ph.D. 3
2011 Having Productive Difficult Conversations: The Key to Effective Conflict Resolution P. Marshall Yoder, Frank West Morrison/Lisa Schenkel 3
2011 Exploring Bias within the Collaborative Team CPNV 1
2010 Interest-Based Negotiation without Power Struggle Sharon Strand Ellison 3
2010 Dividing Civilian Federal Government and Military Pensions upon Divorce Pamela Squires 1
2010 Collaborating the Late-Life Divorce Janice Green/Kristen Algert (Austin, TX) 1.5
Annual 4 hours collaborative continuing education (basic, intermediate, or advanced)
2023 Trauma-Responsive Collaborative Practice (16th VaCP) 11-13-23 Dana Baerger, J.D., Ph.D. 6
2022 Understanding and Managing Cognitive Bias Beth Wilner, PhD 3.0
2022 Transitioning Clients in Collaborative Divorce CPNV: Michael McHugh, Esq. and Teresa Cole, Esq. 1.5
2022 Managing Challenges in the Collaborative Divorce Process: Cognitive Bias, Mental Health, High Conflict Personality Disorders, and Addictions Dr. Beth I. Wilner, Ph.D. 3.75
2022 Divorcing your spouse, but staying married to Uncle Sam CPNV: Sarah Avila, CFP®, CDFA® 1.5
2021 Transform Them - Strategies to get past Resistance Jonathan Foust, M.A., CSA 1
2021 Mediation: How Best to Help A Mediator Help Your Client Hon. Stanley P. Klein (Ret.) 1
2021 Maximizing the Role of a Financial Neutral in Unprecedented Times (14th VaCP) Jane Rowny, CPA, CFP®, CDFA®, Jamie Blum, CPA, CDFA®, & Jordan Egert, CPA, CFE, CDFA® 1.25
2021 Changes, Practical Applications and Issues now that the UCLA Statute has been Enacted (14th VaCP) I was presenter with Karen Keyes, JD & Cheryl Smith, JD 1.5
2021 A Deeper Dive into the Role of the Child Specialist (14th VaCP) Natalie Goldberg, LCSW & Lisa Herrick, PhD 2.75
2021 14 Habits of Highly Effective Collaborative Professionals Forrest S. Mosten/Ron Ousky 1.5
2020 The Psychological and Ethical Dimensions of Collaborative Practice David Hoffman, Esq. 6
2020 The New Normal CPNV: Steve Goldman & Patrice Garver 1.5
2020 Prenups the Collaborative Way Lynn Fletcher, Esq. and Michael McHugh, Esq 1.5
2019 What's IACP Got To Do With It? Chris Farish, JD .5
2019 Collaborative Boot Camp: An Experiential Day of Refining Skills and Deepening Team Cohesion (12th 11-11-19) Barbara Burr, JD & Lisa Herrick, PhD 5.5
2018 Working Creatively with Conflict Patrice Garver, PhD, Debbie Nackman, PhD, and Debbie Beach 1
2018 VA Legislative and Case Law Update (11th VaCP) 11-12-18 Christopher Macturk, JD 1
2018 UCLA Panel: What’s In It For Me? (11th VaCP) 11-12-18 Del. David Toscano; Robert Merlin, PA; Teresa Cole, JD; and Cathleen Rea, PhD 1.25
2018 Support Redux: Navigating the New Tax Laws and the Emotional Challenges They Create for Spouses (and Teams) (11th VaCP) 11-12-18 Sanford Cassel, PhD; Frank Morrison, JD; Gigi Robson, CPA, CDFA; and Paul Smollar, JD 3.25
2017 Mastering Crucial Moments in Separation and Divorce Kate Scharff, MSW and Lisa Herrick, PhD 6
2016 The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Child-Centered Residential Guidelines- A View from a Virginia Child Psychologist Michele Nelson, Ph.D. 1
2016 Narrative and Restorying in Collaborative Conflict Resolution Pauline Tessler, MA, JD 6
2016 Mediation: Best Practices from the Mediators' and Advocates' Points of View Hon. Catherine C. Hammond (Ret.) and Hon. Stanley Klein (Ret.) 2
2016 Evoking Change: Using Motivational Interviewing in Collaborative Practice Ria Severance, MA, LMFT; Mary Ann Aronsohn, MA, LMFT and Jami Fosgate, JD 3
2016 Client Science for Collaborative Professionals: Client Interviewing and Decision-Making Through Bad News and Other Legal Realities Professor Marjorie C. Aaron 6.5
2015 What all Collaborative Professionals Need to know about Electronic Evidence Sharon Nelson and John Simek 1.5
2015 Virginia Case Law and Legislative Updates Chris Macturk 1
2015 It's All About the Frame: A Deeper Look at Conflict Sherri Goren Slovin 5
2015 Feedback Skills for Satisfying and Effective Teamwork Jacinta Gallant/Mark Weiss 5
2015 Delving into the Heart of Conflict Lisa Herrick, PhD, Barbara Burr, J.D. 1.5
2015 Building Your Collaborative Practice Mike Fancher 2
2014 Adult Attachment Style During Separation and Divorce Yuval Berger, MSW and Lisa Alexander, LL.B 6
2013 Understanding Alcohol and Drug Addictions in the Collaborative Process Jan Beauregard, LPC, CSAC, CSAT 1.5
2013 The Continum of Parental Alignment, Estrangement and Alienation in Collaborative Cases Bill Zuckerman, PhD 1
2013 Overcoming Barriers to Settlement Nina Meierdig, J.D. 6
2013 Ethics Guidelines for Collaborative Practice: MD, DC and VA Sue Soler, LCSW-C, LICSW, Robin B. Taub, Esq., Jan White, Esq., Debbie May, CPA, Susan Buter, Esq., Paul Smollar, Esq. 2
2012 Working With Mixed Orientation Couples in Collaborative Divorce Kimberly Brooks, LPC 1
2012 When our Clients are Anxious and Depressed-- How Can We Help Them and the Team Process David Kupfer, PhD 1
2012 Updates on Collaborative Protocols- VaCP Conference Paul R. Smollar, Esq.; Jan White, Esq.; and Susan Butler, Esq. 1
2012 The Opportunity for Collaborative Growth Provided by a Typical Case Conflict Liz Pendzich, Esq./Carol Miller, Ph.D./Lynn Fletcher, Esq. 1
2012 The Infinity Loop Lisa Herrick, Ph.D./Adele D'Ari, Ph.D. 1
2012 The Collaborative Practice Roadshow CDRP 3
2012 Talking about Collaborative in Different Contexts Lynn Fletcher, Esq 1
2012 Roadblocks to Financial Resolutions in Collaborative Cases Debbie May, CPA, CFP, CDFA; Gigi Robinson, CDFA, CPA; and Lonnie Broussard, CDFA, CFP4 1
2012 Not Just a Nice Theory- Bringing Interests Down to Earth- IACP Conference Gary J. Friedman, J.D.; Jack Himmelstein, J.D.; and Katerine Eisold Miller, J.D. 6
2012 Negotiating to the Finish Line Victoria Smith, J.D.; and Jacinta C. Gallant, BA, LLB 6
2012 Navigating Asset Valuation Pitfalls in Collaborative Divorce Cases Erika Schleifman, CPA/Carl Mitlehner, CDFP 1
2012 Fees and the Collaborative Process Debbie May, CPA/Jan White, J.D. 1
2012 Expanding Collaborative to Lower Income Families: The developing pro-bono and low-bono programs in DC and Maryland Andrea Hirsch, Esq. 1
2012 Challenges in the Collaborative Process- VaCP Conference Dana Kogan, M.D.; Viola Vaughan-Eden, PhD, LCSW; and Marie Donlan, LMFT, CSAC 2
2011 The Military and Divorce I was instructor, along with Cynthia Zagorski, CPA and David Tyson, LCSW 1
2011 Preventing Real Property Pitfalls in Divorce: Whether the House is Kept or Sold Kelly Lise Murray, J.D. (Director of Continuing Professional Education, Vanderbilt Law School) 2
2011 Innovative Problem-Solving Model Moves Clients through Impasse CPNV 1
2010 Ethics of Negotiation CLE Hon. F. Bruce Bach (Ret.) 1
2010 Effective Case Resolution Strategies: Preparing for Mediation, Arbitration or Trial Hon. Robert W. Wooldridge, Jr. (Ret.) and Hon. Stanley P. Klein (Ret.) 2
1996 Mediation Training NVMS 40
1996 Divorce Mediation Training NVMS 20
1996 Basic Mediation Training NVMS 20
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