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Steven Goldman, (Lawyer)

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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)


Steven Goldman, (Lawyer)



Growing up as a child of divorced parents, I know how difficult the divorce process can be. I also know that sometimes it is necessary and even beneficial to families living in an uncomfortable environment. Without exception, divorce is stressful and emotionally taxing. Litigation, which is often the first (and only) process most attorneys turn to for their clients, only exacerbates that stress. By pitting former spouses against one another, litigation practically demands that parties destroy any semblance of a familial relationship in order to “succeed” in court. What most people fail to realize (until it is too late), is that this “success” does not satisfy any of their initial goals: 1) Most people want the divorce process to be quick, but litigation can take years; 2) Most people want the divorce process to be cheap, but litigation can costs tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars; 3) Most people want to guarantee the best possible result; but litigation leaves all decisions in the hands of a Judge, a stranger that cannot possibly understand what is best for you or your children’s future. Collaborative Law provides parties with the ability to take control over their lives and determine the outcome of their individual case. By collaborating and cooperating with one another, parties are able to settle their disputes in a manner that they believe is beneficial for each member of the family; not only their own. Collaborative Law also provides a forum to brainstorm and be creative in crafting settlements that could not possibly be achieved through the limited authority of the court.

Collaborative Practice Group Membership

Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia

Collaborative Services

When I graduated law school, I wanted to litigate because it was fun and exciting. It appealed to my competitive nature. However, I quickly realized that while “winning” provided me with personal satisfaction, it was not always in the client’s best interest. Even when a client went home ecstatic about a Judge’s decision in his or her favor, that client was still left with the destructive aftermath caused by litigation: two spiteful parents that cannot communicate effectively; tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars that could have gone towards a child’s college education, gone because it was spent on attorneys; lost relationships with close friends and in-laws. The list goes on. Even when litigating, I found that my best results were often obtained negotiating a settlement – not because my client received everything that he or she wanted, but because the parties worked together to resolve the issues in a way that each felt was best for the family. It is only then that I started to become truly satisfied with the results I was achieving. Collaborative Law allows me to take this method of practice to another level. It provides a forum for the parties to be open with one another and be considerate of the other person’s interests. It also allows the attorneys to work together and be creative in crafting the best possible settlement. When all is said and done, my goal in every case is for the parties to resolve their issues civilly and professionally, and for them to do so in a way that promotes a positive relationship for the future. Collaborative Law is a perfect tool for achieving that result.



Virginia (2014)
Maryland (2015)
District of Columbia (2012)
New York (2009)
Eastern District of New York, Federal District Court (2009)
Southern District of New York, Federal District Court (2009) ,J.D.

Professional Activities

Member, Virginia State Bar Association
Member, Fairfax Bar Association (Family Law Section; Young Lawyers Section)
Mentor, Fairfax Bar Association Devonshire Mentorship Program
Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
Member, New York State Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association


Collaborative Practice Training

Year Course Title Instructor Hours
Basic/ Introductory Collaborative Law or Interdisciplinary Collaborative Team Training.
2015 Collaborative Practice Basic Training Suzanne L. Latimer, Esq. 13
30-Hr Interest-Based Negotiation & Mediation Skills
2017 Mediation & Interest-Based Negotiation Skill Training Barbara Burr, J.D. and Lisa Herrick, Ph.D. 30
Additional 15 hours Intermediate/ Advanced interest-based negotiation, communication skills, collaborative, or basic professional coach training
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
2016 The Top Five: Common Missteps Across Cultures and Gender Nina Meierding 1.5
2016 The Challenge of Teams Yuval Berger, MSW and Nancy Cameron, LLB 7
2016 Meeting with Clients to Choose their Process: An 8-Step Structured Approach Brian Galbraith, LLB and Sue Cook, MEd 1.5
Annual 4 hours collaborative continuing education (basic, intermediate, or advanced)
2024 Managing the Negotiation Within David Hoffman 4
2024 Litigating Collaboratively Tashina Gorgone, Susan Buniva Wesley GreenSteven Goldman, 1
2023 The Lost Art of Asking Jacinta Gallant 6
2022 Targeted Tools to Resolve Complex Collaborative Impasses Carl Mitlehner, Sue Soler, Jennifer Bradley 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. 6
2022 If You See Something, Say Something - Navigating Complex Asset Matters During the Collaborative Process Jamie Blum and Jordan Egert 1.5
2022 Collaborative Clients: When kumbaya is not enough Barbara Burr, Esq. 1.5
2022 A Parent's Mental Illness Should Not Prevent a Successful Parenting Plan Stephanie Smith, Esq and Patrice Garver, PhD 1.5
2021 Virginia's Uniform Collaborative Law Act Jennifer Bradley, Anne White, Karen Keyes 1.5
2021 Transform Them Jonathan Foust, MA, CSA 1.5
2021 Strategies for Streamlining Collaborative Practice Jennifer Bradley, Lynn Fletcher, Natalie Goldberg, Jane Ochsman Rowny 1.5
2021 No Justice, No Peace Barbara Burr, Esq. and Natalie Goldberg, LCSW 1.5
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® 2
2021 Introductory Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Training CPTI: I was one of the Trainers 12
2021 Changes, Practical Applications and Issues now that the UCLA Statute has been Enacted (14th VaCP) Teresa Cole, JD, Karen Keyes, JD & Cheryl Smith, JD 1.25
2021 Beyond Spread Sheets and Cash Flow Debbie May, CPA, CFP, CDFA and Robin Taub, JD 1.5
2021 Adult ADHD in Collaborative Practice Kate Scharff, Psychotherapist 1.5
2021 A Deeper Dive into the Role of the Child Specialist (14th VaCP) Natalie Goldberg, LCSW & Lisa Herrick, PhD 2.75
2020 The Psychological and Ethical Dimensions of Collaborative Practice David A. Hoffman, JD 6
2020 The New Normal Steven Goldman and Patrice Garver 1
2020 Prenups, the Collaborative Way CPNV: Michael McHugh and Lynn Fletcher 1.5
2020 Impacts During COVID-19 CPNV: Lisa Herrick, Natalie Goldberg, Sue Soler, Jennifer Bradley & Grant Moher 1.5
2020 Disclosure? Distraction? Denial? Dunno. Addressing Full Disclosure of Ambiguous Adultery in Collaborative Divorce Steven Goldman and David Ginsberg 1.5
2020 Cash, Covid, and Collaboration: Financial considerations for assisting your clients Jordan Egert and Jane Ochsman Rowny 1
2019 Women & Financial Wellness: Beyond the Bottom Line Peter Gorman and Rodney Brandon 1.5
2019 What's IACP Got To Do With It? Chris Farish, JD .5
2019 UCLA Coming to Virginia Soon?! Karen Keyes and Teresa Cole 1.5
2019 The Space Between Adele D'Ari, Paul Smollar 1.5
2019 Managing Client Expectations about the Collaborative Process Jennifer Bradley, Debbie Beach, Caroline Girgis, Dwayne Grady 1.5
2019 Blending Worlds: Complexities of Multiculturalism and the Collaborative Divorce Model Theopia Jackson, Ph.D. 5.5
2019 ASD/Neuro-diversity in the Family Jamell White, Ph.D., LCSW-C 1.5
2019 A Collaborative Case Study Jennifer Bradley, Lynn Fletcher, Lisa Herrick 1.5
2018 Working Creatively with Conflict Debbie Beach, Patrice Garver, and Debbie Nackman 1
2018 Tools to Understand your Divorcing Client's Money Personality Erika W. Schleifman, CFP, CDFA 1
2018 Spiritual Journeys in a Material World: Thoughts about Spirituality for Divorce Professionals Larry Gaughan 1
2018 Divorce Through the Developmental Lens Lisa Herrick, PhD and Kate Scharff 1
2018 Collaborative TEAM protocols: How the TEAM establishes an environment of thinking and reasoning Christine Hissong and Mary Szpanka 1
2016 Forgive for Good Fred Luskin, PhD 1
2016 Anatomy of a Modest Means Collaborative Case: Streamlining the Process Joryn Jenkins, JD; Randy J. Heller, PhD; Nancy Cameron, LLB; Deirdre Severide, LLB; and Merille Miller 3
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