Collaborative Divorce Attorneys
Virginia Dugan is a certified specialist in Family law. She is a Graduate with Honors of University of New Mexico School of Law. She is active in educating other attorneys through seminars and classes and is listed in the “Best Lawyers in America” and “Southwest Super Lawyers” and practices in all areas of family law including Alimony, Child Support, Collaborative Law, Marital Agreements and Premarital Agreements.
Stephen P. Eaton
Mr. Eaton received his law degree from the University of New Mexico in 1990. Mr. Eaton sits on the New Mexico Family Law Specialization Board. He has been a sole practitioner since 1994 and has focused primarily on family law since that time. He is married and has three sons. Both he and his wife have strong ties to this community and family roots in New Mexico. He and his family are active members of the Shepherd of the Valley Presbyterian Church. He is also active as a Cub Scout den leader. He is an avid racquetball player.
Claire Sanderson Hanna
Claire Sanderson Hanna is a family lawyer and mediator licensed to practice law in New Mexico since 1992. Claire Sanderson Hanna’s law and mediation practice is a fullservice family law firm with a special focus on divorce mediation and divorce collaborative law.
Since real estate is typically an important part of a divorcing family’s asset portfolio, Claire Sanderson Hanna expanded her knowledge base in real estate in 2005 to become a licensed real estate broker as well as a family-law attorney and mediator.
Prior to her career in domestic relations, collaborative law, family law and divorce mediation, Claire Sanderson Hanna was a publisher and editor in New York City and Albuquerque publishing houses. Claire Sanderson Hanna obtained her law degree from the University of New Mexico in 1992 and served as a judicial law clerk for the Court of Appeals for two years after graduating from law school. She obtained her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1978, graduated in the top one percent of her class, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Originally from rural upstate New York, Claire Sanderson Hanna has resided in New Mexico for over thirty years.
Paulette J. Hartman ("PJ" Hartman, L.L.C.)
Paulette J. Hartman is a Board Certified Family Law Specialist. She works only in the area of family law. Ms. Hartman graduated from the University of New Mexico with a law degree, where she was a member of Law Review after completing a Bachelor's and a Master's Degree in Speech Pathology.
Although Ms. Hartman litigates many family law cases, she is a trained mediator and trained collaborative attorney. Her years of professional experiences and leadership service to families and children in New Mexico qualify her to be a strong but empathetic practitioner. Ms. Hartman has always practiced law according to her personal and professional code, which is to achieve resolution of difficult situations through "integrity and civility". Ms. Hartman believes that collaborative law specifically achieves that goal.
Twila B. Larkin
Twila B. Larkin is a Board Certified Family Law Specialist. She is also a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She is past chair of the New Mexico Family Law Section and a past chair of the CLE Committee of the Family Law Section for several Annual Family Law Institutes. She has served as a Board of Bar Commissioner for the State Bar of Mexico and as a board member of the New Mexico Collaborative Practice Group. She is a member of various state and local bar committees, including the state-wide Alimony Guidelines Committee, and a past member of the NM Legal Specialization Committee. She served three years of service on the ABA Committee on Legal Specialization. She was the Region V Representative to the Council of the American Bar Association Family Law Section for 7 years. She has been involved in collaborative divorce work since 2000. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, cooking, and is passionately committed to the endeavor of learning how to golf now that her son has gone away to college. She is a proud member of the Rotary Club of Albuquerque.
Emma L. Whitley
Emma L. Whitley practices statewide solely in the area of family law with a primary focus on mediation and collaborative divorce.
A native New Mexican, Ms. Whitley has been working with families for more than a decade to help resolve disputes respectfully, outside of the expensive, protracted and frequently destructive litigation process.
Ms. Whitley graduated summa cum laude with her bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico (UNM) and is a proud alumni of the University of New Mexico School of Law. Go Lobos!
Ms. Whitley is a member of the Family Law Section of the New Mexico State Bar and a proud member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) as well as the Albuquerque Collaborative Practice Group (ACPG).
Trained in advanced mediation and advanced collaborative divorce, Ms. Whitley brings a breadth of knowledge and experience to her clients and the family law community in New Mexico. Ms. Whitley is a strong advocate for early intervention—getting families on the right path so that they will be able to co-parent and reach agreements outside of litigation in the future.
When not helping families, Ms. Whitley enjoys time with her Husband, Dan, most of which is spent running after their young son, James.
Kathryn Wissel, a shareholder of Geer Wissel Levy & Hartwell, PA, received her law degree from the University of New Mexico in 1979 after teaching English in the Albuquerque Public Schools for seven years. She started practice in a general civil law firm and later worked for Protection and Advocacy representing persons with disabilities before joining attorneys Maria Garcia Geer and Robert Levy in 1986. She is currently the president of the board of Law Access New Mexico, a legal helpline which provides services for low income persons throughout the state. She is also a trained mediator.
Ms. Wissel sees collaborative divorce as a valuable option for clients. It brings together professionals with legal, financial and mental health expertise to address the difficult choices in a divorce. It also allows couples more dignity and privacy in the process and more control over the outcome.
Ms. Wissel is a parent of two grown children and is a step parent and step grandparent. She is married to collaborative clinical psychologist Robert Goodkind.
Collaborative Financial Specialists
Jerome J. Johnson, CPA/ABV/CFF, CVA
Jerome Johnson is employed with the firm of Burrage & Johnson, CPA's, LLC. A graduate of Regis University, he has practiced public accounting in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Portales, New Mexico since 1993. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Jerome is experienced in providing supporting forensic accounting services in various types of litigation including, but not limited to, the valuation of closely-held businesses in divorce cases, tax aspects of marital dissolution, wrongful termination, alimony, and child support issues. Jerome enjoys fishing, hunting, racquetball and working in the yard.
Ed Street , CPA/ABV/CFF, CVA, ASA
Ed Street is a principal with REDW LLC, the Rogoff Firm. He has practiced accounting in Albuquerque since 1980, after graduating from South Dakota State University and completing his accounting studies at the University of New Mexico. Ed's primary areas of practice are business valuation and dispute resolution, with experience in all financial divorce areas. He is accredited in business valuation and trained in general mediation and the collaborative process.
Collaborative Communication Specialists
Ken Gilman, PhD
Ken Gilman is a licensed clinical psychologist who has practiced in Maine, Belgium, and New Mexico. He has done a combination of clinical practice and organization development/consulting. His current practice is primarily collaborative practice and mediation. In collaborative cases, he acts as a divorce coach. In addition to psychology, he has worked as an educator and as a musician.
Robert Goodkind, PhD
Bob is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice and has been since 1979. In his practice he works with individuals; adults and adolescents, as well as with couples and families. He began working with collaborative divorces in 2004 and has served as a divorce coach and child specialist for adolescents. He is married to collaborative divorce attorney Kathryn Wissel and has four grown children.
Maureen Polikoff ACSW, LISW
Ms. Polikoff received her Masters Degree in Social Work from Connecticut State University in 1986. She has since spent more than 25 years working with individuals and families in community mental health settings, education, the courts, and private practice. Ms. Polikoff spent over 10 years working directly with the Connecticut and New Mexico Family Courts conducting custody evaluations and mediations in divorce, custody, co-parenting and time sharing disputes. She is currently in private practice, focusing on communication counseling, therapeutic mediation, and reunification issues for parents regarding their children, as well as individual, couples, and family counseling. Ms. Polikoff has been active in the Albuquerque Collaborative Divorce group since 2007, and serves as both divorce coach or child specialist in Collaborative divorce cases.
Michael Ollom, LCSW, RPT-S
Michael Ollom, LISW, RPT-S is a Social Worker and a Play Therapist. He has been in practice in Albuquerque for 15 years and is the owner of Live! LLC, which provides direct services as well as supervision to Social Workers and Play Therapists. Michael has been trained in Collaborative Practice, Child-Centered Play Therapy and Filial Therapy, working with individuals, families and groups. Michael has been an NM Association for Play Therapy board member for ten years and a NM Collaborative Practice Group board member. Michael spends free time practicing yoga and traveling.