About Alan L. Nobler
I have been an active
practitioner working with families since 1968.
In 1999 I decided that I
was no longer comfortable walking the line between litigation (adversarial
representation) and mediation / collaborative work. In late 1999 I officially
stopped doing litigation cases to concentrate on settling cases according to the
needs and interests of the parties. When cases cannot be settled through
mediation or collaboration I have been successful connecting my clients with
litigators who can best represent them in court.
I have been a trainer in
Collaborative Practice since 2000 and have spoken to the State Bar of California
and the State Bar of Idaho. I served on the International Academy of
Collaborative Professionals Public Education Committee and primarily train for
Collaborative Practice Silicon Valley.
A graduate of San Jose
State University in 1964 (B.S. Business) and the University of Santa Clara in
1968 (Juris Doctor), I was admitted to the California Bar in 1968. When the
State Bar of California first certified Family Law as a specialty in 1980, I
took the necessary tests to complete the specialty certification, achieving
certification that same year. I have also become a certified mediator with
Santa Clara County and am a qualified Alternate Dispute Resolution provider for
the Santa Clara County Superior Court.
In addition to the
continuing education required by the Bar to maintain certification as a family
law specialist, I have also taken classes in and taught the collaborative
process. For my first 30 years in practice, I also did traditional civil
litigation, including suits involving the breach of a contract between people
living together ("Marvin" cases) and lawsuits involving injuries caused by one
spouse to the other.
I am currently the Chair
of the Association of Collaborative Law Attorneys (NoCourt.org)
and a member of the Collaborative Law Association and the International Academy
of Collaborative Professionals. I am an active member of the California
Association of Certified Family Law Specialists and have served on their board
for many years. I have been chairman of the Family Law Section of the Santa
Clara County Bar Association. In connection with the Santa Clara County Bar
Association, I have chaired the Santa Clara Family Court Local Rules Committee
through the first two revisions of those local rules. This committee was
composed of local attorneys and Superior Court Judges. I was also instrumental
in creating a settlement conference procedure in family law cases. I have also
been on the boards of the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyer's Association and the
American Psychology‑Law Society.
I have taught continuing
education to lawyers on most aspects of family law including: preparation and
trial, negotiation and settlement, psychological issues, interspousal injuries
and the use and application of Family Court rules. I have been a panel
moderator, coordinator and speaker on behalf of many organizations including:
the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, the Santa Clara County Bar
Association and the Collaborative Law Association.
I represent roughly equal
numbers of men and women. I represent people from all walks of life, including
the owners and officers of high tech companies, doctors, lawyers, engineers and
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