Family Law matters of all types, including Divorce, Domestic Partnerships, Negotiated High-Asset Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements, Paternity, Custody and Visitation, and Family Law Malpractice and Fee Disputes.
CONFLICT RESOLUTION EXPERIENCE
Commissioner Taylor presided over hundreds of trials and settled thousands of Family Law disputes during her 12 years on the Family Law Bench. Greatly appreciated for her casual yet nononsense approach to resolving disputes as a bench officer, she excelled in analyzing complex cases and crafting road maps to resolution. Lawyers and clients knew that she could be trusted to understand sophisticated accounting issues and to offer inventive and satisfying parenting plans in the most challenging of circumstances.
Prior to her tenure on the Los Angeles Superior Court, Commissioner Taylor was appointed to the Riverside Superior Court, where she brought about significant improvement and helped to reorganize the Desert Branch Family Law Departments. She was a successful Beverly Hills Family Law attorney for 18 years before serving on the bench. She came to the mediation community early on, and was a pioneer in advocating alternative dispute resolution methods. She began her career in the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services, where she was dedicated to helping families and children in very difficult situations.
Today Commissioner Taylor views her role a little differently than when she was a jurist. She believes that mediation and comediation is grounded in the needs and interests of separating couples, and that with the assistance of their attorneys the parties are always in the best position to decide their own solutions. She recognizes that people in conflict tend to get stuck, and so patiently and adeptly facilitates discussions that lead people beyond impasse..
ORGANIZATIONS & ACHIEVEMENTS
Judicial Mentor and Educator to Fellow California Jurists
Recipient of The 2008 Spirit of CEB Award for service to Family Law Education
Member/former member: Family Law Committee and Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee, Los Angeles Superior Court; American Inns of Court, Family Law Inn of Court; numerous other bar and judicial associations and Family Law organizations
Frequent faculty member and speaker on Family Law topics to organizations throughout California
Author of articles on Family Law for Cal CEB (2005, 2008) and Receivership News (2005); Editorial Board Member, Journal of Child Custody.
California Certified Family Law Specialist (CFLS).
EDUCATION & TRAINING
Mediation Training: The Center for Understanding in Conflict (2010-present); Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University (2008)
J.D., 1979, Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles.
B.A., 1966, Marymount College, Palos Verdes, CA
Fluent in Spanish
Commissioner Taylor is available throughout California.