Welcome to the 1st annual CollabFest Midwest sponsored by Iowa Collaborative Divorce. Collaborative practice is a creative new paradigm that can be transformative for both practitioners and clients. At CollabFest we will develop the deeper understanding and confidence needed to build a thriving collaborative practice.
9:00am – Selling Full Team Collaborative presented by Andrea McGinn with The Law Shop
9:45am – Live Case Study: Deep Dive in Full Team Collaborative presented by Iowa Collaborative Divorce
12:00pm – Lunch & Connecting
12:30pm – Marketing your Practice using Collaborative presented by Mackenzie Ryan with
1:30pm – Collaborative Practice for the Middle Class: The Streamlined Flat Fee Process presented by Brian Galbraith, Galbraith Family Law Professional Corporation
3:00pm – The Benefits and Status of Uniform Collaborative Law Act presented by Robert Merlin, Diane Dornburg and Kristen Boldt
4:00pm – Collaborative Practice Group Best Practices: Building Relationships presented by Kristen Boldt with Harmony Law
Brian Galbraith is a collaborative family law lawyer, mediator and trainer with his own firm, Galbraith Family Law Professional Corporation. Brian’s firm is known for its cutting-edge use of technology to provide efficient and effective peacemaking services in Barrie, Newmarket and Toronto, Ontario. Brian was awarded the Founder’s Medallion for his efforts to establish Collaborative Practice in Ontario. Brian is on the Board of Directors of the IACP. He teaches the Introductory Interdisciplinary Course, customized advanced courses, leads practice group retreats and has conducted workshops at the IACP Forum, and various local and international conferences. Brian is married and is the father of five children ranging in age from 7 to 29 years old and grandfather to one boy. He used to enjoy travelling (his wife is a flight attendant) prior to the pandemic. He also enjoys curling, white water canoeing and living on Lake Simcoe.
Andrea is a collaborative attorney who practices mainly in family and juvenile law. She is a mother of two boys, incoming Chair of the Iowa State Bar Association Family and Juvenile Law Section, Leadership Team Member with Iowa Collaborative Divorce and serves on various other professional organizations. Andrea is co-founder of The Law Shop by Skogerson McGinn LLC out of Van Meter. She has a passion for improving the legal profession which will in turn improve our client’s lives, their family, and eventually the world.
Amy is an attorney, mediator, educator and consultant. With nearly 20years of experience working with clients, co-managing a state of the art law firm, and participating in local, national and international organizations, AJ’s preferred approach is always calm, caring, organized and straightforward. Her office is custom designed to provide comfort and direction during difficult times for both clients and colleagues. Whether working with clients or training other professionals, she recognizes the importance of knowing both the law and the facts while remaining sensitive to the significant emotional and financial impacts on everyone involved
Kristen Boldt is a collaborative attorney, mediator and trainer. She currently serves as chair of the Leadership Team for Iowa Collaborative Divorce and serves on the Training & Education and the Standards & Ethics committees for the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Her firm, Harmony Law, focuses on family law, guardianships and conscious contracting. Whether working with families or organizations, she helps clients create solutions that allow them to maintain relationships beyond the current conflict and work together going forward. She is also the proud mama of 2 (almost) grown daughters.
Kendra Erkamaa is the CEO and Principal Financial Advisor for Triangle Financial Services. Located in Des Moines, Iowa, Triangle Financial Services is an all-women firm that assists individuals, small businesses and nonprofits to create and manage wealth through planning, tracking and investment guidance. Kendra shares her passion for uplifting individuals with financial clarity by working with collaborative divorce professionals as a financial neutral and financial consultant. She received the Certified Divorce Financial Analyst designation in 2017 to support the growing collaborative divorce community.
Larry began his career as an attorney, graduating in 1997 from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. After practicing as a litigator for eleven years, he attended The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, graduating in 2010 with a Masters of Arts in Psychology with a Specialty in Clinical Counseling. In 2015 he moved to Des Moines with his family. He is licensed as an attorney and mental health counselor in Illinois and Iowa. He is the owner of Scanlon Law Office, Inc., and Insight Counseling
Penny is a mediator and attorney with a focus in family and juvenile law. When not mediating or participating in collaborative divorce, she serves as GAL, Child & Family Reporter, Attorney and Court Visitor for children and protected persons in family law, juvenile and guardianship matters. She is the current chair of the Child Protection Council/State Citizen Review Panel (Iowa) and is an Executive Team Member with Iowa Collaborative Divorce. Penny is a co-founder of The Neighborhood Law Group, P.C. in West Des Moines, Iowa. Being around collaborative spirits invigorates and motivates Penny and she is truly grateful for collaborative practice and hearts
Kara is an attorney at Bergkamp, Hemphill & McClure, P.C., in Adel, Iowa. Her practice focuses on family law, guardianships, conservatorships, and estate planning. Kara has the unique ability to fill a variety of roles as she serves clients in collaborative cases, as a “traditional” attorney, or in a limited representation role. Kara also serves as a child’s attorney, Guardian ad Litem, or Child & Family Reporter. Kara is active in the Dallas County Bar Association, Iowa State Bar Association, and Iowa Collaborative Divorce. Kara is a member of the Jack D. Levin Family Law Inn of Court in central Iowa. In her free time, Kara loves to be with her family, spend time outside, and run.
Mackenzie is the owner and chief storytelling officer of StoryStruck Marketing, an agency based in West Des Moines that serves clients in Iowa and Minnesota. A former national award-winning journalist, Walters founded the agency after conducting countless media interviews where leaders struggled to clearly articulate what their organization does–and why it matters. That’s why StoryStruck Marketing walks clients through a strategic Storytelling Framework in addition to offering marketing plans and ongoing marketing services. Before founding the agency, Walters served as a journalist in five states. Her stories appeared in newspapers, trade magazines, on television and radio as well as during live events.
Diane is currently Managing Attorney at Iowa Center for Children’s Justice, in Des Moines. Diane is a mediator, parenting coordinator, neutral evaluator, collaborative attorney, and child specialist in collaborative law. She is the Legislative Chair of the Family & Juvenile Law Section of the Iowa State Bar Association. She also a member of the Lawyers Helping Lawyers Committee, Polk County Bar Association Family Law Committee, Iowa Collaborative Divorce Executive Team, and the Association of Family & Conciliation Courts.