Global Collaborative Law Council

Collaborative Resolution of Civil Disputes

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About GCLC

The Global Collaborative Law Council, Inc. (GCLC) was originally established in October 2004, as the Texas Collaborative Law Council, Inc. by attorneys committed to assisting clients in managing conflict and resolving disputes without litigation. In January 2009, the organization expanded to serve attorneys and other professionals worldwide, involved in the practice of civil collaborative law.

Mission Statement

  • Promote the use of the collaborative process for resolving civil disputes.
  • Train lawyers and other professionals in the use of the process.
  • Educate the public as to the benefits of the process.
  • Preserve the integrity of the collaborative dispute resolution process.

Founding Members

Sherrie R. Abney
Robert J. Matlock
Michelle Leek Sutton
Hon. Ted Akin
Lawrence R. Maxwell, Jr.
Travis E. Vanderpool

Officers and Directors

Sherrie R. Abney - President
Law Offices of Sherrie R. Abney
Carrollton, Texas
Anne Shuttee - VP, Public Education & Training
Law Office of Anne Shuttee
Dallas, Texas
William C. Roberts, Jr. - Treasurer
Law Offices W.C. Roberts, Jr., L.P.
Dallas, Texas
Melanie M. Atha - Secretary
Cabaniss Johnston
Birmingham, Alabama
Lawrence R. Maxwell, Jr. - Executive Director
Collaborative Lawyer
Mediator and Arbitrator

Dallas, Texas
Norman Solovay- Director & Liaison to Indo-American Global Chamber of Commerce
The Solovay Practice
New York, New York
Robert A. Lopich - Director & Chair, Austral-Asia Region
Collaborative Lawyers Pty Ltd.
Sydney, Australia
Anna Marova, Director & Chair, Central European Region
Marova / Attorneys
Prague, Czech Republic
Kristen Blankley - Director & Liaison to American Association of Law Schools
University of Nebraska College of Law
Lincoln, Nebraska
David E. Calkins - Director & Liaison to Business Community
Attorney at Law
Richardson, Texas
Robert A. Miller, Jr.- Director & Liaison to Business Community
Smith and Collins
Dallas, Texas

For more information about our Officers and Directors, please go to the Membership Directory.

Regional and Chapter Chairs

North America Region:
William B. Short, Jr.
Dallas, Texas

Austral/Asian Region:
Robert Anthony Lopich
Sydney, Australia

Central Europe Region:
Anna Marova
Prague, Czech Republic

Canadian Chapter:
R. Bradley Hunter Q.C.
Regina, Saskatchewan

West Coast Chapter:
Kathleen Clark
Pleasant Hill, California

Southeast Chapter:
Nora Bushfield
Atlanta, Georgia

Northeast Chapter:
Marc O. Sheridan
New York, New York

To learn more about our Regional and Chapter Chairs, go to the Member Directory.

Advisory Board of Directors

MaryAnn B. Kildebeck
Frisco, Texas
Lorraine Joan Lopich
Collaborative Lawyers Pty Ltd.
Sydney, Australia

Robert J. Matlock
Woods-May-Matlock, P.C.
McKinney, Texas

  Lawrence G. Newman
Newman Law Firm
Dallas, Texas
Robert C. Prather, Sr.
Snell Wylie & Tibbals, P.C.
Dallas, Texas

  William B. Short, Jr.
Coats/Rose, P.C.
Dallas, Texas

William R. Towns
Novak Druce Collolly Bove + Quigg LLP
Houston, Texas

  Walter A. Wright
Texas State University
San Marcos, Texas

Global Collaborative Law Council, Inc.
7557 Rambler Road, Suite 850
Dallas, Texas 75231-2304

214-739-8900 214-739-8959 (Fax)