I was litigating from 1982 to 2001 and did not have a mediation practice. I had been to court on a number of occasions and it seemed that when people walked out of the courtroom after receiving a result, no matter how good of a job I thought I’d done, no one was happy: not the other party, not the other lawyer I was working with, nor myself. I felt there had to be some process that could give people a voice while at the same time competently representing their interests and guiding them through the divorce process. Using the broken-down judicial system wasn’t the way to do it.
Founding partner of McGaughey & Spirito in Redondo Beach, California, Joe Spirito has been practicing family law since 1982 and is currently serving as secretary of the Los Angeles County Bar’s Family Law Section.Back To Top