Education and Training
Unmani Sarasvati, founder of Mediation Offices, PC, received High Honors from the University of California, Berkeley, graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law’s Honors Lawyering Program, and earned her LLM in Taxation Law with Honors from Golden Gate University School of Law. Unmani received her mediation training from Gary Friedman of the Center for Mediation in Law. She received her Collaborative Practice training from the CP team of Nancy J. Cameron, JD; Susan Gamache, PhD; and financial specialist Doreen Gardner Brown.
Professional Associations and Memberships
Alameda County Family Law Association
California Bar Association, State Bar Number 234836
— Member, Family Law Section and Taxation Section
Adjunct Professor, Golden Gate University, School of Law, 2008-2013
— Course: “Mediation and Collaborative Lawyering”
Inspiration for Developing a Non-Adversarial Firm
Unmani went through her own divorce in 2002. She and her ex-husband engaged traditional litigation attorneys. In addition to charging high fees, Unmani’s attorney never addressed her often-stated number one priority of maintaining a relationship with her beloved step-daughters. Through this experience Unmani realized that the traditional adversarial approach to divorce fails to address the needs of many family law clients.