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The Anatomy of Successful Collaborations

June 15 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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One event on June 15, 2018 at 9:00am

CCND Welcomes
An outstanding collaborative training team from Rochester, New York:
Suzanne L. Brunsting, Esq. 
Donna M. Maier, CDFA
David R. Murch, Esq.
The Anatomy of Successful Collaborations
Thursday, June 14, 2018  2:00pm-6:00pm
Friday, June 15, 2018 9:00am-5:00pm
Red Lion Hotel Cromwell
(Formerly Radisson Hotel Cromwell)
100 Berlin Road
Cromwell, CT
Sometimes Collaborations Go Well
and Sometimes Not…
In this advanced interdisciplinary training we will explore best practices, tips and skills that will help us increase the odds for success and lead to satisfying collaborative experiences.  The workshop will combine demonstrations, collaborative conversations and role play.
We will address:
  • The integrity of the process – reinforcing core principles
  • Critical thinking and communication skills
  • Trust: how to gain it and how to lose it
  • Weaving settlement advocacy with neutrality
  • Learning styles and problem solving skills
  • Competition and pacing and what they contribute to outcomes
  • Exploring impasse and ways to reach resolution
  • Maintaining the integrity of the process by:
    • Bringing everyone’s best self to the table
    • Providing a clear structure with common core values and principles
    • Assuring an agreed upon protocol so that the professionals have their full attention to respond to clients
    • Making each professional feel safe so that there is freedom for high caliber work
    • Making the clients feel safe in knowing that their needs and concerns will be heard and addressed
We will practice bringing the collaborative team together to address threats and demands, hot button-pushing and other crisis-inducing behavior.
Suzanne L. Brunsting, Esq.
Attorney Brunsting (JD, University of Arizona, 1981), is a matrimonial and family law attorney with more than thirty-five years of experience, limiting her practice to Collaborative Law, Mediation and settlement advocacy since 2004. As a founding member of the Collaborative Law Association of the Rochester Area (CLARA), she served as the first president of the organization.

Involved in Collaborative Law and Mediation trainings across Canada and the United States, Attorney Brunsting is committed to helping lawyers and allied professionals represent their clients while doing them and their families no harm.  She’s been honored as one of the Best Lawyers in America since 1995, a New York Super Lawyer since 2007 and is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell.  She also holds the following titles:  International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (past board member); Collaborative Law Association of the Rochester Area (past president and board member); Rochester Chapter of Inns of Court (past president); the Rochester A.C.T. Program (past board member).

Speaker and Trainer in Collaborative Family Law, 2001-present.
Donna M. Maier, CDFA
Donna M. Maier is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, living and working in the Rochester NY area.  She has acted in the capacity of a neutral financial professional in hundreds of collaborative cases over a span of more than 17 years. Donna is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), current board member and past president of the Collaborative Law Association of the Rochester Area (CLARA), member of Ithaca Collaborative Law Professionals (IACLP), and past board member of the National Association of Women Business Owners. A commercial banker for more than 20 years, her credentials include an MBA in both Finance and Marketing from the University of Rochester’s Simon School. She has also received her CVA designation through the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA) program to conduct closely held business valuations for clients. She has lectured on various topics at CLARA and IACP, most recently in Vancouver. She previously held both her securities and insurance licenses in the state of NY.
David R. Murch, Esq.
David Murch (JD, Union University Albany Law School, 1977) is a collaborative attorney in private practice in Webster, NY.  David is a founding member and past president of the Collaborative Law Association of the Rochester Area (CLARA).  He has presented collaborative law trainings across the United States and Canada for the past ten years and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America and New York Super Lawyers.

TO REGISTER BY MAIL: Please complete this registration form and mail it with your registration fee (check payable to “CCND“) to CCND, P.O. Box 1249, Southbury, CT 06488.

TO REGISTER BY CREDIT CARD: Please visit our website at to pay online by credit card and complete this registration form and mail it to: CCND, P.O. Box 1249, Southbury, CT 06488.


PLEASE NOTE:  Registration ends 6/12/18.  No refunds or cancellations received after 6/12/18.


June 15
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Red Lion Hotel Cromwell
100 Berlin Road
Cromwell, 06416 United States
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