Training & Experience

Training & Experience

Thellen Levy

Admitted to California bar, 1979; U.S. Tax Court, 1982

Family law mediation, collaboration and cooperative negotiations

  • Custody
  • Child and spousal support
  • Property division
  • Premarital, post-marital and marital settlement agreements


  • Bard College — B.A. (1973)
  • Golden Gate University — J.D. with honors (1979)


  • San Francisco Bar Association (Member, Family Law Section)
  • State Bar of California
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Collaborative Practice of San Francisco
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals


  • Expert & Mentor — San Francisco Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Program (Family Law)
  • Mediator — Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Appellate Mediation Program
  • Judge Pro Tempore — San Francisco Unified Family Court


  • San Francisco Bar Association — Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service, 1998-2003
  • California State Senate — Certificate of Recognition: Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service, 2004


  • I am the past President and a former Member of the Board of Directors of Collaborative Practice San Francisco.
  • I am a Settlement Master for the San Francisco Unified Family Court, volunteering my time several times a year at the courthouse to help people settle their family law cases before the cases are set for trial.
  • I was a Judge Pro Tempore for the San Francisco Unified Family Court for over 25 years.
  • I also participate in Self-Reflection for Conflict Professionals, an ongoing advanced training group for conflict professionals who are interested in developing our sensitivity and skills in self-reflection as applied to our work.


  • I have been active in independent schools in San Francisco, having served two terms on the Board of Trustees of The San Francisco School and two terms as Secretary of the Board, and served on the Hospitality Committee and as the co-chair of the New Families Committee for San Francisco University High School.

Collaborative Practice