Chase, Berenstein and Murray, Counselors at Law provides collaborative divorce solutions to clients in San Mateo, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties.
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Lisa R. Murray


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Practice Areas

  • Family Law
  • Divorce Mediation
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • Negotiated Settlement
  • Consensual Dispute Resolution


Lisa R. Murray received her license to practice law in California in 1987 and in Hawaii in 2001. Ms. Murray has practiced family law since 1989, assisting families through the difficult divorce process. Ms. Murray serves her community as a mediator, Collaborative Practice divorce lawyer, settlement counsel, court-appointed child advocate representing children in divorce cases, and Judge Pro Tempore. Ms. Murray also volunteers with various community-based organizations participating in programs which provide low cost legal assistance to individuals. Ms. Murray's focus on Divorce Mediation, Collaborative Practice Divorce, and settlement negotiation counsel was borne from her experience of the destructive manner in which litigation impacts the lives of parents and children.

Ms. Murray is a member of the Mediators Roundtable which provides a forum for attorney-mediators to discuss with one another the methodology of and current trends in mediation. Ms. Murray has served as co-chair of the Family Law Section of the San Mateo County Bar Association, and as co-chair of the Children's Issues Committee - Bay Area, a Subcommittee of the Family Law Section of the California State Bar. As a member of Collaborative Practice of San Mateo County, she has served as President, chair of the Public Education Committee and co-chair of the Membership Committee, as an active member of the training and membership committees, and as a trainer. Ms. Murray is also an active member of Collaborative Practice San Francisco, where she has served on the Board, as a member of the Divorce Options and Membership Committees, and as the liaison to the Northern California Public Education Committee of Collaborative Practice California. Ms. Murray has been a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals since 2004.

Ms. Murray has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer from 2006 through the present. In 2009 she was honored with a Eureka Award by Collaborative Practice California for her significant contributions and demonstration of abiding dedication to establishing and sustaining Collaborative Practice in California.

Ms. Murray received her Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco in 1987, after graduating cum laude from Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.


  • University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D.
    • Honors: top 20% of the class
  • Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
    • B.A. - 1984
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: Political Science

Bar Admission

  • California, 1987
  • Hawaii, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1987
  • U.S. District Court District of Hawaii, 2001

Professional Associations

  • International Academy of Collaborative Professional, Member, 2003 to Present
  • San Mateo County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Co-Chair
  • Children's Issues Committee, Bay Area, Co-Chair

Past Positions

  • Boornazian, Jensen and Garthe, Associate Attorney, 1987 to 1989
  • Chase and Berenstein, Associate Attorney, 1989 to 1994

Published Works

  • Inside the Minds: Understanding Collaborative Family Law, Thomson Reuters/Aspatore , 2011

Current Employment Position

  • Owner


  • Collaborative Practice California Eureka Award
  • Northern California Super Lawyer

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Divorce Options, 2008 to Present

Classes & Seminars

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution: Mediation, Collaborative Practice, Private Judging/Arbitration - What is a Good Fit for my Case?, San Mateo County Bar Association, Family Law Section, 06/08/2018
  • Collaborative Practice - What is it?, University of San Francisco School of Law, 2014
  • Divorce Options, Collaborative Practice California, 2008 to Present