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Tonda Mattie

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What I do

I represent clients going through a divorce or other family dispute who want a resolution process that addresses their highest goals and aspirations and is positive, future-oriented, and cost-effective.  I listen to find out what is truly important to my client.  I offer wise counsel and legal advice that is creative but practical, realistic, and far-sighted.  I support and challenge my client to bring his or her best self to the problem-solving and decision-making table.  I educate my client to empower him or her to make informed decisions and to gain the most from the collaborative process.  I work hard to transform conflict resolution into a healing process.

What you get

  • a holistic approach to conflict and dispute resolution
  • empowerment to find creative solutions that meet the legal, relational (emotional), parenting, and financial needs of all family members
  • honesty, trustworthiness, and respect to maximize benefits and minimize harm to all who are involved
  • advocacy to ensure that your legitimate needs and interests are met
  • the most useful, neutral, specialized advice from an interdisciplinary team of collaborative professionals and experts
  • cost-effective and value-added use of professionals and experts
  • a legal and financial plan, a relational plan, and a parenting plan
  • no court involvement other than processing the final legal documents

Who I am

My name is Tonda Mattie, and my law firm is Tonda L. Mattie, L.L.C.  In my own small way I hope to contribute to world peace one family at a time.  This is a notion I could not have had before I met Stu Webb, my Minnesota colleague who is the founder of Collaborative Divorce and the Collaborative Process.  His profound concept of avoiding the adversarial court process altogether and focusing solely on settlement changed the way I viewed the practice of family law and my own career.  Now, my efforts on behalf of my clients have a positive impact not only on the short-term circumstances of their divorce or dispute but on their lives as well.  I am at last in a career where I can truly make a difference.

Admitted to practice law

  • 1983, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • 1979, Minnesota
  • 1978, Illinois

Education

  • Southern Illinois University, J.D., 1978
  • University of Iowa, B.A. Psychology and Political Science, 1974

Practice history

  • 2004 – present: Collaborative Family Law
  • 1992 – 2004: Family Law and Collaborative Family Law
  • 1979 – 1992: Family Law and Employment Discrimination

Memberships and awards

  • Member, 1992 – present, President, 2005, and Board Member, Collaborative Law Institute, Minnesota
  • Co-Chair, Training Committee, 2004 – present, Collaborative Law Institute, Minnesota
  • Stu Webb Award, 2008, In Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to Collaborative Practice
  • Minnesota Super Lawyer, Collaborative Law, 2006 – present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association (Member, Family Law Section)
  • Chrysalis Women's Center Advisory Board
  • Tubman/Chrysalis Women's Center, Volunteer

Collaborative and related training

  • The NEW Collaborative Experience, Tonda Mattie/CLI, 2011
  • Why Collaborative Practice Works: Neuroscience Tools & Techniques, Kimberly Fauss, Dr. Jan Hembree, 2010
  • Financial Intelligence, Financial Planning Assn., 2010
  • CLI Annual Conference, 2010
  • The NEW Collaborative Experience, Tonda Mattie/CLI, 2010
  • Point Counter-Point: Collaborative & Cooperative Law, Linda Wray/Nancy Zalusky Berg, 2010
  • Advanced Mediation Skills, Nina Meierding, 2010
  • Addressing Domestic Violence, Dave Matthews, 2010
  • IACP Conference "Reflections & Visions," Minneapolis, 2009
  • The NEW Collaborative Experience, Tonda Mattie/CLI, 2009
  • CLI Annual Conference, 2009
  • The Strategic Negotiator, Nina Meierding, 2008
  • IACP Conference "The Collaborative Community: Stepping Up and Reaching Out," New Orleans, 2008
  • "One Coach Model" of Collaborative Practice, Linda Solomon, 2008
  • 2nd European Conference on Collaborative Practice, Cork, Ireland, 2008
  • The Collaborative Experience, Tonda Mattie/CLI, 2008
  • Generating Collaboration with Empathy, Emily Gould, 2008
  • Deepening Your Skills in the Neutral Coach Model, Linda Solomon, 2008
  • Parenting Plans: Empowering Your Clients to Effective Co-Parenting, Deb Clemmensen/CLI, 2008
  • Cooperative Practice: A New Technique for Successful Case Negotiations, Prof. John Lande, 2008
  • CLI Annual Conference, 2007
  • "Pathways to a Good Divorce" The Children's Perspective, Dr. Constance Ahrons, 2007
  • Child Specialist Protocol Training, CLI, 2007
  • IACP Conference "The Collaborative Mosaic," Toronto, 2007
  • The Collaborative Experience, Tonda Mattie/CLI, 2007
  • "Taking the War Out of Words," Sharon Ellison, 2007
  • Appreciative Inquiry for Team Building, Dr. Peggy Thompson, 2007
  • CLI Annual Conference "From Shallow Peace to Deep Resolution," Pauline Tessler, 2007
  • How to Calculate Child Support Under the New Law, MSBA, 2007
  • IACP Conference "The Care & Feeding of a Revolution," San Diego, CA, 2006
  • The Craft of Collaborative Law, Chip Rose video replay/Tonda Mattie, 2006
  • The Calling of Collaborative Practice, Dr. Susan Gamache, 2006
  • Effective Collaborative Communications, Dr. Susan Gamache, 2006
  • Basic Skills for Financial Professionals in the Collaborative Law Process, Tonda Mattie, Amy Wolff/CLI, 2006
  • Basic Skills for Coaches and Child Specialists in the Collaborative Law Process, Tonda Mattie, Deb Clemmensen, Terry Romonoff-Newman/CLI, 2006
  • The Craft of Collaborative Law, Chip Rose video replay/Tonda Mattie, 2006
  • The Collaborative Experience, Tonda Mattie/CLI, 2006
  • Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice, Victoria Smith/Dr. Susan Gamach, Toronto, 2006
  • Advanced Collaborative Law, Chip Rose video replay/Tonda Mattie, 2005
  • Advanced Collaborative Law, Chip Rose, 2005
  • The Craft of Collaborative Law, Chip Rose video replay/Tonda Mattie, 2005
  • IACP Annual Conference "Coming of Age of Collaborative Practice," Atlanta, 2005
  • Mediation Training, Chris Leick, 2005
  • The Craft of Collaborative Law, Chip Rose, 2005
  • The Collaborative Experience, Tonda Mattie/CLI, 2005
  • Build Your Skills-Develop Your Practice, Tonda Mattie/CLI, 2004
  • The Nuts & Bolts of Collaborative Practice, Tonda Mattie/CLI, 2004
  • Collaborative Practice Workshop, 2004
  • IACP Networking Forum, Boston, 2004
  • Intermediate Collaborative Law Training, CLI, 2004
  • IACP Networking Forum, Vancouver, 2003
  • Advanced Collaborative Law Training, Tonda Mattie/CLI, 2003
  • Intermediate Collaborative Law Training, Stu Webb/CLI, 2002
  • Basic Interdisciplinary Training, Pauline Tessler, Milwaukee, 2002
  • Interdisciplinary Divorce Team Training, 2000
  • Eliminating Bias in Collaborative Practice, CLI, 1999
  • Basic Collaborative Law Training, Tonda Mattie/CLI, 1998
  • Basic Interdisciplinary Training, Tonda Mattie/CLI, 1998
  • Basic Collaborative Law Training, Tonda Mattie/CLI, 1997
  • Basic Collaborative Law Training, Stu Webb/CLI, 1995
  • Mediation Training, Hamline Law School, 1995
  • Trainee and Presenter, Collaborative Law Training: Basic Collaborative Law Training, Stu Webb/CLI, 1993

Personal interests

  • Movies, movies, movies
  • Long distance bike touring
  • Avid reader of everything

Contact information

  • Phone: 612-866-9066
  • Fax: 612-866-9379
  • Email Us

The law office of Tonda L. Mattie, L.L.C. welcomes clients from Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the surrounding Twin Cities area.

 

Collaborative Practice

Tonda L. Mattie is a collaborative divorce attorney who abandoned the adversarial divorce process in favor of the collaborative approach more than 15 years ago. She brings more than 36 years of experience with divorce and family law to the settlement table.

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