I work for spiritually-oriented people who are having to face a traumatic legal situation. I help them navigate their issue with more calm and confidence so they can create the best possible outcome.
I am a licensed California attorney with 25 years’ experience in more than a dozen areas of the law. I have mediated, arbitrated and taken many cases to trial. I am also a professional life coach and an iRest Level II meditation instructor and compassionate inquiry facilitator.
I have more than 40 years experience in my own growth and healing, and have practiced and taught dozens of ways of meditation and prayer.
I can resonate with my clients’ pain, in part because of my childhood trauma from physical and emotional abuse from an alcoholic step-father, which left me with years of depression, self-doubt, anger and social isolation. My first experience of the law was sitting in a judge’s chamber at the age of eight. He asked me which family I wanted to live with – the abusive, terrifying home I was in, or the people who had cared for me part time and who loved me. Easy choice. In my decades of healing, I’ve been blessed with numerous teachers who helped me find what I call the Great Peace.
Helping my clients connect with this Great Peace, in the midst of the dark valley of litigation, gives me a sense of deep meaning and gratitude.
My spiritual practices have been based in Contemplative Christianity, Buddhism, Yoga, Zen, Chan, Sufi, Breathwork, and Native American Tradition. I begin with my clients’ practices, beliefs, and ways of deepening into their True Self, and I suggest and teach new practices for variety and freshness.
My Specialties: Meditation, Contemplative Prayer, Stress-Reduction, Guidance on how to deal with attorneys, courts, mediations, judges, the IRS and other government agencies, lawsuits or divorce with calm, confidence, compassion and courage.
A FEW TESTIMONIALS:
You are the embodiment of gentleness and serenity. -- Hannah Seelig
I felt that all areas of your teaching applied to me and were helpful. I'm applying them to both my personal and my professional life. I have to admit that I'm very self focused on my personal growth and am using the breathing techniques and shaking/bouncing regularly to stop anxiety or just start my day from a healthy place. Acknowledging when the ‘hurt me ‘needs comforting has been freeing. -- Katherine Buxton
Thank you for such a beautiful reminder. I love that, I’m feeling more empowered, feeling a bit scared, think I can work thru that, will be good for me. I wanted to get to a place where I felt empowered to call, didn’t think I could. -- Jennifer Gaynor-Yaker
It’s been very emotional to go thru this. The thought of losing my daughter has been awful. I’ve been thru such trauma emotionally. Thank you for helping me get out of the spinning negative thoughts so I could take a higher perspective into court. Your coaching on how to get Declarations, and the best tone and approach to use, was hugely helpful. I remained mostly at peace, breathing, relaxed still emotional, tears most of the time, kept it under control, breathed, and it went very well. -- Forrest
The work that Duane did with me has changed the nature of my relationships with people in positions of authority that used to intimidate me, such as the IRS and insurance adjustors. It didn’t just change a skill set, it changed a mindset for me and opened my heart to people that I had been afraid of. -- Sierra Faith
I would have never in my life-time thought that I would gain spiritual awareness while dealing with a legal matter. Thank you so much for being the one to re-presence me to my heart. -- Cassandra Arnold
I have on each and every occasion been SO impressed with your wise and non-violent approach to these knotty legal and family communication issues. -- Shelley Campbell
I left our session feeling so happy and relieved. I am finally seeing myself inside the framework of a legal structure that I can live with, and understand, and feel myself in integrity with. Such a blessing! -- Marian O.
Duane helped me so much when I was recovering from surgery, and an angry landlord was trying to kick me out. He coached me on how to write a firm yet polite letter to protect my rental for another month, and also protect myself from the anger outbursts and intimidation. It worked! So grateful for his guidance with this. -- Zahn Lascot
My experience with Duane has shown him to be authentic about getting to the core of an issue beyond just the legal aspect, and into the psycho-spiritual issues that never fail to accompany legal entanglements. As I worked through my issue, I was left with a feeling of confidence where before it was overwhelming and emotionally charged. -- Mark Naseck
Causes and Organizations
Integrative Restoration Institute (iRest) - Board member.
Certifications and Credentials
Juris Doctor in law.
Certified as a meditation instructor and emotional work facilitator by iRest.