Forrest (Woody) Mosten

Mediator and Collaborative Attorney

Certified Family Law Specialist

Mediation Books & Resources



Effectively Representing Clients in Family Mediation
(2023, 432 pages, ISBN: 9781639052134)

This book provides lawyers with advice about selecting a mediator, preparing clients for mediation, and coaching the clients through the negotiation process to a settlement. It offers wise perspectives, examples from cases, and bullet-point practice tips.


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Forrest S Mosten, Elizabeth Potter Scully, Lara Traum

“Forrest S. Mosten, Hon. Elizabeth Potter Scully and Lara Traum come together to create a book for every attorney who wants to help clients resolve their family law disputes without availing the court system. The authors have pulled together both the theoretical and practical into one book, answering every question about how to effectively practice law as a Peacemaker. The world needs more Peacemakers and this amazing book will help us do our best work.”

Brian Galbraith
Collaborative Attorney, Mediator, Trainer, President of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Barrie, Ontario (Canada)

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Building a Successful Collaborative Family Law Practice
(2018, Approx. 300 pages, ISBN: 978-1-64105-241-2)

Building a Successful Collaborative Family Law Practice

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Forrest S. Mosten and Adam B. Cordover, Editors

“This book provides a roadmap for those who have been trained in collaborative practice and want a resource to help build a sustainable flow of collaborative cases and of out-of-court settlement work … This book provides a wide resource of those steps; steps that can be applied not only by lawyers but by all professionals who work in the Collaborative model.”

From the Foreword by Nancy Cameron

What a gem! A guidebook and much more, this well-written book provides tools and a framework for family lawyers desiring to limit their practices to out-of-court conflict resolution. New and experienced family lawyers will find in this book a roadmap to make the paradigm shift to being true peacemakers. Not only does it provide useful practice tips and guidelines, it helps lawyers identify a path for building value-based practices. As a mental health collaborative coach who has championed the concept of a good divorce for over 25 years, I welcome these new peacemakers who have the potential to transform the process of divorce.

Constance R. Ahrons, Ph.D.
Author, The Good Divorce and We’re still Family
Professor Emerita, USC
Former Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Training Program

You probably know – or at least know of – Forrest (Woody) Mosten. He is the award-winning mediator, lawyer, and peacemaker who is called the “father of unbundling,” referring to the process of offering legal clients discrete services as distinct from a complete bundled representation, as lawyers traditionally provide. He also is a prominent collaborative lawyer.

Woody is a good friend and we co-authored several articles about collaborative practice. He is simultaneously extremely idealistic and extremely pragmatic as is obvious when reading his books and other publications.

You may not know Adam B. Cordover, a relatively new collaborative lawyer in Tampa, Florida. Together, Woody and Adam edited a new book published by the ABA Family Law Section, Building a Successful Collaborative Family Law Practice, which will be released soon. This follows Woody’s 2009 book, Collaborative Divorce Handbook: Helping Families Without Going to Court.

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John Lande
Isidor Loeb Professor Emeritus
University of Missouri School of Law
Author of Lawyering with Early Planned Negotiation

This review was published on July 20, 2018 on the Blog Indisputably authored by Professor Lande

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Unbundled Legal ServicesUnbundled Legal Services: A Family Lawyer’s Guide

This book’s focus on family law practitioners is particularly appropriate given the unique promise that unbundling holds for family law litigants. In many jurisdictions, self-representation rates are highest in family cases. But, as any family law attorney (or family court litigant) knows, these are the case types that arguably benefit most from attorney involvement. Family issues are among the most sensitive and pressing matters that enter our civil justice system, and the outcomes of these cases can affect entire families for years to come. This important new book provides a crucial step forward in matching individuals with the family law services they need.

2017, 7 x 10, Paperback or eBook, ISBN: 978-1-63425-921-7, List Price: $79.95; Author’s Price $64.95

Forrest S. Mosten and Elizabeth Potter Scully

“Unbundled Legal Services: A Family Lawyer’s Guide is a must have” handbook for any lawyer who is considering offering limited scope representation. Practical, thorough and filled with examples, it is an essential guide to one of the fastest growing areas of family law practice.”

M. Sue Talia
Author of ‘Unbundling Your Divorce: How to Find a Lawyer to Help You Help Yourself’

“Mosten and Scully have written the Unbundling Bible.”

Dr. Julie Macfarlane, Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Law, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Author of The New Lawyer and Director of Canada’s Self-Represented Litigants Project

This book is a comprehensive guide for lawyers who want to offer unbundled legal services. Doing this is trickier than it sounds and it entails some ethical and malpractice pitfalls, described in chapter 12. So anyone providing these services would be well-advised to get this book.

John Lande
Isidor Loeb Professor Emeritus
University of Missouri School of Law
Author of Lawyering with Early Planned Negotiation

The Complete Guide to MediationThe Complete Guide to Mediation:
The Cutting-Edge Approach to Family Law Practice

(Second Edition, ABA, 2015)

Forrest S. Mosten and Elizabeth Potter Scully

Collaborative Divorce Handbook: Effectively Helping Divorcing Families Without Going to CourtCollaborative Divorce Handbook:
Effectively Helping Divorcing Families
Without Going to Court

(Jossey-Bass, 2009)

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The Mediation Career GuideThe Mediation Career Guide
(Jossey Bass, 2001)

Forrest S. Mosten

Unbundling Legal ServicesUnbundling Legal Services
(ABA, 2000)

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All of Mr. Mosten’s Books may be ordered from Mosten Guthrie

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Certified Family Law Specialist
Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California