Joanna T. Roth


Joanna aims to set fees that are both predictable and appropriate to the case. She offers a fixed-fee initial meeting, and a choice of fixed or hourly fees thereafter.

The initial meeting

• Mediation and Co-Mediation

To begin co-mediation or mediation with Joanna, you and your spouse/partner both attend the initial meeting. You will discuss your individual and joint goals, whether and how mediation can serve those goals, and check that mediation is an appropriate choice for your situation. Joanna will explore how the legal process would interact with the mediation process. Together, you will identify issues to be resolved, and steps to reach settlement.  This meeting lasts an hour and a half, does not create an ongoing obligation, and the fee is $250.

• Collaborative Law

The intent of the initial meeting is for you to explain your situation in some detail, express your hopes and fears, and for Joanna to explore with you different legal approaches to arrive at a resolution. This meeting does not create an ongoing obligation. Joanna’s hope is that you leave with useful information, ready to take your next step. This meeting lasts an hour and a half, does not create an ongoing obligation, and the fee is $250.

• Unsure which process is most suitable?

If you are unsure whether you would like to proceed with some type of mediation or Collaborative Law, both you and your spouse/partner can meet with Joanna solely to discuss process. You will not speak of your own circumstances beyond superficialities, and the meeting does not create an attorney-client relationship. This meeting generally takes half an hour, and there is no charge.

NOTE: Once Joanna has had an initial meeting with one spouse/partner, she is not able to act as a mediator for both.

After the Initial Meeting

Should you and Joanna decide to work together after the initial meeting, Joanna offers the choice of a fixed or an hourly fee.

Fixed fees encourage clients to keep Joanna informed of developments on the case. With more complete information, Joanna can be more effective. The fee corresponds to the depth of the conflict and the complexity (or simplicity) of the parenting and financial issues. A typical fee for a mediation case is $8,000; a typical fee for a Collaborative Law case is $11,000.

Hourly fees correspond to the time spent on a case, measured in tenths of an hour. Joanna’s usual rate is $300 per hour.