Collaborative Law was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the brainchild of attorney Stu Webb. Having practiced family law for a number of years, Webb became convinced that litigating family law cases was destructive to his clients and himself. He conceived of a model that involved an agreement among the attorneys and clients that the attorneys would be settlement advocates only, and would not be allowed to litigate for the clients. The concept spread among other local attorneys, and then throughout the United States and Canada. In 1999, Stu Webb and California attorney Pauline Tesler came to Dallas at the request of group member John McShane to engage in the first Collaborative Law training in Texas. Immediately after that training, the Dallas Alliance of Collaborative Family Lawyers was formed, and the collaborative practice of family law took off in Texas. Texas become the first state to have a Collaborative Law Statute passed, giving legal protection to clients in the Collaborative Law process from the deadlines and procedures imposed by litigation. Members of our practice group have continued to be leaders in the field by speaking at seminars, training other professionals in the United States and abroad, and serving in leadership roles at the state level in the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas.