About Us

Michael J Lowy
Jody W Dilloway


Michael J Lowy

photo-michael-lowy3Michael is a founding member of the Collaborative Law Association. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from U.C. Berkeley and his J.D. from Stanford Law School. He has practiced family law since 1980 and he now devotes his practice to collaborative law and family law mediation, including reviewing attorney work.

I am no longer accepting cases that require an appearance in court.

However I do take cooperative cases.

Positions Held:

  • Former President, Collaborative Practice Silicon Valley
  • Present Hearing Officer (Mediator/Arbitrator), Hayward Rent Review Office
  • Attorney, Private Practice, Palo Alto, CA
  • Senior Scientist, URSA Institute
  • Hearing Officer (Mediator/Arbitrator), San Jose Rental Dispute Mediation Agency
  • Part-time instructor of Anthropology and Paralegal, Administration of Justice, De Anza College
  • Former Director, Northern California Public Interest Research Group
  • Former Consultant to Legal Service Corporation of Puerto Rico on the Establishment of Citizen Dispute Settlement Mechanisms
  • Former Evaluation Consultant. Santa Clara County Justice Division Evaluation Unit
  • Former Law Clerk, San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation, Bay View-Hunters Point Office
  • Former Mediator, Palo Alto Rental Housing Mediation Task Force
  • Former Field Research Consultant, Reactions to Crime Project, Sponsored by Northwestern University Urban Research Institute
  • Former Adjunct Professor of Anthropology and Law, University of Pittsburgh Law School
  • Former Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh


  • Stanford Law School J.D. Degree conferred June 1978 Member of the State Bar of California
  • University of California, Berkeley, Anthropology Ph.D. Degree Conferred December 1971
  • Hunter College Anthropology of Law M.A. June 1965
  • University of New Mexico Filed School of Archaeology
  • City College of the City of New York Anthropology Major B.A. June 1964


  • Super Lawyer (top 5%) Northern California, 2011 thru 2015
  • Eureka Award, CPCal, 2007
  • Russell Sage Foundation Residency in Law and Society Science
  • ACLS Travel Grant
  • Law and Modernization Fellowship, Yale Law School
  • University of Pittsburgh Faculty Research Grant
  • NIMH Field Research Grant
  • NIMH Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, University of California
  • NIMH Traineeship, University of California
  • Tuition Scholarship, Hunter College

Professional Societies:

  • Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology
  • Fellow of the American Anthropology Association
  • Society for Law and Society
  • American Judicature Society
  • Founding Member of the Collaborative Law Association of Silicon Valley

Community Organizations:

  • Former Internal Review Board Member, Palo Alto University (formerly Pacific Graduate School of Psychology)
  • Former Member of the Board, CASA SAY, Mt. View, California
  • Former Member of the Board, Stanford Public Interest Law Foundation
  • Former San Mateo County Advisory Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Former Trustee, Santa Clara County Bar Association

Jody W Dilloway

Jody graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1973, with a B.A. in English. She worked in a small publishing company, during which time she began taking paralegal courses. She received her paralegal’s certificate in 1990 and started working part time with Michael that year. It was quickly realized that part time work was not enough, and she started working full time with Michael in 1991.