Certain core principles and shared values marked the creation of the Cincinnati practice group. Holding ourselves out as Collaborative Lawyers meant that:
- We understand and adopt a shared choreography and an interest-based approach to problem solving;
- We recognize that our advocacy role means being an ally to our clients by sharing information about the court model, insuring an honest exchange of information, providing negotiation coaching, and recognizing that clients have the ability to creatively resolve their own issues;
- We pledge, by contract, to uphold confidentiality and not to go to court in Collaborative cases. All of our efforts are focused on settlement."