Meet Our Wevorce Private Judges

Choose your best fit for a personalized, private divorce.
Skip the Courthouse, Keep the Kindness

All of our Private Judges have been thoroughly vetted and certified in the Wevorce process and philosophy.

If this sounds like the right approach for your family, you’ll have the option of choosing your own Private Judge when you sign up with Wevorce. If you’re not quite ready, go ahead and browse – get a feel for the kind of qualified, caring professionals you could be working with.

Anthony Diaz

Anthony Diaz

Private Judge

How would others describe me?

I am passionate with my clients and support them during their journey through divorce.  I listen and create a safe place to allow them to speak from their heart.  I am known as The Peacemaker and demonstrate that in my practice. I am compassionate with those going through pain and am grateful to guide them to the life they desire and deserve.

Why choose me as your Private Judge? 

I have been a family law attorney and certified family law mediator for almost 20 years.  In my previous career, I was a CPA for many years.  My compassion allows you to speak from your heart and allows me to help you in creating a fair and peaceful resolution.

What are my top values? 

Truth and honesty are my guideposts.  Communication and integrity are critical in how I live my life.  My mantra is say what you mean, mean what you say, just don’t say it mean.

What are some fun facts about me? 

I love to ballroom dance after thinking it would only be a fleeting fad for me. I danced in my first competition and found it very exciting. I am a baseball nerd and played until high school.  I have spoken around the country and internationally as well and have participated in Toastmaster competitions. I love to binge watch new TV series.

Dana LeVan

Dana LeVan

Private Judge

How would others describe me?

A calming influence who cares deeply about others and finding a way towards happiness. A passionate and empathetic communicator who untangles complex circumstances. He is unflappable and doesn't rest until the job is done, no matter how big or small! 

Why choose me as your Private Judge?

Dana has over 20 years of neuroscience experience in building, dissolving, and establishing new relationships. He is highly skilled at Divorce Coaching to ensure the family remains intact, no matter the outcome of their separation or divorce. 

What are my top values?

People: let's celebrate our differences and move towards happiness, whether together or apart; tenacity: it's not always easy but with perseverance, we'll find a solution; and collaboration: teamwork is the only way to ensure we are successful. 

What are some fun facts about Dana?

Dana is a health nut and adventure seeker who now lives in Boise, Idaho. He spends any free time river rafting, skiing, motocross riding, teaching yoga, and encouraging his family to join him in the pursuit of silly sports. "Life is a banquet. Enjoy every moment!"

Ed Manning

Ed Manning

Private Judge

How would others describe me?

Ed is patient and compassionate, an empathic listener. He is a great facilitator and able to hold space for others and multiple perspectives. He creates a space for voices to be heard and clarity to be reached.

Why choose me as your Private Judge? 

My parents divorced when I was in my twenties and I was summoned to appear in court with two of my brothers to testify. The experience left its scars and I knew there had to be a better way. When I went through my own divorce, my former wife and I agreed to do it differently and put the needs of our children ahead of our own. While it wasn’t easy, I am extremely grateful we made our divorce amicable. Ten years later we still share birthdays and holidays together and I know my kids and I are healthier for it. 

What are my top values? 

Compassion - which means to suffer with, to truly be able to be in another’s shoes
Respect - honoring another person and their experiences
Fairness - seeking justice and equity
Collaboration - working together to create something bigger than ourselves

What are some fun facts about me? 

I have four grown (almost - two still in college) kids. I enjoy the outdoors, playing ultimate frisbee or disc golf or hiking in the woods with my dog, Whitney.

Marc Sevigny

Marc Sevigny

Private Judge

Marc has worked with families throughout his career. A father of five grown children, he is committed to supporting children to thrive in the face of all of life’s challenges, including divorce. He was a program director at the University of Massachusetts’ Child Development Laboratory School prior to attending law school. As a lawyer, he has focused his practice on mediation, facilitation and arbitration, and has served the courts as guardian ad litem, representing children’s interests in contentious family cases.

Marc is sensitive to the needs of families in evolving circumstances. He raised his first son as a single father and is proud of all of his children and the loving contributions they are making.

As Director of Mediation, for both the Penquis Community Action Program and for the Massachusetts Bureau of Special Education Appeals, he trained and supervised mediators and facilitators to help families of students with special needs and school departments to arrive at peaceful, fair and reasonable solutions that put the needs of children first. 

Marc has a reassuring and calm presence that supports people to find adaptive solutions to difficult conflicts. He is an outstanding listener and extends empathy to all parties. He has a strong commitment to restoring peace.

He takes his role as a private judge to heart, giving the best of himself to divorcing couples so that they can create new family structures that will allow all family members to thrive.  

Michelle Crosby

Michelle Crosby

Founder & CEO

Michelle Crosby is a private judge, public speaker and author whose work has been honored by the American Bar Association as a Legal Rebel and Top Innovator and featured on Good Morning America, Fox Business News, New York Times, People Magazine, and Forbes. 

Michelle received her training from the Harvard Negotiation Institute and is an accomplished arbitrator, mediator, former attorney, and founder of Wevorce, a company that brings a high-tech, high-touch approach to divorce. 

Wevorce now helps millions of families each year to maintain their roles as parents. The proven methodology and technology work together seamlessly to provide a civilized approach to transition from one household into two. 

Though Michelle’s expertise spans business law, securities law, and family law, her passion is teaching others how to overcome challenges creatively and collaboratively.  Michelle has led thousands of negotiations for clients ranging from Fortune 1000 corporations to couples in the midst of divorce. The lessons she’s learned, along with her extensive research on human behavior and the law, provide a rich backdrop for inspiring and empowering others to become changemakers in their own lives. 

Outside of the office Michelle can be found riding her horses, finding her way to laughter with family and friends, and walking in the foothills with the world’s cutest Pug and French bulldog.

Neil Forester

Neil Forester

Private Judge

How would others describe me?

I often hear the word “unflappable” when others are describing me, particularly other attorneys and sometimes even judges. I guess what they mean is that I keep a pretty even temper even in the most inflammatory situations. I’ve also heard myself described as “clear-headed” and “logical.” I think they mean that I cut to the chase quickly and don’t spend a lot of time dancing around issues.

Why choose me as your Private Judge?

I bring quite a lot of disparate experience to bear in any case. I have almost two decades of time spent in the trenches of the Family Law courts, so I know exactly how NOT to resolve a dispute. And before my time as an attorney, I managed restaurants, which required a set of interpersonal skills that I have found absolutely invaluable in working with people who are coming from any number of different perspectives. But most importantly, I have seen and experienced hundreds upon hundreds of divorces and I know (and deeply feel) how wrong they can go if they are in the wrong hands, and how much better the experience can be when in the right ones.

What are my top values?

Honesty - I’ll tell you what I think, and I hope you do me the same honor.
Accountability - I hold myself responsible for my role in guiding and facilitating a very difficult process.
Perspective - It’s everything and can make a huge difference in how we see the problems we’re trying to solve, and the manner in which we solve them.

What are some fun facts about me?

I work with NorCal Boxer Rescue as the board chair, and currently have two NorCal alumni in my household, a boy (Sugar) and a girl (Marlee). Marlee is completely deaf, and Sugar is an absolute goofball, so our home is full of energy (and dog hair). I am also in my 16th year of managing a Fantasy Football League for some of my closest friends and colleagues (and dominating them on Game Days).

Steve Erickson

Steve Erickson

Private Judge

How would others describe me?

During the four decades I have worked as a family mediator, clients have thanked me for providing a calm, wise, and positive presence in the midst of the storms they were experiencing. Perhaps the best description from a client was:  “You were a perfect guide dog.  After asking us where we wanted to go, we told you we wanted a peaceful divorce, that did not hurt our children, and you got us there, without forcing us, without taking sides, but with compassion and clear direction.  We’re still not sure how you did it, but it worked and we are still friends.”

Why choose me as a private judge?

I left the practice of family law in 1980 to build a full time divorce mediation practice because I realized that as a gladiator for one side, I was helping the legal contest hurt families by keeping them mired in the conflict of the past, when they instead need to begin building new plans for the future. I have co-authored five books on family mediation and am excited about my most recent one that puts child support decisions in the hands of both parents, not the court or government.  As a Private Judge I help ensure that fair agreements are reached and owned by those who participate in the process.  I ease the pain of divorce by efficiently and compassionately helping people through one of the most difficult times of their lives. 

What are my top values?

I believe that families who divorce are trying to make things better, not worse.  I will be honest and compassionate in the way I lead people to their desired end point. I try to always carry with me these values: empathy for others, listening to understand, and an ability to be honest when explaining alternative paths.  Most importantly, I value the self-determination of the people who become my clients, because they know best about what they need.

What are some fun facts about me?

Had I not gone to law school, I would have likely followed the advice of my creative writing professor who urged me to attend the Iowa Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa. These days, I love helping my grandchildren write papers and book reports for school.  In 1968, I married my wife Marilyn and we travelled to New York were I attended Union Seminary and Marilyn worked as a social worker in Harlem.  Now, I live in northern Minnesota on the state’s second deepest lake where I conduct training workshops and do my work with families exclusively by Zoom.  I am wondering that if I ever retire, would they still accept me at the Iowa Writers Workshop?

Tank Hanna

Tank Hanna

Private Judge

How would others describe me?

I’ve been referred to as a panther. Quiet when necessary, but having the power needed in the moment. I have been told I have a contagious smile and a kind heart. People find that I can understand their meaning when the words aren’t always there.

Why choose me as your Private Judge?

Do you prefer Harmony instead of Dissonance?  Do you like to know the person you’re working with has been in a similar situation and can understand your perspective?  As a single father of three kids with a vision to end karmic cycles of suffering, all I want to do is help people. Oh, and if you don’t mind a sense of humor, I keep things (appropriately) light.

What are my top values?

While I do have several values that are important to me, Harmony is at the top. It forces me to focus on others rather than just what is important to me. As I see it, Harmony is a collective of everyone’s needs, wants, and desires expressed as a unifying and driving energy in our communication.

What are some fun facts about me?

Well, my name is Tank for one… and yes, that’s my real name. I have three kids, one of each. Having put myself through college as a performing Magician, I still find magic moments everywhere I look.  

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