Ariel Winger was admitted to the California State Bar in 1996 and has practiced family law exclusively since 1999. After years of litigating domestic-violence cases, Ariel turned to Mediation and Collaborative Divorce as a more humane, holistic, and cost-effective alternative to the traditionally combative, court-based model of divorce. She has been offering non-adversarial, out-of-court divorce options since 2007.

With a background in psychology and counseling, as a child of divorce, and as a single parent after her long-term marriage ended, Ariel is especially sensitive to the parenting, emotional and financial issues that strain most family law cases.  Having worked extensively with diverse populations and non-traditional families for the past 20 years, Ariel offers compassionate and non-judgmental services to parting couples of all races, ethnicities, socio-economic status, sexual orientations and gender identities.

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Alameda County Bar Association, Family Law Section Member
  • Collaborative Practice East Bay: Modest Means Committee (past founding member, Steering Committee (past member)
  • State Bar of California, Family Law Section Member
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), Member
  • Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro-bono Legal Services, Recipient


  • New College of California School of Law, JD
  • Mills College, BA in Psychology with Honors