Kelly Berryman            Dennis Montalbano


Kelly Berryman

With over 20 years legal experience in business and real estate transactions, Kelly understands the underlying financial, contextual and legal aspects, whether or not they have been explicitly discussed.  To learn more about Kelly’s legal practice go to As a mediator, Kelly does not force a solution. She unravels the problem, identifies core interests and priorities of each side, and reframes issues in a way that reveals solutions. While drawing upon her extensive business and real estate experience, Kelly skillfully helps clients unlock stuck patterns of thought, foster and build creative solutions, and realize opportunities that may have otherwise been missed. 


  • Juris Doctor (cum laude) from the University of California, Hasting College of the Law, San Francisco, Calif., 1990
  • Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., 1987
  • First trained as a mediator in 2000. Received subsequent certification from the University of California, Berkeley, Calif. (University Extension), 2012



Dennis Montalbano

As an attorney, Dennis specializes in strategic financial and legal planning.  In addition to his business law focus, Dennis has an active estate planning and trust administration practice.  Dennis works with families to create and implement long-term wealth management and business succession plans.  To learn more about Dennis’ legal practice go to       Dennis likes to keep the big picture in sight at all times.  He can draw upon his career in business, tax, and estate law to address the specifics of any dispute, and he always pays attention to the context of issues and the ultimate goals of the parties.  Dennis can mediate matters by recognizing perspectives that neither side has considered, thereby changing the landscape of the discussion.  Dennis listens closely to what the parties have to say, including the implications of different positions.  He understands the pressures that come to bear on those in mediation and the importance of putting disputes in the past. 


  • Master of Business Administration from the University of California Haas School of Business, Berkeley, Calif., 1991
  • Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, Calif., 1991
  • Bachelor’s degree in History at Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., 1987



Learn How It Works or Get Started.


Our work is to keep the conversation moving forward. When people openly discuss their goals and realistically consider options, solutions present themselves.


Kelly Berryman


About Approach Professionals Areas of Expertise How it Works