About Christine Diachishin Gordon


  • Nazareth College of Rochester – M.S. in Education, May 2000, Concentration in Elementary
  • Cornell Law School – Juris Doctor, May 1977, American Jurisprudence Award
  • Reed College, Portland, OR – B.A. in Sociology, May 1972, Undergraduate Thesis
  • Ellenville H. S. Ellenville, NY – Graduated June 1967, National Honor Society

Bar Admissions

  • New York State, 1978
  • U.S. District Court (W.D.N.Y.), 1978
  • Washington, D.C., 1980 (Inactive)

Collaborative Law Training

Collaborative Family Law, Ithaca, NY (2003)
Association of Collaborative Family Law Attorneys
Basic Training

Continuing Legal Education
All courses of study necessary to retain membership in the Collaborative Law Association of the Rochester Area, Inc., in addition to all courses required to remain a member in good standing of the Bar of the State of New York.

Attorney Experience

Collaborative Family Law, Fairport, NY (2004-Present)
Solo part-time private practice with 2013-2014 sabbatical

Family Law Practice and General Law Practice, Rochester, NY (1992-1999)
Solo, associate, and partner in private practices

Law Guardianships for Children, Rochester, NY (1992-1999)
Court appointments to represent children

Confidential Law Clerk in NYS Supreme Court, County of Monroe, Rochester, NY (1979-1991)
Worked in trial court that grants divorces

Matrimonial Referee, Rochester, NY (1982-1991)
Court appointment to review and approve default divorces

Confidential Law Clerk, NYS Supreme Court, Appellate Division, 4th Dept., Rochester, NY (1977-1979)
Worked in court hearing family law appeals from Supreme and Family Courts

Other Professional Experience

Peace Corps Volunteer, Ukraine (2013-2014)
Youth Development Program (Department for Families and Youth, Zolotonosha City Council)

Elementary School Teacher, Rochester, NY (2001-2003)
Rochester City School District (Franklin Montessori School, #7 and #42)

Arbitrator on Matrimonial Fee Panel, Rochester, NY (1997-1998)
Domestic Relations Fee Arbitration Program, New York State, Seventh Judicial District

Legal Internships
Dutchess County Attorney’s Office, Poughkeepsie, NY (1976)
Ulster County District Attorney’s Office, Kingston, NY (1975)

Professional and Community Service

Professional Associations

  • Collaborative Law Association of the Rochester Area, Inc., Member
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Member
  • New York State Bar Association, Past Member
  • Monroe County Bar Association, Past Member
  • Rochester Teachers’ Association, Past Member
  • American Bar Association, Past Member
  • American Academy of Family Mediators, Past Member
  • Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, Past Member
  • Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys, Past Member and Past Chair of Confidential Law Clerks’ Committee

Community Activities

  • Toastmasters International,  Past Member and Local Club Officer
  • Peer Mediation and Reading Volunteer, Rochester City School District, #22, Past
  • Parent Volunteer, Webster Montessori School, Past
  • Candidate, Penfield Town Justice, Past
  • Community Partners for Youth (“Big Sister”), Outstanding Volunteer Award, Past