The Team

Meet Our Team

Debra Whitson

For the first half of her career, Debra was a prosecutor, and she spent the latter half specializing in matrimonial and family law. She is an experienced mediator and collaborative divorce practitioner as well as a recognized expert in working with victims of domestic violence. Debra believes that legal battles are more harmful to families than helpful, and is passionate about helping people find ways to make their own decisions for their families, rather than leaving their outcomes in the hands of a stranger in a black robe. When court is unavoidable, Debra aims to educate and support people to make the legal process less costly, scary, uncertain, and stressful. In her spare time, Debra works with Zonta International to improve the lives of women and girls in her local community and around the globe. She loves travel, good food and wine, tennis, and spending time with her husband and children enjoying all of the outdoor activities available in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State where they make their home.

Debra’s Training and Experience:

  • Graduate of Cornell University 
  • Graduate of Pace University School of Law 
  • 26 years as a New York Attorney

John J Haverlick, LCSWR

John has spent over fifty years assisting children, families, and couples in recognizing their strength and resilience so that they can better draw upon it to cope with the stressors in their lives. He has had the privilege of being a trusted listener and guide, helping clients face some of their most difficult times with his compassion, acceptance, and understanding. John is inspired by people’s courage and persistence, as well as their ability to face some of their worst fears. In his personal life, John loves hiking, camping, skiing, canoeing, and fishing in the beauty of the Adirondack Mountains. He also enjoys playing basketball, riding his bicycle, and playing tennis with his family and his friends. He and his wife often travel together and enjoy experiencing new cultures, meeting new people, and tasting good food and wine. After a day of work, you can probably find John enjoying a relaxing meal with family and friends.

John’s Training and Experience:

  • Graduate of Columbia University School of Social Work
  • Post-graduate work at The Center for Family Learning
  • Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work
  • NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce Training
  • Mediation Training
  • Member IACP (International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners)