Raquel Lazar-Paley
Raquel Lazar-Paley

The daughter of an Israeli educator and an American archaeologist, I have spent my life traveling back and forth between Israel and the United States, with 14 trips to Israel prior to settling in Haifa with my husband and three children in the Summer of 2009.

Most of my education took place in the U.S. After spending  one year at Haifa University, I returned to New York and completed my B.A. in Political Science from Binghamton University (Harpur College), then went on to complete an M.A. in History from Columbia University.  I spent a few years working for a private foundation in New York, and later at a community foundation in San Diego, before enrolling at the University of San Diego School of Law where I completed my J.D. in 1998 and an LL.M. in Taxation in 1999.

I have been practicing law since 1999 and am currently licensed in both the U.S. (California) and Israel. Although the vast majority of my professional career has focused in the areas of Wills, Trusts and Probate, I have done more than estate planning.  Many years establishing and working with for-profit and nonprofit organizations – as a grantwriter, program staff, development officer, entrepreneur and attorney – have given me insight into the needs and challenges of institutions and the individuals who make them what they are. I spent a number of years teaching, and founded an organization that launched some of the world’s first webinar-based continuing education programs for lawyers and healthcare professionals.  I have collaborated on projects with activists, consumer law and human rights attorneys. I also serve as a mediator (trained in both the U.S. and Israel), who believes that Alternative Dispute Resolution is the most productive method of resolving the vast majority of legal conflicts.

It all fits together in a life dedicated to serving individuals and the projects that exemplify their goals and ambitions.  I look forward to learning about yours.