Cabaniss, Johnston is a trailblazer in Collaborative Practice, an alternative to resolving legal disputes through the courts. Partner Melanie Atha is energetically pursuing the use of this constructive, transformative interdisciplinary practice which brings lawyers, mental health professionals and financial experts together to help clients resolve conflicts outside of traditional legal forums. Recognizing that most conflicts settle outside of court, lawyers who are trained in Collaborative Practice pledge to use their knowledge and skill to help their clients create a lasting settlement, without wasting resources and time in contentious litigation. Collaborative Practice is most useful when the conflict involves close, personal relationships which are worth preserving going forward. Dissolution of closely held corporations, will contests, non-profit disputes, contested guardianships, family law disputes, and certain employment disputes are all appropriate for resolution using Collaborative Practice. Ms. Atha is a member of the Birmingham Collaborative Alliance and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Ms. Atha is also a member of the Global Collaborative Law Council.