I’m a licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California (#95726) and still licensed as lawyer in Texas. My education includes a BS in Communication from Northwestern University, a JD from the University of Texas School of Law, and an MA in counseling psychology from Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area Campus.
I’ve also trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy for over four years, Systems Centered Therapy for over twelve years, and have been certified as a group facilitator by Dr. M. Scott Peck’s Foundation for Community Encouragement.
Before opening my own private practice office, I worked at San Francisco’s Drug Court Treatment Center, Bayside Marin Treatment Center, and Bay Area Community Therapy.
I’ve served on the state board of directors of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists from 2013 – 2017.
My therapy-related publications include
- Perlmutter, M.L.(2015) Anti-Anxiety Jiu Jitsu: Turning the terror of
public speaking to power. San Francisco Attorney Magazine, Winter, 2015.
- Perlmutter, M. L. (2013). Phases of relationship development in couples therapy. Association of Family Therapists of Northern California Newsletter, 2013.
- Perlmutter, M. L. (2013) Six things we learned in law school that we shouldn’t try at home. San Francisco Attorney Magazine, Fall, 2013.
- Perlmutter, M. L. (2009). Phases of development and sexual abuse treatment: Implications of phases of human system development for comprehensive childhood sexual abuse treatment of women. Systems Centered News, 17(1), pp. 14–15.
I’ve practiced as a certified civil trial lawyer for over 30 years and taught at the University of Texas School of Law for over 15 years, and at UC Hastings College of the Law since 2013. I’ve also taught in UT’s elite undergraduate honors program for four years, where I was one of UT’s highest-rated professors and honored with a teaching award from the University of Texas Liberal Arts Council. My courses—Trialmasters. Powerful Communication from the Inside Out, and Managing Human Differences—focus on personal and professional development, and instill in students powerful persuasion, negotiation, and listening skills along with a sense of purpose, ethics, and integrity.
I’ve been honored both as a legal innovator by The Texas Lawyer and as a “Superlawyer” by Law & Politics Magazine.
I have chaired the State Bar of Texas Professionalism Committee, served on the State Bar’s Texas Disciplinary Rules Committee, and helped author the Texas Lawyers Creed. I’m also a co producer of Lifetime Television’s Scared Silent, a movie based on a case in which I represented five women who were sexually assaulted by a deputy sheriff.
I’m the author of Why Lawyers (and the rest of us) Lie and Engage in Other Repugnant Behavior, a book about finding the courage to look inwardly to more effectively resolve conflict.