I'm a Bay Area Native. My proudest accomplishments are that I'm a mother, wife and an 11 year Army Veteran.
I met my husband (also an Army Veteran) in 1989 after returning from a tour of duty in the Philippines. We were both Civil Affairs Specialists assigned to the 445th Civil Affairs Company, a little known unit under the US Army Special Operations Command.
I'm a proud mother to 2 boys and step-mother to 1 son. Being a mother, step-mother and having been raised primarily by my father, have prepared me to understand and deal with emotionally complex Family Law matters, better relating to my clients. It is critical the attorney you select to handle your Family Law matter has real life experience in relation to your legal matter.
I graduated from John F. Kennedy University School of Law and have been a member in good standing of the California State Bar since 2004. I'm also a member of the Alameda County Bar Association.
Before opening my own law office, I worked many years for a very high-volume Family Law firm which gave me daily presence in Alameda and Contra Costa Family Courts on hundreds of cases. This gave me significant trial experience, and taught me many lessons about what to do as a lawyer and Family Law practitioner, and what not to do.
This experience and knowledge benefits my clients greatly because I am familiar with the courts, procedures, laws, and judicial officers who will be presiding over your case.
I pride myself on my high level of integrity with my peers and the courts. I give straight-forward advice to my clients. Because of this policy, there may be times when I have to tell you things you may not want to hear, or present concepts to which you may not agree. However, in doing so, I am not only giving you ammunition, I am thoroughly preparing you for the likely and realistic outcome of your case. There are never any surprises and you will never feel unprepared.
I'm regarded by my peers and judicial officers as a well-prepared, knowledgeable, and tenacious advocate who gets results for my clients, yet able to invoke reasonable settlement agreements in many cases.