Law School/Year: USD School of Law, 1989, magna cum laude
College/Year: Princeton University, 1979, magna cum laude
Family & Domestic Relations, Juvenile
In family law, the confidentiality of our clients is extremely important, and I respect their privacy. In a general way, I am proud to have participated in many cases where I have assisted the parties in their co-parenting efforts. I am also proud to have assisted clients with high-asset cases that have resulted in a fair and beneficial division of property for our clients.
I began my career after college as a community organizer, working in low-income neighborhoods fighting bank redlining in New York City. I soon decided I needed a law degree to effectively advocate in the legislature. After working as an advocate for children’s policy in California, I was the clinical professor for the Child Advocacy Clinic at the University of San Diego. I opened my private practice 10 years ago, as a proud partner of ABC&K. I recently taught family law at the University of San Diego School of Law as an adjunct professor.
I am the board chair of Kid’s Turn San Diego, and a member of the Armenian Bar Association, the San Diego County Bar Association and the Lawyers Club, where I also serve on the Fund for Justice. I served for six years on the Judicial Council Advisory Committee on Families and Children, and I have been a board member of the Environmental Health Coalition for more than 10 years.
I have spent much of my adult life working on behalf of economic and social justice for families. I consider my work in family law an extension of that work -- now for individual clients, men, women and children, rather than in the public policy arena. I was one of the founding convenors (along with the Hon. Napoleon A. Jones Jr.) of the Bar Association’s Children at Risk Committee.
I have been blessed with a wonderful family, and have enjoyed being a working mother of three children. My grandparents all emigrated from Armenian villages in Turkey at the turn of the century, and my experience growing up as the daughter and granddaughter of immigrants gave me a fundamental sense of the importance of protecting the most vulnerable in our society. I try to give back every day to our community, and to find the time to provide a peaceful and joyous home life for my family. My husband Rey Galindo and I enjoy classical music, playing golf and cooking Cuban and Armenian food at home.