Law School/Year: California Western School of Law, 1981
College/Year: Humanities, Thomas Edison, B.A., 1978
California; U.S. District Court, Southern District; U.S. Tax Court
Family & Domestic Relations; Alternative Dispute Resolution
Every family law case is a major case, as they involve the custody of children and affect a parent’s future involvement in the child’s life. All of the family’s assets are divided. Child and spousal support orders have long-term consequences to each party’s standard of living in the future. Everything a person cares about is at stake. And, because of this, resolution of issues outside of court is preferable. Most people don’t want to gamble with their lives in court. The “wins” are the cases where we can help people resolve their issues without judicial involvement.
I have been in practice for 30 years, focusing all this time on family law. I am a Certified Family Law Specialist. I have experience in numerous forms of dispute resolution. My practice includes representation of parties in litigated cases, participation in various forms of alternate dispute resolution including collaborative practice, as well as serving as a mediator in family law matters. I have served as a settlement conference judge for the Superior Court, Family Law Division.
Member: San Diego County Bar Association; Certified Family Law Specialists Committee, San Diego; San Diego Collaborative Family Law Group; International Academy of Collaborative Professionals; Collaborative Practice California; Association of Certified Family Law Specialists Personal Affiliations Member: American Civil Liberties Union; American Institute of Food and Wine; San Diego Museum of Art; Citizens Diplomacy Council of San Diego; Mission Hills Heritage Organization; San Diego Historical Society; National Trust for Historic Preservation
I have been married to David for nearly 35 years. I am a native San Diegan and grew up in Chula Vista. My hobbies include traveling, cooking, collecting art, antiques and vintage jewelry, doing needlepoint and attending the theater.