Law School/Year: Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 1987
College/Year: State University of New York at Oswego, 1982
California; U.S. District Court, Southern, Central
Family & Domestic Relations
Over my 24 years, I have had the privilege of handling major cases in family law involving complex financial issues, as well as custody, visitation, support, and domestic violence issues. In my career, I have represented high-asset clients and unraveled complex business issues that result in successful financial outcomes for my clients. I have recovered full custody for a parent who, upon returning from deployment, could not get the other parent to return their children.
I established myself as a sole practitioner in 1991 and, at that time, handled real estate, business, and civil litigation matters. At the request of my clients, I started taking on their family law cases and found that my experience in real estate, business, and civil litigation matters contributed to my practice as a family law attorney. I have enjoyed the complexity of this ever-changing legal field and of the financial and emotional aspects of practicing family law. In 2006, I became a Certified Family Law Specialist and have maintained my focus and passion for helping people through some of their most difficult times.
* Member, California State Bar Association
* Member, San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA)
* Member, Certified Family Law Section of the SDCBA
* Member, Executive Committee, Certified Family Law Section of the SDCBA (2008-2010)
*Settlement Conference Judge Pro Tem for the San Diego County Superior Courts
*Judge Pro Tem, Small Claims Division, San Diego County Superior Court
*Referral attorney for the SDCBA's Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS)
Having served as the president of the Downtown Lions Club from 2010 to 2011, I am currently the past president and assistant chair of the Welfare Foundation for the Downtown Lions Club. I am on the board of directors for Kid’s Turn and am presently teaching community property at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. I am and have been an umpire and umpire-in-chief in Little League, president and member of the Men’s Club for Congregation Beth Israel and fundraiser for Hannah’s House.
I have been happily married to Paula Renkin for 28 years and have two children, Allyson and Robert, and two grandchildren, Taylor and Victor. An avid golfer and racquetball player, I use exercise to develop and maintain my patience, clarity and focus.