A U.S. judge has ordered that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke can be questioned in a lawsuit against the government filed by the former head of American International Group Inc.
Law School/Year: University of San Diego School of Law, 1994
College/Year: University of California, Riverside, 1989; Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, 1988; British Universities North American Exchange Student, London, England, 1987
California; Federal District Court, Southern District; Board of Legal Specialization, Family Law
Family & Domestic Relations
I practice exclusively in the area of family law. I represent clients in dissolution of marriage actions, paternity and support cases, custody and relocation cases, pre and post-nuptial agreements and set aside cases. Encompassed in my practice are cases involving the valuation of a closely held business, child and/or spousal support, separate property tracing, and child custody issues. Although resolving cases amicably is my goal in every case, as a trial attorney, I embrace taking cases to trial where settlement or mediation is not an option.
I spent four years in Sacramento handling family law and civil litigation cases. I chose to specialize in family law and have practiced exclusively in family law since returning to San Diego in 2000. As an adviser to the Family Law Section of the State Bar of California (FLEXCOM) and a member of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (ACFLS) Legislative Advisory Board and Association of Family and Conciliation Courts-CA Chapter (AFCC-CA) Legislative Committee, I analyze family law bills, assist in drafting bills that are enacted into law and testify before the State Legislature. Prior to becoming a lawyer, I worked as a private investigator, journalist and legislative analyst.
Judge Pro Tem for the San Diego County Superior Court: Family Law Settlement Judge (2002-present); Small Claims Court Judge (2010-present)
Mediation Panel, Certified Family Law Specialists (2009-present)
Executive Committee, State Bar of California, Family Law Section (FLEXCOM) (2007-present): Advisor; Member; Affirmative Legislation; Developing Legislation; Awards Committee; Elkins Task Force Working Group; Liaison to San Diego Regional Standing Committee
Board of Directors, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts — CA Chapter (AFCC) (2010-present): Board Member; Membership Committee; Legislation Committee; 2012 Conference Committee
Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (2011- present): Member, Legislative Advisory Committee
San Diego Regional Standing Committee, State Bar of California, Family Law Section (2006-present): Co-Chair; Member; Elkins Task Force Working Group Subcommittee
Executive Committee, San Diego County Certified Family Law Specialists (2007-present): Member; Legislation Committee; Rules Committee; Business Valuations Working Group in light of Elkins; Publicity Committee; Newsletter Committee (Trials and Tribulations); Education Committee; Chair, 2009 Winter Seminar; Co-Chair, 2009 Summer Seminar and 2007 Spring Seminar
San Diego Family Law Action Committee (2009-2010): Elkins Working Group
Conference of Delegates, San Diego (2005-2006; 2013): Family Law Floor Leader; Delegation member; Author, Family Law Resolutions; Co-Author of AB 251
Executive Board, El Dorado County Bar Association (1999-2000): Member, Secretary, Newsletter Editor
Contributing Author on Senate/Assembly Bills: AB 251 (Gov. C. 69957 – electronic reporting in family law); AB 161 (Fam. C. 6325.5); AB 522 (CCP 583.161); SB 1482 (Fam. C. 4326); AB 1679 (Fam. C. 7643); AB 459 (Fam.C. 2104-2107); Assembly Omnibus (Fam.C. 7643); SB 1255 (Support arrears); SB 1615 (Pre-Marital Agmts)
Testify on Family Law legislation before the California State Legislature Senate Judiciary and Assembly Judiciary Committees (2007-present)
I have served on the Board of Directors and several committees for the North Park Community Association, the North Park Parking Management Working Group and the North Park Toyland Parade Committee for years. I have worked as a volunteer attorney for the County, State and Nationwide Legal Task Force, was appointed as a lawyer during the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections. I am involved in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and a supporter of the Disabled American Veterans and the Alzheimer’s Association.
Success is measured by ones honesty, hard work, devotion, love and compassion. I have been blessed in life to be surrounded by loving and supportive family, friends and colleagues, who have given me love, confidence and taught me life balance. My mother is truly an angel on earth and my source of inspiration. My dearest friend and colleague, Naghmeh Bashar, has given me strength and perseverance; and my husband, Sid Graser, is my eternal light of love. I am thankful for every person who has touched my life, personally and professionally.
Aug. 14, 2013 -- Reporter Doug Sherwin talks with attorney Lonny Zilberman, a partner with Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP and a 2013 Top Attorney, about sexual harassment lawsuits and the nuances of these types of cases.
Partner liability has emerged as one of the most important issues for law firms and is increasingly the crucial factor that determines building selection and the structure of other economic lease terms. Arguments over liability complicate — even kill — otherwise easy lease transactions. Law firm decision-makers contemplating a relocation or renewal would be well-served to understand and carefully consider how they intend to deal with partner liability from the outset.
Top Attorneys 2013 pays tribute to San Diego County's legal cream of the crop. It is the culmination of a lengthy peer voting process that began in April with the announcement of a call for nominations. San Diego County lawyers were asked who among their peers -- with whom they had professional experience -- were worthy of recognition.
When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in June, it opened up more than 1,000 federal benefits and responsibilities to legally married same-sex couples.
Thomas Guernsey has been at the job as Thomas Jefferson School of Law's new dean and president for less than two months and he's already made quite an impression.
Recently, I received calls from two human resources managers regarding articles in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. They were concerned about the WSJ’s claim that the position of legal secretary is extinct and USA Today’s assertion that the growth of temporary hiring is a negative devolvement.
Established in 2001, Morris, Sullivan & Lemkul was founded by Shawn Morris and Mike Sullivan. Shawn and Mike are former partners of Wingert Grebing, one of San Diego's oldest and most respected law firms.
The U.S. Department of Treasury recently announced that it is delaying until 2015 the enforcement of the so-called “employer mandate” provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “ACA” or “Obamacare”), which were supposed to take effect in 2014.
#1. Put all commission agreements in writing (Labor Code section 2751).
RJS Law is a full-service law firm that can help resolve your personal, small-business or corporate tax problems with the Internal Revenue Service and California state tax authorities.
As the practice of law adapts to meet the changing needs of clients and organizations, opportunities exist to develop partnerships between law firms and law schools. Together, firms and schools can prepare profession-ready graduates and meet the growing need for legal services. California Western School of Law, San Diego’s oldest law school, is poised to lead the way in this national effort.
The University of San Diego School of Law develops resources and clinics that offer practical training to law students while making it possible for them to give back to the community. With San Diego County’s estimated veteran population of 250,000 and more than 2 million veterans living in California, there is no doubt that many have and will benefit from the school’s Initiative to Protect Student Veterans.
California’s employers are burdened with a long list of onerous regulations, so it’s no surprise that many employers fail to recognize the daunting requirements of the California Labor Code -- until it’s too late.
Gomez Iagmin Trial Attorneys is a plaintiff's only law firm based in downtown San Diego, specializing in catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, complex product liability and mass torts.
The attorneys at CaseyGerry specialize in serious personal injury and traumatic brain injury cases, and are at the forefront of the complex medical issues related to brain injury. These include chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease thought to be caused by repeat concussions or blows to the head, and second impact syndrome, a condition in which the brain swells rapidly after a person suffers a second concussion.
Ralph Nader has a new cause.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has declared that, at least when it comes to voting rights, the U.S. Supreme Court is guilty of wishful thinking. He is also showing both how difficult and how important it is to overcome that kind of thinking.
A federal jury in Oregon awarded $18.6 million to a woman who spent two years unsuccessfully trying to get Equifax Information Services to fix major mistakes on her credit report.
A coalition of environmental groups is suing the Cuomo administration over dairy farm regulations intended to bolster the state's growing yogurt industry, the groups announced Monday.
It was late at night on Feb. 27, 2001, and Penn State's then-president, Graham Spanier, one of academia's most prominent administrators, typed a brief email to two other top administrators as they debated how to respond to a thorny situation.
FedEx Corp., the world’s largest cargo airline, will pay $21.5 million to settle a lawsuit over claims that it overcharged customers by billing for deliveries to businesses and governments at higher residential rates.