I am a family law attorney located in Los Angeles, California, in the heart of downtown, close to most major courts. My primary areas of practice include divorce, child custody and visitation, child and spousal support, paternity, juvenile dependency and domestic violence.
I am admitted to the Bar in California, Hawaii, and Washington DC. I am an active member of the California Bar.
I grew up in Los Angeles, CA. I went to college and law school in the San Francisco Bay area. I obtained a BA in political science from San Francisco State University. I earned my law degree from Golden Gate University School of Law.
I began my practice in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1991, shortly after I was admitted to the California Bar. My practice included family law, bankruptcy, landlord tenant, juvenile dependency and criminal defense. The primary focus of my practice was on dependency and family law matters.
Dependency cases involve situations where child are removed from their parents home due to allegations of abuse and neglect. The parents are placed on a "reunification plan" and are given government services to enable them to reunite with their children. The services include therapy, drug rehabilitation, anger management and supervised visitation.
While the parents are in reunification, the children are placed with suitable relatives or in foster care homes. The decision where to place the children is made early on, and can often influence the ultimate outcome of the dependency proceeding. I have represented parties from all perspectives in dependency matters. My clients have included parents, foster-adopt parents, legal guardians, and children. Hence, I understand these proceedings from all angles.
My background in dependency has translated well into my current family law practice, particularly with respect to complicated custody disputes. It has given me a perspective that other family law practitioners do not possess.
I moved my practice to Southern California in May 1999. My current practices focuses primarily on family law matters, with an emphasis on cases involving children and custody issues. I have been appointed by local judges to represent children in divorce proceedings because of my background in dependency law and custody issues.
In addition to my experience as a practicing attorney, I also clerked for the California Supreme Court and the Attorney General's office while attending law school.
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