Professional License and Qualifications

  • California State Bar – licensed to practice law in California in December 1994. License Number 174817, in good standing, with no record of disciplinary action or other infractions.  Verification from California Bar Website

  • Private practice for 20+ years –  Areas of expertise include: long-term marriage, spousal support, complex asset division, including HNW with business interests, client in recovery from chemical dependency, client married to alcoholic or addict, child custody, child custody with special needs.

Professional Memberships and Non-Profit Affiliations

  • American Bar Association – Family Law Section

  • San Diego County Bar Association

  • San Diego Family Law Bar Association

  • California Women Lawyers

  • Lawyers Club of San Diego

  • APA Law and Psychology Section

  • Second Saturday

  • Kids Turn of San Diego

  • Voices for Children, San Diego

  • Salk Institute-Salk Women and Science Program

  • Second Chance

  • NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

  • Alzheimer’s Association

  • Helen Woodward Animal Center



  • Avila University, Kansas City, Missouri, Bachelor of Arts 1989

  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California: Juris doctorate 1993

  • Law Review Editor: 1993

  • Law Review Note Author: Scientific Reliability of Psychiatric Expert Witness Testimony Involving the Use of Classifications from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 14 Criminal Justice Journal 345 (1992)

  • AmJur Awards:  Professional Responsibility, Contracts II

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