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Firm Overview

I established this law firm at the end of 1981 after I graduated from law school. We focus on creative problem solving.

Example cases

There is no such thing as an insignificant case. Helping someone through his or her family law matter means making a difference in that person's life. Practicing family law means that every case is a significant case. When children are involved there is added significance. The size of the marital estate does not dictate the significance of a case. People don't want to lose what they have, be it $100,000 or $10,000,000.

Main Office

Main
2650 Camino del Rio North
Suite 308
San Diego  CA  92108

Phone
  • (619) 298-6246

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

We do not offer a free consultation. I charge my hourly rate. In that meeting, I will evaluate the case, frame the issues and discuss the client's options. My consultation lasts at least 60 minutes and may be longer, depending upon the complexity of the matter.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

We do not offer any fixed price services. We bill by the hour.

Hourly Rates

$395.00 for Michele Lowenstein
$295.00 for Elizabeth Brown
$275.00 for Associate Attorney
$195.00 for paralegal assistance

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Office Manager

Rosemarie Morgans

Emergency After Hours

No

Languages Spoken

Some Spanish

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I sometimes think it chose me. There is really nothing more interesting and satisfying than helping people work through the difficult issues they are faced with in dissolving their relationships.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

Clients need to be educated to be able to make good decisions. Who better to assist in this than a certified family law specialist?

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

It depends upon the context. If the client has retained me, my office prepares all the documents. If the client is representing himself or herself, I will review such documents if the circumstances are appropriate.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

While this is not something I often do, it is something I have done and am willing to do again if the circumstances are appropriate.

Michele Lowenstein

Michele Sacks Lowenstein

I have had my own office since I was admitted to the Bar in 1981.

Even after 25 years, I find that I still learn something from every case I am involved in. People are unique and their situations are always different. Becoming trained in collaborative divorce and mediation was transformative for me because it showed me a glimpse into the world of the possible.

I feel my unique strength and expertise is in looking for creative ways to resolve disputes. Over 90% of my cases are resolved without court intervention. If court intervention is required, I use my creativity to position the client for a favorable outcome. I also have a good knowledge of how the tax code impacts property settlements. We have to determine which assets will best suit the client's long-range financial goals and objectives; including retirement planning.

I think of myself as a conference room lawyer. The first thing we do when we are retained by a client is determine whether a meeting with the other party and his or her lawyer will assist in the resolution of the issues. So, nearly all of our cases, regardless of whether they are collaborative, will start in the conference room, where we will try to assist the parties to come to a resolution without court intervention. If we are not able to resolve the matter and court intervention is necessary, we evaluate different strategic approaches with thorough preparation and follow through on the litigation strategy the client and I have chosen.

Personal interests:

I enjoy traveling with David, my husband of 30 years. Collecting art and antiques; cooking; reading biographies, because fact is always stranger than fiction; attending the theatre; collecting vintage copper jewelry; practicing yoga; and spending time with my 3-legged cat, Mattie.

License
  • Bar Number: 101707
    California , 1981
Education
  • California Western School of Law
    J.D. , 1981
    San Diego, CA
    Winner of Nathan Burkan Competition
  • Thomas Edison College
    B.A. , 1978
    Trenton, NJ
    Humanities

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