I have always been a solo practitioner. However, I have often been associated with other attorneys either to handle the custody aspects of a case, or by non-family law attorneys who need guidance in the area of family law. I have always preferred to work closely with fewer clients rather than have many clients. I have the good fortune to share the office with my son, who is also an attorney. We are not partners, but we both strive to provide excellent service to each of our clients.Example cases
I enjoy working on complex cases and searching for solutions that fit the needs of my clients. I have handled many unusual scenarios, such as enforcing judgments in family court after the death of one of the parties. I have helped people focus on the best needs of their children, providing more time for my clients with their children, which in turn creates a better relationship between the children and both parents. One of my clients went from very limited visits to an equal time share. I did not change the facts, but rather helped my client present the facts in a better manner.
210 N 4th Street
San Jose CA 95112
I charge my regular hourly rate for time spent with clients.
I charge hourly, except for probate matters which are generally fixed by statute.
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Some Spanish is spoken in the office.
I didn't choose Family Law, it chose me. After representing a few clients, I kept getting referrals from my former clients, opposing parties, and opposing counsel. Almost all of my cases are referral-based.
I believe that the case belongs to the client, and that the more the client does on his or her behalf, the better off the client will be. However, many situations are more complex than meets the eye, and may have implications that are not immediately obvious. It is important for the client to realize that as an attorney and also as an emotionally uninvolved person, my judgment and knowledge of the law may be better than the client's as to procedure and what a court is more likely to accept.
I have always been ready to help people with their own matters so long as the case is not too complex. Clients have often brought documents to me that were drafted by others, such as their spouses, and I have helped to interpret them and explain the meaning and long-term effects as I see them to the client. However, if the case is too complex, it is not a good idea to be unrepresented.
I have often coached clients as to how to present their cases. I have helped clients prepare simple declarations or simple motions on their own. I strive to present their cases in clear, unambiguous prose so that the opposing party and the court can quickly understand the client's position and the facts.
I previously worked as a Social Worker with the New York City Department of Child Welfare, and thereafter, as a Probation Officer in the New York City Juvenile Court. In the Department of Child Welfare, I worked with people who voluntarily sought services to help get them through a particular crisis in their lives, such as an illness.
My background as a social worker has been very helpful. Mediating cases and acting as a judge pro tem has also given me a good prospective on seeing the whole picture, and not just the point of view of my client.
Again, I am detail oriented, but also try to see the whole picture. I do my best to know the law and stay calm so that I can use my energy to my client's best advantage and maintain my composure so that I can think on my feet.
I am calm, thorough, and a good listener. I am courteous to the court and opposing counsel.
My family, gardening, sailing, and traveling.
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