I remember what it feels like to not be a lawyer and clueless about the judicial process. In fact, I did not become an attorney until I entered midlife. When I was very young, I embarked upon a nursing career that succumbed to the demands of raising three small children as a single mother. I experienced my own difficult divorce as a young woman in the Midwest before relocating to this beautiful state in 1985. I know what it is like to face conflicts over custody, visitation rights and child support issues and I empathize with those feelings of powerlessness and fear that come with dealing with divorce.
I had my children while still in my teenage years, so after my youngest graduated from high school, I decided to return to college and this time, chose to study law. I chose to practice Family Law because it is an area of law where I felt like I could make a difference and draw upon my many experiences. I started at Solano Community College in 1995, then transferred to Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, CA where I studied Criminal Justice Administration and graduated cum laude. I then attended the University of San Francisco School of Law,where I earned my Juris Doctor Degree and was admitted to the State Bar of California in December 2003.
I raised a very diverse family and have personally dealt with a variety of circumstances. One of my children was born severely disabled and I navigated the maze of doctor appointments, IEP meetings and all of the other issues that arise with a child with disabilities. I have a gay child that grew up to be healthy and happy and is now part of an enduring same sex marriage. I have mixed grandchildren from another child and even have my first great-grandchild! In my personal life, I have experienced the loss of a child and been widowed.I have been though a divorce, remarriage and the intricacies of a blended family. My large extended family encompasses many cultures and people from all walks of life. My life experience has strengthened my tenacity and tested my resolve. It has also deepened my compassion for and understanding of others' unique circumstances. We all have a story to tell.
I am a settlement-oriented attorney and settle most cases outside of court. However, if a matter cannot be settled outside of court, I do have a successful track record inside the courtroom. I know the law, I know the Solano and Contra Costa County legal systems, and I will not hesitate to advocate for your rights under the law.