About Michael

From a young age, I've had an interest in law and justice.  However, instead of studying typical pre-law curricula in college, I sought a business degree; earning my bachelor's from USC in 1993.  I then worked in various fields, including real estate brokerage, insurance, and mortgage banking, in which I obtained a California Insurance Brokers license and a California Real Estate license. 

Even while pursuing certain business goals, my interest in the law never diminished.  Eventually, I gave up a business career to obtain a law degree.

During law school, I received multiple awards and honors, including top 5% of my class, Law Review, and a merit scholarship.  I also received special training in trial work, earning certificates in litigation, public interest law, and mediation.  In 2001, I graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco.

My law practice began in commercial litigation. However, given my preference to help individuals, rather than corporations, I became attracted to family law.

Although I have litigated numerous family law cases, my practice now focuses primarily on divorce mediation.  I believe that is the most civil and cost effective way for parties to obtain a judgment of dissolution.  I also provide limited scope consultations for uncontested divorces, and draft premarital, post-marital, and cohabitation agreements.

During my legal career, I've been fortunate to help hundreds of couples, even the highly acrimonious, resolve their case without them ever having to step inside a courtroom.  I believe my business background helps clients efficiently resolve disputes, as it provides certaian skills and insights when handling financial issues, such as establishing accurate income for spousal and/or child support, valuing and dividing a family business, tracing community and separate property funds to establish reimbursements, allocating debts, among others. 

Apart from understanding the economic aspects of a case, my strongest trait (in terms of benefiting the parties by helping them find common ground) is simply the fact that I truly care about their welfare.  Given my litigation experience and seeing the harm it does to individuals and their families, I  guide clients in a way that avoids conflict.  I've never lost sight of the difficulty people go through during divorce.  My clients are not just a file.  They are real people who need help with one of, if not the most difficult episode of their life. 

I approach each case with dedication and commitment to accomplishing my clients' goals, and to do so in the most efficient manner possible.