Family law cases are built on profound life changes. I handle divorces and child custody disputes to walk men and women through those transitions.
I approached my education in earnest and enjoyed my time at the University of Akron School of Law in Ohio. I performed well academically, wrote for Law review, and graduated magna cum laude. I learned law during those years, but I learned to lawyer while practicing at the Law Office of Palermo, Barbaro, Chinen and Pitzer, LLP, in Pasadena. I joined that firm as an associate attorney the day I was sworn in as a member of the California State Bar in December 2007, and was privileged with the mentorship of its partners. They showed me that the finest case results come from calculated trial preparations, persistence in negotiations, and integrity in all things. The longer I practice, the more fortunate I feel for the benefit of their uncommon examples at the outset of my career.
In June 2013, I separated from PBCP with the goal of opening a classroom program for self-represented family law litigants. While developing that curriculum, I’ve continued serving family law clients. By 2015, my solo practice had grown into a small firm with a capable staff.
We chose to designate our practice “Family Law Counsel” to connote parity between clients and advocates. The trust and understanding that comes from working together as equals is what allows us to tell our clients’ stories persuasively.