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In the years I have been practicing in addition to appearing in the Superior Court of the State of California for the counties of San Diego, Imperial, Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura and San Francisco, I have tried/argued cases in the California Court of Appeals for the 4th District, Federal Courts, the Supreme Court of Hawaii and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. My extensive experience in the courts of various jurisdiction has given me a perspective beyond that of many Family Law Attorneys who restrict their practice to San Diego County.
I deeply regret having been sanctioned by the State Bar of California and since that time have endeavored to represent my client to the highest degree of professionalism. I have been recognized by the State Bar of California for providing low cost legal services and by the San Diego County Bar Association for my services as a judge pro tempore, sitting for settlement conferences. Over the past twelve years I have lectured on numerous occasions for Continuing Legal Education classes and my topics usually include a session of Legal Ethics.
I have extensive experience dealing with difficult opposing parties and opposing counsel. While I have no fear of going to trial, when it is in the best interests of my clients to settle rather than litigate I recommend that route rather than incurring unnecessary attorney fees and costs.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Settlement Judge||San Diego Superior Court||2001|
|Low cost legal service through Victim Support Services||State Bar of California||1978|
|Attorney at Law||Joseph Russo Attorney at Law||1976 - 2015|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|EAA, Chapter 14||President||2014 - Present|
|UNICO National||San Diego Chapter Board||2000 - Present|
|San Diego Junior Theatre||Board of Directors||1988 - 2005|
|Marriage of XXXXX||Father received less time than Mother offered as a settlement|
|Marriage of YYYY||Action for domestic violence dismissed, court awarded joint legal and physical custody of the minor child of the parties|
|Doe v. Roe||Both cases dismissed with prejudice|
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|University of San Diego School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1975|
|Loyola Marymount University||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1972|
|Solutions to the Most Common Challenges||Legal Ethics||2013|
|Legal Ethics: Solutions to the Most Common Clallenges||Advanced Family Law||2010|
|A Roadmap through Divorce Proceedings||Child Custody, Visitation and Support||2008|
|Minimizing The Tax Consequences of Divcorce In California||Taxation of Spousal Support, Child Support and Family Support; Issues in Property Settlements; Ethical Considerations||2006|
|Handling California Cases From Start To Finish||Obtaining the Best Settlement For Your Client In California||2005|
|Handling California Divorce Cases From Start To Finish||Initial Interviews, Overview, Control and Focus; Custody-Fantasy and Realism, Ethics of Divorce Practice||2004|
|Exploring Essential Issues in Domestic Law for California Paralegal||Guidelines for Handling Support Issues in Divorce Proceedings||2003|
|Domestic Law in California||Spousal Support, Ethics, Child Support||2002|
|Family Law Seminar||Ethics and Family Law, Child Support & Spousal Support||2000|