also known as Michele Bernadette Brown, Michele B. Brown
Michele B. Brown is an attorney licensed in the State of California and the United States District Court for the Southern District. She is a Certified Specialist in Family Law and handles complex dissolution of marriage actions, nullity, pre-marital and post-marital agreements, high conflict custody cases, income analysis and business valuations. Ms. Brown cares deeply about the law and her clients. It is for this reason Ms. Brown is actively involved in family law legislation and politics.
Selected as one of San Diego Daily Transcript's Top Family Law Attorneys for 2007 and for 2009, and Our City San Diego’s Top Family Law attorneys for 2009 and 2010, Ms. Brown is a Supervising and Trial Attorney with Beatrice L. Snider APC Family Law Group.
Ms. Brown obtained her Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1994, where she received the 1994 Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with a Minor in Spanish, from the University of California, Riverside in 1989, and as a Rotary International Scholar, she studied Politics and French at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. She was a British Universities North American Exchange student in London, England and worked as a legislative analyst in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Brown was admitted to the State Bar of California and the Federal District Court for the Southern District in 1994 and she became a Certified Specialist in Family Law in 2002. She sits as a Judge Pro Tem for Family Law Settlement Conferences and is on the Certified Family Law Specialist Mediation panel.
Ms. Brown a member of the Family Law Executive Committee of the State Bar of California (FLEXCOM) and is the Affirmative Legislation Chair of the Executive Committee of the State Bar of California, Family Law Section. As the Affirmative Legislation Chair, she has co-authored family law bills that have been enacted into law, including AB 1679 and AB 459. She has worked with members of the State legislature on family law bills and has testified before the California State legislature on family law bills.
Ms. Brown was also a member of the FLEXCOM Elkins working group and the San Diego County Family Law Action Committee Elkins working group.
Ms. Brown is a Board Member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), California Chapter. She is also a member of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists.
Ms. Brown is a member of the Executive Committee of the San Diego County Certified Family Law Specialists. She is the Chair of the San Diego Certified Family Law Specialists Legislation Committee and is on the following subcomittees for the family law specialist committee: local rules on business valuations; education committee; SDCBA/CFLS Protocal committee; Elkins committee.
Ms. Brown is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, the Family Law Section of the San Diego County Bar Association, the Family Law Section of the State Bar of California and the Law Practice and Management Section of the State Bar.
Ms. Brown was Chair of the Winter 2009 Certified Family Law Specialists Seminar and she co-chaired the Spring 2007 and Summer 2009 Certified Family Law Specialists Seminars. Ms. Brown has been a speaker at several Certified Family Law Specialists Seminars on Jurisdictional Issues and statutes; she has co-presented a webinar on business valuations and the Elkins decision and she has written articles for the San Diego Certified Family Law Specialists Newsletter and the State Bar Family Law News.
As the Family Law Floor leader for the San Diego County Bar Association Conference of Delegates, Ms. Brown authored several proposed Family Law bills. She is a volunteer family law attorney for the annual KNSD Ask-A-Lawyer program.
Ms. Brown has an attorney rating on AVVO of Superb (10 out of 10). Ms. Brown is proficient in Spanish and conversant in French.
Ms. Brown resides in the North Park area of San Diego. Traveling, politics and spending time with her family and friends are her passions outside the practice of law, whether it’s spelunking in Iceland, bungee jumping in New Zealand, scuba diving in Australia, riding on a Harley in Maui, hiking through the John Muir wilderness or wine tasting in France. Her passion for politics has had her working on Capital Hill in D.C., serving on numerous political committees and working on campaigns.
Languages Spoken: French, Spanish
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I first met Michele when we served together on the State Bar of California Family Law Section's Executive Committee ("Flexcom"). I was first very impressed by her knowledge of Family Law and her ability to get things done. As time passed, we became very good friends and have spent numerous hours discussing the nuances of all aspects of family law. Her command of the law is superb, and her tactical knowledge in litigation is unmatched. Her tireless devotion to making the law in the area of domestic relations better for the people involved in family law cases has had far reaching effects for every Californian who goes through a divorce. Michele's ethics are without reproach. Although I would not want to be her opposing counsel in a matter, I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone seeking a top notch attorney to handle their case.
Barbara Hammers Family Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Michele is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced family law attorneys in San Diego. She is respected by her peers and the local judges. Her genuine concern for the financial crisis of Family Courts in California is unparalleled and evident in her ongoing efforts to pass new laws.
Puja Sachdev Divorce & Separation Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top Family Law Attorney 2010||Our City, San Diego Magazine||2010|
|Top 10 Family Law Attorneys 2009||San Diego Daily Transcipt||2009|
|Top Family Law Attorney 2009||Our City, San Diego Magazine||2009|
|Top 10 Family Law Attorneys 2007||San Diego Daily Transcript||2007|
|San Diego County's Top Law Firms||San Diego Magazine||2006|
|1994 Bishop Buddy Award for excellence in Trial Advocacy||N/A||1994|
|Judge Pro Tem||San Diego County Superior Court||2003 - Present|
|Supervising Attorney||Beatrice L. Snider APC Family Law Group||2000 - Present|
|Attorney at Law||Law Offices of Michael Finen||1996 - 2000|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (ACFLS)||Member||2010 - Present|
|Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)||Board Member||2010 - Present|
|State Bar of California, Family Law Section||Affirmative Legislation Chair||2007 - Present|
|State Bar of California, Family Law Section||Executive Committee||2007 - Present|
|State Bar of California, Law Practice Management||Member||2007 - Present|
|North Park Toyland Parade||Committee Member||2006 - Present|
|Rebuilding Together San Diego||Member||2006 - 2008|
|San Diego County Certified Family Law Specialists||Executive Committee||2006 - Present|
|San Diego County Certified Family Law Specialists||Legislation Chair||2006 - Present|
|San Diego County Legal Task Force for 2006 Elections||Volunteer Attorney||2006 - 2006|
|Renaissance Committee, North Park Community Association||Chair||2005 - 2008|
|Conference of Delegates of California Bar Associations, San Diego County||Family Law Floor Leader||2005 - 2006|
|California Women's Leadership Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|North Park Community Association||Board of Directors, Former Vice-President||2005 - Present|
|Fairbanks Republican's Women Federated||Member||2004 - Present|
|72 Hour Legal Task Force for 2004 Presidential Election||Volunteer Attorney||2004 - 2004|
|St. Patrick's Catholic Church||Parishoner||2004 - Present|
|National Republican Lawyers Association||Member||2004 - Present|
|San Diego County Certified Family Law Specialists||Member||2002 - Present|
|Lawyers Club of San Diego||Member||2001 - Present|
|State Bar of California, Family Law Section||Member||2000 - Present|
|San Diego County Bar Association||Member||2000 - Present|
|San Diego County Republican Party||Century Club Member||2000 - Present|
|El Dorado County Bar Association||Past Secretary||1999 - 2000|
|El Dorado County Bar Association||Past Newsletter Editor||1999 - 2000|
|El Dorado County Bar Association||Member||1996 - 2000|
|St. Brigid's Catholic Church||Member||1990 - Present|
|Family Law News (California State Bar Family Law Section)||Interview with Drew Liebert||2010|
|State Bar Family Law News||Judicial Officer of the Year||2009|
|San Diego County Certified Family Law Specialists||Family Law articles||2005|
|El Dorado County Bar Association Newsletter||Various legal articles||1999|
|Perris Progress||View from the Footlights Weekly Column||N/A|
|University of San Diego School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1994|
|University of California||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1989|
|University of California||Spanish||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1989|
|Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia||Politics & French||N/A||N/A|
|CA State Assembly Judiciary Committee||SB 1482 on spousal support||2010|
|Webinar on Business Valuations in light of Elkins||San Diego Local Rules on Business Valuations||2009|
|State Bar of CA--Annual Conference||2009 Judicial Officer of the Year Award||2009|
|North Park Parking Community Forum||Parking Management Issues in North Park||2008|
|KNSD Ask-A-Lawyer||Family Law||2008|
|Family Law Summer Seminar||2008 Case and Statutory Updates||2008|
|California State Senate Judiciary Committee||SB 1255 Child Support Arrearage Declaration||2008|
|California State Assembly Judiciary Committee||AB 1679 on Paternity||2008|
|San Diego City Schools||Dialogue on Freedom||2005|
|Family Law Spring Seminar on Jurisdictional Issues||Jurisdictional issues||2004|