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Michele B Brown

Michele B Brown

also known as Michele Bernadette Brown, Michele B. Brown

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Child Support, Child Custody, spousal support

About Me

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.


 


 

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Languages Spoken: French, Spanish

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1994

  1. spousal support: 25%
  2. Child Custody: 25%
  3. Child Support: 25%
  4. Divorce & Separation: 25%

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Barbara Kay Hammers

    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.

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    Barbara Hammers Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Puja Arun Sachdev

    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.

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    Puja Sachdev Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

525 B St Ste 2200
San Diego, CA, 92101

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive199402/13/2012

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers

Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top Family Law Attorney 2010Our City, San Diego Magazine2010
Top 10 Family Law Attorneys 2009San Diego Daily Transcipt2009
Top Family Law Attorney 2009Our City, San Diego Magazine2009
Top 10 Family Law Attorneys 2007San Diego Daily Transcript2007
San Diego County's Top Law FirmsSan Diego Magazine2006
1994 Bishop Buddy Award for excellence in Trial AdvocacyN/A1994

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Judge Pro TemSan Diego County Superior Court2003 - Present
Supervising AttorneyBeatrice L. Snider APC Family Law Group2000 - Present
Attorney at LawLaw Offices of Michael Finen1996 - 2000

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (ACFLS)Member2010 - Present
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)Board Member2010 - Present
State Bar of California, Family Law SectionAffirmative Legislation Chair2007 - Present
State Bar of California, Family Law SectionExecutive Committee2007 - Present
State Bar of California, Law Practice ManagementMember2007 - Present
North Park Toyland ParadeCommittee Member2006 - Present
Rebuilding Together San DiegoMember2006 - 2008
San Diego County Certified Family Law SpecialistsExecutive Committee2006 - Present
San Diego County Certified Family Law SpecialistsLegislation Chair2006 - Present
San Diego County Legal Task Force for 2006 ElectionsVolunteer Attorney2006 - 2006
Renaissance Committee, North Park Community AssociationChair2005 - 2008
Conference of Delegates of California Bar Associations, San Diego CountyFamily Law Floor Leader2005 - 2006
California Women's Leadership AssociationMember2005 - Present
North Park Community AssociationBoard of Directors, Former Vice-President2005 - Present
Fairbanks Republican's Women FederatedMember2004 - Present
72 Hour Legal Task Force for 2004 Presidential ElectionVolunteer Attorney2004 - 2004
St. Patrick's Catholic ChurchParishoner2004 - Present
National Republican Lawyers AssociationMember2004 - Present
San Diego County Certified Family Law SpecialistsMember2002 - Present
Lawyers Club of San DiegoMember2001 - Present
State Bar of California, Family Law SectionMember2000 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
San Diego County Republican PartyCentury Club Member2000 - Present
El Dorado County Bar AssociationPast Secretary1999 - 2000
El Dorado County Bar AssociationPast Newsletter Editor1999 - 2000
El Dorado County Bar AssociationMember1996 - 2000
St. Brigid's Catholic ChurchMember1990 - Present

Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Family Law News (California State Bar Family Law Section)Interview with Drew Liebert2010
State Bar Family Law NewsJudicial Officer of the Year2009
San Diego County Certified Family Law SpecialistsFamily Law articles2005
El Dorado County Bar Association NewsletterVarious legal articles1999
Perris ProgressView from the Footlights Weekly ColumnN/A

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Diego School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of CaliforniaPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
University of CaliforniaSpanishBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
Macquarie University, Sydney, AustraliaPolitics & FrenchN/AN/A

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
CA State Assembly Judiciary CommitteeSB 1482 on spousal support2010
Webinar on Business Valuations in light of ElkinsSan Diego Local Rules on Business Valuations2009
State Bar of CA--Annual Conference2009 Judicial Officer of the Year Award2009
North Park Parking Community ForumParking Management Issues in North Park2008
KNSD Ask-A-LawyerFamily Law2008
Family Law Summer Seminar2008 Case and Statutory Updates2008
California State Senate Judiciary CommitteeSB 1255 Child Support Arrearage Declaration2008
California State Assembly Judiciary CommitteeAB 1679 on Paternity2008
San Diego City SchoolsDialogue on Freedom2005
Family Law Spring Seminar on Jurisdictional IssuesJurisdictional issues2004