also known as Marisa Catherine Nelson
Welcome to Catherine Law.
My goal is to make it more convenient, comfortable, personal, and straightforward to work with a lawyer.
I work with busy professionals, entrepreneurs, educators, and parents who want protection, peace of mind, and convenience, including local, out-of-state, and international clients with California legal needs.
I leverage modern technology to make legal services easier to obtain, more comfortable, and less time-consuming, without sacrificing quality. At the same time, I take an old-fashioned approach to legal counsel. I want to be your trusted legal advisor, and that means earning your trust.
Hiring a lawyer doesn’t have to be intimidating or outrageously expensive. Trust and open communication between you and your lawyer are essential. I take pride in being approachable, real, and available to my clients.
I value integrity, trust, great service, peace of mind, and sustainability. If you share these values, contact me today! I look forward to speaking with you.
Marisa Catherine Nelson
Languages spoken: Spanish, English
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Advisory Board Member||Sacred Dying Foundation||2013 - Present|
|Principal Attorney||Catherine Law||2012 - Present|
|Junior Attorney||Tech Law Garden||2012 - 2014|
|Research Assistant to Professor Julie Nice||University Of San Francisco School Of Law||2012 - 2012|
|Volunteer Tax Preparer||Tax-Aid||2012 - 2012|
|Legal Research Volunteer Attorney||San Mateo County Superior Court, Probate Department||2011 - 2012|
|Contracts Manager and Law Clerk (temp)||Intematix||2011 - 2012|
|Law Clerk||Simon Law||2010 - 2011|
|Law Clerk||Law Offices of Ryutaro Hirota, PC||2009 - 2010|
|Law Clerk||East Bay Sanctuary||2009 - 2009|
|Law Clerk||California Rural Legal Assistance||2009 - 2009|
|Legal Intern||California Rural Legal Assistance||2008 - 2008|
|Legal Intern||Wendt & Abel, PC||2007 - 2008|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|San Mateo County Bar Association||N/A||2011 - Present|
|Bar Association of San Francisco||N/A||2011 - 2014|
|State Bar of California||N/A||2011 - Present|
|American Bar Association||N/A||2008 - 2013|
|Modification of Trust to Create Special Needs Trust||Successful|
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|USF Law Review||The IRS Moves Toward Income Tax Equality for Same-Sex Couples Despite DOMA||2011|
|University of San Francisco School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2011|
|California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo||Modern Languages (Spanish & French)||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2007|
|Free Seminar in Palo Alto||5 Benefits of Estate Planning & How to Create Your Own Investment Plan||2015|
|Staff Seminar||Helping Estate Planning Clients||2014|
|Free Seminar in Palo Alto||5 Benefits of Estate Planning & How to Create Your Own Investment Plan||2014|
|BNI Burlingame (TGIW)||5 Things An Estate Plan Does for You (& Why You Should Do It Now)||2014|
|Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo||LGBT Law & Estate Planning Seminar||2013|
|Billy DeFrank Community Center||Advance Health Care Directive Workshop||2013|