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Marisa J.C. Nelson

Marisa J.C. Nelson

also known as Marisa Catherine Nelson

About me

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
Catherine Law


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 49%
    4 years
  2. Probate: 20%
    4 years
  3. Business: 15%
    4 years
  4. Contracts & Agreements: 15%
    4 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Janelle Smith

    Marisa is a very capably attorney. She cares about her clients and always keeps their needs in mind. I would highly recommend this lawyer for your estate planning needs.


    Janelle Smith Business Attorney
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Contact info


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Advisory Board MemberSacred Dying Foundation2013 - Present
Principal AttorneyCatherine Law2012 - Present
Junior AttorneyTech Law Garden2012 - 2014
Research Assistant to Professor Julie NiceUniversity Of San Francisco School Of Law2012 - 2012
Volunteer Tax PreparerTax-Aid2012 - 2012
Legal Research Volunteer AttorneySan Mateo County Superior Court, Probate Department2011 - 2012
Contracts Manager and Law Clerk (temp)Intematix2011 - 2012
Law ClerkSimon Law2010 - 2011
Law ClerkLaw Offices of Ryutaro Hirota, PC2009 - 2010
Law ClerkEast Bay Sanctuary2009 - 2009
Law ClerkCalifornia Rural Legal Assistance2009 - 2009
Legal InternCalifornia Rural Legal Assistance2008 - 2008
Legal InternWendt & Abel, PC2007 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Mateo County Bar AssociationN/A2011 - Present
Bar Association of San FranciscoN/A2011 - 2014
State Bar of CaliforniaN/A2011 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A2008 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Modification of Trust to Create Special Needs TrustSuccessful
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Publication nameTitleDate
USF Law ReviewThe IRS Moves Toward Income Tax Equality for Same-Sex Couples Despite DOMA2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Francisco School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2011
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis ObispoModern Languages (Spanish & French)BA - Bachelor of Arts2007
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Free Seminar in Palo Alto5 Benefits of Estate Planning & How to Create Your Own Investment Plan2015
Staff SeminarHelping Estate Planning Clients2014
Free Seminar in Palo Alto5 Benefits of Estate Planning & How to Create Your Own Investment Plan2014
BNI Burlingame (TGIW)5 Things An Estate Plan Does for You (& Why You Should Do It Now)2014
Cal Poly, San Luis ObispoLGBT Law & Estate Planning Seminar2013
Billy DeFrank Community CenterAdvance Health Care Directive Workshop2013