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Mark Ressa

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Alimony, Child Custody, Child Support, Family

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About Me

Mark Ressa was admitted to the California in 1979 and Federal Bar in 1985. He is a CFLS, Certified Legal Specialist in Family Law by the California Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California.

He limits his practice exclusively to family law matters including complex litigation, spousal and child support, paternity, high conflict custody disputes and domestic violence. His office is located in San Ramon and practices primarily in the Bay Area counties.

He is a member of the Family Law Executive Committee (FLEXCOM) of the California State Bar (2008-2014) and its immediate past Chair (2012-2013), Vice-Chair (2011-2012), Legislation Chair (2010-2011), Vice Legislation Chair (2009-2010), Editor of the Family Law Section's eNews (2008-2010) and Vice-Chair for the Family Law Section's Online Continuing Education (2008-2009). He is a member of the State Bar Social Media Task Force (2010-2013) that was responsible for in launching FaceBook™ and Twitter™ sites for the State Bar Sections. Prior to his appointment to FLEXCOM, he served as Chair (2006-2008) and Vice-Chair (2005-2006) of the State Bar Family Law Section’s Bay Area Regional Standing Committee, formerly known as Financial Issues North. He is a member of the state and local bar associations.

He is also a Board and Executive Committee (ExCom) Member of the ACFLS (Association for Certified Family Law Specialist) for 2013-2014. He is the Co Vice-Chair of the Council of Sections of the California State Bar (2013-2014) and Co-Chair of the Council of Sections of the California State Bar (2014-2015)

Mark Ressa was chosen for inclusion in the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Northern California Super Lawyers™. Super Lawyers™ is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. He has also been featured as a 2011, 2012, and 2013 ‘Top Attorneys in Northern California – Selected by Peer Recognition and Professional Achievement’ as published in the San Francisco Magazine. He received Avvo’s – Superb Rated Attorney (10.0) for years 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.


 


Mr. Ressa created and marketed the first Windows™ based child / spousal support calculation program to be certified for court use by the California Judicial Council; i.e., SupportPro™ from 1994 to 1998. He served with other software providers, including family law luminaries Steve Adams, Garrett Dailey and George Norton, to advise the California Judicial Council on the standards to be applied for the use of software in courtrooms. Mr. Ressa co-founded Legal dot Net in 1995, internationally recognized as one of the first leading web sites to serve the needs of legal consumers as well as legal professionals (rated an Internet Business 500 – The Top Essential Sites for Business in 1995).

Mr. Ressa’s interest in social media has resulted in one of the most followed Twitter™ sites for a practicing attorney, @BayAreaDivorce with over 260 thousand followers and #1 on the “Top 100 Lawyers to Follow on Twitter” list for twelve consecutive months (July 2013 – June 2014).


 


Mr. Ressa has appeared in local media – KTVU Channel 2, “Valentine’s Day is not just for love, but for divorce” February 16, 2014 and KGO ABC7, “Texts Show [Nadia} Lockyer’s Ex-Boyfriend Struggling” on December 13, 2012. He as been quoted in the press, New York Post “Halle [Berry] ex fight for kid hurt” on November 24, 2012 and Mercury News “Nadia Lockyer’s restraining order against former lover expires while she remains in drug treatment” on December 13, 2012. He has also appeared on NPR Radio, KALW 91.7FM San Francisco June 2014, Alternative Resolution Methods for Divorce Including Mediation and Private Judging” and January 2011, “Urban Divorce Myths.”

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1979

  1. Family: 20%
  2. Child Support: 20%
  3. Child Custody: 20%
  4. Alimony: 20%
  5. Divorce & Separation: 20%

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($225-425/hour), Retainer (Always), Free Consultation (50 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

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Contact Info

Law Offices Of Mark Reesa

5000 Executive Parkway, Suite 305
San Ramon, CA, 94583-4348

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive197905/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Northern California Super Lawyer 2014Northern California Super Lawyers2014
Northern California Super Lawyer 2013Northern California Super Lawyers2013
Top Attorneys in Northern California 2013Peer Recognition and Professional Achievement as published in the San Francisco Magazine2013
Northern California Super Lawyer 2012Northern California Super Lawyers2012
Top Attorneys in Northern California' 2012Peer Recognition and Professional Achievement as published in the San Francisco Magazine2012
Northern California Super Lawyer 2011Northern California Super Lawyers2011
Top Attorneys in Northern California' 2011Peer Recognition and Professional Achievement as published in the San Francisco Magazine2011

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Council of Sections of the California State BarCo-chair2014 - 2015
Council of Sections of the California State BarCo-Vice Chair2013 - Present
FLEXCOM - Family Law Executive Committee of the California State BarAdvisor2013 - Present
ACFLS - Association for Certified Family Law SpecialistsExecutive Committee Member2013 - Present
ACFLS - Association for Certified Family Law SpecialistsBoard Member2013 - Present
FLEXCOM - Family Law Executive Committee of the California State BarImmediate Past Chair2013 - 2014
FLEXCOM - Family Law Executive Committee of the California State BarChair2012 - 2013
FLEXCOM - Family Law Executive Committee of the California State BarVice Chair2011 - 2012
State Bar of California - Social Media Task ForceMember2010 - 2014
FLEXCOM - Family Law Executive Committee of the California State BarLegislation Chair2010 - 2011
FLEXCOM - Family Law Executive Committee of the California State BarVice Chair Legislation2009 - 2010
FLEXCOM - Family Law Executive Committee of the California State BarVice Chair Online Education2008 - 2009
FLEXCOM - Family Law Executive Committee of the California State BarMember2008 - 2013
FLEXCOM - Family Law Executive Committee of the California State BarEditor of Family Law eNews2008 - 2010
State Bar of California, Family Law Section, Bay Area Regional Standing CommitteeChair2006 - 2008
State Bar of California, Family Law Section, Bay Area Regional Standing CommitteeVice Chair2005 - 2006

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Substantive Law Outline - Presentation for CA State Bar Annual Meeting 10/2013Imputing Income for Child & Spousal Support2013
Mark RessaFrom Initial Consultation to Temporary Orders — An Educational Primer2008

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Whittier College School Of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
Oakland UniversityN/AUndergraduate1975

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Walnut Creek - ACFLS Bay AreaSpousal Support, Formulistic or Room for Creativity?2014
Solo & Small Firm Summit - Newport BeachAll About Child & Spousal Support, Establishing, Modifying & Terminating2014
87th Annual Meeting for the California Bar - San DiegoAll about Spousal Support: A Practical Learning Experience on Establishing, Modifying and Terminating Support2014
Solo and Small Practice Summit - Long BeachFamily Law Basics – Interview to Temp Orders2013
Sacramento County Bar Association - FL SectionSocial Media, It’s all About ME(e), Marketing, Ethics and Evidence2013
Family Law Conference - PleasantonDiscovery, Disclosure and Imputing Income in Family Law2013
CEB Family Law ConferenceDiscovery & Disclosures2013
86th Annual Meeting for the California Bar - San JoseImputing Income for Child and Spousal Support in Today’s Job Market2013
Solo and Small Practice SummitFamily Law Nuts & Bolts2012
Association of Certified Family Law Specialists - SacramentoSocial Media, It’s all About ME(e), Marketing, Ethics and Evidence2012
Association of Certified Family Law Specialists - Bay AreaSocial Media, It’s all About ME(e), Marketing, Ethics and Evidence2012
85th Annual Meeting for the California BarFamily Law Basics – Interview to Temp Orders2012
Solo and Small Practice SummitFamily Law Nuts & Bolts2011
Nevada Judicial Education SymposiumSocial Media and e-Discovery in Family Law Courtrooms2011
Law Education Institute - LEISocial Media and e-Discovery in Family Law Courtrooms2011
ACFLS - Spring Seminar (Indian Wells)Social Media and e-Discovery in Family Law Courtrooms2011
84th Annual Meeting for the California BarFamily Law Nuts & Bolts2011
State Bar of California, Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) Governing CommitteeSocial Media - Marketing, Evidence and Ethics2010
California State Bar Annual Meeting - MontereySocial Media for Lawyers2010
WebinarIntroduction to Family Law - Parts 1 & 22009
Section Education Institute - BerkleyImputing Income for Child and Spousal Support2009
Section Education Institute - San DiegoFamily Law - Nuts & Bolts2008