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Michael John Apicella

Michael John Apicella

Practice areas:

Mediation, Family, Marriage & Prenuptials, Divorce & Separation, Child Custody

About Me

The Apicella Law & Mediation Office consists of knowledgeable, experienced, and dedicated professionals. We are committed to getting our clients the best possible results at an affordable price. Call us today for a free consultation. We can discuss all aspects of your case and offer solutions on how best to proceed, along with a cost estimate so there are no suprises down the road. We are down-to-earth people who care about our clients. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are here to help.



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I graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco.  While in law school, I received multiple awards and honors, including Dean's List, Merit Scholarships, and was in the top 5% of my 1L class.  I also received special training in trial work.  I currently hold three different certifications, including Litigation and Mediation.


 


I have experience litigating cases in both California State and Federal Courts.  My specialty areas include family law matters, contract drafting, and mediation.


 


Prior to Law School, I graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in Business.  Before becoming a lawyer, I gained experience in commercial real estate, insurance brokerage, securities and finance, and mortgage banking.  I am a former licensed California Insurance Broker and I currently hold a California Real Estate license, in addition to my license to practice law.


 


I am admitted to practice law in all California Courts.

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Languages Spoken: Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2003

  1. Child Custody: 20%
    12 years, 400 cases
  2. Divorce & Separation: 20%
    12 years, 500 cases
  3. Marriage & Prenuptials: 20%
    12 years, 50 cases
  4. Family: 20%
    12 years, 500 cases
  5. Mediation: 20%
    12 years, 100 cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($200-250/hour), Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

14 total 

  • Martha Bronson

    I endorse this lawyer. Mike is a top notch attorney. His responses in public forums such as AVVO showcase his experience, expertise, and a deep understanding and knowledge of the law.

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    Martha Bronson Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael Charles Doland

    Mr. Apicella has given consistently correct, analytic and customized answers on Avvo. His orientation towards mediation, seeking a "win-win" scenario instead of a "win-lose" is to be highly commended and should be seriously considered by Avvo askers.

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    Michael Doland Business Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Apicella Law & Mediation Office

10 Fourth Street
Petaluma, CA, 94952

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive200305/20/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
CALI Award: Legal SkillsCenter for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction1999

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
N/ASan Francisco Bar Association, VLSP2005 - Present
PrincipalApicella Law Office2004 - Present
AttorneyKelly, Herlihy & Klein, LLP2002 - 2004
Certified Legal InternSan Francisco Public Defender2001 - 2001
Law ClerkLaw Office of Patrick McMahan2000 - 2002
Certified Legal InternSan Francisco District Attorney2000 - 2000
InternOrange County Public Defender1999 - 1999

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Sonoma County Bar AssociationN/A2005 - Present
Marin County Bar AssociationN/A2004 - Present
American Arbitration AssociationN/A2001 - Present
Society of Professionals in Dispute ResolutionN/A2001 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A2001 - Present
Italian American Bar AssociationN/A2001 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Divorce & CustodyMother obtained sole legal and physical custody
post dissolution child support caseArrearage claim settled
Divorce, spousal support, and community property divisionCase settled

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Love DetourHiring a Divorce Lawyer, and the Client's Bill of Rights2008
Love DetourCalifornia Divorce Basics2008
divorcesource.comCustody Considerations2006
divorcesource.comDivorce FAQ's2006

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
University of Southern CaliforniaBusiness AdministrationBS - Bachelor of Science1993

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
school to careercareers2012
Pathways for Kids: Career AwarenessLegal Careers2001