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About Me

The Apicella Law & Mediation Office primarily provides mediation services for all divorce related issues, including asset division, debt allocation, custody, and support.  We also provide consultation services on a limited scope basis for uncontested matters.  For those not yet married, we draft or review premarital agreements.


I graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law in 2001.  While in law school, I received multiple awards and honors, including Dean's List, Merit Scholarships, and was in the top 5% of my 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 and contract drafting.


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 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.


Languages Spoken: Spanish

Practice Areas


  1. Mediation: 80%
    12 years, 500 cases
  2. Marriage & Prenuptials: 20%
    12 years, 100 cases



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.


    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.


    Michael Doland Business Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Apicella Law & Mediation Office

10 Fourth Street
Petaluma, CA, 94952



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
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
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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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
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