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Family Lawyer & Mediator


Since 2007, Ms. Martinez has dedicated her practice 100% to out of court resolutions for couples and families transitioning through divorce and separation. Having practiced in family law since 1998, Ms. Martinez has seen the hardships, destruction, and pain of contested divorces and separations in the court system, and understands from personal and professional expeirence the defficiencies of the family court system. Family matters should be handled first by the families themselves, not some random stranger in a black robe. Only when the family is unable to resolve for themselves, should a judge make decisions for them. Who best knows your children? YOU. Who best knows your financial goals and concerns? YOU. Who should have a voice in your financial and family future? YOU. Ms. Martinez and her professional resources work to empower people to make informed and well-reasoned decisions in their divorce or separation.


Divorce Workshops


Educating the public on out-of-court (alternate) dispute resolution processes is a top priority for Ms. Martinez.  She is a regular guest lecturer at "Divorce Options", a monthly workshop where participants hear from legal, financial, and marriage & family therapy professionals on the topics of divorce litigation, mediation, collaboration, self help, custody, support, working with a difficult spouse, retirement plans, real estate, short sales, and much much more.  Call for more information or register online at www.collaborativedivorceeducationinstitute.com.


Ms. Marinez is also a frequest guest lecturer at several churches during their Divorce Care programs, helping participants find a peaceful way to resolve their divorces. Call your local Divorce Care provider for more information.


 Practice Focus


Diana L. Martinez, founder of West Coast Mediation, Inc., provides collaborative divorce and mediation services in San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange and San Diego counties. After over 9 years of litigating disputes, she now devotes 100% of her practice to out-of-court dispute resolution, both in English and Spanish. As a mother, Ms. Martinez places a premium on family.  This is the driving force behind her professional services: to maintain and promote the welfare of the family through difficult changes.  Divorce may be inevitable; how you handle it, is not.  The question is, "what do you want for your family?"


 


Educator


Ms. Martinez is also dedicated to educating and training professionals in the fields of collaborative divorce, mediation, and cultural complexities in family law. She is a national speaker on these topics, and is a trainer, coach, and observer for professionals and students wishing to enter these fields of practice.


 

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Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Divorce: 100%
    18 years

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Attorney endorsements

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    Ms. Martinez is an excellent attorney. She is truly caring and compassionate towards her clients, yet she is realistic with them as well. I found her to be very professional and knowledgeable. It is very easy to see why she is so highly respected by her peers.

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    Roula Suter Family Attorney
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  • Delilah Knox Rios

    I endorse this lawyer. She is an excellent mediator, collaborative lawyer, and consulting attorney.

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    Delilah Rios Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

West Coast Mediation

15338 Central Ave
Chino, CA, 91710

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive199805/24/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2016 Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2016
Top Contributoravvo2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Clients' Choice Awardavvo.com2012
Board MemberLos Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Professional Mediator Observer selected by Professor MostenUCLA Law School Mediation Clinic2010 - Present
President, Collaborative Attorney/MediatorWest Coast Law & Mediation, APC2007 - Present
OwnerLaw Office of Diana L. Martinez2001 - 2007
OwnerLaw Offices of Diana L. Martinez1998 - 2001
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange CountyMember2010 - Present
Collaborative Divorce Education InstituteTrainer2010 - Present
Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law AssociationBoard of Directors2008 - Present
CultureCounts.netEducator/Lecturer2008 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Southern California Mediation AssociationMemberN/A
International Association of Collaborative ProfessionalsMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Marriage of MartinezAgreement reached without going to court.
In re Marriage of RossAgreement reached without going to court.
In re Marriage of A.Agreement reached without going to court.
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
CDSOC BlogThe Cost of Divorce to Your Business2016
West Coast Law & Mediation Blog“MAN UP!” The Last Thing A Man Needs To Hear When He's Going Through A Divorce2016
CDSOC BlorgWhen 50/50 Isn’t Always Equal in a California Divorce2016
West Coast Law & Mediation BlogReal Estate Mortgages and Your Divorce:2015
West Coast Law & Mediation BlogSpousal Support and Infidelity in a California Divorce2015
West Coast Law & Mediation BlogMediated & Collaborative Divorce Agreements are Binding and Fully Enforceable2015
West Coast Law & Mediation BlogSeal Beach Shooting - A Spotlight on Our Broken Divorce Court System2011
West Coast Law & Mediation BlogThe "Aggressive Divorce Attorney" - Be Careful What You Wish For2011
West Coast Law & Mediation Blog10 Tips For Moms to Productively Co-Parent2010
West Coast Law & Mediation Blog10 Tips for Dads to Productively Co-Parent2010
West Coast MagazineTelling Your Kids You're Getting Divorced2008
West Coast MagazineMediating Your Divorce - Finding the Right Fit2008
West Coast MediationFinding Common Ground in Divorce2008
West Coast MediationPremarital Agreements - A Plan for Success2008
West Coast MediationDivorce in a Tough Economy - Should You Postpone2008
West Coast MagazineDivorcing Out of Court - Saving Couples and Families Big Money2008
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Southern California Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
University of California - RiversideN/AUndergraduate1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Family Law Conference 2016Effective Collaborative Practice2016
89th Annual Meeting State Bar of CaliforniaCultural Competency in Family Law Practice: Beyond Basics2016
4th Annual Seminar: Cultural Competency in family law Practice: California Issues, Global ExperienceMINE IS MINE, YOURS IS MINE: Social and Legal Complexities in Premarital Relationships2016
2016 Collaborative ConferenceAgreement Readiness2016
The New FrontiersCultural Competency in Family Practice2015
CPCal Celebration 10Enrolling the Collaborative Client2015
Law School Mediation ClassCultural Complexities in Dispute Resolution2014
CDSOC Monthly LuncheonEnrolling the Client and Spouse2014
Piercing the Veil of CultureConsequences of Divorce2013
CDSOC Monthly LuncheonDoes What Happens in Vegas Stay in Vegas? Confidentiality in Collaborative Practice2013
The New FrontierCultural Complexities in Family Law Matters2012
San Fernando Valley Bar Association Monthly MeetingCultural Complexities in Family Law2011
FDR Statewide Educational InstituteCultural Diversity In Family Law2011
Divorce Options WorkshopOut-of-Court Solutions for Divorce2011
Divorce OptionsEverything You Need to Know About Divorce2011
Divorce OptionsDivorce Options - From Litigation to Mediation2011
Divorce OptionsOut-Of-Court Options for Divorce/Separation2011
CDSCO Lunch SeminarCultural Complexities in Family Law2011
AFCC California Chapter Annual Conference: Times are A' ChangingCultural Complexities in Family Law Matters2011
Southern California Family Law American Inns of Court Monthly MeetingCultural Diversity and Sensitivity in the Hypersensitive World of Divorce - Learning to avoid unintended insult and injury that just makes things worse”2010
CPCal CelebrationAvoiding Malpractice - Diversity Workshop2010
Second Saturday, Inland EmpireWhat everyone should know about divorce2009
Family Matters, a free informational divorce workshopOptions, process, and related costs of divorce2009
CPCAL SeminarsDealing with the Marital Home in Divorce2008
CPCAL SeminarAn American Quilt - A Workshop on Diversity2008
An American Quilt - A Workshop on DiversityAddressing issues on cultural diversity in divorce2008