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Marlene Joanne Keen

Family Attorney at La Jolla, CA

5.0   10 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1983
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Marlene

Learn Marlene’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Family
    30%

    41 years

  2. Child custody
    15%
    In a divorce, issues involving children and custody can become heated and emotional. An inability to agree on child custody, support and other parenting decisions have the potential to add fuel to the fire. At the San Diego law firm of Marlene J. Keen and Greg D. Genochio, we vigorously represent clients in child custody and visitation cases while protecting the best interests of their children.

    41 years

  3. Child support
    15%

    41 years

  4. Divorce and separation
    15%

    41 years

  5. Uncontested divorce
    15%

    41 years

  6. Marriage and prenuptials
    10%

    41 years

PREPARATION IS THE KEY TO ALL COURT PROCEEDINGS. WE GIVE 100% TO EACH CASE.

San Diego Family Law Divorce Attorney, Marlene J. Keen limits her practice to Family Law matters including Divorce, Dissolution of Marriage, Legal Separation, Nullity of Marriage Paternity, Child Custody, Child Visitation, Child Support, Spousal Support, Domestic Violence, Temporary Restraining Orders (DV TROS's), Property Division, Enforcement and Modification of Orders.

Awards

Top Contributor 2022,2016,2015,2014
Top Contributor
2022 2016 2015 + 1 ...
Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
2015

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Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
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Posted by Jen | December 2, 2014
Faithful Attorney, Hard Working and Reliable
Marlene has been my attorney through a very difficult custody case that has lasted many years. She was always helpful in answering any and all questions I had in a helpful and honest way. She always gave me realistic hopes regarding decisions that the court may have made, never sugar-coating anything or just telling me what I wanted to hear. She guided me through one of the most scary and difficult times in my life, and for her I am forever grateful. She helped give my children a better future through her hard work and determination.
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Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Reliable and Resposive
We used Marleen for child custody. She was great the case drug on for over a year due to COVID and a non responsive parent, but Marlene was always available for questions. She was very calm and matter of fact, which always reduced our stress since we were in another state. She is very knowledgeable and experienced. I would highly recommend.
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Posted by anonymous | June 19, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Made life easier through the toughest time
This review is about five years overdue but Marlene deserves the credit. When my (then) husband unexpectedly asked for a divorce, he took everything out of our shared account and hired a lawyer instead of going through the military. Marlene worked with me on fees for what I could afford and did an amazing job representing me! She was incredibly thorough and kept up with fighting accusations from the other lawyer with proof they were false. The divorce ended in my favor without having to meet with my husband or go to court. I highly recommend Marlene Keen.
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Posted by Monica | January 11, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Only Spoke on the Phone
I only spoke to Marlene on the phone but she gave me more time and suggestions than any of the other attorneys I called. She was knowledgeable, friendly and very helpful. I could tell many of the people I spoke to were giving me advice based on their own gains. I am going to use her when I am ready and I will add to this review.
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Posted by Brian | August 7, 2015
Family law
If you want someone that understands the family law system intimately in San Diego that will fight hard to ensure a fair settlement in your favor, then Marlene is the lawyer for you. Additionally, she understands and supports military clients and their unique situations in regards to military retirement and other military entitlements. Her network within the San Diego family law system is also an invaluable asset that gave confidence to make proactive decisions that have protected me financially.
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Posted by Brian | July 10, 2015
Best Family Law Lawyer for Military
Being active duty military away from San Diego had me worked until I put my faith and confidence in Marlene and her legal team at Keen & Genochio Family law. With a knock down drag out case, she walked me through every step of the way and made the most stressful time of my life completely burden free. She also protected me financially through her expert experience dealing with military divorce cases. There's just no way, I could have got through it without her. She's extremely passionate about her profession, has tons of experience and contacts with San Diego legal/court circles, and will fight tooth and nail to support her clients. If you need a great lawyer that understands military retirement and benefits in a divorce or family custody case or just a great family lawyer in general, she's the lawyer you want representing you!
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Posted by Jennifer | February 5, 2015
She is Excellent
The Law office of Marlene J. Keen and Greg D. Genochio take all family law cases that come their way as if it was their own. They take that extra step to make sure you receive the exact results you want on your case. They go above and beyond to make sure you are 100% satisfied with the end results on your case. They have a very knowledgeable staff as well to help you out when or if they are unavailable for a moment. I can guarantee you will be so happy with the hard work and dedication these attorneys put in to your family law case. I highly recommend them to fight any of your family law battles you may be facing. You will not be let down.
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Posted by Ralph | January 22, 2015
To the law office of Keen and Genochio,
I would like to convey my sincere appreciation and gratefulness to Ms. Keen and Mr. Genochio firm and staff. Your representation on my behalf was not only comforting in that it took a lot of the pressure and load off my shoulders, but also in the courtroom was impressive and competent to the highest degree. Ms. Keen and Mr. Genochio patiently spent time with me over the phone and in person answering questions and explaining the legal process involved in my case. I felt confident in their knowledge and expertise and this was evident when they obtain the best outcome for me. Again my deepest gratitude to both of you and your staff for the excellent service rendered and would recommend your firm to my friends and family.
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Posted by Elaine | January 15, 2015
Outstanding Work Performance!!
Within less than 24 hours after being hired Marlene resolved my case. Marlene is a lawyer's lawyer. She knows family law and does not hesitate to educate and inform others. Specifically, Marlene schooled the San Diego Child Abduction Unit about paternity rights. This finally made the San Diego Child Abduction Unit do their job! Marlene is a remarkable lawyer and exceptional human being. Marlene has an uncanny ability to quickly assess complex issues and get results. As a retired U. S. Army Colonel, I highly recommend Marlene if you need an expert in family law. Marlene's integity, commitment to excellence, and professionalism is above reproach.
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Posted by Liz | December 10, 2014
Client
I came to this office for help with my child support case. She was very nice to me and very up front to what was going to happen. After the father of my child got his attorney he thought he was going to get away with telling me what to do and threatening me about who to bring my child around. As soon as I spoke to her about the situation she made sure to contact his attorney and just like that the father of my child stopped harassing me. She made everything a lot easier for me. I definitely recommend Marlene J. Keen
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Marlene Keen
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Marlene J Keen
  • 1994 - 1996
  • Partner
  • GENOCHIO & KEEN
  • 1994 - 2016
  • ATTORNEY
  • JAMISON, CONTE & McFADDEN
  • 1983 - 1985
  • Law Clerk
  • JAMISON, MAGLIOZZI & HARSHMAN
  • 1981 - 1983
  • Research Assistant
  • University Of San Diego School Of Law
  • 1980 - 1982
  • Legal Assistant
  • Zybelman & Paluso
  • 1979 - 1981
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Education

  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • Indiana University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1979

Sample of Legal Cases

  • TRO Defense
  • Custody of children restored to Mother day of the hearing. Restraining Order denied.
  • TRO Defense
  • Restraining Order denied. Existing custody order to remain in place.
  • Custody to Father
  • Custody to Father
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Associations

  • Better Business Bureau
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1983 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1983 - 1986
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1983 - 1985
  • US Tax Court
  • Member
  • 1983 - 1985
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Best of Thervo 2018 Top 10 Business
  • Thervo
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Premier Services Award
  • Premier Service Company
  • 2016
  • Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2016
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Premier Service company
  • CityOf.com
  • 2015
  • Nominated
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015
  • San Diego Best Businesses - Divorce & Family Law
  • San Diego Best Business Program
  • 2015
  • Lead Counsel Rated Attorney
  • Findlaw
  • 2015
  • Premier Service Company
  • CityOf.com/SanDiego
  • 2014
  • Nomination
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2014
  • A Premier Service Company
  • CITYOF.com
  • 2014
  • WHO'S WHO
  • Strathmore's
  • 1999
  • State Scholar
  • STATE OF INDIANA
  • 1974
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Publications

  • SANDIEGOFAMILYLAW.ORG
  • Military Divorce
  • 2015
  • Sandiegofamilylaw.org
  • Custody and Visitation
  • 2015
  • SANDIEGOFAMILYLAW.ORG
  • Child Support
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Doctor's and Lawyers Recovery
  • Custody/visitation after Recovery
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (36)
Given (42)
Endorse Marlene
Family Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Professional family law attorney serving San Diego clients."
Family Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Keen has great experience and incredible sensitivity, both of which allow her to provide excellent representation to her family law clients. I am pleased to endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Marlene is a knowledgeable family law attorney with a wealth of experience!"
Workers compensation Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She's really sympathetic to her clients' situations. You can count on her"
Family Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Marlene Keen is a knowledgeable attorney, and a zealous advocate on behalf of her clients. She is well respected in the legal field."
Unknown Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the absolute best. Exceptional attention to detail, service next to none. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Marlene is a knowledgable passionate attorney. She is well respected in the community"
Family Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"32 years of practicing family law is extremely experienced. You can be sure that she knows everyone at the court and familiarity is always an important attribute. Her knowledge of both the law and procedure is excellent and evident in her pro bono contributions here. Her client reviews are stellar. READ THEM! The greatest compliment an attorney can receive is their positive client reviews. Endorsements from fellow attorneys are also outstanding. Do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation with her. If you lucky she might just agree to represent you."
Family Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer because she has a good solid bank of knowledge and knows how to use what she has to your best advantage."
Child custody Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer as a fellow attorney who take time to answer questions and help people in a way that makes us all look better."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Other
"This lawyer is tough and talented. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Keen is well-respected in the legal community, and provides excellent answers to the questions posted here. I highly endorse Attorney Keen."
Child custody Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A top-notch attorney, highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Very well respected in the community."
Child custody Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Keen. She has excellent reputation in the legal community.."
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La Jolla Family Lawyer Marlene Joanne Keen
Marlene Joanne Keen
Family Attorney
La Jolla, CA
Licensed for 40 years
Free Consultation
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