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Anita Joy Margolis

Family Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   53 reviews
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1985
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Anita

Learn Anita’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Family
    40%
    Including divorce, legal separation, child custody, child visitation and child support, spousal support, property division, domestic violence, paternity, domestic partnership, palimony, Marvin actions, adoptions

  2. Child custody
    20%

  3. Child support
    20%

  4. Divorce and separation
    10%

  5. Lawsuits and disputes
    10%

PROTECTING WHAT MATTERS MOST, REAL SOLUTIONS FOR REAL PROBLEMS

EDUCATION CALIFORNIA WESTERN SCHOOL OF LAW (ABA/AALS)
San Diego, California
Class Standing: Top 25%

HONORS AND ACTIVITIES:
American Jurisprudence Award in Trial Evidence and Real Property Finance
Dean’s List
Moot Court Competition Finalist
Vice President and Events Coordinator, Law Association of Women
Lawyer’s Club of San Diego, Student Member

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
Madison, Wisconsin
Bachelor of Arts: English, 1981

HONORS AND ACTIVITIES:
Class Standing: Top 10%
Graduated with Distinction
Phi Kappa Phi, Scholastic Honorary Society
Horse Science Internship – Special Admission to Meat & Animal Science Intern
Program granted for academic excellence, Summer, 1980

LEGAL
EMPLOYMENT SOLE PRACTITIONER
The Law Offices of Anita J. Margolis – San Diego, California
Private practice specializing in civil litigation and family law, including domestic partner disputes & litigation, real estate litigation, personal injury, product liability, commercial and business litigation, employment litigation, artificial insemination and surrogacy transactions, and adoptions. (Spring, 1993 - present)

ASSOCIATE
Phillips, Campbell, Haskett, Noone & Ingwalson – San Diego, California
Handled all aspects of litigation with independent caseload, including substantial trial experience in civil litigation and family law proceedings. (1986-93)

INTERN
Higgs, Fletcher & Mack – San Diego, California
Assisted in all stages of preparing cases for litigation. Included legal and evidentiary research; drafting of legal and interoffice documents and letters; participation in depositions and conferences. (Spring, 1985)

CERTIFIED LAW CLERK – DOMESTIC LAW
Lilia S. De Velasquez – San Diego, California
Received client files and handled all aspects of each case, including court appearances with minimum supervision. (Spring, 1985)

JUDICIAL EXTERN – CALIFORNIA COURT OF APPEAL
Fourth Appellate District, San Diego, California
Performed extensive legal research; drafted and edited opinions, advisory memoranda, and writs for Justice Robert O. Staniforth. (Fall, 1984)

INTERN – FAMILY LAW
Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. – San Diego, California
Researched and drafted memoranda and all other documents incident to litigation; prepared and conducted depositions; made court appearances; interviewed and counseled clients. (Summer, 1984)

LAW CLERK – DOMESTIC AND PERSONAL INJURY
Lynne W. Lugar – San Diego, California
Prepared trial briefs, motions, other litigation documents and memoranda. Involved client interviewing. (Summer, 1984)

LAW CLERK – CORPORATE AND PARTNERSHIP
Virginia L. Weber – San Diego, California
Drafted pleadings, prepared memoranda and assisted in discovery for private practice with emphasis on small business litigation. (Spring, 1984)

LAW CLERK – EQUINE AND TAX LAW
Kenneth A. Wood – Rancho Santa Fe, California
Researched tax laws and their effect on the horse industry; organized and assembled a business management and economics portfolio. (Summer, 1983)

LEGAL SECRETARY – COLLECTIONS AND BANKRUPTCY
Eskanos & Fertig – San Diego, California
Responsibilities included preparing and filing complaints, default judgments and drafting declarations. (1981 - 1982).

LEGAL SECRETARY – COMMERCIAL AND BANKRUPTCY
Kenyon, Seier & Winslow – Madison, Wisconsin
Drafted Wills and a variety of contracts; initiated correspondence; and typed memoranda and bankruptcy court documents. (1979 - 1980)

LEGAL
ACTIVITIES Judge Pro Tem for San Diego Superior Court (2001-present);
Arbitrator for San Diego Superior Court (2001-2008);
Member of the San Diego County Bar Association, 1985 - present (Board of Directors: 1999 - 2002, Secretary: 2000 - 2001, Vice President: 2001 - present; Membership Committee member: 2006-2007; Continuing Education Advisory Committee: 2008-present);
Member of Lawyers’ Club of San Diego (Board of Directors: 1989-93, Secretary: 1991-92, Assistant Secretary: 1992-93, Chairperson of Community Relations Committee: 1989-91, Chairperson of Continuing Education Committee: 1992-93, Membership Committee: 1996-2010; Member of the LGBT/LGBTQ+ Task Force and Committee: 2018 to present, Co-Chair: 2019 to present); Member of the Judicial Endorsements Committee: 2020 to present;
Member of the Tom Homann Law Association, Board of Directors: 2003-2005 & 2006-2017, Co-President: 2010-2012; Member of the THLA Endorsements Committee: 2017 - 2020;
Member of the Tom Homann Law Association Foundation, Board of Directors: March 2017 to 2019;
Member of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (formerly known as San Diego Trial Lawyers Association), 1985 - 2001;
Director on Board of Directors of California Western School of Law Alumni Assn., 1997 - 1999;
Task Force Member of the Annual Women’s Resource Fair sponsored by the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program, 1989 - 2010;
Volunteer for San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, 1993 - 2004;
Member of the Gender Equity Advisory Board of the San Diego Community College District, 1990 - 2002, 1994 - 2002;
Member of the Single Parents/Displaced Homemakers Advisory Board of the San Diego Community College District, 1990 - 2002;
Judge for mock trial competitions at California Western School of Law
Member of the Citizens Advisory Council to the Board of Trustees of the San Diego City School District, 1997 - 2001
Member of Greater Golden Hills Planning Committee, 2008 to 1010
Volunteer for Name and Gender Marker Change Clinic, 2018- present

PUBLICATIONS Drafted “Enforcement of Family Law Orders” section of the Family Law Manual published and copy written by the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program in September, 1995 used for training volunteer lawyers in the family law assistance project.

PROFESSIONAL
HONORS AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Approved arbitrator for San Diego Superior Court, 2001 - 2008
Judge Pro Tem for San Diego Superior Court, 2001 - present
Distinguished Service Award from Tom Homann Law Association, 2008
Multiple listings in Marquis Who’s Who in American Law
Multiple listings in Nationwide Registers’ Who’s Who in Executives & Businesses
Multiple listings in Marquis Who’s Who in the West
Multiple listings in Marquis Who’s Who of American Women
Listing in International Who’s Who of Professionals
Listing in National Association of Professional Women
Panel Speaker for SDCBA LRIS “Coffee With Counsel” Program (2019)
Panel Speaker for THLA Law Association Program on Animal Law (2018)

SPECIAL
INTERESTS
AND ABILITIES Sports: Soccer, Golf, Skiing
Games: Ping Pong, Foosball, Pool
Arts: watercolor painting and pottery
In My Past: Horse Breeding, Training, and Exhibiting
Professional window sign painter and calligrapher
Singer/Songwriter

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2022,2018,2017,2016,2015
Client's Choice
2022 2018 2017 + 2 ...

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Location

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Reviews

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  53 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice
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Posted by Ariana | April 16, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thankful to Anita! Worked wonders
Anita and Geeneen were great, communicative and got right to work and helped my mother and I win our case. As this was our first time needing a lawyer, we were very confused and lost, but thankfully Anita was helpful on our first phone call. I could not manage the case myself, so we retained her and thankful we did.
Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Candid, honest family law advice
Anita is an excellent family law attorney. I consulted with her regarding my family law case. She provided thorough, candid, honest feedback. She also responded promptly and efficiently. I recommend her to anyone navigating a family law matter.
Posted by Les | December 8, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Civil Lawyer in San Diego
Receiving a call from Anita Margolis today brought back a flood of gratitude for the unwavering support and expertise she provided throughout the entire journey of my case. I can confidently say that Anita is not just a civil case lawyer; she is the epitome of dedication, excellence, and compassion. I highly recommend Anita Margolis as a civil case lawyer. Anita's profound understanding of Civil Law is matched only by her extensive experience, making her a standout professional in San Diego. From my initial consultation to the triumphant resolution of my case, Anita exhibited a level of commitment that surpassed my expectations. She worked with me throughout my case, and not only did she work diligently, but she also made sure that my financial concerns were taken into account. She and Geneen communicated with me promptly and were always available to answer any questions I had. Anita was all in on my case and showed genuine care and concern for me as her client. It's not every day that you come across a legal professional who not only possesses exceptional skills but also genuinely cares about the well-being of their clients. Anita Margolis is that rare gem. I am incredibly grateful for her expertise and hard work and would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone needing a dedicated, intelligent, and skilled civil case lawyer.
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Posted by Cindy | November 16, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Expertise
Anita Margolis speaks clearly and concisely with extensive knowledge and expertise. She is easy to communicate with, capable but still caring. I have confidence in her ability to handle even difficult cases and would strongly advise clients to consider speaking with her about representation.
Posted by DJ | October 27, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
DJ Peltier - President(The Peltier Company)
Absolutely astounded at the kindness to take time out of her day to advise me on a couple of different situations, knowing she had no opportunity or benefit to help me. Just a truly remarkable person and would highly recommend!
Posted by Kimberly | October 22, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
Ms. Anita Margolis and her team provided excellent service with my divorce. It was an extremely emotional time for me, and Ms. Margolis was able to reel me in to save me time and money. She worked with me on the marital settlement agreement and ensured my interests were represented.
Posted by Cris | December 11, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Glad I decided to go with Anita for representation
I needed an attorney to fight for me to ensure I received my investment back. She looked at all the possible angles of the case, was determined to get my money back, and listened to my concerns as they came up. She was thorough with the case and never wanted to quit until it was done. I had a positive outcome. I would recommend her services.
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Posted by Mike | September 23, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Above the Bar!
I found Anita through AVVO which is like the Yelp for lawyers. I talk too much and she remined me to shut up - A LOT! At first I was so mad at her then I realized that my divorce was personal to ME but it was legal business to her. She set me on the right path and I was stupid enough to try and fire her, but she not only persevered and never left my side but suggested that if I could find somebody who would charge me less then I should do so (because my wife emptied our joint account). Due to her ethical commitment to her clients, Anita continued to represent me and heard every word I ever said and conveyed it to the judge like I never could have done. I cannot recommend her more highly as well as her associate Geneen. Thank you both! Now where is that little "blessed" emoji on AVVO? ;)
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Posted by Russell | May 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Phenomenal Five Star Attorney
The Law Offices of Anita J. Margolis came to me very highly recommended, where Anita J. Margolis and her wonderful staff exceeded all my expectations. Highly adept, effective and supremely efficient in all matters regarding the practice of law, my case received prompt attention and timely resolution. Many Blessings to Anita J. Margolis and her courteous, professional and talented staff.
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Posted by Jaqueline | March 9, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Pleasure to do business
Anita is friendly and quick in completing what is needed to be done. Thank you for your help and I will be back when needed
Posted by Joseph | January 14, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent and Professional Service
I retained Attorney Margolis to represent me in a termination of spousal support matter. She was professional and expeditious in bringing my matter to a prompt and a satisfactory resolution. I highly recommend her for representation in family law matters.
Posted by Andrew | September 22, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child Support & Spousal Support Modification Legal Services
Anita was definitely a pleasure to work with! Prior to meeting Anita, I had numerous free consultations with lawyers to discuss my child support and Spousal Support modification case. I never really got a good feeling about any of the lawyers that I consulted with until I gave Anita a call. I immediately knew that she was the lawyer I wanted to represent my case! She was extremely knowledgeable with regards to Divorce and Post-Divorce agreements. During my free consultation she was able to advise me of my rights, and had all the answers to my questions. She assisted me in attempting to come up with a fair modification agreement that was sensible and fair to both parties to present to my ex-wife. Unfortunately, my ex-wife was unwilling to budge at all forcing the issue to go to court. I was a little nervous going to court, however Anita eased my reservations about going to court by coming up with a solid game plan. When the court date finally came, I was absolutely pleased with the outcome.. Anita expertly worked out a deal with my ex-wife’s lawyer to avoid having the judge make a ruling. The outcome was honestly better than I imagined. Additionally, Anita was able to convince the court to continue my case through lunch to read the stipulation to the court, which helped in avoiding any additional costs Throughout the few months that I worked with her both Anita and Geneen were always professional and quick to respond when needed. They always explained things in a way that was easy to understand. The billing was always fair and extremely accurate. I am absolutely thrilled with the legal services that Anita provide me. She made the experience as easygoing and enjoyable as legal issues can be. I feel confident that I found a lawyer that I completely trust, and will be requesting her services in any future legal issues that I experience. Thank you so much Anita!
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Posted by Natalie | May 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Anita is who you want if justice and honesty matters
Thank you Anita. Anita is a strong, intelligent woman who knows the law. I consulted her on two occasions over the years since my initial divorce and settlement. She, free of charge went over my settlement, told me the facts, printed out child support and spousal support amounts I should be receiving vs what I was. Although I chose not to pursue anything at those times, when I was presented by my x husband for a modification, she handled it very professionally. She knew I would rather avoid court and presented facts and evidence clearly to my x’s attorney. He worked with her and agreed to drop the modification after my x was presented with Anita’s documentation. If it were not for Anita, I would be going to court. I can’t thank her enough for listening to me, doing what I chose to do for my best interest and being extremely fair. She was and is very clear about details and does not lie or sugar coat anything. She does not waste time and is very honest with her time and pricing. She is who I will go to again if need be. I trust Anita completely and feel safe in her hands. I highly recommend her if you want someone to fight for you and actually listen, who is sincere and upfront about your situation and whom you can truly count on.
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Posted by Bill | December 3, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Job Well Done
AJM was recommended by a family friend. The divorce was over in 8 months and was very pleased in the manner it was handled and the end results were mutual. I did not do my homework in reviewing AJM before I hired her, merely relying on the family friend. It was only after the case was closed that I did my reviews. When reviewing anything, you have to keep in mind that their will be those who are very happy and those who are not. The key factors in looking in my review mirror were to my satisfaction. AJM professionalism always stood front and center, even when we battled a few rounds, she kept her calm. I felt my case was given the attention needed. AJM billings were within reason and I know for a fact in one month I expected a huge increase and to my surprise it wasn't. That fact alone gave credence to her integrity. My case was a pretty high asset case and in the end, I paid less then my ex-wife which would disavow a previous review I just read. Read AJM credentials on her web site and you will soon realize you found the right attorney.
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Posted by Aubrey | June 6, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Showed me a better way
A contractor botched a job I’d hired him to do in my home a few months ago. He agreed to fix the work but kept blowing me off when he was supposed to show up. I accepted the idea that I was going to have to file a lawsuit, miss a bunch of work, fill out a bunch of forms, and pay a bunch of money. To get the ball rolling, I reached out to Miss Margolis but after only about a 10 minute phone conversation I learned none of that was necessary. She told me a quicker much easier route and it was like someone turned the lights on. I’m truly grateful for her help and if I ever do need an attorney I’m definitely hiring her for the job.
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Posted by Noel | May 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She WINS!
There are times when you feel overwhelmed with stress, emotions seem to consume you. Ms. Margolis alleviated my worries and handled my legal problems with professionalism and sensitivity. I highly recommend her; first because she's smart and thorough, second because she fights for you, and third, but probably most important, she wins!
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Posted by SANDRA VALENCIA | March 6, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
INTEGRITY
VERY NICE AND SMART LADY HONEST AND CARING !! very knowlodge attorney , she give me a consultaion over the phone and answer my questions at no charge . Other attorneys want money just to listen to you .
Posted by Harvey | June 3, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Expert in family law
Anita consulted me on my court proceeding and gave me the best advice with layman's words. She wasn't afraid to tell me the best approach for handling the issue and was available to assist writing the documentation required for court. I have would recommend her to my friends and hire her again for future issues.
Posted by anonymous | May 13, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Guided me through the decision-making processes and legal complexity.
When in a legal situation it is important to have someone who can help that knows the law and can guide people through the process. This is what Anita Margolis did for us in our civil matter. Legal situations are stressful! Because of the consultation with Anita Margolis we were able to make educated decisions about how to move forward, and knowing helped with the stress. Other lawyers did not call, but Anita Margolis called the same day.
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Posted by Dan | May 1, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
3 Words To Describe My Experience
I was referred to Anita by another Lawyer to provide some guidance with a family matter. Anita took my call without delay and took notes as I described my family’s concern. After patiently listening, Anita provided a number of resources and contact details, saving me countless hours of hunting & pecking. 3 words come to mind when describing Anita: COMPETENT - COURTEOUS - COMPASSIONATE.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 475-525 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Law Offices of Anita J. Margolis
  • 1993 - Present
  • associate attorney
  • Phillips Campbell Haskett & Noone
  • 1986 - 1993

Education

  • California Western SOL
  • law
  • 1985
  • Univ of Wisconsin
  • undergraduate
  • 1981

Associations

  • Tom Homann Law Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 1998 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Former Board of Directors
  • N/A
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego
  • Former Board of Directors
  • N/A
  • Tom Homann Law Association
  • Co-President
  • 2010 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Listed Among Top Lawyers In San Diego
  • San Diego Magazine
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Tom Homann Law Association
  • 2008
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • AV Peer Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2005
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2004
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2003
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2002
  • Approved Arbitrator
  • San Diego Superior Court
  • 2001
  • Judge Pro Tem appointment
  • San Diego Superior Court
  • 2001
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2001
  • Multiple listings
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • N/A
  • Multiple listings
  • Marquis Who's Who in the West
  • N/A
  • Multiple listings
  • Marquis Who's Who of American Women
  • N/A
  • Multiple listings
  • Marquis Who's Who in America
  • N/A
  • Listing
  • International Who's Who of Professionals
  • N/A
  • Recognition Listing
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • N/A
  • Multiple recognition listings
  • National Registers' Who's Who in Executives & Businesses
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (2)
Endorse Anita
Asylum Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Anita is a tough attorney. She has excellent litigation and negotiation skills. Any client who hires her is lucky to have her represent them."
Family Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Hiring an experienced family law attorney is the best way you get peace of mind when dealing with custody , visitation, spousal support, etc. Having a family law attorney's services helps ensure that nothing is left out of your case/claim or matter, which means that costly mistakes won't come back to bite you later. I endorse this lawyer . -Anthony Munoz, Esq."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. An intelligent and an amazing attorney."
Family Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This attorney works very hard for the clients and keeps up with the law by attending legal seminars to assist them in this regard. I endorse this attorney."
Child custody Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Your resume speaks for itself and I consider you a valuable member of the attorney community. I would recommend you to anyone and everyone who needs your services. I whole heartedly endorse this lawyer!"
Family Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Anita for seven of the nine years I have been a practicing attorney. We have not had two to three cases together and as an attorney on the other side, she was very exceptional and good to work with. Clients are better served when they have a knowledgeable and reasonable attorney on there side who also is a vigorous litigant. Anita meets that criteria and is an excellent attorney. I highly endorse her."
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General practice
Divorce and separation