|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top Family Law Attorney 2010||Our City, San Diego Magazine||2010|
|Top 10 Family Law Attorneys 2009||San Diego Daily Transcipt||2009|
|Top Family Law Attorney 2009||Our City, San Diego Magazine||2009|
|Top 10 Family Law Attorneys 2007||San Diego Daily Transcript||2007|
|San Diego County's Top Law Firms||San Diego Magazine||2006|
|1994 Bishop Buddy Award for excellence in Trial Advocacy||N/A||1994|
|Judge Pro Tem||San Diego County Superior Court||2003 - Present|
|Supervising Attorney||Beatrice L. Snider APC Family Law Group||2000 - Present|
|Attorney at Law||Law Offices of Michael Finen||1996 - 2000|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (ACFLS)||Member||2010 - Present|
|Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)||Board Member||2010 - Present|
|State Bar of California, Family Law Section||Affirmative Legislation Chair||2007 - Present|
|State Bar of California, Family Law Section||Executive Committee||2007 - Present|
|State Bar of California, Law Practice Management||Member||2007 - Present|
|North Park Toyland Parade||Committee Member||2006 - Present|
|San Diego County Certified Family Law Specialists||Executive Committee||2006 - Present|
|San Diego County Certified Family Law Specialists||Legislation Chair||2006 - Present|
|California Women's Leadership Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|North Park Community Association||Board of Directors, Former Vice-President||2005 - Present|
|Fairbanks Republican's Women Federated||Member||2004 - Present|
|St. Patrick's Catholic Church||Parishoner||2004 - Present|
|National Republican Lawyers Association||Member||2004 - Present|
|San Diego County Certified Family Law Specialists||Member||2002 - Present|
|Lawyers Club of San Diego||Member||2001 - Present|
|San Diego County Republican Party||Century Club Member||2000 - Present|
|State Bar of California, Family Law Section||Member||2000 - Present|
|San Diego County Bar Association||Member||2000 - Present|
|St. Brigid's Catholic Church||Member||1990 - Present|
|San Diego County Legal Task Force for 2006 Elections||Volunteer Attorney||2006 - 2006|
|Rebuilding Together San Diego||Member||2006 - 2008|
|Conference of Delegates of California Bar Associations, San Diego County||Family Law Floor Leader||2005 - 2006|
|Renaissance Committee, North Park Community Association||Chair||2005 - 2008|
|72 Hour Legal Task Force for 2004 Presidential Election||Volunteer Attorney||2004 - 2004|
|El Dorado County Bar Association||Past Secretary||1999 - 2000|
|El Dorado County Bar Association||Past Newsletter Editor||1999 - 2000|
|El Dorado County Bar Association||Member||1996 - 2000|
|Family Law News (California State Bar Family Law Section)||Interview with Drew Liebert||2010|
|State Bar Family Law News||Judicial Officer of the Year||2009|
|San Diego County Certified Family Law Specialists||Family Law articles||2005|
|El Dorado County Bar Association Newsletter||Various legal articles||1999|
|Perris Progress||View from the Footlights Weekly Column||N/A|
|University of San Diego School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1994|
|University of California||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1989|
|University of California||Spanish||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1989|
|Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia||Politics & French||N/A||N/A|
|CA State Assembly Judiciary Committee||SB 1482 on spousal support||2010|
|Webinar on Business Valuations in light of Elkins||San Diego Local Rules on Business Valuations||2009|
|State Bar of CA--Annual Conference||2009 Judicial Officer of the Year Award||2009|
|North Park Parking Community Forum||Parking Management Issues in North Park||2008|
|KNSD Ask-A-Lawyer||Family Law||2008|
|Family Law Summer Seminar||2008 Case and Statutory Updates||2008|
|California State Senate Judiciary Committee||SB 1255 Child Support Arrearage Declaration||2008|
|California State Assembly Judiciary Committee||AB 1679 on Paternity||2008|
|San Diego City Schools||Dialogue on Freedom||2005|
|Family Law Spring Seminar on Jurisdictional Issues||Jurisdictional issues||2004|
Posted by Noelle
Michele entered my divorce case after an attempt at mediation failed. I interviewed 6 of the top private attorneys in San Diego and I knew right away that she was "the one". Her knowledge of family and divorce law is above and beyond anything I had read or been informed of. There was never a moment (over 1 1/2 yrs) that I wasn't confident in my case and/or fully prepared by her of what to expect. She knows the law inside and out! She is sympathetic, yet sincere in her directives. I would recommend and have recommended Michele to anyone who inquires about needing a divorce attorney.
Posted by Brandy
After being well represented for the majority of my divorce case by another attorney who does not specialize in Family Law, I changed attorney's to Michele Brown because I needed a Family Law Specialist. I wanted to move out of state with my children and my previous attorney recommended that I seek out a Family Law Specialist for that. I met with 4 other Family Law Specialists prior to deciding to go with Michele Brown.
Getting permission to move out of state with your children is an extremely difficult process. Michele Brown was unbelievably amazing during the entire process! Upon my first meeting with her, I felt that she really cared and was invested in helping my children and I not just as a lawyer, but as a person who genuinely wanted my children and I to be in the best possible situation we could be in.
From the get-go Michele was extremely professional, timely, and focused on what to do, how to do it, and when it needed to be done by, and she absolutely knows the law! She handled any shenanigans my ex husband and his attorney tried to throw at us with calm professionalism, legal genius, grace,and always made the extra effort to ensure that I was okay too.
I will tell you that thanks to Michele Brown, my children and I were granted permission to move away, and our lives have been transformed for the better. My kids are happy, and I feel like I get to have a life and exist as a person again. I am so very thankful that Michele Brown represented my case, and that she does the job she does to help others like me get through the horrific ordeal that custody battles are.
I will be honest that Michele Brown's fees are not on the lower end of the lawyer fee scale, but I will also tell you that she is absolutely worth it. If you need a Family Law SPECIALIST then you need Michele Brown - she is worth every penny.
I wholeheartedly recommend Michele Brown to represent you if you are looking for a Family Law Specialist or Divorce Attorney.
Posted by Kimberly
My best advice is work hand in hand with Michele. Know your case as well as she does and you'll be unstoppable. She handled my case professionally, she was honest and reachable.
Barbara Hammers, Family Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I first met Michele when we served together on the State Bar of California Family Law Section's Executive Committee ("Flexcom"). I was first very impressed by her knowledge of Family Law and her ability to get things done. As time passed, we became very good friends and have spent numerous hours discussing the nuances of all aspects of family law. Her command of the law is superb, and her tactical knowledge in litigation is unmatched. Her tireless devotion to making the law in the area of domestic relations better for the people involved in family law cases has had far reaching effects for every Californian who goes through a divorce. Michele's ethics are without reproach. Although I would not want to be her opposing counsel in a matter, I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone seeking a top notch attorney to handle their case.
Puja Sachdev, Divorce and separation Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Michele is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced family law attorneys in San Diego. She is respected by her peers and the local judges. Her genuine concern for the financial crisis of Family Courts in California is unparalleled and evident in her ongoing efforts to pass new laws.