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Marisa Christina San Filippo

Divorce and separation Attorney at Menlo Park, CA

5.0   7 reviews

Licensed for 14 years

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Marisa C. San Filippo is a Certified Family Law Specialist and Partner in the firm's Family Law Department. Ms. San Filippo has practiced family law her entire career, and handles a wide variety of cases, including high conflict custody and complex high-asset financial matters.  Ms. San Filippo brings bringing her tenacity, knowledge, and compassion to each matter, handlings cases involving dissolution, legal separation, property characterization and division, child custody and visitation, pre-marital agreements, child and spousal support (initial orders and post-judgment modifications) and paternity matters.  Ms. San Filippo's areas of expertise focus on complicated financial issues, including cases involving valuation of business and partnership interests, goodwill, and equity compensation.  Ms. San Filippo is also an experienced custody attorney, with a background in issues including gatekeeping, move-aways, substance abuse, special needs, and conflicted co-parenting relationships.  Ms. San Filippo has extensive experience drafting and negotiating pre-marital and post-marital agreements.

Ms. San Filippo is a member of the State Bar of California Bar Association, and the San Mateo County and the Santa Clara County Bar Associations. She is also a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

Ms. San Filippo earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of San Francisco School of Law in May 2008. She also graduated as a member of the McAuliffe Honor Society. While in law school, Ms. San Filippo was a member of the University of San Francisco Law Review and published her comment in the fall of 2007. She received a CALI Award for Excellence in Family Law in spring 2007 and an award for Best Brief for Moot Court in spring 2006.  Ms. San Filippo earned her B.A. in History from the University of California, Berkeley with high honors.

 

Prior to joining Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada LLP, Ms. San Filippo spent the summers after her first and second years of law school with the firm as a law clerk.  Upon graduation, she joined the firm as an associate in 2008. She has been a partner with the firm since 2016.

 

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Licensed for 14 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2008
Updated 09/09/2022

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Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada LLP
Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada LLP
3130 Crow Canyon Place
Suite 405
San Ramon, CA, 94583
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Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2019
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Professional and Compassionate
Marisa and her team helped me navigate through the legal process, gave thoughtful advice and provided clear direction. My case could have ended unsatisfactorily for me but, with Marisa's guidance and knowledge of the law, my case was resolved even better than I ever expected. She was able to address every concern and answer every question I had that gave me confidence we were moving in the right direction. I would highly recommend Marisa and her team.
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Posted by anonymous | October 30, 2018
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Very Professional and Enjoyable to Work With
Marisa was great to work with, very knowledgeable and reasonable in her recommendations. She provided balanced input and has a great demeanor. Would highly recommend.
Posted by anonymous | August 7, 2018
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Prompt and thorough legal advice!
Marisa and team were excellent! I hired Marisa as my consulting attorney during my divorce. She was very responsive in person and on email. She offered thoughtful guidance, accurate information, and presented clear options. She helped me prioritize issues and understand their impact. I never felt like she pushed me towards either uncomfortable compromise or unneeded conflict, but rather, encouraged a fair outcome for all while looking out for my interests as her client. She was careful with her time and my money, and I never felt that she suggested extra work just to bill me, but rather, she worked efficiently. She arranged coverage when she wasn’t available so that I always had support when needed.
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Posted by Eldona | December 1, 2015
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Excellent, Competent, Clear and Efficient Representation!
Divorce is a difficult and intimidating experience and finding the right attorney to help navigate this territory is important. After interviewing a number of attorneys, I feel very fortunate to have ended up working with Marisa San Filippo! She is young, ambitious, smart, capable and with excellent communication skills! Marisa first of all worked with me as a consulting attorney through a long and difficult mediation process. When mediation bogged down, she became my full time attorney. Marisa had a realistic idea of what to expect in a divorce settlement. She understood the difficulties, nuances and personalities of those involved. She paid attention and followed up on complex details. She worked with accountants, understanding their spread sheets, and giving them direction as needed. She was good at presenting alternatives and strategies for negotiation and she helped to move things forward when resolutions were difficult to achieve. It was very helpful that Marisa and her assistants, where readily available by email or phone to answer questions or give guidance. She combined a good mix of empathy, confidence, intellectual sharpness and toughness when needed. Her fees never seemed inflated and she worked dilligently to help me reach a fair and reasonable settlement. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a family law attorney.
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Posted by Andy | June 18, 2015
Couldn't Be Better Represented
On the advice of a partner at a competing firm, it was strongly suggested that I retain Marisa San Filippo in a paternity matter that was potentially challenging. Marisa represented me well beyond my expectations and provided the kind of counsel and guidance one needs and wants, as well as lending a compassionate and sympathetic ear when that was needed. When picking an attorney, we often want to hire a named partner, but hearing from a peer counselor that Marisa is the one to hire after understanding the situation went a long way to convince me that she was the right lawyer. Add to it the rapid and professional support of her paralegal, and how well they worked as a team with me and the accountants created a calm and professional tone surrounding a matter that could have become highly charged. Marisa's client side manner is one her strongest attributes, that and her almost always switched on communications mode. She listens and reads what you share, and offers feedback in a no nonsense way, explaining the law, the process and the route to the best outcome so its easily understood. As someone who has worked with other very savvy attorneys in business, finding Marisa was a very lucky strike, and without question the best route to have taken. Her briefs and submissions are clear and concise and most of all, able to be comprehended. Her knowledge of case law and current trends only adds to her skills. If you need a family law attorney, look no farther. Marisa won't be an associate for long, as she's got star partner written all around her.
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Posted by Greg | March 4, 2015
Excellent Representation
Marisa represented me in custody dispute involving my young daughter. I was continually impressed with Marisa's legal acumen, strategic thinking, grasp of the nuances of my situation, and combination of toughness and compassion in successfully reaching a settlement that was in the best interests of my daughter's emotional well being. Specifically, Marisa advised me on my custodial rights as a father as well as my financial obligations. I was very concerned with creating a custody plan that gave me sufficient time with my daughter but I also wanted a plan that was the best thing for my daughter's emotional well being and development. Marisa brought in a third party expert on childhood development and together we crafted a proposal that met my needs that was also the right thing for my daughter. Marisa has a strong grasp of family law both in terms of custodial rights and financial obligations. She was able to clearly articulate the relevant law to my case and it was obvious she was well versed in how the Family Law courts operated in both San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Marisa demonstrated superior strategic thinking in how to best achieve our goals. She consistently explained the various ways the process could play out and advised me on which actions to take (or not take) to get the best long term result. Marisa was generally very responsive to emails and phone calls. There were multiple times that I requested in person and phone meetings with short notice and she accommodated me. She did get busy with some other matters for a couple of weeks and was less responsive than normal but all and all she was very responsive through the settlement process. Finally, custody disputes involving children can be emotional. Marisa demonstrated a good balance of empathy for the emotional elements of the matter and toughness in getting the right long term result. Marisa did a great job for me and I definitely recommend her.
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Posted by Adrienne | January 24, 2015
My experience in working with Marisa was consistently positive.
As a client, I appreciated Marisa strong support, attention to detail, legal expertise and depth of knowledge, as well as her professionalism throughout the process. I firmly believe that it would have been exceedingly more challenging, had I not been working with an attorney of her caliber, who is insightful, competent and caring. I would highly recommend Marisa as an attorney of record to others in need of legal counsel. I'm confident they would be equally pleased.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada LLP
  • 2016 - Present
  • Senior Associate
  • Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada LLP
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Associate
  • Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada LLP
  • 2008 - 2014
  • Law Clerk
  • Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada LLP
  • 2006 - 2007
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Education

  • University of San Francisco School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor, Cum Laude
  • 2008
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts, High Honors
  • 2005

Associations

  • San Mateo County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • San Mateo County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Palo Alto Area Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • San Mateo County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2018 - 2018
  • San Mateo County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Co-chair
  • 2017 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • McAuliffe Honor Society
  • University of San Francisco SOL
  • 2008
  • CALI Award for Excellence in Family Law
  • Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2007
  • Best Brief - Moot Court
  • University of San Francisco SOL
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Annual 12-hour Child Custody Evaluator & Domestic Violence Update Training
  • Legal Update
  • 2020
  • Bay Area Legal Forum Spring 2014 Annual Seminar
  • Declarations of Disclosure
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

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Unknown Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Other
"Marisa represented me in a custody dispute involving my young daughter. I was continually impressed with Marisa's legal acumen, strategic thinking, grasp of the nuances of my situation, and combination of toughness and compassion in reaching a settlement that was in the best interests of my daughter's emotional well being. Marisa is a top notch Family Law attorney and I highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Marisa is a fantastic attorney who combines a broad depth of legal knowledge with care and compassion for her clients in an effort to get the best results possible. Her care and attention to detail are tremendous assets which any litigant should consider him or herself fortunate to have. It is my pleasure to give Marisa the strongest of endorsements."
Family Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"Marisa is a fantastic attorney. I worked with her when she was in law school and clerked for Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada, and for the first few years after she passed the Bar and joined the firm as an associate. I watched her grow from a smart and energetic student ready to learn and willing to try everything, into a fully capable, intelligent, and sophisticated attorney. She works meticulously and conscientiously for her clients. Anyone would be lucky to have her represent them!"
Family Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Menlo Park Divorce and separation Lawyer Marisa Christina San Filippo
Marisa Christina San Filippo
Divorce and separation Attorney
Menlo Park, CA
Licensed for 14 years
Virtual consultation available