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Michele Marie Bissada

Divorce and separation Attorney at Menlo Park, CA

4.4   7 reviews

Licensed for 28 years

About Michele

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HIGH QUALITY REPRESENTATION IN EVEN THE MOST SOPHISTICATED AND COMPLEX FAMILY LAW CASES.

I am  a Certified Family Law Specialist, a distinction assigned by the State Bar of California, and am a named partner of the firm Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada LLP.  My practice includes litigation of custody and complex financial matters.  My practice also includes mediation, both as a consulting attorney and as the mediator.  I am also trained in and practice collaborative law.  

I am proud to announce that in October 2013, I became a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML).  I am also rated by Martindale-Hubbell with an AV Preeminent rating for my work on behalf of clients in the field of Family Law.

I regularly serve as a Judge Pro Tem for the Santa Clara County Superior Court and as an Arbitrator in fee disputes in San Mateo County.

I am a member of the State Bar of California and belong to the San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, Palo Alto Bar Associations, and the American Bar Association.  I have served as President, Treasurer and Board Member of the San Mateo County Bar Association, a current Delegate since 2000 and past Chair of the Conference of Delegates representing San Mateo County, and a member of Collaborative Practice San Mateo County since 2001, where I also serve on their Membership Committee.  I also volunteed with the YMCA and served on the Board of Managers for the Peninsula Family YMCA from 1999 through 2007.  I was a member of the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program – Class of 2002. 

I am a graduate of University of California at Davis (B.A. Degrees in International Relations and in French, 1989); and have my Juris Doctorate degree from California Western School of Law in San Diego, California, 1994. At California Western School of Law, I earned a highest possible score in Trial Advocacy.

My interests include spending time with my family, traveling, and international cultures.

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
2012
Licensed for 28 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1994
Updated 12/01/2022

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

Contact Michele

Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada LLP
120 Santa Margarita Avenue
Suite B
Menlo Park, CA, 94025
Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada LLP
3130 Crow Canyon Place
Suite 405
San Ramon, CA, 94583
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Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
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Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
Michele received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2012
Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Ms
Michele is extremely knowledgeable and provided excellent consultation. She was always prompt and made herself available via phone and email. The advice and recommendations I received from her were invaluable. I felt supported throughout the entire process. I trust her completely.
Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2009
Empathetic and trustworthy in stressful divorce
Divorce is emotionally difficult when children are involved and financially difficult when holdings in companies are involved. Working out a compromise to settle equitably but without rancor is a touch balance. Michele understood the nuances and sensitivities involved and worked through the alternatives with empathy and understanding, using some help from colleagues in the complex business matters. Strong positive recommendation to guide and support with empathy through a draining experience.
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Posted by anonymous | April 24, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Highly skilled, strategic, yet empathetic litigator
When it was determined that my case would go to trial over long term spousal support, my divorce attorney asked if I would be agreeable to her bringing in Michele to co handle the litigation. It was an excellent decision. She is very knowledgeable and highly skilled in the process, especially in taking depositions. She also understands very complex financial situations as well as highly sensitive issues surrounding children. We were presented with an acceptable settlement offer just before the trial was supposed to start. I highly recommend Michele.
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Posted by anonymous | March 23, 2009
Highly Effective Dissolution Attorney
Michelle Bissada is a highly knowledgeable, skilled attorney that is trustworthy and highly dependable. Michelle represented me in a dissolution that spanned two years due to changing circumstances. Michelle remained focused on ensuring that my best interests were represented each time the situation changed. Michelle is highly strategic, efficient and compassionate. She is a creative problem solver who is highly dedicated to her clients well being. I highly recommend her without reservation.
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Posted by anonymous | March 23, 2009
Competent; reliable and caring
I highly recommend Michele Bissada if you are searching for a family law attorney. Divorce is never an easy thing to go through, but Michele made the process as bearable as it could be. She is highly knowledgeable in all areas dealing with the divorce process. She always had thorough answer fors my endless questions, very up to date with past and current law. Had good ideas for complicated matters such as dividing partnership interests, vesting issues, etc. I always felt that she had my best interests at hand and was sensitive to all parties, but would go to the mat for me, if required. She was very responsive to both my phone calls and emails, as were her very competent staff and associates. I would not hesitate to recommend Michele very highly to any of my family or friends.
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Posted by anonymous | March 19, 2009
Recommendation for Michele Marie Bissada
I have been a client of Michele Bissada for the past eight years. I have gone to her on several matters that ranged from real estate to family matters. She has always provided me with the help and advice that I needed in a friendly, responsive and competent manner. She is a great attorney, but equally important, she is a nice person. I am pleased to have her for my attorney. Tom Mundis, Portola Valley, CA
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Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2011
Not a satisfied client
She did not inform me about my right for temporary support and let me spend down my community assets during a period of more than a year. She was inaccessible and did not make me feel like my case was a priority. Her advice seemed to center around, "Sell your home, find another place to live and start a new life."
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney & Owner/Partner
  • Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada LLP
  • 2003 - Present

Education

  • California Western School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1994
  • University of California - Davis
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989
  • University of California - Davis
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Associations

  • San Francisco Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2013 - Present
  • San Mateo County Bar Association
  • Fee Arbitrator
  • 2009 - Present
  • San Mateo County Bar Association, Women Lawyers Section
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Collaborative Practice San Mateo County
  • Membership Committee
  • 2007 - Present
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Collaborative Practice San Mateo County
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Conference of California Bar Associations
  • Delegate
  • 2000 - Present
  • San Mateo County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Conference of California Bar Associations
  • Chair
  • 2012 - 2015
  • San Mateo County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Conference of California Bar Associations
  • Board of Directors
  • 2010 - 2013
  • San Mateo County Bar Association
  • Treasurer
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Palo Alto Area Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2014
  • San Mateo County Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2002 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • French

Honors and Awards

  • Ten Year
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Best Law Firms in California
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Dorothy M. Wolfe Award
  • Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Conference
  • Working in the Minefield: Advanced Issues in Intervention with High Conflict Families
  • 2014
  • Presentation to non-Family Law Attorneys
  • Separation and Divorce: What Attorneys Should Know
  • 2013
  • Graduate Student Program
  • Family Law Crossover Issues
  • 2013
  • 2013 Symposium
  • How To: Practical Tips For Incorporating Premarital Agreements Into Your Family Law Practice
  • 2013
  • Graduate Student Presentation
  • Family Law Crossover Ethics in Psychology
  • 2012
  • Funky Credit Day XVII
  • Ethics in Family Law
  • 2012
  • San Mateo County Women Lawyers
  • Learning from My Mistakes
  • 2011
  • Seminar on Family Law Issues for the Financial Advisor
  • Dissolution Cross-Over Financial Planning and Mortgage Issues
  • 2008
  • San Mateo County Bar Association - Family Law Section
  • Long Term Spousal Support
  • 2008
  • Annual Traning for Family Court Services Mediators
  • Child Custody Move-Away Cases
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (8)
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Family Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 19
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 | Oct 04
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Michele on Collaborative Practice cases. She supports her clients and helps them work to resolve problems. This is simply the best possible way to help people."
Family Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Since we both do family Law I see Ms. Bissada in action in Court. She is smart, well prepared and respected by her peers and the bench. She is able to handle the toughest cases in a very professional manner. Yet she is sensitive to her clients, and is careful not to run up unnecessary fees. If you want an attorney who will fight for you passionately, she is all that you could ask for. She is highly ethical and also very practical. You can trust her advice. I also have worked with Michele on the Board of Directors of the San Mateo County Bar Association for several years. She is a person who works hard, is conscientious, and gives back to her community. She is also very active in the San Mateo County Collaborative Law Group, training other attorneys to use this innovative method of resolving divorces in a more positive, creative manner. Nancy de Ita, Esq."
Family Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've served with Michele on the Board of Directors of the San Mateo County Bar Association and several of its committees. I endorse this lawyer's work, and have enthusiastically, whenever I've had occasion to, referred clients to her as I know she's an exceptionally competent and compassionate attorney."
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Menlo Park Divorce and separation Lawyer Michele Marie Bissada
Michele Marie Bissada
Divorce and separation Attorney
Menlo Park, CA
Licensed for 28 years