The Apicella Law & Mediation Office primarily provides mediation services for all divorce related issues, including asset division, debt allocation, custody, and support. We also provide consultation services on a limited scope basis for uncontested matters. For those not yet married, we draft or review premarital agreements.
I graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law in 2001. While in law school, I received multiple awards and honors, including Dean's List, Merit Scholarships, and was in the top 5% of my class. I also received special training in trial work. I currently hold three different certifications, including Litigation and Mediation.
I have experience litigating cases in both California State and Federal Courts. My specialty areas include family law matters and contract drafting.
Prior to Law School, I graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in Business. Before becoming a lawyer, I gained experience in commercial real estate, insurance brokerage, securities and finance, and mortgage banking. I am a former licensed California Insurance Broker and currently hold a California Real Estate license, in addition to my license to practice law.
I am admitted to practice law in all California Courts.
Hourly ($250/hour), Retainer (always)
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|CALI Award: Legal Skills||Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction||1999|
|N/A||San Francisco Bar Association, VLSP||2005 - Present|
|Principal||Apicella Law Office||2004 - Present|
|Attorney||Kelly, Herlihy & Klein, LLP||2002 - 2004|
|Certified Legal Intern||San Francisco Public Defender||2001 - 2001|
|Law Clerk||Law Office of Patrick McMahan||2000 - 2002|
|Certified Legal Intern||San Francisco District Attorney||2000 - 2000|
|Intern||Orange County Public Defender||1999 - 1999|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Sonoma County Bar Association||N/A||2005 - Present|
|Marin County Bar Association||N/A||2004 - Present|
|American Arbitration Association||N/A||2001 - Present|
|Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution||N/A||2001 - Present|
|American Bar Association||N/A||2001 - Present|
|Italian American Bar Association||N/A||2001 - Present|
|Child Support Modification||successful reduction of child support|
|premarital agreement||Drafted premarital agreement to protect parties' assets|
|Divorce Mediation||amicable divorce, saving much time, heartache, and money, compared to litigation.|
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|Love Detour||Hiring a Divorce Lawyer, and the Client's Bill of Rights||2008|
|Love Detour||California Divorce Basics||2008|
|Golden Gate University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2001|
|University of Southern California||Business Administration||BS - Bachelor of Science||1993|
|school to career||careers||2012|
|Pathways for Kids: Career Awareness||Legal Careers||2001|