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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.


Practice areas


  1. Mediation: 80%
    13 years, 500 cases
  2. Prenuptials: 20%
    13 years, 100 cases



Hourly ($250/hour), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Martha Bronson

    I endorse this lawyer. Mike is a top notch attorney. His responses in public forums such as AVVO showcase his experience, expertise, and a deep understanding and knowledge of the law.


    Martha Bronson Family Attorney
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  • Michael Charles Doland

    Mr. Apicella has given consistently correct, analytic and customized answers on Avvo. His orientation towards mediation, seeking a "win-win" scenario instead of a "win-lose" is to be highly commended and should be seriously considered by Avvo askers.


    Michael Doland Business Attorney
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Contact info

Apicella Law & Mediation Office

10 Fourth Street
Petaluma, CA, 94952


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
CALI Award: Legal SkillsCenter for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
N/ASan Francisco Bar Association, VLSP2005 - Present
PrincipalApicella Law Office2004 - Present
AttorneyKelly, Herlihy & Klein, LLP2002 - 2004
Certified Legal InternSan Francisco Public Defender2001 - 2001
Law ClerkLaw Office of Patrick McMahan2000 - 2002
Certified Legal InternSan Francisco District Attorney2000 - 2000
InternOrange County Public Defender1999 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Sonoma County Bar AssociationN/A2005 - Present
Marin County Bar AssociationN/A2004 - Present
American Arbitration AssociationN/A2001 - Present
Society of Professionals in Dispute ResolutionN/A2001 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A2001 - Present
Italian American Bar AssociationN/A2001 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Divorce & CustodyMother obtained sole legal and physical custody
post dissolution child support caseArrearage claim settled
Divorce, spousal support, and community property divisionCase settled
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Publication nameTitleDate
Love DetourHiring a Divorce Lawyer, and the Client's Bill of Rights2008
Love DetourCalifornia Divorce Basics2008
divorcesource.comCustody Considerations2006
divorcesource.comDivorce FAQ's2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
University of Southern CaliforniaBusiness AdministrationBS - Bachelor of Science1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
school to careercareers2012
Pathways for Kids: Career AwarenessLegal Careers2001