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Marilla Janet Ronald

Family Attorney at San Jose, CA

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1990
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Marilla

Learn Marilla’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    35%

  2. Family
    35%
    Certified Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Practice includes divorce, legal separation, termination of domestic partnerships, paternity actions, child custody and visitation, child and spousal support, property and debt division, restraining orders, contempt.

    2,000 cases

  3. Mediation
    30%

Certified Family Law Specialist: I am a Family Law Specialist, certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. I have been practicing family law for over 27 years. 

 I handle all aspects of legal separations and dissolutions of marriage or registered domestic partnerships, including:

·         Property settlements

·         Asset and debt division

·         Determination of whether property is separate or community

·         Child custody and visitation

·         Child support

·         Spousal support (alimony)

 

 I can explain to you the manner in which marital assets and debts are divided upon dissolution. The division of marital property includes the valuation and distribution of community property assets, the characterization of property as community or separate and determining whether one party is entitled to reimbursement for separate property contributions towards community property and debts. I will advise you as to your rights pertaining to these issues. 

 I can represent you at any stage of a custody or visitation dispute, from the initial filing of the petition to post-judgment requests for a change in custody and visitation. I handle all matters related child custody and visitation.  

 Child and/or spousal support issues often arise in family law matters and I can provide you with information regarding your rights and obligations in these areas.

I also mediate cases and can assist you in reaching an agreement on all issues in your case.  I will prepare all of the documents necessary to finalize your case.

       I am a 1990 graduate of the Santa Clara University School of Law and I have practiced family law since 1992.  I have been certified by the State Bar of California as a Legal Specialist in Family Law.  This required me to pass a test concerning family law, take a high level of family law continuing education classes and obtain recommendations from my peers.

       I volunteer as an attorney mediator at Settlement Officer Conferences in Santa Clara County Superior Court. I have experience handling complex family law cases and will be an advocate in court if a trial or contested hearing is necessary. I have also assisted many clients in settling their cases without the necessity of a contested hearing or trial. 

       For more information, please visit my website at . If you would like to schedule a meeting with me or want more information, please contact me.

 

Location

Law Office of Marilla J. Ronald
1550 The Alameda
Suite 308
San Jose, CA, 95126

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Posted by Stacey | February 10, 2015
I am so glad that I hired Ms. Ronald!
Ms. Ronald is handling my divorce case. I actually interviewed several lawyers, and let me tell you something that Ms. Ronald is different from other lawyer, and why I hired her in the end. 1) Her answer to my question is precise and clear. I have never heard she said "I will look into this." Her response is so clear that I do not need to ask another question. 2) Her response is prompt. No matter Email or phone call, she respond to me quickly. 3) She is calm, focused and professional. This is important to me because divorce is quite dramatic to me and even I get emotional and lost my focus, and I need someone there to be calm and focused for me. 4) She is very organized. I have visited other lawyer's office, and by far her office is the most organized one. Being organized is also important to me because divorce process can get messy. 5) Her charge is reasonable. But most importantly worthy because I get my question answered immediately. I had a lawyer transferred my case to anther inexperienced lawyer to save me some money even though I didn't request that. I can tell the big difference between experienced lawyer and inexperienced lawyer. Inexperienced lawyers' answer have holes, which means their question is not clear, and then I will need to ask more questions. They might charge 20% less, but will take double the time to get an answer. I am hoping my review will help people like me, who is busy with work and child and at the same time have to deal with unreasonable spouse and messy divorce. And I want to say thanks to Ms. Ronald. I will provide more update when my case is over.
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Posted by Dave | March 20, 2013
Marilla Ronald, efficient, reliable, and honest
I used Marilla's services for my divorce 4 years ago, and am now using her services again for my pre-marital agreement. During my divorce, she kept control throughout the proceedings, and was a valuable asset during mediation. I had no hesitation turning to her again, as she always has my best interests at heart. She is readily available when I have questions, and her answers are always very clear and concise. I would wholeheartedly recommend her services to someone needing a hand during tough times.
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Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2009
Marilla Ronald--A Dream Attorney
Marilla helped in a divorce process with candor, thoughtfulness, skillful recommendations, and cost-effective service. Working with attorneys (including your own) can be a nightmare in itself. Marilla is a true friend and trusted advocate. Call her and see for yourself!
Posted by Azita | December 4, 2009
Family law attorney recommendation
I endorse this lawyer's work. Marilla Ronald conducted my case in a professional, thorough, and compassionate manner. She has a keen grasp on the essential issues in a case, and appropriately prioritizes resolution of each matter. I would not hesitate to recommend her services to potential clients.

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Attorney
  • Law Office of Marilla J. Ronald
  • 1992 - Present
  • Contract Attorney
  • Private Practice Firms
  • 1990 - 1992

Education

  • Santa Clara Univ SOL
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • San Jose State Univ
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Marriage of Husband and Wife
  • Prevailed on behalf of client re spousal support
  • Marriage of Wife and Husband
  • Prevailed in request for sole custody and supervised visitation
  • Marriage of Wife and Husband
  • Prevailed on behalf of Father for custody
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Associations

  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Santa Clara County Superior Court
  • Volunteer Attorney Mediator/Judge Pro Tem
  • 2006 - Present
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association- Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Licensed Attorney
  • 1990 - Present
  • Northern District of California Federal Court
  • Licensed Attorney
  • 1990 - Present
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Lifetime Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • San Jose State University Alumni Association
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • Saratoga Education Foundation
  • Chair-Endowment
  • 1996 - 2000
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Honors and Awards

  • Northern California Super Lawyer-Top 5%
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Northern California Super Lawyer-Top 5%
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Northern California Super Lawyer-Top 5%
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Northern California Super Lawyer-Top 5%
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Northern California Super Lawyer-Top 5%
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Northern California Super Lawyer-Top 5%
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Northern California Super Lawyer-Top 5%
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Northern California Super Lawyer- Top 5 %
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Attorneys
  • National Advocates
  • 2014
  • Northern California Super Lawyer-Top 5%
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Top Women Attorneys in Northern California
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Northern California Super Lawyer-Top 5%
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Top Women Attorneys in Northern California
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Certified Family Law Specialist
  • State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2006
  • Honors Psychology Degree
  • San Jose State University
  • 1986
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Speaking Engagements

  • National Business Institute- MCLE
  • What Family Court Judges Want You to Know
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (21)
Endorse Marilla
Family Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I had the pleasure of having Marilla as opposing counsel in a family law case. I endorse her as her interest is in arriving at a resolution for her client, not in running up unnecessary fees."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I had the pleasure of working with Marilla when she served as the divorce attorney for parties involved in a conservatorship I established. Marilla was always very knowledgeable and accessible. I highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is knowledgable, a good negotiator, and fights hard for her clients when necessary. I never hesitate to refer a family law matter to her. Guerin Provini, Attorney at Law"
Family Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A specialist, extremely knowledgeable and dilligent in the representation of her clients' interests."
Family Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Marilla for at least 15 years. We worked together in the same Law Office. I have reverred clients to her, and they are always satisfied. She is fair and honest and will do an excellant job in representing your interests."
Family Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Marilla professionally for many years. She is an excellent and highly experienced family lawyer. I regularly recommend her to my contacts who are looking for a top-notch family lawyer in the Bay Area."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Marilla for two years, and throughout that time I have seen how she represents her clients during a tough time in their lives. She takes the time to fully understand the client's situation with regard to legal and emotional issues, which helps inform her strategy for effectively representing each client. As a Certified Family Law Specialist, she has vast experience with every aspect of divorce, property division, and child custody issues and her advice is often sought by other attorneys practicing family law."
Family Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Marilla Ronald conducted my case in a professional, thorough, and compassionate manner. She has a keen grasp on the essential issues in a case, and appropriately prioritizes resolution of each matter. I would not hesitate to recommend her services to potential clients."
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