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About me

I have been practicing family law in Sonoma County since 2008, and have been a partner at Parranto & Applegate since 2012. My goal in family law cases is always to reach a fair and equable settlement with a minimum of litigation, but when it's required, I go to the mat for my clients! I understand the most effective way to present facts and arguments in court, and I pride myself on my good reputation with my judges, commissioners, and colleagues. My clients trust me to keep them informed and advise them when it is (and isn't) worth fighting a point. Most of all, they thank me for protecting their children during the painful custody process.


Consultations are offered at a reduced rate. If you hire me during the initial meeting, the consultation fee is waived.


Languages spoken: Spanish, French

Practice areas


  1. Family: 95%
    8 years, 100 cases
  2. General Practice: 5%
    8 years



Hourly ($300/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

3 total 

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  • Ingrid Maria Evans

    Ms. Applegate consulted with me on a family law matter. She is competent, smart, hard working and reliable. I endorse this lawyer.


    Ingrid Evans Elder law Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Michael John Apicella

    Ms. Applegate is highly competent, to say the least. She is highly intelligent when it comes to understanding marital and other relationship issues. She is able to gain a deep understanding of the situation, which unfortunately, is not common among many family law lawyers, but is absolutely necessary to achieve a proper result. She can break down issues extremely well, and is a strong advocate. Her writing product is also excellent. I strongly endorse this lawyer. She is a rising star in our local family law community. Any client would be well served by utilizing her assistance.


    Michael Apicella Mediation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Parranto & Applegate, LLP

819 Sonoma Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA, 95404-4714


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Volunteer -- 2010 Golf ClassicLegal Aid of Sonoma County2010
Volunteer of the YearLegal Aid of Sonoma County2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerParranto & Applegate, LLP2012 - Present
Attorney at LawLaw Offices of Julia J. Parranto2010 - Present
Attorney at LawLegal Aid of Sonoma County2009 - Present
Certified Law ClerkSonoma County DA's office2006 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Sonoma County Bar Association, Family Law SectionN/A2010 - Present
Sonoma County Women in LawN/A2010 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Kids Don't Sleep on the FloorTwo children now enjoy a loving, comfortable home and the stability of regularly scheduled parental visits.
Kids Don't Live in a ShelterCustody to my client, Father
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Francisco School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
University of PennsylvaniaEnglishBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Law Week 2013Second Amendment Rights2013
Law Week 2012Free Speech in Schools2012