As a Certified Family Law Specialist*, Mary Martinelli is uniquely qualified to resolve complex family law matters with an emphasis on business concerns — earning her clients’ trust for more than thirty years.
Mary’s experience includes high-profile and complex work in a number of family law areas, involving dissolution of marriage, legal separation, child custody, guardianship, adoption, pre-marital and post-marital agreements, domestic partnerships, same-sex family issues and domestic violence.
Mary handles family law matters for clients throughout California, with a special emphasis on supporting business owners in the fields of healthcare, finance, banking, technology, professional services (including medical, legal and accounting), insurance, agriculture, automobile sales, commercial trucking, food services, construction and real estate. In addition, she has assisted entertainers, professional athletes and investors/entrepreneurs with their highly specialized needs. Mary has extensive experience working with forensic accountants and other experts, which enables her to resolve the most challenging business valuation, support and child custody issues.
Mary is well known across the state for her passionate advocacy and litigation skills, as well as her dexterity in creatively negotiating positive settlements. She has been honored by numerous national and local entities as one of the best family law attorneys in the region — including a preeminent five-star rating from Martindale-Hubbell and consistent placement among the Judge’s Review. Mary has brought her considerable talents to critical cases that are seminal in family law, including LaBass v. Munsee.
In addition to her practice, Mary serves Downey Brand as the Growth Partner overseeing lateral hiring and merger opportunities, Marketing Partner, and member of the executive committee.
*Certified Family Law Specialist, the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
- Downey Brand's family law practice is particularly sensitive to the privacy of its clients, thus the family law group does not discuss specific case results.
Honors And Rankings
Certified Family Law Specialist, California Board of Legal Specialization
AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
Best Lawyers in America® - Family Law
Sacramento Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2013-2016
Sacramento Magazine, Top Lawyer, Family Law, 2015-2017
Best Lawyers, Women in the Law, 2016
Super Lawyers, Northern California Super Lawyer, Family Law, 2015-2017