Mary  J. Martinelli

Mary  J. Martinelli

Partner / Marketing Partner

Mary  J. Martinelli

Partner / Marketing Partner

Clients trust Mary Martinelli, a Certified Family Law Specialist*, to resolve their significant and complex family law matters.

Her experience includes: dissolution of marriage, legal separation, child custody, guardianship, adoption, pre-marital and post-marital agreements, domestic partnerships, same-sex family issues, and domestic violence. Her sophisticated clients throughout California include business owners in the fields of health care, finance, banking, technology, professional services (including medical, legal and accounting), insurance, agriculture, automobile sales, commercial trucking, food services, construction, real estate, as well as entertainers, professional athletes and investors.

Mary is well known for her passionate advocacy and litigation skills, as well as her ability to bring parties to the table to achieve positive and creative negotiated settlements. She has extensive experience working with forensic accountants and other experts which enables her to successfully resolve the most challenging business valuation, support and custody issues. She has been honored by numerous national and local publications as one of the best family law lawyers in the region. Mary herself contends the secret to client satisfaction is “work smart”, “work hard”, and care.

In addition to her practice, as a past executive committee member and current ex officio member she serves Downey Brand as the Growth Partner overseeing lateral hiring and merger opportunities.

*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.

Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • Member, State Bar of California, Family Law Section
  • Member, Sacramento County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member, Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member, Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
  • Member, Dean’s Leadership Council UCD School of Law
  • Member, Former Board of Directors and Legislative Analyst, Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
  • Former Board Member, Weave
  • Former Board Member, Sacramento Ballet Company
  • Member, Sacramento County Pro-Tem Judge
  • Past Co-Chair, California State ADR Standing Committee
  • Former Barrister, Milton L. Schwartz American Inn of Court
  • Former Member, Judicial Council Family Court Services Grants Advisory Committee

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, 2015-2016
  • Best Lawyers, Women in the Law, 2016
  • Super Lawyers, Northern California Super Lawyer, Family Law, 2015-2016

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