The Family Law Practice of Downey Brand, headed by Mary J. Martinelli, Certified Family Law Specialist*, consists of five attorneys who practice solely in the area of family law.
Mary who formerly taught Marital Property Law and Family Law at the University of California, Davis, School of Law, has nearly 35 years’ experience in the family law field and practices with a team approach involving cost efficient use of associate attorneys and paralegals.
Our attorneys understand that family law is unique and decisions can have a lasting impact on a family. We have expertise in sophisticated family law issues involving dissolution of marriage, legal separation, nullity, adoption, child custody, prenuptial, postnuptial and cohabitation agreements, writs and appeals. Additionally, Mary has extensive experience in mediating family law issues.
Downey Brand’s experienced family law attorneys also provide clients full representation with family law issues tangential to business related matters, including corporate acquisitions, mergers, and business and tax planning.
One of the hallmarks of our practice is the strict confidentiality employed to all family law matters.
*Certified Family Law Specialist, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.
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May 31, 2022Blake Gibbs Joins Downey Brand’s Family Law Practice
May 20, 2022Destiny Walker Joins Downey Brand’s Family Law Practice
November 5, 2021Downey Brand Ranked Nationally and Regionally in 2022 “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®
September 24, 2021Genna Promnick Joins Downey Brand’s Family Law Practice
August 20, 2021Downey Brand Partner Mary Martinelli Named Best Lawyers® 2022 “Lawyer of the Year” for Family Law in Sacramento
April 27, 2021Downey Brand Welcomes Marco Rodriguez to its Family Law Practice in Sacramento
November 9, 2020Downey Brand Ranked Nationally and Regionally in 2021 “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®
November 4, 2019Downey Brand Ranked Nationally and Regionally in 2020 “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®
November 12, 2018Downey Brand Ranked Nationally and Regionally in “Best Law Firms” 2019 by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®
December 12, 2017Downey Brand Names Six New Partners
November 6, 2017Downey Brand Named a Tier 1 Regional “Best Law Firm” in Six Practice Areas by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in 2018
December 19, 2016Three New Associates Join Downey Brand
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