San Francisco Divorce Law Firm
Katherine also is a trained and experienced mediator and Collaborative Practice (also known as Collaborative Law) attorney who is committed to helping clients stay out of court when possible and find their own solutions. She is a volunteer mediator for the San Francisco Superior Court, Secretary of the board of Collaborative Practice San Francisco, and a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. She was a guest on a segment of Chuck Finney's "Your Legal Rights" radio show devoted to Collaborative Practice in family law.
Katherine is the former Chair of the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco and a Legislative Liaison for the Family Law Executive Committee of the State Bar of California. She has been a presenter for the State Bar of California and the Bar Association of San Francisco on family law mediation, premarital agreements, and tax issues in family law.
Katherine started her practice of law at Morrison & Foerster working in the tax and business departments. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with honors from Stanford University and went on to earn her J.D. from the University of California Berkeley School of Law, where she received several academic awards, including an American Jurisprudence award. She also earned an LLM in tax law from Golden Gate University Law School. Katherine has lived and worked in South America and is fluent in written and spoken Spanish.
How do I choose a lawyer?
Consider the following:
- Comfort Level
- - Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information? Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
- - How long has the lawyer been in practice? Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
- - How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee? Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?
- - Is the lawyer's office conveniently located?
Not sure what questions to ask a lawyer?
Here are a few to get you started:
- How long have you been in practice?
- How many cases like mine have you handled?
- How often do you settle cases out of court?
- What are your fees and costs?
- What are the next steps?
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- Ensure the attorney is currently licensed to practice in your state
- Gain an understanding of his or her historical disciplinary record, if any.
- Determine the seriousness of complaints/issues which could range from late bar fees to more serious issues requiring disciplinary action.