Michael R. Flicker, a founder of Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada LLP
concentrates his area of practice in complex family law cases. Mr. Flicker
has been a Certified Specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California
since 1980. Mr. Flicker is a knowledgeable and accomplished negotiator
and litigator, enabling him to creatively adapt his expertise to meet
the often sensitive needs of his clients, while still protecting their
vital interests. His goal is to achieve a settlement that accomplished
his client’s objectives after being informed about the applicable
law and facts. If such a settlement cannot be achieved, we are prepared
to effectively litigate the unresolved issues. The vast majority of cases,
however, do settle and those that at first appear to be headed for a trial
usually still settle once both sides understand the law and the facts.
Mr. Flicker draws on decades of specialized experience to provide his clients
with a strategic advantage at every juncture. His years of successful
practice are invaluable in understanding the nuances, risks and opportunities
in every case which often lead to imaginative settlement and trial strategies.
Mr. Flicker practices primarily in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties,
as well as other Bay Area Counties when special circumstances justify
his experience and expertise in complex cases. Mr. Flicker has been appointed
as a Judge Pro Tem in both Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.
Mr. Flicker's practice includes: child custody disputes, complex financial
matters, complex properties, businesses, partnerships, and similar entities,
stock options, various forms of deferred compensation, real estate and
other matters that are typical in Silicon Valley.
Prior to establishing Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada LLP, Mr. Flicker
joined William T. Keogh and Gerald Z. Marer in the early 1970's to
form Keogh, Marer & Flicker (a general practice firm with extensive
experience in family law). Years of working with a general practice firm
is a valuable asset in providing clients with broad and comprehensive
protection and advocacy of their interests.
Mr. Flicker is a member of the California State Bar, San Mateo County Bar
Association – Family Law Section, Palo Alto Area Bar Association
and the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists. Mr. Flicker is
a past president of the Palo Alto Area Bar Association as well. Mr. Flicker
has also been active on various state and county bar and court committees.
Mr. Flicker has an AV rating (the highest rating given) and has been named
in the annual listings of Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent
Lawyers; a position attained through the recognition of colleagues for
distinguished work in the field.
Mr. Flicker was Chair of the Board of TheatreWorks, Silicon Valley's
leading professional nonprofit theater company and is currently a member
of its Board Emeritus. He was also a founder of the Palo Alto Jazz Alliance,
a non-profit group of local music enthusiasts who help to educate the
community and nurture music appreciation.
Education and Awards
BS, Yale University
JD, Stanford University (Law Review and Order of the Coif)