Michèle M. Bissada

Michèle M. Bissada

Partner
Location:
Menlo Park, California
Phone:
650-289-1400
Email:

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Business & Corporate Law
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Real Estate Law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Specialist in Family Law (ACFLS)

Education

  • California Western School of Law, San Diego, California
    • J.D. - 1994
  • University of California, Davis
    • B.A. - 1989
    • Major: International Relations
  • University of California, Davis
    • B.A. - 1989
    • Major: French

Classes/Seminars

  • May 2017 - Notre Dame de Namur University, Clinical Psychology Graduate Department: 1.5-hour program for graduate students in “Law & Ethics” course on “Family Law Crossover Issues”
  • May, 2017 – Overcoming Barriers: 3-hour seminar moderator for Hon. Marjorie Slabach (ret.), Leslie Drozd. Ph.D. and Pamela E. Pierson, Esq. on “What Attorneys and Judges Can Do When a Child Resists Contact with a Parent”
  • February 2017 – Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) Annual Conference: 2-hour workshop with Nancy Williams Olesen, Ph.D., “How Attorneys ans Consultants can GUIDE the Client”
  • November 2016 - Notre Dame de Namur University, Clinical Psychology Graduate Department: 1.5-hour program for graduate students in “Law & Ethics” course on “Family Law Crossover Issues”
  • March 2016 - San Mateo County Bar Association Family Law Section: 1-hour panel with Attorney Charles P. Ortmeyer, Esq. on “Corporate Entities and Crossover Issues in Family Law”
  • March 2015 - Notre Dame de Namur University, Clinical Psychology Graduate Department: 1.5-hour program for graduate students in “Law & Ethics” course on “Family Law Crossover Issues”
  • February 2015 – Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) Annual Conference: 2-hour workshop with Nancy Satenberg, Ph.D., and Angela Bissada, Psy.D. “Strategic Preparations and Interventions Unique to High-Conflict Divorce”
  • June 2014 - Notre Dame de Namur University, Clinical Psychology Graduate Department: 1.5-hour program for graduate students in “Law & Ethics” course on “Family Law Crossover Issues”
  • February 2014 – Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) Annual Conference: 2-hour workshop with Matthew Sullivan, Ph.D., and Lynne Greenberg, Ph.D. “Working in the Minefield: Advanced Issues in Intervention with High Conflict Families”
  • July 2013 - Notre Dame de Namur University, Clinical Psychology Graduate Department: 1.5-hour program for graduate students in “Law & Ethics” course on “Family Law Crossover Issues”
  • May 2013 – The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 2013 Symposium: 1-hour panel with Attorneys John Harding, Wesley Kinnear and Gregory Maple on “How To: Practical Tips For Incorporating Premarital Agreements Into Your Family Law Practice”
  • April 2013 – DLA Piper, LLP: 1-hour presentation to non-Family Law Attorneys on “Separation and Divorce: What Attorneys Should Know”
  • June 2012 - Notre Dame de Namur University, Clinical Psychology Graduate Department: 2-hour presentation to graduate students in “Ethics in the Law” course on “Family Law Crossover Ethics in Psychology”
  • January 2012 - San Mateo County Bar Association Funky Credit Day: 2-hour panel with San Mateo County Superior Judge Don R. Franchi and Joseph P. Crawford on “Ethics in Family Law”
  • November 2011 - San Mateo County Bar Association Women Lawyers: 1-hour panel with San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Susan I. Etezadi and Nancy L. Fineman on “Learning from my Mistakes”
  • October 2008 - San Mateo County Bar Association Family Law Section: 1-hour panel with Attorneys Stephen J. Montalvo and Michelene E. Insalaco on “How to Successfully Litigate Permanent Spousal Support”
  • August 2008 - Administrative Office of the Courts: 2- hour presentation on “Move-Away Cases” to Family Court Services mediators from all over California being trained to handle mediation and custody evaluation cases
  • April 2008 - OPES Advisors, Palo Alto, CA: 2-hour presentation to Financial Advisors and Loan Brokers on “Family Law Crossover issues in Advising Clients going Through Divorce”

Honors and Awards

  • Dorothy M. Wolfe Award, 2010
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of California, Member
  • San Mateo County Bar Association, Member
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Member
  • Palo Alto Area Bar Association, Member
  • San Francisco Bar Association, Member
  • San Mateo County Bar Association, President, 2011 - Present
  • San Mateo County Bar Association, Board Member, 2002 - 2012
  • Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, Board of Directors
  • Board’s Development Committee, Chair, 2012 - 2017
  • Legal Aid “And Justice For All” Annual Awards Luncheon Committee, Member, 2009 - 2017
  • Legal Aid “And Justice For All” Annual Awards Luncheon Committee, Co-Chair
  • Collaborative Practice San Mateo County, Member, 2001 - Present
  • Family Court Judges of Santa Clara County, Judge Pro Tem
  • Legislative Day Committee for the Conference of California Bar Associations (CCBA), Chair
  • Board of Directors of the CCBA, Regional Director, 2010 - 2013
  • Conference of California Bar Associations (CCBA), Delegate, 2000 - 2015
  • Conference of California Bar Associations (CCBA), Chair/Treasurer of the Delegates

Pro Bono Activities

  • Overcoming Barriers, Board of Directors
  • Peninsula Family YMCA, Board of Managers, 1999 - 2007
  • Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program — Class of 2002, Member
  • Domestic Violence Collaborative Pro Bono Project, Volunteer
  • Overcoming Barriers, Advisory Council
  • Development Committee