Many cases can be resolved without litigation and the costs associated with court. It is always Marsha’s priority to reach an agreement to minimize the costs to the clients and the vast majority of her cases settle without having a trial. Marsha is an accomplished negotiator and can quickly and effectively analyze data in settlement conferences to enable her clients to reach beneficial results. In addition, there are alternate dispute resolution techniques that can be used in appropriate cases. Marsha is a member of the Ventura County Collaborative Family Law Professionals and she has obtained the training for this process of dispute resolution wherein the parties commit to resolving their issues without going to court.
At the commencement of any Family Law matter, the client is frequently faced with uncertainty, fiscal loss and emotional upheaval. For many, it is the most difficult time of their lives. Marsha’s compassion at this difficult time and extensive knowledge can enable a client to feel empowered and in control of their own decisions. She focuses on providing caring guidance so that clients understand and are aware of the issues, the process and what they can expect to occur. Marsha recognizes the importance of having a beneficial attorney-client relationship and effective communication and strives to provide that to her clients.
Marsha graduated from Arizona State University Cum laude with a degree in Math Education in 1985, obtained her teaching certification and taught Junior High and High School Math in Arizona. She and her husband, Bret, eventually relocated to California, ultimately settling in Ventura County. In 1989, Marsha was a certified tax preparer and commenced going to law school with three small children, ages 6, 3, and 1. She graduated with Honors from Ventura College of Law in 1993, second in her class. She has received numerous academic awards and scholarships including High School Valedictorian, National Merit Scholarship, the Arizona State Math Award, and several American Jurisprudence Awards in law school. Marsha is admitted to the California State Bar as well as the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Marsha has been married for over 30 years and has four children. She enjoys traveling and scuba diving.