Laurel is passionate about helping people create solutions to complicated problems. A skilled and experienced trial lawyer, Laurel believes the best way for her clients to “win” is to be strategic from the outset, through efficient and effective use of litigation tools and thoughtful planning.
Bolstered by a background in human behavior, she balances her approach by case and situation, with forceful litigation, or delicate and strategic negotiation.
Laurel’s representative clients are located throughout the Bay Area and include business owners and executives; venture capital, hedge fund and private equity partners; lawyers, doctors, engineers, and stay-at-home parents.
Traced a highly complicated post-judgment business matter a decade after dissolution, identifying and then securing at trial multiple reimbursement claims.
Obtained joint custody and an equal timeshare schedule for a client with drug and alcohol dependency after guiding the client through a custody assessment and developing a strategy to assist them through recovery.
Successfully defended a challenge to set-aside a marital settlement agreement that terminated long term support following a long-term marriage.
Negotiated a complex settlement agreement that included the valuation and division of a family business involving multiple real property and varied business entities.
Professional and Community Contributions
Laurel serves as a Judge Pro Tem for the Santa Clara County Family Court. She is active with the Santa Clara County Bar Association, having sat on its Board of Trustees and served as co-chair of the Women Lawyers Committee. She continues to be involved with the Family Law Section.
Laurel currently volunteers with Jewish Family Services. Past volunteer experience includes Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence and Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children.
Awards and Honors
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated
Named a Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2013 – 17
Member of award winning team “The Best in Family Law,” The Recorder, 2009 – 2015
Second Saturday: Divorce – Planning for a New Beginning, 2016 – 17
State Bar of California
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, 2007
B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 2003