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2020 Basic Training: Family Law — Faculty Bios

 

 

Judge Thomas Trent Lewis (Ret.) (Program Director) is a neutral with Signature Resolution Services providing mediation, arbitrator, and privately compensated judge pro tem services in family law. From 2016 until 2019, he was the Supervising Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court Family Law Division. Judge Lewis became a CFLS in 1985 and was inducted into AAML in 1987. He was inducted as a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Law in 2016. He served on the Family Law and Juvenile Advisory Commission until 2014, and he is a past faculty member for the judicial training committee for Family Law. He is a past president of the California Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. He is also a contributing author of The Rutter Group’s California Practice Guide: Family Law and serves as Program Director for CFLR. In 2018, he was named Family Law Judge of the Year by the Family Law Section of the California Lawyers Association and ACFLS awarded him their Hall of Fame Award, the highest award bestowed by them. In 2010, he was awarded the Outstanding Jurist Award by AAML’s Southern California Chapter, and in 2014, he became the first emeritus member of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists. Among his many awards are the 2015 Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Section Spencer Brandeis Award, the 2016 Southern California Inn of Courts Outstanding Jurist Award, and the 2017 San Fernando Valley Bar Association Stanley Mosk Legacy of Justice Award. In 2018, he received the California Lawyer’s Association Family Law Judge of the Year Award. In 2018, he was awarded the Association of Family Law Specialist (ACFLS) Hall of Fame Award, the highest honor bestowed by ACFLS.

Mary J. Martinelli is a Certified Family Law Specialist who leads one of the largest family law practices in California. She represents clients in sophisticated custody matters and complex, substantial property matters. Her practice focuses primarily on parties who own businesses. A member of the Executive Committee and Growth Partner at Sacramento's largest law firm, Downey Brand LLP, Mary is one of the few family law attorneys in the state working daily with corporate, estate planning, tax and ERISA attorneys who provide in-depth support to her family law clients. Mary taught Family Law/Community Property for 10 years at UC Davis (King Hall) School of Law, and is a frequent speaker and writer on family law topics.


 
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