Areas of Practice
Collaborative Practice and Mediation
Child Support and Spousal Support
Complex Issues of Property Division
Custody & Visitation
Premarital and Marital Agreements
Domestic Violence and Restraining Orders
I began a general civil law practice in 1978. I have many years of experience in civil litigation, consumer law, real property transactions, contract preparation, estate planning, and family law. Over time, I gradually began to focus more and more of my attention on family law matters.
I became certified as a Family Law Specialist by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization in 1994. I have a strong commitment to the practice of family law. I am a member of the Family Law Section of the Sonoma County Bar Association, and have assisted the Sonoma County family law judges by participating on bench-bar committees. I am a presenter at family law educational programs and have been repeatedly selected as a Northern California Super Lawyer. I have worked with a major producer of family law form preparation software to update and improve its products. Although I frequently litigate family law cases, I am very involved in collaborative practice. I am a past-president of the Collaborative Council of the Redwood Empire, an organization dedicated to promoting the collaborative process. I have written articles for publication in the Family Law Specialist magazine. The purpose of the articles is to educate other California Family Law Specialists.
Above all, I am dedicated to helping each client emerge from the divorce process positioned as well as possible, both emotionally and financially, for life after divorce.
My wife, Laurie Wesler, who has a Master's degree in school counseling, joins me in my practice as legal assistant, paralegal, and office manager.
McGEORGE SCHOOL OF LAW, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, CA
20% of practice devoted to litigation
• California, 1978
Honors and Awards
Northern California Super Lawyers, 2011 - 2012
Northern California Super Lawyers, 2008
Northern California Super Lawyers, 2005 - 2006