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Michele Lowenstein

Bio

Michele Sacks Lowenstein is a Certified Family Law Specialist (1) in San Diego. Michele has been a practicing family law attorney for over 30 years.

In 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012 Michele was named one of the top attorneys in San Diego County by the San Diego Daily Transcript. Michele has been selected as a Super Lawyer in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. San Diego Magazine recognizes Michele Sacks Lowenstein as a Top Lawyer in their highly exclusive list of Top Lawyers for 2013.  Michele has served 3 terms as Chairperson of the Family Law Section for the San Diego County Bar Association and served as a member of the Lawyer Referraland Information Services Committee of the San Diego County Bar Association for three years.  Since approximately 1992 Michele has served as a Settlement Conference Judge and Judge Pro Tem for the San Diego County Family Law court and Small Claims Court.

Martindale-Hubbell recognizes Michele Sacks Lowenstein as an AV® (2) rated attorney, the highest such rating available to any individual lawyer.

Michele has lectured on the topic of family law to attorneys and other professionals. She has had extensive experience practicing before the Superior Court as well as the Court of Appeal; representing parties in eight published decisions. For the last 19 years Michele has been a lecturer at "Second Saturday - What Women Need to Know About Divorce.(http://www.wife.org/secondsaturday.htm). She has also been interviewed by U.S. News and World Report, the San Diego Union Tribune and appeared on television and radio to discuss issues related to divorce. Michele has been named a Super Lawyer consecutively since 2007 as well as named a “Top Attorney” by the San Diego Daily Transcript in 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2012. Michele has been recognized as a TOP Lawyer by San Diego Magazine.

As part of her involvement with the Family Law Section, Michele was on a committee which drafted legislation to require parents to support their children beyond age 18 if the child is still enrolled in high school. That legislation became effective in 1985.

Michele has been appointed at various times to represent children in juvenile, probate and family law matters at both the trial and appellate level. Michele participated in the San Diego Certified Family Law Specialists subcommittee which drafted the San Diego Local Rules for the appointment of counsel for minors.

Michele has been trained in Collaborative Divorce and is excited to bring this new method of divorce resolution to her clients. She was trained by Stu Webb, the attorney who created Collaborative Divorce and is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego. Michele has taken the 40 hour mediation training offered by the Northern California Mediation Center.

When not looking for creative solutions to problems, Michele enjoys traveling with her husband, working out, going to the theatre, cooking and collecting antiques as well as the companionship of her cats; Mattie who has 3 legs and the irrepressible Max.

(1) State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization

(2) The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Icon is a service mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under permission from Reed Elsevier Properties Inc. in accord with the terms and conditions established by Martindale-Hubbell.

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1982
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1982

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Family Law Specialist, State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization

Professional Associations

  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Member
  • Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego, Member
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Chairperson
  • San Diego County Family Law Court, Settlement Conference Judge
  • San Diego County Family Law Court, Judge Pro Tem
  • California State Bar, Member
  • Family Law Section, California State Bar, Member

Honors

  • AV® Rated Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named One of the Top Attorneys in San Diego County by the San Diego Daily Transcript
  • Recognized 2008 Attorney San Diego Super Lawyer
  • Named One of the Top Attorneys in San Diego County by the San Diego Daily Transcript
  • Recognized 2009 Attorney San Diego Super Lawyer
  • Recognized 2010 Attorney San Diego Super Lawyer
  • Recognized 2007 Attorney San Diego Super Lawyer
  • Recognized 2011 Attorney San Diego Super Lawyer
  • Top 25 Women San Diego Super Lawyers 2007
  • Named One of the Top Attorneys in San Diego County by The San Diego Daily Transcript
  • Top Lawyer in Divorce and Family Law, San Diego Magazine
  • Super Lawyers Designation

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Judge Pro Tem, Superior Court of the State of California County of San Diego, San Diego, CA
  • Former Chair of Family Law Section, San Diego County Bar Association, San Diego, CA
  • Fee Arbitrator, San Diego County Bar Association, San Diego, CA
  • Former Member of Lawyer Referral & Information Committee, San Diego County Bar Association, San Diego, CA

Education

  • California Western School of Law, San Diego, California
    • J.D. - 1981
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Thomas Edison State College, Trenton, New Jersey
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1978
    • Major: Humanities

Practice Areas

  • Family Law

Classes/Seminars

  • What Women Need to Know About Divorce, Second Saturday, 1992 to Present

Published Works

  • Small Firms, Big Impact, San Diego Lawyer Magazine, 2011
  • Living Together While Keeping Money Unmarried, U.S. News and World Report, 2008
  • 4 Ways a Post-Nup Can Save Your Marriage, Investing Answers, 2011
  • Same-sex Domestic Violence: the Elephant in the Living Room, Gay San Diego, 2010
  • Baby Boomer Divorce & Why Collaborative Divorce Is a Good Choice, Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego Blog, September 15, 2015
  • Five Tips for Successfully Negotiating a Divorce, Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego Blog, May 1, 2014
  • Legally Speaking: Filing joint federal taxes?, Gay San Diego, March 25, 2011
  • Dissolution negotiations: language matters, Gay San Diego, August 31, 2010

Current Employment Positions

  • Founder, Of Counsel