Diana L. Martinez

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Chino, CA

West Coast Law & Mediation, APC
 | 15338 Central Avenue, Chino, CA 91710
Phone: 909-548-2171
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2017
Selected to Rising Stars: 2013
Licensed Since: 1998
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Ms. Martinez's family law practice is devoted 100% to out-of-court dispute resolution through consulting, collaborative, cooperative, and mediation processes for both English and Spanish speaking couples and families in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange and Riverside counties. She works to reduce the emotional and financial strain that a contested court battle can inflict upon couples and their families, assisting them towards informed and customized co-created agreements. She does this by offering her clients access to a strong network of legal, financial, child, and communications professionals, also dedicated to efficient and informed, out-of-court resolutions.

Ms. Martinez is a trainer and educator for professionals on the topics of family law mediation and collaborative practice, confidentiality, cultural competency, and ethics and best practices. She is a past president and current board member of Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County and volunteers as a mediator for Riverside Superior Court and as a mandatory fee arbitrator for the California State Bar and San Bernardino County Bar Association. She is also a guest lecturer in community Divorce Options and Divorce Recovery programs.  

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (100%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law

Focus Areas

Family Law: Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 2 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 1 years

Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2017 Rising Stars: 2013

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About Diana Martinez

Admitted: 1998, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.chinocadivorcemediation.com/professional_team.htm...

Honors and Awards:

  • State and national recognition of the practice and vision of Diana L. Martinez as a collaborative attorney and a mediator for families and couples in divorce, separation, and child sharing conflicts., Member of the Month, Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association, 2010

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified "High Conflict Diversion" trainer, www.highconflict.net, 2010
  • Certified as "Competent to Mediate" by Los Angeles County Bar Association., 2007

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Collaborative Divorce Professionals of Inland Empire, 2012
  • Board Member Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County., 2012
  • Board of directors, Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association, 2009
  • Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce, Ambassador
  • Southern California Mediation Association
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • State Bar of California
  • Member, Los Angeles County Superior Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • San Bernardino County Bar Association, Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program - Arbitrator: Provide arbitration services as a single arbitrator, or panel chair/member, as mandated by the California State Bar regarding fee disputes by and between clients and the lawyers. Such disputes include allegations regarding professional competency, conduct, and ethics under California State Bar Rules and the Business and Professions Code, and the impact of such allegations on the reasonableness of fees collected and/or billed by the lawyer, and/or fees remaining due by the client. Duties include reviewing and analyzing evidence presented, conducting the arbitration hearing, taking oral evidence, weighing the value and reliability of the evidence as presented, analyzing written fee agreements as per State Bar requirements, analyzing the reasonable value of the lawyer’s services, analyzing legal invoices re compliance with State Bar requirements, researching and analyzing relevant statutes and case law, and drafting Findings of Fact and Statements of Decision in compliance with California laws., 2016
  • Arbitrator, State Bar of California, Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program: Provide arbitration services as a single arbitrator, or panel chair/member, as mandated by the California State Bar regarding fee disputes by and between clients and the lawyers, in jurisdictions that do not have a local fee arbitration program. Such disputes include allegations regarding professional competency, conduct, and ethics under California State Bar Rules and the Business and Professions Code, and the impact of such allegations on the reasonableness of fees collected and/or billed by the lawyer, and/or fees remaining due by the client. Duties include reviewing and analyzing evidence presented, conducting the arbitration hearing, taking oral evidence, weighing the value and reliability of the evidence as presented, analyzing written fee agreements as per State Bar requirements, analyzing the reasonable value of the lawyer’s services, analyzing legal invoices re compliance with State Bar requirements, researching and analyzing relevant statutes and case law, and drafting Findings of Fact and Statements of Decision in compliance with California laws., 2016
  • Riverside County Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel - Divorce mediations in both Spanish and English language.  Child custody and visitation, distribution and allocation of assets and debts, child and spousal support., 2012
  • Divorce Options presenter: community education program for couples and individuals considering or in the midst of a divorce or legal separation.  Review of the processes, costs, benefits, and risks of litigation, collaboration, mediation, and self-help, as well as the roles of attorneys, mental health professionals, child specialists, financial professionals, and judges., 2011
  • Panel Mediator, Inland Valley Justice Center: mediations, in Spanish and English, provided to litigants in the San Bernardino Superior Court system., 2011
  • Collaborative Divorce Education Institute: presenter and educator on the topics of divorce and separation through litigation, collaboration, and mediation.  Trainer and lecturer for financial, mental health, and legal professionals wishing to expand the practice to include collaborative divorce and/or mediation., 2011
  • Second Saturday and Divorce Options programs are community workshops designed to educate and inform the general public as to California requirements for a divorce and the process options available to them. These programs are offered throughout the state of California. The presenters donate their time and come from the legal, financial, and mental health fields. Ms. Martinez helped bring this program to Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties, and is a frequent presenter., 2008
  • Second Saturday Divorce Workshop Panelist, 2008
  • Panel volunteer with Los Angeles Superior Court Alternative Dispute Resolution program for Family Law., 2007

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • A greater understanding of cross-cultural experiences, biases, and perspectives is necessary to be an effective family law practitioner. Through the use of popular movies as well as lecture and discussion, the panelists will discuss issues of cross cultural marriage, the impact of immigration on marriages, establishing parenting plans taking culture into account, and other culturally nuanced topics. , Panelist/Lecturer, State Bar of California Annual Conference - Cultural Competency in Family Law: Beyond Basics, Legal, 2016
  • 4 panels of California Family Law Practitioners born, educated, and/or practicing in 4 continents/legal systems examine California Family Law issues (i.e. premairtal, marriage, spousal rights and duties, and divorce), in the global setting. Panel of micro-agressions and hidden prejudices. , Panelist/Lecturer, Cultural Competency in Family Law Practice 4th Annual Seminar, Iranian American Lawyers Association, Family Law Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association, The University of West Los Angeles, School of Law, 2016
  • A discussion of challenges faced in the "mainstream" family law court system when working culturally divorce families and couples., Lecturer, Cultural Complexities in Family Law, Association Of Family And Conciliation Courts, 2012
  • A discussion of the challenges faced by attorneys, judges, mental health professionals, and financial professionals when working with culturally diverse couples and families in divorce and separation cases, as well as opportunities and tools to assist these same couples and families in navigating through this process., Lecturer and Trainer, Cultural Complexities in Family Law, Association Of Family And Conciliation Courts, 2011
  • A discussion of the challenges faced by attorneys, judges, mental health professionals, and financial professionals when working with culturally diverse couples and families in divorce and separation cases, as well as opportunities and tools to assist these same couples and families in navigating through this process., Lecturer, Cultural Complexities in Family Law, San Fernando Bar Association, 2011
  • "An American Quilt": A respectful way of working with diversity.  Families from culturally diverse backgrounds may benefit immensely from the cooperative and collaborative process.  Attorneys, Financial Specialists, and Mental Health Professionals are encouraged to examine their beliefs and values relating to culturally diverse clients.  Panelists provide useful tools for professionals to learn how to invite, educate, and effectively work with families from diverse backgrounds with sensitivity and awareness., Panelist, CPCAL, Collaborative Divorce, 2009
  • "An American Quilt", a workshop on diversity in family law., Panelist, Collaborative Divorce, Mediation, 2008
  • Mosten Mediation Training
  • Collaborative Divorce Team Training
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Advanced Mediation Training
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Basic Mediation Training
  • "Premarital Agreements - A Plan for Success", West Coast Magazine, 2008
  • "Finding Common Ground in Divorce", West Coast Magazine, 2008
  • "Mediating Your Divorce - Finding the Right Fit", West Coast Magazine, 2008
  • "Telling Your Kids You’re Getting Divorced", West Coast Magazine, 2008
  • "Divorcing Out of Court - Saving Couples and Families Big Money", Avvo.com, 2009, West Coast Magazine, 2008
  • "Divorce in a Tough Economy - Should You Postpone?" Avvo.com, 2009, West Coast Magazine, 2008
  • "Getting Ready for Divorce", Avvo.com, 2009
  • "Second Saturday: What Every Man & Woman Should Know About Divorce", Riverside City College, ongoing
  • "Respecting Diversity: Cultural Competency in Collaborative Practice", sponsored by Collaborative Professionals of California, Celebration V, April 25, 2010

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Case Description: Parentage matter, custody and visitation. Role: Attorney Diana L. Martinez acted as consultant for Father. Mother represented by litigation counsel. Result: Full settlement/agreement reached between Husband and Wife; no court intervention., 2012
  • Case Description: Long term marriage, with minor children, over $100,000 in assets/debts, dissolution of marriage. Role: Attorney Diana L. Martinez acted as neutral mediator.  Result: Full settlement/agreement reached between Husband and Wife; no court intervention., 2011
  • Case Description: Long term marriage, with minor children, over $100,000 in assets/debts, dissolution of marriage. Role: Attorney Diana L. Martinez acted as neutral mediator.  Result: Full settlement/agreement reached between Husband and Wife; no court intervention., 2011
  • Case Description: Long term marriage, with minor children, over $100,000 in assets/debts, dissolution of marriage. Role: Attorney Diana L. Martinez acted as Settlement Counsel for Husband; Wife represented by Litigation counsel.  Result: Matter referred to litigation and still pending as of 3/12., 2011
  • Case Description: Long term marriage, no minor children, over $100,000 in assets/debts, dissolution of marriage. Role: Attorney Diana L. Martinez acted as Settlement Counsel for Wife, working with litigation counsel for Wife and litigation counsel for Husband.  Result: matter referred to litigation and still pending as of 3/12., 2011
  • Case Description: Long term marriage, with minor children, over $100,000 in assets/debts, dissolution of marriage. Role: Attorney Diana L. Martinez acted as neutral mediator.  Result: Full settlement/agreement reached between Husband and Wife; no court intervention., 2011
  • Case Description: Long term marriage, no minor children, over $100,000 in assets/debts, dissolution of marriage. Role: Attorney Diana L. Martinez acted as neutral mediator.  Result: Full settlement/agreement reached between Husband and Wife; no court intervention., 2011
  • Case Description: Long term marriage, with minor children, under $25,000 in assets/debts, set aside of default, dissolution of marriage. Role: Attorney Diana L. Martinez acted as settlement counsel for Husband.  Result: Default set aside, full settlement/agreement reached between Husband and Wife; no court intervention., 2011
  • Case Description: Short term marriage, no minor children, over $50,000 in assets/debts, dissolution of marriage. Role: Attorney Diana L. Martinez acted as neutral mediator.  Result: Full settlement/agreement reached between Husband and Wife; no court intervention., 2011
  • Case Description: Long term marriage, with minor children, under $50,000 in assets/debts, dissolution of marriage. Role: Attorney Diana L. Martinez acted as neutral mediator.  Result: Full settlement/agreement reached between Husband and Wife; no court intervention., 2010
  • Case Description: Long term marriage, with minor children, over $100,000 in assets/debts, dissolution of marriage. Role: Attorney Diana L. Martinez acted as neutral mediator.  Result: Full settlement/agreement reached between Husband and Wife; no court intervention., 2010
  • Case Description: Long term marriage, with minor children, over $100,000 in assets/debts, full team collaborative divorce. Role: Attorney Diana L. Martinez acted as collaborative attorney for wife.  Result: Full settlement/agreement reached between Husband and Wife; no court intervention., 2010
  • Case Description: Long term marriage, with minor children, over $100,000 in assets/debts, dissolution of marriage. Role: Attorney Diana L. Martinez acted as settlement counsel for Mother; Mother represented by litigation counsel, Father represented by litigation counsel.  Result: Full settlement/agreement reached between Husband and Wife during mediation., 2010
  • Case Description: Long term marriage, with minor children, under $50,000 in assets/debts, dissolution of marriage. Role: Attorney Diana L. Martinez acted as settlement counsel for Husband. Mother represented by litigation counsel. Result: Matter turned over to litigation counsel and settled prior to trial., 2010
  • Case Description: Long term marriage, no minor children, over $100,000 in assets/debts, dissolution of marriage. Role: Attorney Diana L. Martinez acted as neutral mediator.  Result: Full settlement/agreement reached between Husband and Wife; no court intervention., 2010
  • Case Description: Long term marriage, no minor children, over $100,000 in assets/debts, dissolution of marriage. Role: Attorney Diana L. Martinez acted as settlement counsel for Wife.  Result: Matter turned over to litigation counsel and is still pending as of 3/12., 2010
  • Case Description: Long term marriage, with minor children, over $100,000 in assets/debts, dissolution of marriage. Role: Attorney Diana L. Martinez acted as neutral mediator.  Result: Full settlement/agreement reached between Husband and Wife; no court intervention., 2010
  • Case Description: Long term marriage, with minor children, over $100,000 in assets/debts, dissolution of marriage. Role: Attorney Diana L. Martinez acted as neutral mediator.  Result: Full settlement/agreement reached between Husband and Wife; no court intervention., 2010
  • Case Description: Short term marriage, no minor children, over $100,000 in assets/debts, dissolution of marriage. Role: Attorney Diana L. Martinez acted as neutral mediator.  Result: Full settlement/agreement reached between Husband and Wife; no court intervention., 2010
  • Case Description: Long term marriage, with minor children, over $100,000 in assets/debts, dissolution of marriage. Role: Attorney Diana L. Martinez acted as neutral mediator.  Result: Full settlement/agreement reached between Husband and Wife; no court intervention., 2010
  • Case Description: Long term marriage, no minor children, over $100,000 in assets, dissolution of marriage. Role: Attorney Diana L. Martinez acted as consulting/settlement counsel for wife.  Result: Full settlement/agreement reached between Husband and Wife; no court intervention., 2010
  • Case Description: Long term marriage, with minor children, over $100,000 in assets/debts, dissolution of marriage. Role: Attorney Diana L. Martinez acted as neutral mediator.  Result: Full settlement/agreement reached between Husband and Wife; no court intervention., 2008

Transactions:

  • Intra-organizational mediation for a chamber of commerce board and it's membership., 2008
  • Mediation and collaborative conflict resolution in Family law, civil, and real estate disputes., 2007
  • Family law - divorce litigation and mediation; child custody and visitation; spousal and child support; division of assets and debts., 1998

Educational Background:

  • University of California at Riverside

Industry Groups

  • Mediation And Collaborative Divorce
  • Office Location for Diana L. Martinez

    15338 Central Avenue
    Chino, CA 91710

    Phone: 909-548-2171

     

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