Diana L. Martinez

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Corona, CA

Holstrom, Block & Parke, APLC
 | 1897 California Avenue, Suite 102
Corona, CA 92881
Phone: 951-900-3139
Fax: 951-734-8832
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2013
Licensed Since: 1998
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Diana L. Martinez is an attorney with the Holstrom, Block & Parke, APLC, which has offices located across Southern California. Serving a diverse range of clients throughout San Bernardino, Orange, Los Angeles and Riverside counties, Ms. Martinez devotes her practice primarily to family law. Seeing firsthand how contested divorces can devastate families, Ms. Martinez focuses her efforts almost exclusively on collaborative law and mediation as a way to help her clients resolve their issues and reach agreements in the most amicable and efficient manner possible.

By using alternative dispute resolution techniques instead of traditional divorce litigation, Ms. Martinez allows all members of the family to have a voice in the proceedings and outcomes, including the children. In all cases, Ms. Martinez has the rights and best interests of her clients at heart, and she seeks to empower those she serves so that they feel more confident in taking an active role in the decisions that will affect them and their families well into the future.

Regarded as a leader in her field, Ms. Martinez conducts collaborative law and mediation training and education seminars throughout her region and across the country. She also has numerous publications to her credit, and she currently serves as board member, delegate and SoCal PEC co-chair for Collaborative Practice California.

Among her other professional affiliations, Ms. Martinez is a member and past president of the Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County, the Southern California Mediation Association and the International Association of Collaborative Professionals. She is also a trainer with the Collaborative Divorce Education Institute and serves on the board of directors for the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association.

A 1995 graduate of the University of California, Riverside, Ms. Martinez obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law in 1998. She holds Superb ratings on AVVO, and she has received many other awards and honors for her professionalism and service, including the Eureka Award from Collaborative Practice California.

 
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

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 5 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 1 years

Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2013

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About Diana Martinez

Admitted: 1998, California

Professional Webpage: https://hbplaw.com/our-attorneys/diana-l-martinez/

Honors/Awards:

  • Superb” 10/10 Rating, Super Lawyers
  • Eureka Award, Collaborative Practice California, 2017
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2013
  • Super Lawyers, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019
  • 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 as "Competent to Mediate" by Los Angeles County Bar Association., 2007
  • Certified "High Conflict Diversion" trainer, www.highconflict.net, 2010

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Mediator, Inland Valley Justice Center: mediations, in Spanish and English, provided to litigants in the San Bernardino Superior Court system., 2011
  • 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
  • Panel volunteer with Los Angeles Superior Court Alternative Dispute Resolution program for Family Law., 2007
  • 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
  • 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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • “Breaking Old Habits Can Create A Light in the Horizon”, an educational article for the general public – 2010
  • “The Brighter Side of Shared Parenting Time”, an educational article for the general public, 2010
  • “Infidelity – Frustration in Divorce Court”, an educational article for the general public, 2010
  • “Solutions for Divorcing Parents in High Conflict – Parallel Parenting”, an educational article for the general public – 2010
  • “The Efficiency of Communication in Legal Matters”, an educational article for the general public – 2010
  • “The ‘Aggressive Divorce Attorney’ – Be Careful What you Wish For”, an educational article for the general public, 2011
  • “Choosing the Right Mediator or Collaborative Attorney”, an educational article for the general public, 2010
  • “Looking Up From the Mud”, an educational article for the general public, 2010
  • “10 Tips for Dads to Productively Co-Parent”, an educational article for the general public, 2010
  • “10 Tips for Moms to Productively Co-Parent”, an educational article for the general public, 2010
  • “A No-Win Situation: A Parent’s Destruction of a Child’s Life”, an educational article for the general public, 2011
  • “Seal Beach Shooting – A Spotlight on our Broken Divorce Court System”, an educational article for the general public, 2011
  • Professional Mediator and Observer, Forrest Mosten, UCLA Law School Mediation Clinic, 2009-2014
  • “Mediated and Collaborated Divorce Agreements are Binding and Fully Enforceable”, an educational article for the general public, 2012
  • “Spousal Support And Infidelity in a California Divorce”, an education article for the general public, 2015
  • “When 50/50 Isn’t Always Equal in a California Divorce”, an education article for the general public, 2016
  • “The Effect of California Propositions 60 and 90 on Your Divorce”, an education article for the general public, 2016
  • Co-Presenter, The Shadow of Elkins, High Desert Bar Association, 2011
  • Mediator Trainer, Mosten Mediation, 2010 – 2014
  • Co-Presenter, Cultural Complexities in Family Law Matters. CDSOC, 2011
  • Co-Presenter, Cultural Complexities in Family Law Matters. San Fernando Valley Bar Association, 2011
  • Co-Presenter, Cultural Complexities in Family Law Matters, AOC
  • Co-Presenter, Cultural Competency in Family Practice: The New Frontiers. IALA, 2015
  • Mediator, Riverside County Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Services, 2012-Present
  • Co-Presenter, Cultural Complexities in Family Law, AFCC, 2012
  • Co-Presenter, Does What Happens in Vegas Stay in Vegas? Confidentiality in Collaborative Practice, CDSOC, 2013 
  • Presenter, Cultural Complexities in Dispute Resolution, Whittier Law School, 2014
  • Presenter, Enrolling the Collaborative Client and Spouse, CDSOC, 2014
  • Co-Presenter, Enrolling the Collaborative Client. CPCal Celebration 10, 2015
  • "An American Quilt", a workshop on diversity in family law., Panelist, Collaborative Divorce, Mediation, 2008
  • Former Newsletter Editor, Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association
  • "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
  • 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, Cultural Complexities in Family Law, San Fernando Bar Association, 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 and Trainer, Cultural Complexities in Family Law, Association Of Family And Conciliation Courts, 2011
  • "Respecting Diversity: Cultural Competency in Collaborative Practice", sponsored by Collaborative Professionals of California, Celebration V, April 25, 2010
  • "Second Saturday: What Every Man & Woman Should Know About Divorce", Riverside City College, ongoing
  • "Getting Ready for Divorce", Avvo.com, 2009
  • "Divorce in a Tough Economy - Should You Postpone?" Avvo.com, 2009, West Coast Magazine, 2008
  • "Divorcing Out of Court - Saving Couples and Families Big Money", Avvo.com, 2009, West Coast Magazine, 2008
  • "Telling Your Kids You’re Getting Divorced", West Coast Magazine, 2008
  • "Mediating Your Divorce - Finding the Right Fit", West Coast Magazine, 2008
  • "Finding Common Ground in Divorce", West Coast Magazine, 2008
  • "Premarital Agreements - A Plan for Success", West Coast Magazine, 2008
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Basic Mediation Training
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Advanced Mediation Training
  • Collaborative Divorce Team Training
  • Mosten Mediation Training
  • 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 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

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • 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, 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, 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: 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., 2008
  • 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: 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, 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 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., 2011
  • 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, 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, 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 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: 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, 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 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., 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/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, 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

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 Southern California, Gould School of Law, Los Angeles, CA
  • University of California at Riverside, CA, B.A., English Literature with Honors

Industry Groups

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

1897 California Avenue
Suite 102
Corona, CA 92881

Phone: 951-900-3139

Fax: 951-734-8832

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Last Updated: 8/9/2019

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