Donna Bertolero is a paralegal for Sullivan Law Firm and began her employment here in 2012. She has over 16 years of assistant/paralegal experience and is quick with a smile for all who walk through our door. Donna loves her work and will be happy to assist you with any of your legal needs.
Stephen Williamson is the Office Manager for Sullivan Law Firm, beginning his employment here in 2011. Stephen obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy from University of California, Los Angeles and continues to pursue an interest in Legal Administration, being a member of the Association of Legal Administrators. His business acumen, coupled with an endless supply of charm and wit, keeps Sullivan Law Firm on a successful track.
Roman Ybarra is an Associate Attorney at the Sullivan Law Fim. Mr. Ybarra is a San Diego State alumnus, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2007. After earning his Bachelor's degree, he attended the University Of San Diego School Of Law where he obtained his Juris Doctorate in 2011. In that same year, Roman Ybarra was admitted into the State Bar of California. Roman is also a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, and the Bar Association of North County. Roman will be assisting with family law matters including issues of custody and visitation, child and spousal support and community property as well as working on establishing a practice in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. In addition to his work at Sullivan Law Firm, Roman works as a JAG attorney for the United States National Guard.
Bar Number: 279284
Kimberly Beck is a paralegal for Sullivan Law Firm and began her employment here in 2004. Kimberly has her Bachelor's Degree in English from North Georgia College & State University, from which she graduated in 1999. She has had over 9 years of legal assistant/paralegal experience, with past experience working in business immigration law and construction defect law, respectively. Kim continues working in family law; she will be happy to assist you with any of your legal needs.
Dennis is the business manager at Sullivan Law Firm, APC.
11545 W. Bernardo Court, Suite 211
Bar Number: 113705
San Diego, CA 92127
Phone: (858) 451-9390
Fax: (866) 209-7779
The founder of Sullivan Law Firm, APC, Michelle Sullivan obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1980, and her law degree from the University of Santa Clara in 1983. Ms. Sullivan became a member of the California Bar in 1984, and a Certified Family Law Specialist in 1985. She served as the Assistant District Attorney for San Benito County, Hollister, California from 1984-85, and has been a successful family law attorney in her own private practice since 1988.
Ms. Sullivan's experience includes divorce litigation, mediation and collaborative law. She has been a mediator since 1994, and a founding member of the Collaborative Family Law Group of San Diego and North County Collaborative Practice. She has practiced collaborative law since 2001. Ms. Sullivan's expertise can guide her clients through any range of family law issues - from pre-nuptial agreements to marital settlement agreements to post-judgment issues.
Areas of Practice:
- Custody and Visitation
- Child Support
- Spousal Support / Alimony
- Community Property
- Guardianships of Minors
- Collaborative Law
- Limited Scope Representation / Unbundling
- Board Certified Specialist – Family Law, by Board of Legal Specialization, California State Bar
- California State
- US District Court - Northern District of California
- US District Court - Southern District of California
- Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA, 1983 – Juris Doctor, Honors: Phi Alpha Delta, Douglas L. Edmonds Chapter
- University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 1980 – Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
Bar & Community Involvement:
- Director, North County Bar Association, 2005 – 2007
- Chair, Certified Family Law Specialists, North County, 2004
- Director, Escondido Educational Foundation
Professional Associations and Memberships:
- California State Bar
- San Diego County Bar Association
- North County Bar Association
- Rotary Club of Escondido
- American Business Women’s Association
- California Alumni Association
- Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
What is a Certified Legal Specialist?
An attorney must fulfill several qualifications in order to become a certified legal specialist. They must be in good standing as an active member of the State Bar of California. They must have extensive experience in the specialty field – in Ms. Sullivan’s case, Family Law – and must pass a written exam in that specialty field. They must complete approved legal education programs, and finally, they must have their ability and experience in the specialty field evaluated by judges and other attorneys. Specialists are certified for five years and must be recertified by meeting special requirements similar to those for the initial certification.