N America News May 2017

132 NORTH AMERICA NEWS / MAY 2017 , Smith & Scatizzi, LLP is a San Diego family lawfirm founded byMarnie Smith and Rachel Scatizzi Thompson and recipient of The Best Boutique Law Firm2016 award. With a combined 31 years of litigation experience between its founding partners, Smith & Scatizzi offers big firm expertise with small firmattention. Attention to Detail Ms. Smith and Ms. Thompson, both certified as family law specialists by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, recognize that every client’s needs are different and, with thoughtful advice and strong advocacy, strive to protect their clients’ interests inside and outside the courtroom. Smith & Scatizzi offers a full range of legal services, including divorce and custody litigation and family law mediation, all built on the backbone of their reputation for professionalism, compassion and effective representation. Before founding Smith & Scatizzi, LLP, Ms. Smith and Ms. Thompson spent years representing family law clients in negotiations, mediation and litigation at one of San Diego’s finest law firms. Committed to approaching each case with the integrity and experience of a big law firm combined with the attention and dedication of a boutique practice, Smith & Scatizzi is uniquely positioned to handle even the most complex family law matters from start to finish. Marnie Smith is a founding partner of Smith & Scatizzi, LLP. Practicing for over 20 years, she has significant experience in family law, as well as complex business litigation. Since 2003, her practice has focused primarily on all aspects of family law, including dissolutions, legal separations, contested child custody matters, establishing and modifying child and spousal support, division of assets, and paternity disputes. Ms. Smith also assists clients with pre-marital and post- marital agreements, as well as cohabitation (“Anti-Marvin”) agreements. She was named one of 2008’s top family law attorneys by the San Diego Daily Transcript, has been recognized since 2016 in The Best Lawyers in America for her work in family law, and was named a 2017 San Diego Super Lawyer. Ms. Smith’s experience also includes handling numerous appellate matters in both state and federal courts, including the California Second and Fourth Appellate Districts, the California Supreme Court, the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Smith is certified as a family law specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Smith is trained to mediate family law cases, acting as a neutral party to facilitate an amicable and successful resolution of family law disputes. Rachel Scatizzi Thompson is a founding partner of Smith & Scatizzi, LLP. Her practice emphasizes family law, with a focus on contested custody and paternity matters and high asset dissolution cases. Ms. Thompson also is licensed to practice law in Missouri and Illinois and has several years’ experience in civil litigation. She was named one of 2011’s Top Young Attorneys by the San Diego Daily Transcript, was a finalist for the San Diego Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” Awards in 2014 and 2016, a finalist for San Diego Magazine’s “Woman of the Year” in 2016, and has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star three straight years (2015, 2016 and 2017). In addition to a growing practice in adoption and assisted reproductive technology, Ms. Thompson regularly assists clients with mediated settlement agreements, negotiation of pre-marital and post-marital agreements, drafting and review of parentage agreements, domestic violence restraining orders, and post-dissolution modifications of custody and support. She has been a featured speaker on topics such as intellectual property rights under a community property regime and planning for a stable financial future. Ms. Thompson is certified as a family law specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Company: Smith & Scatizzi LLP Name: Marnie Smith Email: [email protected] Address: 600 B Street, Suite 2150, San Diego, California 92101 USA Telephone: +1 619 344 0420 1701CA18

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