Merritt Weisinger has been an attorney for over 38 years. He was a partner in a general civil trial practice for 19 years in Los Angeles consisting of family law, business litigation, personal injury and malpractice. He has been practicing in Contra Costa County since 1992. His practice is now 100% family law.
Mr. Weisinger attended high school in Jamaica, New York. He received his B.A. from Colgate University in 1968. He then attended graduate school for two years prior to law school. He received his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles in 1973. Merritt Weisinger was a partner in an 8 attorney law firm in Los Angeles prior to moving to Northern California to become a partner in Clancy, Firpo and Weisinger. He taught civil procedure and family law in law school for several years as well as several graduate level college courses. He is co-author of the Barron's book for the law school admissions test. Mr. Weisinger is also trained as a family law mediator. He has served as a pro-tem judge and arbitrator and has been on the arbitration panels of the American Arbitration Association, Better Business Bureau, and for several county and local bar associations. In 1996 Mr. Weisinger became a certified Family Law Specialist. Mr. Weisinger continues his education taking over 35 hours a year of family law related courses including taxes, pension and retirement, child development and current developments in the law. Mr. Weisinger has a reputation as a skilled and aggressive family law litigator who is goal oriented to have cases resolved in accordance with the law and common sense.
Karen M. Briseno
Karen M. Briseno is Mr. Weisinger's full time paralegal for the Walnut Creek Family Law Center, Inc. She has been Mr. Weisinger's paralegal for over 15 years. Prior to working for Mr. Weisinger, Ms. Briseno had worked for another Certified Family Law Specialist in Contra Costa County for over 5 years and also worked for a corporate law firm also located in Contra Costa County for a number of years.
Ms. Briseno has been working as a paralegal in the legal field for almost 20+ years with her primary focus on family law, personal injury, and corporate law. Prior to working in the legal field, Ms. Briseno worked as a technical proposal writer for a large telecommunications company and as a technical engineering assistant for Chevron Corporation's Exploration, Land, and Production Department helping design offshore platforms. Ms. Briseno is author of a pipeflex study book she specifically developed for Chevron Corporation. Ms. Briseno was born and raised in San Francisco and South San Francisco . She has lived in Contra Costa County for 25 years now. She graduated from South San Francisco High School . She took classes at Cal Berkeley, Golden Gate University and Cal State Hayward where she was working on obtaining her civil engineering degree and paralegal studies while working full time at Chevron. Ms. Briseno enjoys working in the legal field and has extensive knowledge of family law, personal injury and corporate issues. She also enjoys spending time with her family.
Ethan M. Weisinger
Ethan M. Weisinger is a highly regarded Associate Attorney with Walnut Creek Family Law Center, Inc. He previously clerked with both this firm and with the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office. Ethan attended California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo where he graduated with a degree of co-majors in English and Political Science.
He then attended law school at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, graduating with honors and an emphasis in Trial Litigation. He represents clients in all aspects of conventional family law matters, as well as dissolution of same sex marriages and of Registered Domestic Partnerships.
Ethan has the unique ability to work closely with his clients on a personal level, ensuring that the clients' have a access to an attorney during business hours or within a short time of their contact if he is in court.