Marilla J. Ronald , Attorney At Law


Sole Practitioner since 1992


San Jose, CA





Marilla Ronald is a 1990 graduate of the Santa Clara University School of Law. She is certified as a Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Ms. Ronald practices in all areas of family law including:

  • Dissolution of marriage, legal separation and termination of domestic partnerships
  • Child custody and visitation, including modification of prior orders
  • Child support and spousal support
  • Division of community property and debts and characterization of property as community or separate
  • Paternity actions
  • Restraining orders
  • Contempt matters

Ms. Ronald has practiced family law since 1992. Ms. Ronald is a voluntary attorney mediator at Settlement Officer Conferences in Santa Clara County Superior Court.

Ms. Ronald has experience handling complex family law cases and will be an advocate in court if a trial or contested hearing is necessary. Ms. Ronald will also actively try to negotiate a settlement before a case goes to trial.

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Family Law Specialist, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, 2006

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1991


  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California
    • J.D. - 1990
  • San Jose State University, San Jose, California
    • B.A. - 1986
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Psychology

Classes / Seminars

  • What Family Court Judges Want You to Know, National Business Institute, 2007 to 2007

Honors And Awards

  • Super Lawyer, 2012-2020
  • National Advocates Top 100
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2015
  • Top Women Attorneys in Northern California, 2012

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Member, 1991 to 2019

Pro Bono Activities

  • Attorney Mediator - Settlement Officer Conferences in Santa Clara County Superior Court
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