Mareva Spitz-Johnson

Mareva is a Paralegal at JWB Family Law. She began her career as the Office Manager for a Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice who specialized in providing treatment programs for domestic violence and sex offenders for San Diego County Probation; Pre-Trial Services and the Federal Probation Department. After (10) years in this field, she decided to apply and was accepted into the Paralegal Program at the University of San Diego. She graduated at the top of her class and through her Administrative Law Professor, secured her first job with a Family Law firm while still completing the program. 

Mareva has worked strictly in Family Law for (11) years. She worked her way up from a legal assistant to a Senior Paralegal. In her role as a Paralegal, she has supported 1-5 attorneys and manages cases from start to finish. This includes drafting pleadings, trial and settlement briefs, settlement correspondence, discovery demands and discovery requests, preparing cases for multi-day trials, daily interaction and communication with clients, Court staff, opposing counsel/party. Over the course of her Paralegal career, Mareva has worked on several high-conflict and high-asset matters as she has regularly been tasked with managing these clients throughout the pendency of their representation by the attorney. 

When Mareva is not working, she enjoys road trips with her husband, frequenting San Francisco 49er’s games, getting outside and enjoying all that San Diego has to offer and spending as much time with her adult daughter that she can.

The Importance of the CFLS Designation

A Certified Family Law Specialist, or CFLS, is an attorney who has obtained certification in the standards of California family law and demonstrated optimal legal competence. Attorneys who obtain this certification have specific expertise in all aspects of family law, which includes divorce or the dissolution of marriagechild and spousal support, child custody, and temporary restraining orders, among other areas of emphasis.

Not every attorney practicing family law has obtained this certification. In fact, the designation remains relatively rare—there are fewer than 2,000 CFLS attorneys in California and fewer than 200 in San Diego.