About Anita J. Margolis

EDUCATION

CALIFORNIA WESTERN SCHOOL OF LAW (ABA/AALS)
San Diego, California
Class Standing: Top 25%

HONORS AND ACTIVITIES:
American Jurisprudence Award in Trial Evidence and Real Property Finance
Dean’s List
Moot Court Competition Finalist
Vice President and Events Coordinator, Law Association of Women
Lawyer’s Club of San Diego, Student Member

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
Madison, Wisconsin
Bachelor of Arts: English, 1981

HONORS AND ACTIVITIES:
Class Standing: Top 10%
Graduated with Distinction
Phi Kappa Phi, Scholastic Honorary Society
Horse Science Internship – Special Admission to Meat & Animal Science Intern
Program granted for academic excellence, Summer, 1980

LEGAL EMPLOYMENT

SOLE PRACTITIONER
The Law Offices of Anita J. Margolis – San Diego, California
Private practice specializing in civil litigation and family law, including domestic
partner disputes & litigation, real estate litigation, personal injury, product liability,
commercial and business litigation, employment litigation, artificial insemination
and surrogacy transactions, and adoptions. (Spring, 1993 - present)

ASSOCIATE
Phillips, Campbell, Haskett, Noone & Ingwalson – San Diego, California
Handled all aspects of litigation with independent caseload, including substantial
trial experience in civil litigation and family law proceedings. (1986-93)

INTERN
Higgs, Fletcher & Mack – San Diego, California
Assisted in all stages of preparing cases for litigation. Included legal and
evidentiary research; drafting of legal and interoffice documents and letters;
participation in depositions and conferences. (Spring, 1985)

CERTIFIED LAW CLERK – DOMESTIC LAW
Lilia S. De Velasquez – San Diego, California
Received client files and handled all aspects of each case, including court
appearances with minimum supervision. (Spring, 1985)

JUDICIAL EXTERN – CALIFORNIA COURT OF APPEAL
Fourth Appellate District, San Diego, California
Performed extensive legal research; drafted and edited opinions, advisory
memoranda, and writs for Justice Robert O. Staniforth. (Fall, 1984)

INTERN – FAMILY LAW
Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. – San Diego, California
Researched and drafted memoranda and all other documents incident to litigation;
prepared and conducted depositions; made court appearances; interviewed and
counseled clients. (Summer, 1984)

LAW CLERK – DOMESTIC AND PERSONAL INJURY
Lynne W. Lugar – San Diego, California
Prepared trial briefs, motions, other litigation documents and memoranda. Involved
client interviewing. (Summer, 1984)

LAW CLERK – CORPORATE AND PARTNERSHIP
Virginia L. Weber – San Diego, California
Drafted pleadings, prepared memoranda and assisted in discovery for private
practice with emphasis on small business litigation. (Spring, 1984)

LAW CLERK – EQUINE AND TAX LAW
Kenneth A. Wood – Rancho Santa Fe, California
Researched tax laws and their effect on the horse industry; organized and assembled
a business management and economics portfolio. (Summer, 1983)

LEGAL SECRETARY – COLLECTIONS AND BANKRUPTCY
Eskanos & Fertig – San Diego, California
Responsibilities included preparing and filing complaints, default judgments and
drafting declarations. (1981 - 1982).

LEGAL SECRETARY – COMMERCIAL AND BANKRUPTCY
Kenyon, Seier & Winslow – Madison, Wisconsin
Drafted Wills and a variety of contracts; initiated correspondence; and typed
memoranda and bankruptcy court documents. (1979 - 1980)

LEGAL ACTIVITIES

  • Judge Pro Tem for San Diego Superior Court (2001-present);
  • Arbitrator for San Diego Superior Court (2001-2008);
  • Member of the San Diego County Bar Association, 1985 - present (Board of Directors: 1999 - 2002, Secretary: 2000 - 2001, Vice President: 2001 - 2002; Membership Committee member: 2006-2007; Continuing Education Advisory Committee: 2008-present)
  • Member of Lawyers’ Club of San Diego (Board of Directors: 1989-93, Secretary: 1991-92, Assistant Secretary: 1992-93, Chairperson of Community Relations Committee: 1989-91, Chairperson of Continuing Education Committee: 1992-93, Membership Committee: 1996 - 1997)
  • Member of the Tom Homann Law Association, Board of Directors: 2003-2005 & 2006-present, Co-President: 2010-2012;
  • Member of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (formerly known as San Diego Trial Lawyers Association), 1985 - 2001;
  • Director on Board of Directors of California Western School of Law Alumni Assn., 1997 - 1999;
  • Task Force Member of the Annual Women’s Resource Fair sponsored by the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program, 1989 - 1998;
  • Volunteer for San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, 1993 - 2004;
  • Member of the Gender Equity Advisory Board of the San Diego Community College District, 1990 - 2002, 1994 - 2002;
  • Member of the Single Parents/Displaced Homemakers Advisory Board of the San Diego Community College District, 1990 - 2002;
  • Judge for mock trial competitions at California Western School of Law
  • Member of the Citizens Advisory Council to the Board of Trustees of the San Diego City School District, 1997 - 2001
  • Member of Greater Golden Hills Planning Committee, 2008 - 2011

PUBLICATIONS

Drafted “Enforcement of Family Law Orders” section of the Family Law Manual published and copy written by the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program in September, 1995 used for training volunteer lawyers in the family law assistance project.

PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Approved arbitrator for San Diego Superior Court, 2001 - 2008
  • Judge Pro Tem for San Diego Superior Court, 2001 - present
  • Distinguished Service Award from Tom Homann Law Association, 2008
  • Multiple listings in Marquis Who’s Who in American Law
  • Multiple listings in Nationwide Registers’ Who’s Who in Executives & Businesses
  • Multiple listings in Marquis Who’s Who in the West
  • Multiple listings in Marquis Who’s Who of American Women
  • Multiple listings in Marquis Who’s Who in America
  • Listing in International Who’s Who of Professionals
  • Listing in National Association of Professional Women
  • Listing in Covington’s Who’s Who Registry - 2012

SPECIAL INTERESTS AND ABILITIES

Sports: Soccer, Golf, Skiing
Games: Ping Pong, Foosball, Pool
Arts: watercolor painting and pottery
In My Past: Horse Breeding, Training, and Exhibiting
                  Professional window sign painter and calligrapher
                  Singer/Songwriter