After spending three years going through her own “nasty divorce,” attorney Marie Backes vowed that she would make it better for others experiencing the traumatic break up of their family unit. It fact, it was that same overly-litigated divorce that led her to decide to change her successful civil litigation practice–with a focus in Erin Brokovitch style whistle-blower law–into an exclusively Family Law practice. I know how bad my clients are feeling because I’ve been there. And I do everything possible to soothe them and make things easier for them during that traumatic time.


As president of the law firm Backes & Associates, Backes focuses on all aspects of Family Law, including all facets of dissolution and property division as well as the newer fields of Domestic Partner Rights, Step Parent and Grandparent rights. Caring for clients comes easy for Backes who prides herself on her ability to strategize. She was admitted to the bar in 1983 and has been admitted to practice before all Courts in the State of California, the Federal District Courts for the Southern and Central Districts, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Backes received her Bachelors degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and graduated from the University of San Francisco School of law. She also studied in England at the London School of Economics and Political Science.


What Backes enjoys most about Family Law is the chance it gives her to advocate for children, the truly innocent victims of divorce. “Anytime I can make things better for children, I am a happy camper!” says Backes who has been practicing law for twenty years. Her future plans include having an impact on legislation to improve Family laws in California, many of which she¬†believes¬†are unfair. She also wants to have an influence on seeing that judges who sit in Family Law Courts are competent in this area of the law and are unbiased triers-of-fact


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In Private Practice: 20 years