Firm Profile

Michael S. Martin

Founding Attorney

Michael Martin obtained his Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice and a minor in Political Science from San Diego State University. He commenced his legal education at California Western School of Law in San Diego, CA.

While completing his legal studies Michael worked for San Diego County Public Defender's Office and Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office obtaining a balanced perspective from both sides of the criminal justice system. At California Western School of Law, Michael served as President of the American Association for Justice and as an active member of the Criminal Law Association.

Upon graduation, Michael became the youngest Deputy District Attorney at San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office. As a prosecutor he handled over 500 arraignments, 40 cases to resolution, and five jury trials. One of which, he served as the second chair attorney for a six week special circumstance homicide trial that resulted in convictions on all charges and a sentence of life without the possibility of parole.

Michael started his first office in Tracy, where he observed a need for compassionate, educated, and affordable legal representation. Michael and his firm only accept cases they can zealously represent and make a difference in. The overwhelming support of the Michael's past and current clients has enabled his firm to offer the same high quality legal representation in Pleasanton and San Diego (Santee).

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John Stovall

Attorney

John Stovall was born and raised in the San Joaquin Valley; he was born in St. Joseph’s and has gone to school and worked in San Joaquin for his entire life.

John obtained his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of the Pacific in 2001.   After completing his degree he worked in management for a large multinational corporation.  John returned to school and obtained his Juris Doctorate from Humphreys College, Laurence Drivon School of Law, where he graduated salutatorian, in 2009. While in law school, he gained experience at the San Joaquin County Public Defender's Office.  He has been practicing law since 2009, where he began his career as defense attorney.  This allowed him to very quickly gain trial experience handling complex matters.  Shortly thereafter John gained recognition through the San Joaquin County Bar Association and was chosen as one of only a handful of attorneys to receive a contract through the county to provide defense services to indigent clients. Additionally, he worked with a family law firm in Stockton where he gained experience handling divorces, child custody matters, and other family law matters.  

John is the lead attorney for both the Tracy and the Pleasanton offices. He handles all cases in the areas of Bankruptcy, Criminal Defense, and Family Law for those offices.  

John is a member of the California State Bar Association and the San Joaquin County Bar Association. He is admitted to practice before all courts in the State of California and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.

 

 

Kate Petersen

Attorney (Of Counsel)

Kate Petersen attended San Diego State University for her undergraduate education. She graduated from the University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science, and with a minor in Spanish. Ms. Petersen then attended the University of Hastings for her law school education. There she served on the student leadership panel and Hastings Public Interest Law Foundation, was President of the Association of Students for Kids, was a member of the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal, and was a volunteer for GAAP.

During her time in law school, she worked for Bay Area Legal Aid, the Santa Clara District Attorney's Office and the San Francisco District Attorney's Office. Following graduation, Ms. Petersen worked in Civil Litigation, focusing primarily on insurance defense and public entity defense. She joined The Law Offices of Martin & Farah Law, PC in May of 2011 in the Pleasanton office.

Kate is a member of the California State Bar Association and the Alameda County Bar Association. She is admitted to practice before all courts in the State of California and the United States District Court for the Northern and Eastern District of California.

 

 

Debbie Belmar

Family Law Paralegal

Debbie Belmar grew up in the San Joaquin Valley.  She graduated from high school in the Bay Area, where she lived and worked until 1998 when she moved her family back to the Valley.

Debbie obtained her degree in Law Office Administration in 1992.  She has been working in the legal field for over 22 years at firms large and small in a wide variety of legal areas, including family law, bankruptcy, litigation, real estate, employment, business transactional, corporate, and trademark.  Debbie was also on the Legal Technology Committee and served as a Software Trainer for 5 years.  Debbie has been a California licensed realtor since 2005 and a Notary Public since 1993.

Debbie is our Family Law Paralegal in the Tracy & Pleasanton offices.  She serves as the primary point of contact for all of our Tracy & Pleasanton family law clients.  

 

 

Connie Holt

Bankruptcy Paralegal

Connie Holt grew up in Norwalk, Connecticut. She moved to California in 1972 where she started her family. 

Connie received her Associate's Decree in Paralegal Studies from Kaplan University.  Additionally, through further education and training she earned a Certificate of Training from the National Association of Bankruptcy Petition Preparers, a Certificate of Training from Chapter 713 Bankruptcy Training. Connie has been working in the bankruptcy field in large and small bankruptcy law firms for over 13 years. Connie’s commitment to customer service, coupled with her understanding of each client’s unique financial situation, gives clients reassurance and confidence throughout their legal experience. Connie has worked in the Customer Service field since 1980 for IBM, United Airlines, and the County Clerk’s Office in the Election Department for Stanislaus County. Connie has also been a small business owner for the past ten years.

Connie is our Bankruptcy Paralegal in the Tracy & Pleasanton Offices and serves as the point of contact for all Northern California bankruptcy clients. 

 

 

Bryan Massey

San Diego Case Manager

Bryan Massey was born and raised in San Diego. He went to high school in the east county area of San Diego before attending San Diego State University to study Criminal Justice.

In 1995 Bryan had the opportunity to work for the largest specialty sports retailer in Southern California and spent the next 15 years in the winter sports industry. As Director of Operations, Bryan had the opportunity to gain experience in business management, human resources, wholesale purchasing, and liability insurance negotiation, putting together multiple on-snow demo events open to the public.

After leaving the winter sports industry, Bryan returned to school and is currently finishing his degree in Paralegal Studies. Bryan brings with him a passion for helping people through the difficult times in their lives, a trait well suited to a Family Law and Bankruptcy environment. He is our San Diego Case Manager and is the primary point of contact for all of our San Diego clients.  

 

 

 

 

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Why Choose Us:

As a former prosecutor, I have handled an extensive and heavy caseload and spent countless hours negotiating with other attorneys and preparing for and taking cases to trial. As a prosecutor I handled over 500 arraignments, 40 cases to resolution, and five jury trials, including a six week special circumstance homicide trial, as a second chair attorney. It is this experience that I will bring to your case. You can be assured, my office will communicate with you as your case develops and zealously represent you. While my office handles a variety of types of cases I have dedicated a majority of my practice to representation in criminal law, bankruptcy, and personal injury.