150 N. Michigan Ave. Ste. 1420
Chicago, IL 60601

Ellen Winick Stross

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Contact Information

Office:
155 Bovet Road
Suite 202
San Mateo CA 94402
Work (650) 349-9920
Fax (650) 349-9907


Practice State

California

Introduction

Ms. Stross is a Certified Specialist in Family Law and a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Ms. Stross’s practice encompasses all aspects of family law, including complex issues of property, support, and custody. She has successfully represented corporate executives, venture capitalists, business professionals, and other high-net-worth individuals throughout the litigation process and in trial.

Northern California Super Lawyers named Ms. Stross a Super Lawyer from 2005 to 2015, one of the top fifty women lawyers in Northern California from 2007-2008 and 2010-2015, and one of the top one hundred lawyers in Northern California from 2005-2015. Ms. Stross received an AV Peer Review Rating by Lexis Nexis Martindale-Hubbell. She was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America from 2010-2017. In addition, the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County awarded Ms. Stross the Dorothy M. Wolfe Award for outstanding service in 2006.

Emphasis

Litigation and Trial; Prenuptial Agreements and Postnuptial Agreements

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Counties

  • San Francisco, California
  • San Mateo, California
  • Santa Clara, California

Education

J.D. 1992 - Northwestern University School of Law

Coro Foundation Fellowship in Public Affairs 1988-1989

B.A. High Distinction, 1988 - University of California at Berkeley, Phi Beta Kappa

Legal Organizations

Member, Assn. of Certified Family Law Specialists 3/1/03 to date

Member ABA, Bar Assn. of San Mateo & San Francisco Counties

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Northern California Chapter Board of Managers, 2010-2015; Treasurer 2015; Chairman, Charitable Donations Committee, 2010-2011; Annual Symposium Co-Chair 2013; Mentor, San Mateo County, 2011 to 2014

Kids' Turn Board of Directors, 2009-2012

Co-chair, Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, Justice for All Luncheons, 2007-2011

Co-chair, Kids' Turn Fundraiser, 2009-2012

Edward J. McFeterridge American Inn of Court, Associate 1994-1996

Awards

Named a Super Lawyer by Northern California Super Lawyers from 2005 to 2015, one of the top fifty women lawyers in Northern California from 2007-2008 and 2010-2015, and one of the top one hundred lawyers in Northern California from 2005-2015.

AV Peer Review Rating by Lexis Nexis Martindale-Hubbell. She was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America from 2010-2017.

The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County awarded the Dorothy M. Wolfe Award for outstanding service in 2006.

CLE Presentations

Presenter, “A-Cross the Great Divide: Journeying Beyond ‘Isn't It True?’: New Perspectives on the Age-Old Art of Cross-Examination,” American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Northern California Symposium, 2014

Presenter, "Direct Examination," American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Northern California Trial Practicum, 2012, 2014

Presenter, “Calculating Child Support in High-Earner Cases,” American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Northern California Symposium, 2010

Presenter, “Psychiatric Evaluations in Family Law and Juvenile Courts: Problems and Possibilities,” Stanford University Medical School, Center for Psychiatry and the Law, 2003

Author

“Murphy Brown v. Mike Brady, Mary Poppins and a Known Donor: Advice for Women Who Want to Become Single Autonomous Birth Mothers,” ACFLS Newsletter Spring 2008.

AAML Chapter

Northern California

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