Ronald S. Granberg

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Ronald S. Granberg, CFLS, AAML, IAFL
Granberg Law Office
134 Central Avenue
Salinas, CA 93901
Tel: 831-422-6565
Fax: 831-422-5550
Website: granberglaw.com


Professional Affiliations

Awards and Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers in America
    • Recipient of 2014 and 2017 Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” Award for Central Coast California
      (One of eight recipients in state)
  • Super Lawyers of Northern California
    • Member from 2005 through present
  • Martindale-Hubbell
    • AV rating
  • AVVO
    • 10 out of 10 rating
  • Recipient of Northern California Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers “Fellow of the Year Award”
  • Co-recipient of Southern California Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers “Family Law Person of the Year Award”
  • Recipient of California Association of Certified Family Law Specialists “Hall of Fame Award”
  • Six-time recipient of Monterey College of Law “Professor of the Year Award”

Current Teaching Positions

Former Teaching Positions

 Professional Neutral and Judicial Training

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers-trained mediator
  • Mediation Training, Gary Friedman Center for Mediation in Law (five days), February 1996
  • “Collaborative Practice in Divorce,” Chip Rose (two days), September 2005
  • “Conflict Resolution for Collaborative Divorce Professionals,” Mandell-Giznet (two days), June 2006
  • “American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Negotiation Seminar,” Harvard Project on Negotiation in Cambridge (two days), April 2015
  • “Bench Conduct and Demeanor,” Santa Clara County Superior Court (three hours), August 2015
  • “Master Class in Mediation Advocacy,” American Bar Association (1.5 hours), August 2015
  • “Advanced Mediation Training,” American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, National Chapter (two days), November 2015

Books

Articles

Presentation Materials

Professional Presentations

  • Twenty-six (1987-2013) Annual Family Law Update presentations for the Monterey County Bar Association Family Law Section
  • Six (2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016) evidence presentations for the Trial Practicum of the Northern California Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists 2003 Spring Seminar, “Moore/Marsden and Bono v Clark
  • State Bar Section Education Institute, January 2004, “Moore/Marsden and Bono v Clark
  • Northern California Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers June 16, 2004 meeting “Will Grinius Steal Christmas?”
  • State Bar Annual Meeting, October 7, 2004 (program sponsored by Family Law Section of California State Bar Association), “Goodwill: Does It Exist, How to Recognize It, and What to Do with It Once You’ve Found It”
  • Monterey County Bar Association Family Law Section, January 14, 2005 “Are You Ready for Domestic Partnerships?”
  • Continuing Professional Education Forum of the Central Coast, February 25, 2005 meeting “Domestic Partnerships”
  • Southern California Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers April 9, 2005 meeting “Pro Tanto Tango: Marsden and More”
  • Continuing Professional Education Forum of the Central Coast, June 28, 2005 meeting “What You Should Do (and Know) When Your Client Is Divorcing”
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists Meeting, February 23, 2006 “Marriage of Sherman and the Gang: Wherefore Art Thou, Moore/Marsden?”
  • Northern California Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Symposium, April 29, 2006 “The Effects of Refinancing Property On Characterization And Reimbursement Rights”
  • CPA Education Foundation Family Law Conference, October 26, 2006 (Los Angeles) and October 27, 2006 (San Francisco) “It’s My House, Isn’t It! The Effects of Refinancing Property On Characterization and Reimbursement Rights”
  • Santa Cruz County Bar Association Family Law Section, January 12, 2007 “The Effects of Refinancing Property On Characterization and Reimbursement Rights”
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, Sacramento Roundtable Meeting, February 27, 2007 “The Effects of Refinancing Property On Characterization and Reimbursement Rights”
  • Barristers Committee of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, May 11, 2007, “Courtroom Evidence: Love It or Lose It!”
  • Sonoma County Bar Association Family Law Section, September 15, 2007 “The Effects of Refinancing Property On Characterization and Reimbursement Rights”
  • State Bar Annual Meeting, September 27, 2004 (program sponsored by Family Law Section of California State Bar Association), “Marital Settlement Agreements: The Nuts and Bolts of Sealing the Deal”
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, Northern California, November 15, 2007 “Real Estate is Down, Walrath is Up”
  • Southern California Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers December 1, 2007 meeting “Real Estate is Down, Walrath is Up”
  • Santa Cruz County Bar Association Family Law Section, February 1, 2008 “Marriage of Sherman Partially Corrects Bono v. Clark’s Moore/Marsden Errors”
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists Spring Seminar, March 15, 2008 “Spousal Support: The Differences Between Temporary and Trial Support and How to Prove the Elements”
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, Northern California, May 8, 2008 “Family Law Trial Evidence”
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association Family Law Section, June 20, 2008. “Reimbursement Claims, Tracing Issues, and How that Christmas Gift of Cash Became a Loan You Never Knew You Had”
  • State Bar Annual Meeting, September 25, 2008 (program sponsored by Family Law Section of California State Bar Association), “Protecting Privacy Interests in Family Law Proceedings – Post Burkle
  • Southern California Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, December 6, 2008 meeting “Evidence Tips and Tricks: The Play”
  • Alameda County Family Law Bar, January 29, 2009 meeting “Trial Evidence”
  • Santa Cruz County Bar Association Family Law Section, March 6, 2009 “Evidence Tips and Tricks: The Play”
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists Spring Seminar, April 18, 2009 “Practical Solutions to ‘Real’ Estate Problems: Characterization and Division in a Down Real Estate Market”
  • Northern California Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Symposium, May 1, 2009 “The Disappearing Real Estate Equity: Are There Any Magical Solutions?”
  • Sacramento County Bar Association Family Law Section, June 2, 2009 “Evidence Tips and Tricks: The Play”
  • Orange County Bar Association Family Law Section, July 28, 2009 meeting “Evidence Traps and Tricks: The Play”
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, August 28, 2009 “Family Law Real Property Issues in This Troubled Real Estate Market”
  • Monterey County Bar Association Family Law Section, September 11, 2009 “Representing Registered Domestic Partners and Same Sex Couples”
  • Southern California Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, January 17, 2010 Trial Advocacy Institute “Litigating Difficult Real Estate Issues”
  • Santa Cruz County Bar Association Family Law Section, February 5, 2010 “Litigating Difficult Real Estate Issues”
  • Monterey County Bar Association, February 16, 2010 “Evidence Tips and Tricks: The Play”
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, March 24, 2010 “Evidence Tips and Tricks: The Play”
  • Pasadena Bar Association Family Law Section, April 28, 2010 “The Effects of Declining Value and Negative Equity on Property Division”
  • Southern California Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Retreat, May 13, 2010 “Business Income Available for Support”
  • Northern California Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Symposium, May 14, 2010 “Lava Flow or Cash Flow: What Business Income is Really Available for Support?”
  • Orange County Bar Association Family Law Section, May 19, 2010 meeting “Litigating Difficult Real Estate Issues in this Troubled Real Estate Market”
  • Certified Family Law Specialists of the San Diego Bar Association, June 5, 2010 “Litigating Difficult Real Estate Issues in this Troubled Real Estate Market”
  • Monterey County Bar Association, June 14, 2010 “The Effects of Declining Value and Negative Equity on Property Division”
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association Family Law Section, September 17, 2010 “The Effects of Declining Value and Negative Equity on Property Division
  • State Bar Annual Meeting, September 24, 2010 (program sponsored by Family Law Section of California State Bar Association) “The Effects of Declining Value and Negative Equity on Property Division
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (Sacramento presentation), October 12, 2010 “Business Income Available for Support”
  • Certified Family Law Specialists of the San Diego Bar Association, October 13, 2010 “Lava Flow: Business Income for Support”
  • National American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Meeting, November 5, 2010 “Business Income Available for Support: Phantom Income, Depreciation and Other Demons”
  • Santa Cruz County Bar Association Family Law Section, February 4, 2011 “Business Income Available for Support”
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (San Francisco presentation), February 8, 2011 “Is Phantom Income Real?”
  • New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, April 9, 2011 “Business Income Available for Support: Phantom Income, Depreciation and other Demons”
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists Spring Seminar April 17, 2011 “Watching it Happen: Advanced Evidence in the Courtroom”
  • Pasadena Bar Association Family Law Section, April 27, 2011 “What Business Income is Available for Support?”
  • Northern California Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Symposium, May 15, 2011 “Risky Business: What Would Tom Cruise Do?”
  • San Mateo County Family Law Section, June 10, 2011, “The Ethical Divorce Lawyer”
  • Southern California Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, August 20, 2011, “The Ethical Divorce Lawyer”
  • State Bar Annual Meeting, September 17, 2011 (program sponsored by Family Law Section of California State Bar Association) “Beyond Pereira and Van Camp: The Reality Show”
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (Sacramento presentation), September 27, 2011 “Ethics, Sex, Lies and Secrets”
  • Attorney’s Briefcase (Los Angeles and San Francisco presentations) October 2011 “Psychological Aspects of Divorce Client Representation”
  • Attorney’s Briefcase videotape for website CLE posting, October 2011 “Ethics, Sex, Lies, and Secrets”
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (Orange County presentation), October 22, 2011 “Ethics, Sex, Lies and Secrets”
  • Certified Family Law Specialists of the San Diego Bar Association, December 3, 2011 “Risky Business: What Would Tom Cruise Do?”
  • Santa Cruz County Bar Association Family Law Section, January 6, 2012 “Advanced Pereira/Van Camp
  • Southern California Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, January 14, 2012 Trial Advocacy Institute “The Stolen Email – An Ethical Problem with Criminal and Civil Penalties”
  • Southern California Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, January 15, 2012 Trial Advocacy Institute “Expert Wizardry in Presenting and Defending Income Adjustments for Support: Hogwarts and All”
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists Spring Seminar March 23, 2012 “Expert Wizardry in Presenting and Defending Income Adjustments for Support: Hogwarts and All (Unabridged Version)”
  • AAML-AICPA Las Vegas Symposium, May 10, 2012 “Expert Wizardry in Presenting and Defending Income Adjustments for Support: Hogwarts and All”
  • Northern California Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Symposium, May 20, 2012 “Draco Dormiens Ninquam Titillandus (or, “Never Tickle a Sleeping Dragon”)”
  • CalCPA Education Foundation Family Law Section, August 17, 2012 “Risky Business: What Would Tom Cruise Do?”
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, Chapter Two, August 28, 2012 “The Secret Ways of MSA’s”
  • New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education Symposium, September 8, 2012 “Presenting and Defending Income Adjustments for Support”
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, Chapter One, September 18, 2012 “The Secret Ways of MSA’s”
  • Northern California Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Chapter Meeting, October 17, 2012 “Litigating with Friends”
  • State Bar Family Law Section Webinar, January 8, 2013 “Don’t Let High-Stress Negotiations Make You Crazy, Part 1”
  • Southern California Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, January 20, 2013 Trial Advocacy Institute “Effective Cross-Examination Strategies for the Business Valuation Expert”
  • State Bar Family Law Section Webinar, January 22, 2013 “Don’t Let High-Stress Negotiations Make You Crazy, Part 2”
  • North Carolina Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, February 15, 2013 “Expert Wizardry in Presenting and Defending Income Adjustments for Support: Hogwarts and All”
  • National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ National Meeting, February 25, 2013 “Tax Problems in Deciding What Business Income to Use for Support: Mastering Phantom Income, Depreciation and Other Demons”
  • Santa Cruz County Bar Association Family Law Section, March 29, 2013 “Ethics: Sex, Lies and Secrets”
  • Southern California Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, April 12, 2013 “The Secret Ways of MSAs: Divorce Privacy vs. Governmental Transparency”
  • Pasadena Bar Association Family Law Section, April 24, 2013 “760 Erosion: Through the Brooks into the Valli?”
  • Monterey County Bar Association, May 29, 2013 “Ethics: Sex, Lies and Secrets”
  • Northern California Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, June 1, 2013 Symposium “Effective Cross-Examination Strategies for the Business Valuation Expert”
  • San Mateo County Family Law Section, June 10, 2013 “760 Erosion: Through the Brooks into the Valli?”
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers National Webinar, June 12, 2013 “Show Me The Money – Identifying Business Income Available for Support”
  • Chapter Two, Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, August 27, 2013 “760 Erosion: Through the Brooks into the Valli?”
  • Chapter One, Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, September 10, 2013 “760 Erosion: Through the Brooks into the Valli?”
  • Continuing Education of the Bar, September 19, 2013 “Courtroom Evidence”
  • Chapter Three, Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, September 28, 2013 “760 Erosion: Through the Brooks into the Valli?”
  • California State Bar Annual Meeting, October 13, 2013 “Effective Cross-examination of the Business Valuation Expert”
  • Monterey County Bar Association, November 5, 2013 “Domestic Violence: Coordination of Criminal and Family Law Cases”
  • Maryland Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, November 11, 2013 “Show Me the Money: Business Income Available for Support”
  • San Diego County Family Law Section, December 13, 2013 “760 Erosion: Through the Brooks into the Valli?”
  • Los Angeles County Family Law Section, December 14, 2013 “760 Erosion: Through the Brooks into the Valli?”
  • Santa Cruz County Family Law Section, December 20, 2013 “760 Erosion: Through the Brooks into the Valli?”
  • Southern California Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, January 18, 2014 Trial Advocacy Institute “My Smoke Your Mirrors: Accounting Games People Play”
  • Chapter One, Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, January 14, 2014 “Legal Logic and Persuasion Science”
  • Monterey County Bar Association, February 20, 2014 “Legal Logic and Persuasion Science”
  • State Bar FlexCom program (San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles), April 4, 2014, April 10, 2014, May 23, 2014 “Essentials of a Family Law Trial”
  • Pasadena County Family Law Section, April 30, 2014 “Legal Logic and Persuasion Science”
  • San Mateo County Family Law Section, May 9, 2014, “Divorce Privacy vs. Governmental Transparency”
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers National Webinar, May 14, 2014 “‘Try to See Things My Way’: Insight into Powerful Negotiation Strategies”
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, May 21, 2014 “What Valli Did”
  • Chapter Three, Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, June 9, 2014 “Legal Logic and Persuasion Science”
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association Family Law Section, June 27, 2014 “What Valli Did”
  • Kern County Bar Association, July 19, 2014 “Trial Evidence Traps and Tricks”
  • CalCPA Education Foundation Family Law Section, August 15, 2014 “What Valli Did”
  • California Family Law Reports, September 5, 2014 “Dollars and Sense”
  • State Bar Annual Meeting, September 11, 2014 (program sponsored by Family Law Section of California State Bar Association) “My Smoke Your Mirrors: Accounting Games People Play”
  • Chapter Three, Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, September 23, 2014 “Advocacy in Action: The Psychology of Persuasion”
  • Southern California Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, October 18, 2014 “Legal Logic and Persuasion Science”
  • Santa Cruz County Family Law Section, February 27, 2015 “Legal Logic and Divorce Persuasion: What Would Aristotle Do?”
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers National Midyear Meeting, March 12, 2015 “Smoke and Mirrors: Cash Flow Games People Play”
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists Spring Seminar, March 20, 2015 “Orders and Judgments: The Lawyer’s View”
  • Missouri Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Symposium (St. Louis), April 16, 2015 “Uncovering Business Income Available for Support”
  • Missouri Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Symposium (Kansas City), April 17, 2015 “Uncovering Business Income Available for Support”
  • Southern California Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, May 16, 2015 “Securing the Equalizing Payment Using the Business as Security”
  • Chapter One, Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, June 9, 2015 “Smoke and Mirrors: Cash Flow Games People Play”
  • California Family Law Reports, June 13, 2015 Advanced Family Law Course “Agreements and Transmutations”
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (Sacramento Chapter.), October 23, 2015 “Evidence Tips and Tricks”
  • Southern California Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, January 15-17 2016 Trial Advocacy Institute “Selected Evidence Topics”
  • Northern California Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers February 20, 2016 “Deductive and Inductive Divorce Logic: What Would Aristotle Do?”
  • Tennessee Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, February 22, 2016 “My Smoke Your Mirrors: Accounting Games People Play”
  • New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, April 16, 2016 “Net Income Cannot Buy Groceries – Only Cash Can”
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute, July 10, 2016 “Rhetoric”
  • Santa Cruz County Bar Association Family Law Section, July 22, 2016 “Business Income Available for Support – Only Cash Flow Buys Groceries”
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers National Organization Annual Meeting, November 5, 2016 “Securing the Equalizing Payment – When It Seemed That It Couldn’t Be Done!”
  • California Family Law Reports Expert Series, November 11, 2016 “Business Valuation”
  • Bar Association of San Francisco Family Law Section, November 17, 2016 “Business Income Available for Support: Taxable Income Approach vs. Cash Flow Approach”
  • Santa Cruz County Bar Association, January 19, 2017 “Evidentiary Hot Spots”
  • Southwestern School of Law, June 10, 2017 “Preserving Your Ability to Appeal”
  • California Family Law Reports Advanced Family Law Course, June 9, 2017 “Agreements and Transmutations”
  • Southern California Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, June 12, 2017 “The Divorce Gene: Sociobiological Settlement Strategies”
  • Northern California Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, June 21, 2017 “Moore/Marsden Advanced Issues”
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute, July 14, 2017 “Anger, Cooperation and Structure in Advocacy”
  • Attorney’s Briefcase videotape for website CLE posting, August 14, 2017 “Ethical Conduct Matters”
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association Family Law Section, October 6, 2017 “Evidentiary Hot Spots” and “Net Income Cannot Buy Groceries – Only Cash Can”
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (Chapter 3), November 13, 2017 “Orders in the House: Fiduciary Duties and Beyond”
  • Southern California Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, January 14, 2018 Trial Advocacy Institute “Trial Advocacy from Aristotle to Garner”
  • California Lawyers Association Family Law Section Webinar, April 19, 2018, “Divorce Privacy”
  • Southern California Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers meeting, April 21, 2018 “Less Marsden”
  • Northern California Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Symposium, May 6, 2018 “It’s Apportionment, Sure – But Is It Equitable? Fresh approaches to Pereira/Van Camp
    and Moore/Marsden”
  • San Mateo County Family Law Section, May 11, 2018 “Evidentiary Hot Spots”
  • Santa Cruz County Bar Association, June 14, 2018 “Trial Advocacy from Aristotle to Garner”
  • Southern California Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers meeting, April 21, 2018 “Less Marsden”
  • CalCPA Education Foundation Family Law Section, August 17, 2018 “Less Marsden”
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (Chapter 1), September 11, 2018 “Less Marsden”
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (Chapter 2), September 23, 2018 “Less Marsden”
  • Kern County Bar Association, Family Law Section, October 3, 2018 “Less Marsden”

Education

    • B.A. (University of Michigan, 1970)
    • J.D. (Monterey College of Law, 1978)

Positions

    • Cominos, Shostak & Epstein, Salinas (1976 through 1980)
    • Lavorato, House & Granberg, Salinas (1980 through 1995)
    • Granberg Law Office, Salinas (1995 through present)