Judge Thomas Trent Lewis is Assistant Supervising Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court Family Law Department. He is a Certified Family law Specialist and, before taking the bench, practiced family law for over 28 years. Judge Lewis serves on the Judicial Council Family & Juvenile Law Advisory Committee and on the Family Law Education Committee for the Center for Judicial Education and Research. He is also President of the California Chapter of the Association of Family & Conciliation Courts and a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). He was honored in 2010 by the Southern California Chapter of the AAML with its Outstanding Jurist Award. Judge Lewis is a contributing author for Chapters 11 through 20 of The Rutter Group’s California Practice Guide: Family Law. He writes and teaches extensively in the family law field and participates regularly on basic and advanced level family law programs presented by The Rutter Group and California Family Law Report.
Mary J. Martinelli is a Certified Family Law Specialist who leads one of the largest family law practices in California. She represents clients in sophisticated custody matters and high-stakes property matters. Her practice focuses primarily on parties who own businesses. Practicing as part of Downey Brand LLP, Sacramento's largest law firm, Mary is one of the few family law attorneys in the state working daily with corporate, estate planning, tax, and ERISA attorneys who provide in depth support to her family law clients. Mary taught Family Law/Community Property for 10 years at UC Davis (King Hall) School of Law, and is a frequent speaker and writer on family law topics.
Stephen James Wagner is a Certified Family Law Specialist and partner in the Sacramento law firm of Dick & Wagner, specializing in complex family law matters. He also acts as a consultant to other family law specialists, often participating in multi-day trials. Stephen has been a speaker for more than 200 CLE programs over the last 30 years. He co-presented The Rutter Group/CFLR 2009 FLRC and AFLC programs. Stephen is a coauthor of the 10-book series, Gray & Wagner, Complex Issues in California Family Law. He is also a consultant and contributing author to: Kirkland, Lurvey, Richmond & Wagner, California Family Law Practice and Procedure, 2nd ed., Denner, Kolodny & Wagner, California Family Law Litigation Guide - Strategy, Planning and Preparation for Depositions, Hearings and Trial, and California Family Law Monthly.
Justice Mark B. Simons received his J.D. from the University of Chicago, where he served on the Law Review. In 2001, he was appointed to the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco. Justice Simons was an adjunct professor of law and taught evidence at Hastings College of the Law from 2002 through 2004. He has lectured on evidence topics to numerous lawyer and judicial groups, including the B. E. Witkin Judicial College, and served as Dean of the Judicial College in 1995 and 1996. Justice Simons is the author of California Evidence Manual, published by West. He has twice received the Bernard Jefferson Award for Distinguished Service in Judicial Education.
David B. Kuypers is the California Family Law Report (CFLR) Project Manager for DissoMaster. David oversees day-to-day operations and coordinates with the developer, programmer, and the California Family Law courts. He is also involved in the other Thomson Reuters family law software products -- SupporTax and FinPlan. Previously, he was a Westlaw Reference Attorney in the specialty software product group, where he was the family law product lead. He is a graduate of Marquette University Law School and received a Sports Law Certificate from the National Sports Law Institute. Prior to law school, he worked in commercial lending and sales and marketing.
Dr. Steven Sparta is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCSD. He is also Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University.