West Valley Bar Association Member
State of California Lawyer's Fee Arbitration
Suzanne Mulkern enjoys practicing law and assisting clients in reaching their goals. She holds multiple Mediation and Arbitration certificates. Suzanne strongly believes that Mediation should be the first step for resolving family law disputes. If a case is already before the court, Mediation can be utilized to simplify and clarify the issues, reduce conflict, and help reduce the costs of litigation.
Suzanne has a private Mediation and Arbitration practice. She was the Supervising family law attorney for Pro Bono Project of Silicon Valley and the Program Manager for the Family Court Settlement Project in Santa Clara County from September 2013 to September 2016. She has conducted hundreds of mediated settlements for custody, visitation and parentage. She has also served as a Mediator for the Assisted Meet and Confer Program, a Judge Pro Tem for Settlement Conferences, and an Arbitrator for Personal Property Arbitration. In 2014, she received the Henry B. Collada Memorial Award for Minor's Counsel participation.
Suzanne earned her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1990. She was as a note editor for COMM/ENT Law Journal, and a LEOP tutor for civil procedure. She was a research assistant for Professor William Stoebuck and assisted in editing his contributions to Basic Property Law, Fifth Edition, American Casebook Series, West Publishing Company.
Before becoming an attorney, Suzanne helped to develop, build and sell veterinary hospitals in Northern California. This gives her a unique perspective of small business issues. She was an active participant in her children's PTAs, Vice-President of Gilroy Gator's Swim Team, and a costume designer for Junior Theater.
Suzanne first attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, studying political science and philosophy, and was a member of the yearbook staff. She later attended the University of California at Davis, studied Textile Science and Design, and was awarded the Departmental Citation for Outstanding Performance. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Highest Honors, in 1973.