Marya McFadden is a an attorney licensed by the State of Bar of California to practice in all courts within the state. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and her J.D. from Pepperdine School of Law. Marya is also certified in mediation and arbitration by the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine School of Law, which has been ranked the #1 such program in the nation (above Harvard) for the past 10 consecutive years by U.S. News and World Report. Prior to becoming an attorney, she was an adjunct professor of business communication at California State University, Northridge.
A zealous litigator, Marya’s courtroom presentation style and rhetorical skills make her strong advocate for your case, and won first place in the Armand Arabian Appellate Advocacy Competition. In addition to being a dynamic litigator, though, Marya’s award-winning negotiation skills (2011 CALI Award for Excellence in Negotiation) make her a highly effective mediator as well. She has the unique ability to be both competitive and compassionate, as the situation requires.
With a strong belief that family law matters should be resolved in the most cooperative, least expensive way possible, Marya encourages parties to mediate their differences outside of court. As a neutral mediator, she helps parties in conflict understand their legal options, negotiate solutions, and craft legal agreements that work best for them. Marya’s ability to be fair, impartial, and caring helps even high-conflict couples see issues from each other’s perspectives and results in relatively quick, inexpensive, and legally sound agreements.
However, since mediation is a voluntary process that requires two people willing and able to negotiate, there are some cases when it is just not a viable option. For a variety of reasons, parties sometimes need to go to court to effect a just resolution of their case. In those cases, clients will find that Marya’s sharp intellect and argumentative skill make her the advocate they want on their side.
To truly understand what makes Marya such an effective family law attorney and mediator, she openly shares some insight into what drives her passion and talent for her job:
“I’m a divorced parent of two sons myself, which gives me the benefit of personal experience when it comes to understanding what my clients are going through. I know too well how emotionally devastating a divorce or a custody challenge can be, and how much more difficult it is to have to deal with a very complicated and expensive legal system at the same time. I came into this field to help people get through a difficult process with someone on their side whom they can trust, who will advise them with the highest professional competence, but also with a genuine concern for the emotional and financial well-being of their families.
I’ve actually been divorced twice, and I’ve been on ‘both sides’ of the split: I understand the guilt involved in leaving a marriage and the pain involved in being left. I’d like to think my life experience is an asset to my clients because it makes me truly compassionate toward everyone struggling with family law matters. I’m also very happy to report that while it wasn’t easy at first, I now enjoy friendly and cooperative co-parenting relationships with both of my sons’ fathers, which enables me to give hope to my clients that no matter how dark things may seem, they will get better. I can help you come up with a plan to move forward with your life.”