Ronald S. Granberg

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Curriculum Vitae
Ronald S. Granberg, CFLS, AAML, IAFL
Granberg Law Office
134 Central Avenue
Salinas, CA 93901
Tel: 831-422-6565
Email: [email protected]
Website: granberglaw.com

Professional Affiliations and Recognitions

Books

Articles

Legal Teaching Positions

Monterey College of Law:

  • Legal Research and Writing professor for 37 years
  • Trial Advocacy professor for 24 years

National Institute of Trial Advocacy:

  • Faculty member for four years in annual eight-day Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute

Professional Presentations

  • Twenty-six (1987-2013) Annual Family Law Update presentations for the Monterey County Bar Association Family Law Section
  • Eight (2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2021) 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 23, 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, “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 (Chapter 1), 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) “It’s My House, Isn’t It!  The Effects of Refinancing Property on Characterization and Reimbursement Rights”
  • CPA Education Foundation Family Law Conference, 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 (Chapter 2), 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, “Marital Settlement Agreements: The Nuts and Bolts of Sealing the Deal”
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (Chapter 1), 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 (Chapter 1), 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, “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?”
  • Kern County Bar Association, Family Law Section, May 27, 2009 “Double Whammy: Divorce and Depreciated Property”
  • 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 (Chapter 1), 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, “The Effects of Declining Value and Negative Equity on Property Division
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (Chapter 2), 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 (Chapter 1), 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, “Beyond Pereira and Van Camp: The Reality Show”
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (Chapter 2), 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 (Chapter 3), 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”
  • 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 2), 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 1), 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’ Annual 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”
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (Chapter 2), August 27, 2013 “760 Erosion: Through the Brooks into the Valli?”
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (Chapter 1), September 10, 2013 “760 Erosion: Through the Brooks into the Valli?”
  • Continuing Education of the Bar, September 19, 2013 “Courtroom Evidence”
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (Chapter 3), 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”
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (Chapter 1), 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), April 4, 2014, “Essentials of a Family Law Trial”
  • State Bar FlexCom program (San Francisco), April 10, 2014, “Essentials of a Family Law Trial”
  • Kern County Bar Association, Family Law Section, April 29, 2014 “760 Erosion: Through the Brooks into the Valli?”
  • Pasadena Bar Association 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”
  • State Bar FlexCom program (Los Angeles), May 23, 2014 “Essentials of a Family Law Trial”
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (Chapter 3), 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”
  • Rutter Group/California Family Law Reports Expert Series, September 5, 2014 “Dollars and Sense”
  • State Bar Annual Meeting, September 11, 2014, “My Smoke Your Mirrors: Accounting Games People Play”
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (Chapter 3), 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”
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (Chapter 1), June 9, 2015 “Smoke and Mirrors: Cash Flow Games People Play”
  • Rutter Group/California Family Law Reports Advanced Family Law Course, June 13, 2015 “Agreements and Transmutations”
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (Chapter 2), 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!”
  • Rutter Group/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”
  • San Mateo County Family Law Section, April 14, 2017 “Legal Logic”
  • Southwestern School of Law, June 10, 2017 “Preserving Your Ability to Appeal”
  • Rutter Group/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”
  • Rutter Group/California Family Law Reports, November 9, 2018, “Determining and Characterizing Income”
  • Pasadena Bar Association, Family Law Section, December 18, 2018 “Less Marsden”
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Family Law Section, January 8, 2019 “Less Marsden”
  • Southern California Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, January 21, 2019 Trial Advocacy Institute “How to Present Statistics to Explain Your Case”
  • San Mateo County Family Law Section, April 12, 2019 “Less Marsden”
  • South Santa Barbara County Family Law Section, May 29, 2019 “Less Marsden”
  • North Santa Barbara County Family Law Section, May 30, 2019 “Less Marsden”
  • San Diego County Family Law Specialists, June 9, 2019 “Less Marsden”
  • Rutter Group/California Family Law Reports, June 10, 2019, “Agreements and Transmutations”
  • Southern California Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, June 22, 2019 “Honey, I Shrunk the Litigants!”
  • Rutter Group/California Family Law Reports, October 4-6, 2019 “Basic Training in Family Law”
  • CalCPA Education Foundation Family Law Section (Los Angeles), October 17, 2019 “Asset Apportionment: Equitable or Otherwise”
  • CalCPA Education Foundation Family Law Section (San Francisco), October 18, 2019 “Asset Apportionment: Equitable or Otherwise”
  • Northern California Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Symposium, May 22, 2021 “Advanced Business Income Issues”
  • Rutter Group/California Family Law Reports, June 5, 2021 “Agreements and Transmutations”
  • CalCPA Education Foundation Family Law Section, October 21, 2021 “Road to Profitability:
    Advanced Business Income Issues”
  • Rutter Group/California Family Law Reports, November 20, 2021 “The Family Residence”

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts (University of Michigan, 1970)
  • Juris Doctorate (Monterey College of Law, 1978)

Judicial/Neutral Training

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Certified 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, August 2015
  • “Master Class in Mediation Advocacy,” American Bar Association, August 2015
  • “Advanced Mediation Training,” American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, National Chapter (two days), November 2015

Law Firms 

  • Cominos, Shostak & Epstein, Salinas (1978 through 1980)
  • Lavorato, House & Granberg, Salinas (1980 through 1995)
  • Granberg Law Office, Salinas (1995 through present)