Suite 202

February 1, 2012

Estate Planning Attorney Julia Wald
Julia Wald

This month we want to tell you about improvements we've made to our office, especially about the new professionals working in our suite. 

Our suite is in the WestAmerica Bank Building at 5th Avenue & B Street in San Rafael.  If you come see us, remember to park in the BIG FREE parking lot up B Street behind the bank building.
The Law Offices of Julia P. Wald
Estate Planning


Michael Bennett Yongue
Michael Bennett Yongue

The primary occupant of Suite 202 at 1108 Fifth Avenue is The Law Offices of Julia P. Wald (us!). 

We have a few changes in personnel.  The attorneys are Julia, of course, and associate Michael Bennett Yongue (rhymes with "tongue"). 

Michael is a bay area native who practiced in Los Angeles for three years before returning to join our office.  He currently resides in Marin County.  (Peggy O'Dowd left to establish her own practice in San Francisco.) 

Anita Roussel
Anita Roussel
Assisting Julia andMichael are paralegals Anita Roussel and Johannes Epke

You can best learn about Julia and all the aspects of our practice by going to our Estate Planning website.

The Law Offices of Julia P. Wald



The Law Offices of Timothy J. Chambers
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Attorney Timothy J. Chambers Tim grew up in Marin County and graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, and has been practicing law in the Marin County for ten years.

In addition to the Juris Doctor degree awarded to him by the University of California Hastings College of Law in 2000, Tim holds a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.

Tim is a past Secretary of the Marin County Bar Association, and Past President of the Barristers Section of the Marin County Bar Association. He is a regular volunteer at the Whistlestop Senior Center in San Rafael and Recipient of the Wiley W. Manuel Pro Bono Award.  

Tim practices in the areas of trust and estate litigation, probate and trust administration, and estate planning.

Tim lives with his wife and two children in Marin County.

Timothy J. Chambers



Working Together

Julia and Tim have begun working together, sometimes sharing cases, sometimes talking law, sometimes consulting with each other about our (anonymous) client's legal issues. 

Our expectation is that by the end of 2012 we will form a partnership.  We also anticipate that Julia will continue to practice law for many more years, but perhaps only three days a week.  Julia really enjoys the challenge of legal issues and all her clients, who are delightful and thoughtful people, so it is extremely difficult to step away AND Julia wants to spend more time making art.

In the present, all the people in the suite are here to provide you with our services.  Read on!
Ellen S. Rothman
Ellen S. Rothman
Ellen Rothman has been practicing family law for more than 25 years.  Her practice is only in Marin County.  She recognizes the value of resolving pre-marital, divorce, custody and community property issues without the necessity of going to court.  She understands the benefits of attempting to reach a settlement by utilizing a non-confrontational approach rather than litigation.

About 15 years ago, Ellen started to focus her practice on family law mediation and collaborative law. She was one of the founders of the Marin Collaborative Practice Group and continues to remain active in collaborative practice. Her approach is simple and effective. She assists people in seeing the big picture which helps them to make good decisions with the family in mind. At the same time this approach protects their rights.

As a result of her extensive experience, she also is available to  consult with people regarding pre-divorce planning, methods to save a marriage, strategies for the divorce process and post-divorce matters, including issues related to children and finances.

Ellen also recognizes when the only effective approach is litigation.  Then she is available to protect her client's rights, including the rights of custody, child and spousal support, and the client's lawful share of community assets.

Ellen lives in the county and is the proud mother of two wonderful children. She has been an active community member serving on the Boards of several non-profits.  She has served as a settlement panelist in the Marin County Bench-Bar program for many years as well as a volunteer for Legal Aid and the Family and Children's Law Center of Marin.
Nancy Wilson
Nancy Wilson

Nancy Wilson has been legal assistant to Ellen Rothman since the late 1990s.  She has worked with Ellen in family law all these years, and, while dissolutions are seldom "fun" she enjoys her work and her boss.  She has worked in law in San Francisco and Marin for several decades.

Nancy is married and has two grown sons, three grandchildren, and a Golden Retriever.  Her other interests are historical research and writing, and work in local theater.

Ellen S. Rothman



James A. Walsh
Real Estate
 James A. Walsh
Jim Walsh is a practicing Realtor in the San Francisco Bay Area.  With over 20 years of successful residential real estate sales, his extensive experience and knowledge include the mortgage and banking industries.
James A. Walsh Real Estate operates on the principle that its customers come first.  His entire team is committed to that principle.  As a result, a high percentage of his business is from repeat customers and referrals.
Jim's credentials include:
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker - California
  • Seniors Real Estate Specialist
  • Certified Public Accountant - California
  • Chartered Financial Analyst - a graduate-level course of study in financial, economic, securities and statistical analysis and portfolio management.
  • Masters of Taxation degree - Golden Gate University
  • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration - University of California, Berkeley
Voice: 415-492-0100
Fax:   415-329-2406
Marjorie Gans Walters, Ph.D.  
Marjorie Gans Walters, Ph.D.

Marjorie Gans Walters, Ph.D. has had a private practice as a psychologist in Marin for 35 years. Her work focuses on situations in which there has been a disruption in family relationships and a need for re-connection and healing, mostly in the context of divorce, and also in other circumstances. She does consultation, assessment, treatment (individual, family, group) and research.

Her pro bono community services include: Mental Health Panelist for Child Custody Settlement Conferences for the Marin County Superior Court, and Clinical Supervisor for therapists of Spanish-speaking clients for Family Service Agency. Her Spanish skills come from having served as Peace Corps Volunteer in Venezuela. She received an award in 2009 from Marin County Mental Health Board for her advocacy work for mental health services with the Marin Organizing Committee. She enjoys traveling, reading, hiking, going to concerts, cooking and spending time with friends.
Marjorie Gans Walters, Ph.D.



Contact Us

We are pleased that our office suite has additional resources for our clients.  Please call me if you would like more information about any of the professionals who are in our suite.

And, we look forward to helping you with all of your estate planning needs.

Please call us at 415.482.7555 whenever we can answer a question.


Julia Wald
The Law Offices of Julia P. Wald