BRIGEDA D. BANK

BRIGEDA D. BANK

PARTNER

Tel: 925-933-9000
Fax: 925-933-1926
bbank@foxandbank.com

Education and licenses

State Bar of California
Certified Specialist, Family Law, 1999
Licensed to Practice Law, California, 1991

U.C. Davis School of Law
Juris Doctor Degree, 1986

Connecticut College
Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1984

Legal career history

FOX & BANK LLP, 1999 to present
Walnut Creek, CA

Partner and founding member of Fox & Bank LLP, a law firm specializing in all aspects of family law, including divorce, domestic partnership dissolution, pre-and post-marital agreements, child custody and minor’s counsel work, child support, spousal support and property issues. Practice areas include family law consultation, settlement and litigation.  Ms. Bank is also collaboratively trained.

FRIEDMAN, ROSS & HERSH, 1995 -1999
San Francisco, CA

Senior Associate attorney in a San Francisco law firm that specialized in family law and civil litigation. Managed a variety of complex family law cases involving a range of issues, including complicated property issues, high-conflict custody cases, and support issues with unusual financial and investment components.

COMMUNITY LAW CENTER, 1991-1995
Oakland, CA

Staff Attorney in a private nonprofit law firm that specialized in family law and probate matters for low income families.   Assisted with law office management.

NEVADA STATE SUPREME COURT, 1990-1991
Carson City, NV

Supreme Court Clerk for the Honorable Justice Cliff Young of the Nevada State Supreme Court.

Professional and acamedic awards recognition

Listed in Best Lawyers in America® every year since 2008

Listed in Northern California Super Lawyers®: every year since 2004

Listed in Top 100 Northern California Super Lawyers®: 2006-2009

Listed in Top 50 Women Northern California Super Lawyers®: 2005-2011, 2018.

Named One of San Francisco’s Best Lawyers: 2009

Professional associations, boards and committee work

Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)

  • AAML President, Northern California Chapter, 2013
  • AAML President-Elect, Northern California Chapter, 2012
  • AAML Treasurer, Northern California Chapter, 2011
  • AAML Secretary, Northern California Chapter, 2010.
  • AAML Member, Northern California Board of Managers, 2006, 2007, 2009-2014
  • AAML Northern California Symposium Chair, 2005, 2018
  • Co-Head, AAML East Bay Mentoring Program, 2009-2012
  • Co-Chair, AAML Northern California Chapter Mentoring Committee, 2011-2013

Association of Certified Family Law Specialists (ACFLS)

  • Director North, ACFLS, 2001-2002
  • Member, ACFLS Board of Directors, 2000-2004
  • Treasurer, ACFLS Board of Directors, 2002-2003
  • Member, Amicus Committee, 2005-2008

Art in the Courthouse

  • Committee Member, 2007-2008

Collaborative Practice Group East Bay (CPEB)

  • Member, Protocol Committee, 2007-2008
  • Member, Social Committee 2009, 2010, 2011

Collaborative Practice Group of Contra Costa County (CPGCC)

  • Member, Judicial Liaison Committee, 2006

Collaborative Lawyers of Alameda and Contra Costa (CLACC)

  • Founding Member

 International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (2007-2012)

California State Bar Association

  • Member, Family Law Section

Contra Costa Bar Association

  • Member, Family Law Section 1999 to present
  • Guest Editor, Contra Costa Lawyer Magazine, June 2002

Alameda County Bar Association

  • Member, Family Law Section, since 1987

Family Justice Center

  • Served as an Attorney-Mentor: 2017, 2018.

Law Center for Families (formerly the Community Law Center and the Community Legal Aid Society of Alameda County)

  • Member, Board of Directors, 1997-2000

Other

Regularly serves as a Settlement Judge in the San Francisco Superior Court.

Publications and lectures

Author “By Virtue of Her Position as Wife” Goodwill in Divorces: How California Law Has Been Shaped by Inconsistent Logic to Address Antiquated Societal Notions of Marriage,” Contra Costa Lawer, Vol. 20, No. 2, PP.22, Feb. 2007

Co-Author, “Don’t Worry—Be Careful: Liability Issues in the Drafting and Reviewing of Premarital Agreements,” Contra Costa Lawyer, Vol. 13, No. 5, pp. 16-21, May 2000.

Panelist, AAML Pre-Symposium: Full Metal Jacket: Making your Premarital Agreement Bullet Proof, May 2013

Panelist, AAML Northern California Chapter Trial Practicum 2006: Trial Preparation

Lecturer, Contra Costa Family Law Section Mentoring Group, 2018