I’m Natalie Marcell and I have been a licensed as a California attorney since 2014 and I have been practicing family law for 3 years. Thank you for visiting my firm’s website. I am happy you are doing your work in researching your options and I applaud your for taking the time to look for the right attorney for you. Finding the right attorney is one of the most important and stressful decisions to make. With this in mind, I would like to share with you a little bit about myself.
I am a traveler. I am a Latina (originally named Natalie Ochoa) born and raised in Southern California. After graduating from Silverado High School, I moved to Northern California to complete my undergraduate studies at a Notre Dame de Namur University. After I got my bachelor’s degree, I decided to take a break from school and I worked at a Ferrari & Maserati dealership. After one year I decided that I wanted to pursue law school and become an attorney – something I always knew I wanted to do. I moved to Miami, Florida where I worked at a law firm by day and attended law school at night thanks to Florida International University’s evening program. Determined to complete law school within 3 years instead of 4, I became a full time student and transferred to the day program. At F.I.U. College of Law I competed on the school’s negotiation team and the International Arbitration Team, worked in the Investor Advocacy Clinic, volunteered at the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (D.A.C.A.) Clinics hosted by F.I.U.’s Carlos A. Costa Immigration and Human Rights Clinic, and spent one awesome semester being coached by Honorable Judge Kevin Emas and H. Scott Fingerhut in F.I.U’s Trial Advocacy course. When I graduated I received F.I.U’s Excellence in Advocacy Award.
Of course, life still happens while you are studying in school. I got married after my first year of law school and I graduated from F.I.U. College of Law while I was about 4 months pregnant. Days after the commencement ceremony we packed everything and moved back to California. Months later I took the California Bar Exam while I was very pregnant and about three weeks after giving birth to my amazing son, I found out that we passed the bar exam.
We decided as a family that I would take time to dedicate myself to being a full time stay at home mom. It is a beautiful privilege; it is unfortunate that many do not have this option so I truly feel blessed to have been able to spend these years fully dedicated to my kids.
With the lifelong dream of being an attorney and two toddlers under the age of 3, I eventually decided to launch my own law firm offering freelance services to California licensed attorneys. Things took off quicker than I could have ever imagined. After three years, I have helped attorneys throughout California on family law cases, assisting with case management from the beginning stages of filing a petition to final settlement agreement or trial, as well as family law appeals.
Since I began doing freelance work for other attorneys I have helped my attorney clients obtain great outcomes for their clients. Along the way I have also found that there are so many Latinos or Latinas that need help with their divorces or family law matters, but they either can’t find a family law attorney that speaks fluent Spanish, or they can’t afford to hire an attorney for full scope representation. So I started to offer unbundled or limited scope services to Latinos and Latinas throughout California to help them figure out and effectively prepare their cases, and to help them go to court as a knowledgeable and confident self represented party.
As I said in the beginning, I am a traveler and I still travel with my family while I continue to offer freelance services and unbundled family law services. I am overseas most of the year however thanks to today’s technologies, I am available to talk to all of my clients no matter what time zones we are located in.
Family is important to me and it’s important to my clients. I am passionate about helping parents protect their rights and what is best for their children, and I am passionate about helping spouses get a fair division of assets in their divorce, especially in cases where one spouse is at a financial disadvantage.
If you are looking for a family law attorney to can help you with the key aspects of your case, unbundled or limited scope services may be right for you. I invite you to contact my office at (714) 794-5170 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a consultation.
If you are a California licensed attorney and would like more information about my freelance services please be sure to check out the information under the Freelance Attorney Services tab, and feel free to contact me for writing samples or quotes.
Florida International University College of Law, J.D.
Notre Dame de Namur Univeristy, cum laude, B.A., Political Science and History
California State Bar
California State Bar Association (Family Law Section)